Apr 12, 2019

Conservation Canine Project Coordinator

  • Endangered Wildlife Trust
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
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 Conservation Canine Project Coordinator for the Wildlife in Trade Programme, to be based in Johannesburg.

The purpose of the position is to Coordinate in its Wildlife in Trade Programme. Illegal and/or unsustainable wildlife trade is one of the most significant global threats to biodiversity . Wildlife trade is escalating in southern Africa and the mission of the Wildlife in Trade Programme is to curb the impacts of illegal and/or unsustainable wildlife trade through targeted interventions along the trade chain. One such intervention is our Conservation Canine Project, which works to prevent and detect wildlife crimes.

Day to day coordination and implementation of the Conservation Canine Project
Ongoing strategic development of the Conservation Canine Project, including developing new areas of work and unlocking opportunities
Provide training, assessing and moderating the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority (SASETHA) NQF DH (Dog Handling) one to six training course
Provide training and refresher training to the EWT Conservation Canines
Ensure that all EWT Conservation Canines and EWT handlers are annually accredited and evaluated
Facilitate the integration of the use of EWT Conservation Canines into operations at appropriate locations where they will be effective in the fight against wildlife crime
Ensure the financial sustainability of the Conservation Canine Project (this includes fundraising, engagement with donors, ensuring all donor commitments are met and ensuring financial security of all the EWT Conservation Canines for their full estimated lifespan)
Develop and nurture new partnerships and relationships with donors, governmental agencies and private sector companies for the benefit of Wildlife in Trade Programme and the EWT at large
Maintain and service existing partnerships and relationships with donors, governmental agencies and private sector companies for the benefit of WITP and the EWT at large

Certified as dog handler and completed the SASETHA NQF DH one to six course
Qualified as an assessor through SASETHA
Private Security Industry Regulation Authority (PSIRA) registration would be beneficial
Extensive track record of training working canines and experience training canine handlers and in managing canine units
Experience of working with a wide variety of role-players, including intergovernmental agencies, government officials (including those with an environmental and law enforcement mandate), NGOs, the private sector, communities, staff and volunteers
Demonstrated ability in conceiving and developing new areas of work
Demonstrated management abilities, formal management training would be beneficial
Self-motivation and pro-activity, administrative skills, organisational skills, and the proven ability to work under pressure
Report-writing skills for a variety of audiences
A passion for conservation and our natural heritage
Ethical and compassionate attitude to working with animals
Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programmes
Strong writing skills
Strong project coordination and people management skills
Experience in and ability to speak publicly
Self-motivation and pro-activity.
Administrative skills and good organisation skills
Knowledge of a second South African language would be beneficial
Valid SA driver’s license, and suitable off road and long distance driving experience
Disciplined, innovative and energetic
Staff management skills
Communication and networking skills
Ability to work both independently and as part of team
Strong people skills and an approachable manner

To apply submit your CV and a detailed letter of motivation to Emma Chisare, the Human Resource Assistant, email


Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application

This position is based at the EWT’s Head Office in Johannesburg but may require travel to various project sites on a regular basis.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer.

Applicants are requested to submit a CV, and a detailed motivation as to how and why they would be the best possible candidate for the Conservation Canine Project Coordinator.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 15 working days of the closing date must 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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