Vacancies

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is one of the largest and most respected biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa, with an excess of 100 projects and has been in operation for over 40 years. If you’d like to be a part of our ‘Conservation in Action team visit this page regularly for the latest career opportunities.’

Each CV received will be reviewed by the EWT Human Resources department; however please note that it is not possible for us to communicate individually with each and every applicant. We acknowledge that the task of seeking employment can be exhausting and demotivating at times; and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for considering the EWT. Remember “You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.” - Joel Osteen

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are requested to submit a CV and a brief motivation as to why and how they would see themselves in the advertised position. Applicants who have not been contacted within 14 days of the closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful. The EWT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

To apply please e-mail your CV to the Human Resources Manager.

  • Include a detailed motivation letter as to how and why you are the best candidate for this position
  • Photo of yourself.

Alison Jänicke - email
Attention: Human Resources and Office Manager
Postal: Private Bag X 11, Modderfontein, 1645 or
Physical: Building K2, Pinelands Office Park, Modderfontein, 1609
Fax: 086 636 5823

 

African Crane Conservation Programme Community Project Specialist Vacancy

Purpose of the Position: The International Crane Foundation (ICF)/Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Partnership’s African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP) is looking to fill a Community Conservation Specialist position. Contributing to all of the ACCP’s projects across Sub-Saharan Africa, the person will be responsible for developing, guiding, monitoring and adapting the implementation of the community based strategies that form part of an integrated and holistic approach to conservation that includes cranes, wetlands and their surrounding catchments, and people. He/She will play a key role in providing mentorship and guidance to the ACCP team and will provide strategic input into all project outputs that include community-based strategies.
The ICF/EWT Partnership is an exciting partnership working across Sub-Saharan Africa to maintain stable wild populations of the four threatened crane species resident to sub-Saharan Africa: Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes. We achieve this through conservation actions that effectively reduce threats to the species and their habitats, and through working closely with and integrating local communities, and key local, national and global stakeholders in our conservation approach.
The ICF/EWT Partnership currently has three regional hubs across Africa, located in South Africa, Zambia and Uganda, and will be expanding into West / Central Africa in the near future. This position will be based within one of these regional hubs...READ MORE

Qualifications, experience and competencies required:
The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • Masters Degree in Social Science or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Five or more years’ experience in community-based projects.

 

African Crane Conservation Programme Officer Vacancy

Purpose of the Position: The International Crane Foundation (ICF) / Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Partnership’s African Crane Conservation Programme is looking to fill a Programme Officer position. This dynamic partnership works across sub-Saharan Africa to maintain stable wild populations of the four threatened crane species: Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes. We achieve this through conservation actions that effectively reduce threats to the species and their habitats, and through working closely with local communities and key local, national and global stakeholders. We empower individuals, community groups and organisations to manage catchments for the benefit of both people and cranes, ensuring that conservation is mainstreamed into local decision-making and practices for sustainable species and habitat conservation impacts. The ICF/EWT Partnership currently has three regional hubs across Africa, located in South Africa, Zambia and Uganda, and will be expanding into West / Central Africa in the near future. This exciting new position will assist the ICF/EWT Partnership Manager to fulfil the conservation projects, governance aspects of and financial sustainability of the African Crane Conservation Programme across sub-Saharan Africa. They will also have the opportunity to develop, provide oversight on and implement (where relevant) conservation projects as relevant to their skills and expertise.
This position will be based at the EWT Headquarters in Johannesburg....READ MORE

Qualifications, experience and competencies required:
The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • Master’s Degree in Biology, Natural Science or a related field.
  • Analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills, including the ability to identify problems, research andanalyze issues from different perspectives, organize information, reach sound conclusions, and work cooperatively with others to develop and implement effective solutions.

