MNRCS Conservation Officer

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Terms of Reference – MNRCS Conservation Officer
Employer – Mpumba Natural Resource Conservation Society (MNRCS)
Location – Chintumukulu Community Conservation Centre, app. 70km south of Mpika.
Job Title – MNRCS Conservation Officer
JOB CONTEXT
The Mpumba Natural Resource Conservation Society (MNRCS) is a community founded society that is engaged to establish and manage the Chintumukulu Conservancy as well as develop diversified community livelihoods through natural resource management in Lavushi-Manda district, Muchinga Province, Zambia. The conservancy consists of c. 10.000ha Miombo woodland and is situated between a private conservancy in the west (Mutinondo Wilderness), the Luangwa National forest in the east and several private farms in the north and south.
The society is looking for a conservation officer who will be responsible for all conservation related aspects of the conservancy which includes, but is not limited to, forest structure monitoring, wildlife monitoring, law-enforcement, fire management and infrastructural works.
The MNRCS Conservation officer will report to the MNRCS general coordinator and the MNRCS board of executive members and will mainly be active in the field. The MNRCS conservation officer will work closely together with WeForest Zambia representatives, who are fully supporting and supervising the MNRCS in establishing the conservancy and developing diversified community livelihoods.
The MNRCS Conservation officer will be based at the Chintumukulu Community Conservation Centre, which is app. 35km from the conservancy and is situated along the Great North Road near Salamo village, app. 70km south of Mpika.
RESPONSIBILITIES
Planning, coordinating and monitoring of a law-enforcement program that aims to reduce illegal activities in the conservancy in conjunction with the Department of National Parks and wildlife.
Planning, coordinating and monitoring of a fire management program that includes controlled early burning and establishment of fire breaks
Planning and coordination and maintenance of the conservancy’s infrastructure which includes roads, trails and basic campsite
Monitoring of forest structure dynamics through permanent sample plots (PSP)
Monitoring of bird and wildlife populations through permanent transects and camera traps
Spearhead and assist with all other forestry activities such as mounting beehives, tree planting and other silvicultural management practices.
Organise collected data on the different conservation programs
Prepare reports on performance of the different conservation programs and communicate these to the General Coordinator and MNRCS Board of executive members.
CANDIDATE PROFILE
Education: a minimum of diploma in forestry, biology, conservation or equivalent
Language: Fluent in English (both speaking and writing) and Bemba/Bisa
Work experience: minimum 5 years relevant work experience in the sector
Skills:
Excellent communication and analytical skills
Proven applied experience with conservation programs
Have experience with conducting law-enforcement and fire management programs
Knowledge and experience in establishing and monitoring permanent sample plots
General knowledge of fauna and flora and specific knowledge on mammal and bird monitoring techniques is a strong plus.
Competent with Microsoft Office applications, email and other relevant computer skills.
Be willing to (relocate and) live near The Chintumukulu Community Conservation Centre in the Lavushi-Manda District, Muchinga Province
Be comfortable with the challenging conditions associated with the remote area and wilderness
CONDITIONS
Part-time, up to 22 hours per week. Working days and hours will vary depending on project needs and flexibility is essential.
Employee contract of one year can be signed with a probation period of 3 months, starting beginning to mid-March 2021
Based close to the The Chintumukulu Community Conservation Centre, where an office will be established;
Be comfortable with enduring visits to and frequent overnight stays in the Conservancy
Renumeration based on experience
Be legally allowed and experienced to drive a motorized vehicle and motorbike will be a plus.
Experience with off-road driving is a plus
TASKS
Implement best practices in day to day conservation of the Chintumukulu Conservancy
Be independent and show own initiative
Take ownership of, and perform the respective activities under your responsibility
Appropriate and frequent reporting in full transparency and integrity, being coachable for improvement
Not engaging the Society legally or financially beyond agreed and in close collaboration with WeForest.
Handling internal information and data as confidential
Contribute to safe and clean keeping of office and other MNRCS equipment
APPLICATION DETAILS
A complete application should include:
A recent CV
A motivation letter stating why you want this position, and how you would take on your responsibilities and tasks
Contact details of 2 references
Please send your application to mpumbaconservationsociety@gmail.com.
Application deadline: 20 February 2021. Any application later then this date will not be considered.

Application email or URL: mpumbaconservationsociety@gmail.com
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