WWF South Africa: Biodiversity Stewardship Officer

Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 15:25
WWF South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, June 22, 2012
Opportunity type: 
Employment
WWF - the World Wide Fund is one of the world's largest and most respected independent conservation and environmental organisations, with almost five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. The organisation’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which we all live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

The Upper Phongola Stewardship Project, which is implemented and managed by WWF, is a joint initiative of the SANBI Grasslands Programme and WWF-SA, with additional technical support from the Mondi Wetlands Programme.

WWF South Africa seeks to appoint a Biodiversity Stewardship Officer - Enkangala Grasslands Project in the Upper Phongola section, based b in Newcastle – Northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) or mutually agreeable location in the area.

This position will facilitate biodiversity stewardship agreements with landowners located within the Upper Phongola section of the Enkangala Grassland Project in northern KZN.

The Implementation in northern KZN will be focused on priority sites informed by the KZN Conservation Plan, the NFEPA assessment of freshwater priorities and other relevant ecological assessments. The project aims to consolidate and expand existing Protected Environments in the area, as well as develop new Protected Environments in order to secure high priority hydrological/biodiversity sites from unsustainable land-use activities (thereby significantly contributing to provincial conservation targets and ensuring sustained provisioning of water to local and downstream users)

This is a two-year contract position.

Responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with the provincial conservation authorities, namely Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife regional staff involved in Biodiversity Stewardship;
  • Implementation in northern KZN will be focused on priority sites informed by the KZN Conservation Plan, the NFEPA assessment of freshwater priorities and other relevant ecological assessments. The project aims to consolidate and expand existing Protected Environments in the area, as well as develop new Protected Environments in order to secure high priority hydrological/biodiversity sites from unsustainable land-use activities (thereby significantly contributing to provincial conservation targets and ensuring sustained provisioning of water to local and downstream users)., namely Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife regional staff involved in Biodiversity Stewardship;
  • Secure partnership arrangements with relevant stakeholders and role players for effective implementation of biodiversity stewardship agreements;
  • Develop and manage biodiversity stewardship agreements with relevant landowners;
  • Provide a support service to relevant landowners and provincial conservation authorities in developing biodiversity stewardship agreements;
  • Maintain an effective monitoring system of biodiversity stewardship sites to ensure adequate biodiversity protection.
Requirements:
  • Recognised tertiary qualification in an environmental or natural resource management field;
  • Minimum of three years experience in the conservation, natural resources management or related field, preferably with multi-disciplined project management experience.  (Preference will be given to candidates with experience in interacting with a diverse range of role players and experience in conservation project implementation within rural contexts);
  • Ability to speak, read and write Afrikaans and additionally English is critical as most of the landowners who will be engaged through the project are Afrikaans and English speaking
  • Ability to speak isiZulu will be an added advantage;
  • Valid South African resident status;
  • Computer literacy in MS Office or related software;
  • Basic GIS literacy;
  • Good communicator, should be able to facilitate identification of stakeholder needs and develop effective responses;
  • Strong negotiation abilities are required to develop and nurture effective partnerships with relevant landowners, landowner associations, conservation / environmental organisations and governmental agencies;
  • Background in dealing with farming communities will be an advantage;
  • Valid driver’s licence (Code 8) accompanied by a willingness and ability to travel (note: project vehicle will be provided).
The successful candidate will join the WWF Grasslands team consisting of the Manager: WWF Grasslands Programme, the Invasive Alien Species Control Officer, Commercial and Land Reform Stewardship Officers. 

Visit WWF SA’s website http://wwf.org.za for comprehensive description of the Biodiversity Unit and WWF’s Grasslands conservation work. Information on the SANBI Grasslands Programme is available at http://www.grasslands.org.za.

To apply, submit a CV (maximum four pages), contact details of three referees and motivation letter explaining why you should be considered for this exciting position to Angus Burns at aburns@wwf.org.za or post to P O Box 21106, Newcastle, 2940 by close of business 22 June 2012.

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

Enquiries: Angus Burns, e-mail: egtproject@mweb.co.za.

WWF seeks to promote diversity among its staff. Candidates who have received no response within three weeks of the closing date should kindly assume that their application has not been successful.

WWF-SA reserves the right not to fill this position.

For more about the WWF South Africa, refer to www.wwf.org.za.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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