African Crane Conservation Programme Southern Africa Regional Manager: Zambia Vacancy

Purpose of the Position: The African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP), a partnership between the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), aims to secure the four threatened crane species resident to sub-Saharan Africa (Wattled, Blue, Grey Crowned, and Black Crowned Cranes) and the vital wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural systems they depend on. Our work focuses on key strategies of importance to biodiversity conservation across Africa, including water security, clean energy, land stewardship, sustainable agriculture, climate change adaptation, and community livelihoods, in adherence with the Sustainable Development Goals, Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and other global mandates. The Southern Africa Regional Manager is one of four regional leaders spearheading this work across Africa (along with East Africa, West & Central Africa, and South Africa Regional Managers). This position will be based in Zambia, with particular focus on the Kafue Flats, Liuwa Plain, Bangweulu Swamps, and other major floodplain systems.
We are looking for a dynamic, committed and confident person to lead the strategic planning, management and implementation of the ICF/EWT Partnership’s strategy in southcentral Africa, encompassing primarily Zambia, but also including close networking with Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, and other neighboring countries. The person will be responsible for the operational management and the fulfillment of the strategy for the Southern Africa region, working on behalf of the Wattled and Grey Crowned Cranes occurring in the region and the grasslands, wetlands, floodplains and catchments on which they depend. This Southern Africa Regional Manager will engage in fund raising to support work in the region, together with the ICF/EWT Development team, including grant writing, private donor cultivation, and corporate relations. The Manager will drive an approach that integrates science with conservation action; secures cranes in the region; improves the protected status of key sites; improves the ecological integrity of key sites and their catchments; addresses and incorporates community needs and livelihoods at relevant key crane sites; and provides education opportunities to achieve the ACCP objectives. The person will also work strategically both within in Zambia and regionally, exploring opportunities for collaboration and the development of partnerships and strong networks that contribute to the ACCP objectives......READ MORE

Qualifications, experience and competencies required:
The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • A minimum of a four year degree in the natural sciences or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a relevant field and a proven track record in management.


Study opportunity: PhD research at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town

In a collaboration between the African Crane Conservation Programme (ACCP) (a partnership between the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the International Crane Foundation (ICF)) and the University of Cape Town’s FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, we are recruiting a full time PhD student for a project aimed at understanding and unpacking the future of South Africa’s National bird and near endemic, the Blue Crane. This PhD is fully supported by the Leiden Conservation Graduate Fellowship and the student will be registered with the University of Cape Town and employed by the EWT.......READ MORE

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS

  • An MSc in biological sciences or associated field, with a commitment to complete a PhD.
  • Would need to be eligible for registering for a PhD with UCT by January 2019.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a proven publication record in peer-reviewed journals and the ability to write technical reports.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively; and responding effectively to questions from conservation colleagues, farmers, corporates, government officials, the media, and the general public.
  • Experience working with landowners and in multisector landscapes would be an advantage.
  • Excellent English is required, and ability to converse in Afrikaans would be an advantage.

LOCATION
The project is based within the Overberg and Swartland region of the Western Cape.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS
30 June 2018

 

Campaign and Social Media Officer Vacancy

The EWT is seeking to employ a highly motivated, professional and energetic Campaign and Social Media Officer to join our team!
Purpose of the position: This position will be responsible for creating and implementing innovative concepts which increase public awareness and brand engagement in support of increasing income to the EWT. The portfolio of work includes developing creative, clear and compelling social media strategies designed to generate fundraising opportunities, as well as increase our Customer Relations Database. The ideal candidate must be highly motivated, creative, resourceful, and collaborative. In addition, the candidate’s experience should demonstrate a proven track record of successfully running large campaigns and events, excellent writing skills, and a passion for connecting with people....READ MORE

The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • Graduate qualification in marketing, communications or a related field preferred;
  • Two years’ experience in e-commerce, online/digital fundraising, direct response marketing campaigns or related interactive customer relationship management while demonstrating strong knowledge of online marketing best practices;


Wildlife in Trade Programme Project Officer Vacancy

Purpose of the Position: The Endangered Wildlife Trust is one of the largest biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa has a vacancy for a Project Officer in its Wildlife in Trade Programme. Illegal and/or unsustainable trade in wildlife is one of the most significant global threats to biodiversity. Wildlife trade is escalating in southern Africa, as elsewhere, and the mission of the EWT’s Wildlife in Trade Programme is to reduce trade related threats which impact on the survival of animals and plants.....READ MORE

Qualifications, experience and competencies required:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (political science, social science, international relations, law, economics, commerce or journalism), with an interest or experience in the conservation sector.

