EWT: Water Conservation Project Coordinator

Endangered Wildlife Trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 27 February, 2018
Opportunity type: 

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 Water Conservation Project Coordinator to be based in Limpopo.


  • To protect hydrological functioning, unique biodiversity, landscapes and sustainable livelihoods in the Soutpansberg Mountains
  • Develop a detailed conservation plan to allow the strategic implementation of urgent conservation interventions including Invasive Alien Plant clearing of priority upper catchments as well as the improvement of habitat management practices in formally secured priority protected areas for ecosystem service provision and climate change resilience
  • Establish sustainable green micro-enterprise initiatives for the long-term achievement and maintenance of alien clearing plans for the economic benefit of local people
  • Capacitate provincial conservation officials to implement ongoing conservation action and finally to catalyse similar work more widely across the Vhembe Biosphere Reserve (VBR)


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Natural Resource Management, Conservation Biology or relevant field
  • Three years’ proven experience in the sector, which includes alien invasive plant clearing and strategic conservation planning
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in mentoring and managing staff at various levels is essential
  • Proven experience in conceptualising and implementing of large projects at a landscape level, with strong facilitation and coordination skills and ability demonstrated
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large budgets and maintain field equipment
  • An understanding of and experience with the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme in South Africa is highly advantageous
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategies for conservation based micro-enterprise and socio economic development is beneficial
  • Critical thinker and the ability to challenge conventional thinking and think innovatively
  • Strong interpersonal skills which must include proven ability to 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
  • Have a valid South African or international driver’s license, and suitable driving experience
  • Computer literacy Microsoft Office programmes and GIS
  • Being conversant in English in compulsory, and one other relevant South African language would be advantageous
  • Oral and written communication skills 
  • Experience with strategic partnerships with the private and public sector, and with large scale funding agencies
  • Understand water and catchment management, and the role agriculture plays in conservation of natural resources and vice versa
  • Research and data collection skills
  • Adept in using Geographic Information Systems would be advantageous
  • Ability to undertake tasks that are physically demanding
  • Willingness and ability to work in remote areas is critical
  • Disciplined, innovative and energetic
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated, disciplined and energetic with strong people skills and an approachable manner

To apply, submit your CV and motivational letter of why you are the best candidate for this position to Emma Chisare, Human Resources Department at emmac@ewt.org.za or mail to Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645 or fax to +27 (0)86 636 5823.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal
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. 

For more about the Endangered Wildlife Trust, refer to www.ewt.org.za

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