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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tourism Ranger 2015

This position is suitable for candidates who wish to pursue a career in eco-tourism or those interested in the educational side of conservation.  You will gain excellent experience in leading groups and sharing information about environmental issues as well as making a contribution to the conservation of marine turtles and participating in scientific work. 

You will work for The Cabo Verde Nature Company, an organisation set up specifically to generate funds for turtle conservation and environmental causes in Cabo Verde.  Reporting to the Tourism Manager, you will be involved in all our activities with visitors.  These will include, but are not limited to, leading night-time visits to nesting beaches, giving information to tourists and working in our educational centre.  This job is a mixture of daytime and nighttime shifts.  Please consider that you will be accompanying people on turtle walks six nights out of seven for as long as 14 weeks, sometimes without seeing a turtle.  You need to be confident, outgoing, resilient and cheerful to fulfil this job.

Previous experience with turtles is an advantage but is not necessary, as full training will be given.  However, you need to have a strong desire to contribute to turtle conservation and be able to communicate information about marine turtles as well as having a belief in environmentally conscious living. You must have previous experience in a tourism, sales or customer service environment.  You should be comfortable talking to small groups as well as individuals and recognise that contact with turtles is often a life changing experience for visitors.  A large part of your job is making that experience the best that it can be.  We need native English speakers as well as people who are fluent in English plus another language (German, Dutch, Italian or French). You must be trustworthy, financially astute, organised and have computer skills.

Requirements for Tourism Ranger:
Desire to work in eco-tourism
Previous experience in tourism, sales or customer service 
Outgoing personality and good communication skills
Fluent in English OR fluent in English and at least one other language
Good level of physical fitness
High level of energy and flexibility
Able to communicate well with small groups of people
Ability to work and live with people of different backgrounds and nationalities
Able to work independently and show initiative
Organised and presentable

Benefits:  Shared accommodation in an apartment in Santa Maria and a living allowance of between €100 and €300 a month depending on experience.  Water and electricity paid. You must complete a two week training period and written test.  Your allowance may be increased if you reach your performance objectives.

Timing : 16 June - 14 October (17 weeks)

Download an application form here.

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