 

Conservation Mapping Assistant Vacancy

Purpose of the Position: To assist with the development of a strategic predictive and accessible bio-informatics map to improve and streamline Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) accuracy and efficiency. This strategic predictive map will increase both the efficiency and ability to flag sensitive species for early stage EIAs anywhere in the country. This will ensure that no sensitive species are overlooked in any EIA scoping phase assessment and will guide not only early stage rejections, but also inform the selection of specialists for in-depth EIA assessments.....READ MORE

The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • A minimum of a BSc in conservation science or relevant field;
  • Two years’ proven experience in the sector, which includes GIS and Ecological Niche Modelling;
  • An understanding of and experience with conservation planning is highly desirable;
  • Strong interpersonal and organising skills including administrative work are essential;
  • Possession of a valid South African or international driver’s license, and suitable driving experience;
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programmes, Maxent (or similar species distribution modelling software);
  • Good oral and written communication skills and confident presentation skills are important;
  • Report writing and production experience is highly desirable; and
  • Good research and data collection skills.

 

Niche Model Specialist Vacancy

Purpose of the Position: To develop a strategic predictive and accessible bio-informatics map to improve and streamline EIA accuracy and efficiency. The incumbent will develop a strategic predictive map for scoping phase assessments of threatened and endemic vertebrates (sensitive species) using both a national and multi-taxa focus. This strategic predictive map will increase both the efficiency and ability to flag sensitive species for early stage EIAs anywhere in the country. The map will act as a central database housing distributional data for multiple species across the country and will use ecological niche models to predict the expected distributions of all the sensitive and data deficient species for which development applications will have the most detrimental impacts. This will ensure that no sensitive species are overlooked in any EIA scoping phase assessment and will guide not only early stage rejections, but also inform the selection of specialists for in-depth EIA assessments. Once trialled, the strategic predictive map is intended to be incorporated into the national land-use screening tool....READ MORE

Qualifications, experience and competencies required:
The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in conservation science or relevant field;
  • Two years’ proven experience in the sector, which includes GIS and Ecological Niche Modelling;


Landscape Conservation Specialist Vacancy

Purpose of the Postion: The Endangered Wildlife Trust, one of the largest biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa, is seeking to employ a highly motivated, professional individual as a Landscape Conservation Specialist, with a specific focus on the Mpumalanga Highveld in South Africa, for the African Crane Conservation Programme (a partnership between the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT)).

The Landscape Conservation Specialist will focus their efforts on the Chrissiesmeer Lakes District and the Steenkampsberg on the Mpumalanga Highveld, each area home to a large Protected Environment, declared through South Africa’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme. This newly created position will develop and demonstrate sustainable, landscape-level conservation within working agricultural landscapes that integrates long term conservation impact, improved human wellbeing and associated sustainable economic growth. This will include understanding the Socio-ecological system within the regions in order to coordinate and manage projects in these two areas and empowering landowners and users under this new paradigm; connecting with the private and public sector and with relevant funders to develop partnerships that further the conservation importance and socio-economic sustainability of the areas; and fully integrating community wellbeing and socio-economic growth into the protected area and agricultural landscape, through identifying and implementing feasible economic opportunities that support or are supported by sustainable land management; and exploring options to expand the current protected areas within private and communal land tenure.....READ MORE

LOCATION
The project is based to be determined within Mpumalanga.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS
30 June 2018

Qualifications, experience and competencies required:

The minimum requirements for this position will include:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management or Natural Resource Economics, or relevant field; with an interest or experience in the conservation sector;
  • Five years’ proven experience in the sector, which includes significant experience in landscape level integrated management of natural resources (sustainable land management);
  • At least 3 years’ experience in mentoring and managing staff;