Thursday, April 28, 2016

Job Vacancy: WCS Indonesia Turtle Conservation Project Officer

Source :
Position : Turtle Conservation Project Officer
Division : Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP)
Reports to : Species Conservation Specialist
Coordinates with : Chief Advisor, WCS Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation, Sumatra Program Manager and Northern Sulawesi Coordinator
Term : One year, with renewal depending upon performance
Based in : East Nusa Tenggara and Bogor

Background to the Terms of Reference (ToR)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of scientists exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia. WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on Sumatra, Sulawesi, Marine and Illegal Wildlife Trade, with a presence in >10 provinces. Flagship species for these programs include Sumatran Tigers, Sumatran Rhinos, Elephants, Orangutans, Manta Rays and the Maleo in Sulawesi. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places in Indonesia, we aim to protect threatened species and their habitat through working with government agencies, civil society organisations, private sector and local communities. WCS is now seeking a Turtle Conservation Project Officer who is dynamic, well-organized, hard-working, and committed team player to provide key support to the WCS IP Turtle Conservation Project.

WCS is developing a new field site project to establish a viable wild population of the Critically Endangered Rote Island snake-necked turtle, Chelodina mccordi, through its reintroduction and effective management on Rote Island. This is in response to the presumed extinction of the species from the wild due to the demand from the international pet trade that led to its over-harvesting. Working closely with the WCS Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation, the Turtle Project Officer will lead the implementation of the Rote island snake-necked turtle reintroduction. Next, this position will involve conducting preliminary site studies to determine the need and potential for WCS to develop a project for the Sulawesi forest turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi) and the Painted terrapin (Batagur borneoensis), both Critically Endangered species.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Rote Island snake-necked turtle project
  • Coordinate field surveys to determine the status of the Rote Island snake-necked turtle in the wild and its habitat quality.
  • Coordinate surveys to determine the rural socio-economic conditions and current threat level for Rote Island snake-necked turtle and actions to mitigate threats.
  • Oversee a GIS officer to map land use change and identify possible locations for reintroduction efforts using a habitat suitability analysis.
  • Liase with the WCS Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation on a genetic analysis of captive Rote Island snake-necked turtle stock and any remaining wild individuals to determine validity of subspecies designation.

Sulawesi forest turtle and the Painted terrapin project development
  • Review literature and contact local experts to determine the current level of conservation support for these two species.
  • Conduct a site visit to Aceh/North Sumatra and northern Sulawesi to assess conditions at local sites and meet WCS staff and local partners to gain insights into the conservation needs of these species.
  • Work with the WCS Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and key WCS IP staff to determine the possible role, or not, that WCS can play in supporting conservation efforts for these two species.

Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCSIP is a flexible organization, staff members are expected to undertake any other tasks that are allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR.

  • Strong interest in wildlife conservation.
  • Good knowledge on relevant wildlife conservation issues, including species surveys and reintroduction.
  •  Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (forestry, wildlife, conservation biology and environmental sciences).
  •  >1 years’ field experience.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills (oral & written), especially in working with local community and government stakeholders.
  • Bahasa Indonesia is essential (oral & written) and knowledge of English is an advantage.
  • Good report writing skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, such as Microsoft packages, with basic GIS skills being considered an advantage.
  • Self-starter and adaptable to work in various scenarios and locations, with high willingness to travel.

When you are interested on the above position and consider that you possess the necessary qualification, please submit your job application consisting of updated curriculum vitae, expected salary, three professional references and a cover letter explaining your interest towards this work and/or this organization to fill the “subject”  column of the e-mails in this format “Turtle Conservation Project Officer"_(name of candidate)

Deadline May 7th, 2016

No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.
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