Nov 07, 2018

Drakensburg Project Coordinator

  • Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • Midlands
Full time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is a nonprofit organisation that works to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all people.

EWT seeks to appoint a Drakensburg Project Coordinator, to be based in Midlands, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The purpose of the Drakensburg Project Coordinator is to coordinate the Drakensburg Key Catchment Conservation project within the African Crane Conservation Programme (a partnership between the International Crane Foundation and Endangered Wildlife Trust), Home to Blue, Grey Crowned and Wattled Cranes, this is one of Africa’s key sites for crane conservation. Leading a team in the Drakensberg region, this position aims to build resilience within the Drakensberg for the benefit of people and biodiversity.


Develop a landscape level priority plan for expanding the protected area network in the region
Develop key partnerships to ensure an integrated Population Health and Environment (PHE) approach to conservation
Explore and pilot alternative options to habitat security such as conservation servitudes
Improve the ecological integrity of secured sites through wetland rehabilitation
Capacity building of landowners and alien plant control
Develop and implement post proclamation support and incentives on secured sites
Empower land users and owners in sustainable management practices
Identify and drive community benefit programmes that promotes economic development and community resilience
Develop and fulfil annual work plans and project management plans for the project
Facilitate protected area expansion within key catchments of the Southern Drakensberg surrounding the World Heritage Site, using the Biodiversity Stewardship approach or other legal mechanisms including Conservation Servitudes
Identify innovative post proclamation incentives and support landowners, both private and communal, in the implementation of management plans and/or management guidelines for improved grassland and wetland health
Collaborate with other stakeholders and NGO’s working in protected area expansion to build sustainability within the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape Biodiversity Stewardship Programmes
Support the mainstreaming of Ecosystem Goods and Services monitoring into improved land management and Biodiversity Stewardship
Support the implementation and monitoring of community livelihood projects as identified;
Monitor and respond to all instances of threats to and mortalities of cranes in the project area;
Provide input into relevant development applications and conservation planning projects in the area
Ensure that at least one peer-reviewed publication is produced annually
Mentor and develop skills of partners and stakeholders with which the ICF/EWT-ACCP work

Minimum of a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management or a related, relevant field
Minimum of five years’ experience in relevant field, with demonstrable experience working with farmers, municipality and relevant government departments being recommended
Experience in mentoring and managing people within a team environment is essential
Understanding of and/or experience with the biodiversity stewardship process in South Africa will be advantageous
Understanding of grassland and catchment ecological processes and associated ecosystem services, with experience in the management of our natural resources is recommended
Ability to conceptualize and implement projects at a landscape level, within the South African socio-economic context
Interpersonal skills which must include the ability to work with, develop partnerships with and create a network of a range of stakeholders, including landowners, communities and government representatives at both the project and strategic levels
Ability to present, discuss and debate challenging environmental concepts with a wider audience
Oral and written communication skills and being conversant in English
Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programmes and adept in using Geographic Information Systems
Flexible to work as a team member and also independently
Possession of a valid South African or international driver’s license, and suitable driving experience
Ability to undertake tasks that are physically demanding
To apply, submit your CV with three references contact details and motivational letter of why you are the best candidate for this position to Emma Chisare: or send by post to Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645 or Fax to +27 086 636 5823

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful.

The EWT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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