Conservation Services Officer – Cape Metro Area

Title: Conservation Services Officer – Cape Metro Area 
Organisation: CapeNature 
Application deadline: 18 October 2013
Country: South Africa
Website/full details: Conservation Services Officer – Cape Metro Area 

Description: CapeNature seeks to employ a Conservation Services Officer, based at the Driftsands Nature Reserve, Cape Metro Area, with a salary of R275 741 per annum (TCoE) – Level 8. The incumbent will report to the Conservation Services Manager (Cape Metro Area).

ENQUIRIES: Mrs Helene vd Westhuyzen on 021 955 5940  

APPLICATIONS: To Human Resources Manager, Private bag X29, Gatesville 7766 or fax 086 210 5242 or e-mail hrinfo@capenature.co.za  before 18 October 2013.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Compliance
    • Mandatory Inspections (Fauna/Flora)
    • General Environmental Crime Prevention and investigation
  • Regulation of the Legislation
    • Nature Conservation Ordinance 19 of 1974
    • Provincial Notice 955 of 1975
  • Assist with the evaluation of management plans and audits for game farms
  • Damage causing wildlife conflict resolution
  • Dealing with injured wildlife
  • Promote environmental awareness
  • Involvement in corporate programs and implementation of projects
  • Financial and asset management
  • Administrative duties, report writing, commenting on permit applications, dealing with enquiries from the public
  • Effective implementation of the Stewardship Strategy for the Cape Metro Area
  • Provide information to key landowners and managers in respect of relevant biodiversity stewardship options and facilitate and negotiate subsequent Stewardship agreements
  • Administrative duties, i.e. report-writing, permit recommendations, asset management 
  • Provide inputs for Quarterly reports and any other administration required by the position.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Key qualifications include a relevant tertiary qualification, particularly in the fields of Nature Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation or Environmental Sciences
  • Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in Conservation Services
  • Knowledge of relevant environmental legislation
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Bilingualism.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communicative skills
  • Advanced computer literacy (MS Word, Excel, Power Point)

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Experience in awareness raising and extension services
  • Peace officer / EMI training
  • Wildlife Conflict management course
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Understanding of Environmental legislation
  • High levels of personal responsibility and accountability
  • Proficiency in Geographic information Systems (GIS)
  • High level of physical fitness.

Preference will be given to candidates from the previously disadvantaged population groups. Candidates who have not been contacted within 14 days after closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful. CapeNature reserves the right not to make an appointment.