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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wildlife Rangers no experience

We require Wildlife Rangers from the beginning of June until mid-December for two periods, either 18 June - 27 August or 27 August to 5 November.  Wildlife Rangers are responsible for protecting nesting loggerhead turtles, their eggs and the nesting beaches.  Duties will include night patrols to deter hunters, tagging and measuring turtles and collecting data and day patrols to relocate nests to the hatchery.  Following the end of the nesting season Rangers will be responsible for monitoring nests and releasing hatchlings.  You may be asked to perform other duties such as working in the hatchery, guiding visitors on nighttime walks as well as participating in outreach activities with schools and other groups. 

We need motivated, committed and flexible individuals with a strong desire to make a difference.  You must have previous fieldwork experience but not necessarily on a turtle project.  Priority will be given to those with relevant experience and who wish to develop a career in conservation work.   You will be have a probationary period and will be expected to pass a written & practical test. 

Requirements for Wildlife Rangers (no experience)
  • Desire to work in conservation
  • High level of energy & flexibility
  • At least 18 years old
  • Understand written and spoken English
  • Good attention to detail
  • Good level of physical fitness
  • Used to physically challenging conditions (long walks, late nights, hot weather, insects)
  • Ability to work and live with people of different backgrounds and nationalities
  • Able to work independently and show initiative

Other skills that are useful
  • You speak more than one language – particularly Kriolu, Portuguese, Italian, German or French
  • You are a mechanic and able to maintain quad bikes and a cars with limited resources
  • You have practical skills such as woodworking or building
  • You have sales or customer service skills
  • You have computer skills (design packages, spreadsheet or database management)
  • You have experience in tourism
  • You have legal experience
  • You are a teacher or have experience in environmental education
  • You have experience training and managing volunteers in a similar project

Benefits for Wildlife Rangers with no experience
Shared accommodation and a monthly food allowance of €100 per month on successful completion of a two week training period & written test.  Bonuses are available for those who show commitment and initiative.

Timing : 18 June - 27 August OR 27 August - 5 November

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