Summary of Position: Position holder performs baseline monitoring and ecological research of African lion (Panthera leo) subpopulation on communal land in northwest Namibia.
Working in partnership with the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism Directorate of Scientific Services, the position holder will spend the majority of the appointment performing research in the field and work in partnership with local conservationists according to priorities set forth by the Human-lion Conflict Management Plan for North West Namibia. The position holder will analyze data collected in the field and serve as the lead author of reports back to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism as well as scholarly and popular publications. Position holder is responsible for activating and maintaining relationships with local communal conservancies committees and members in focal conservancies. Position holder is responsible for activating and maintaining working relationships with Ministry field staff and relevant NGO field staff in the region around the challenge of human-lion conflict in the region. Position holder reports to Professor Craig Packer as well as Kenneth /Uiseb, Deputy Director of Scientific Services, Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism.
Essential and Other Functions:
Develop and Design appropriate African lion population survey and monitoring protocols to derive baseline population and demographic information for the subpopulation that ranges across communal land.
Collect and Analyze relevant lion-based field data using appropriate methods and up-to-date techniques.
Author reports and scholarly and popular publications and maintain an up-to-date website concerning project activities.
Activate and Maintain working relationships with local communal conservancies around human-lion conflict challenges.
Activate and Maintain working relationships with Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism and relevant NGO field staff in northwest Namibia.
60% Design and implementation of data collection, analysis, and report and publication writing. 40% Activate and maintain relationships with relevant local stakeholder, including government, communities, and NGOs.
Essential Qualifications: Position holder must have PhD in relevant natural or social science field. Must have extensive experience working independently in situ in developing countries in rural settings. Must have experience working independently and as part of a team in environments with large and dangerous wildlife. Must have extensive 4x4 driving experience. Must have the ability to work irregular, long hours in challenging environmental conditions, particularly extreme heat. Must have extensive experience planning and implementing logistics in remote environments far from basic services and amenities. Must have basic wilderness First Aid knowledge. Must have proven record of transforming quantitative and qualitative information into high-quality field, scholarly, and popular media.
Preferred Qualifications: Position holder should be flexible and patient. Should have extensive experience working with non-western rural communities. Should have experience working with small-scale African farmers and be comfortable around livestock and wildlife. Should have experience managing diverse teams of field staff and volunteers with low levels of education. Should have experience safely handling immobilized wildlife. Should maintain a baseline of physical fitness (ability to walk 10+miles in 100+ F degree temperature). Should have basic vehicle maintenance skills.
Internal Number: 335084
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