Careers in conservation & the environment

Conservation Breeding Adviser – Volunteer Service Abroad – Solomon Islands

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A hundred endangered doves were illegally captured from the wild and kept in small, cramped conditions. A local team led by international experts and conservationists stepped in to help save these unique birds.  Collectively, they worked to relocate the doves and provide a long term, sustainable approach to release them back into their natural habitat. They have also developed alternative breeding programmes to ensure their long term survival.

The Organisation
To support the conservation of the dove and other endangered species, The Tetere Species Recovery Centre has been built (fully funded by Toldeo Zoo). This centre forms part of a broader multi-stakeholder initiative to save species from extinction due to environmental threats to the ecosystem, such as volcanic activity and the arrival of invasive species such as black rats.

The assignment
Local staff at the Recovery Centre, are a dedicated and enthusiastic group, but lack some of the skills to effectively manage the conservation programmes.

In this 1-2-year assignment you will be responsible for mentoring animal keepers on appropriate record keeping, behavioural observation, nutritional management, restraint and handling of animals and administering medication.Working with species experts, local staff and partner institutions, you will also help design a system to record breeding activity, biology and species behaviour. Alongside training of animal keepers, you will collect and compile behavioural data of targeted species and other aspects of their biology.

To be considered for this assignment you will have:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of the principles of Ethology (Animal Behaviour)
  • Experience and understanding of data recording and analysis
  • Qualifications in veterinary medicine (desirable)
  • Mentoring or Coaching experience
  • Be comfortable working with a diverse group of people.

For further information download a copy of the assignment description.

assignment Be part of a passionate, local conservation team focused on saving the Santa Cruz ground dove (SCGD) from extinction in the Solomon Islands – Apply today!

Applications close: Wednesday, 5 August 2020.


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