Are you passionate about the environment and protecting threatened species? Are you interested in the endemic bats of Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands? Are you keen to learn new techniques and skills? Then you might be the person we are looking for!
VESS has a position a Threatened Species Officer (Bat Project) to work on implementing the “Conservation of the Endemic Flying Foxes of Torba and Temotu in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands” project funded by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). The project’s aims are to conduct scientific research on the biology and ecology of three species of flying foxes in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands that are threatened with extinction. A species action and survival plan for each of the three species of flying fox will also be devised under this project. Amongst other activities the job will involve working with research scientists from the University of Queensland and a 3 to 4 week long field expedition to northern Vanuatu and southern Solomon Islands and additional travel in Vanuatu. The project aim is to build capacity for biodiversity assessments including for bat species and VESS will provide training to the threatened species project officer.
This role will also involve some administrative work for VESS as well as assisting with an outreach program to involve people in conservation themed events and talks.
- Minimum qualification of a year 13 high school certificate SPFSC however candidates with a Bachelor Degree in a natural science subject will have an advantage
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- A passion and enthusiasm for the environment and conservation
- Previous experience in project implementation desirable
- Computer literacy including email and Microsoft suite
- Must be able to commit to FULL time employment
- This position is open to Ni-Vanuatu Citizens
Salary: 300-400 VT per hour commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Language: English, Bislama, French is an advantage.
Closing Date for applications: 5 pm Wednesday 12th July 2017
How To Apply: Please address your cover letter (max 1 page) to Dr. Christina Shaw.
In your letter please include one paragraph why you think bats are important to people and the environment in Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. Please mention why you believe their conservation is important and what measures can be taken to conserve them.
Send you letter together with your CV (max 2 pages) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is no need to send academic record or references at this stage.
Invitation to attend VESS Stakeholder Meeting
9am -12 noon Tuesday 28th March
Chantilly’s Hotel conference room
We are holding a stakeholder meeting and would like to invite government departments, NGOs, organisations and individuals who have an interest in the environment and conservation to participate. We are currently implementing a GEF-funded Dugong and Seagrass Conservation Project and a project to raise awareness of threatened species in Vanuatu. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce VESS to those you do not know us, to report on our current projects and to investigate possibilities of future projects and collaboration for the benefit of conservation in Vanuatu. We would also like to consult with our stakeholders to see what priorities are important to people in Vanuatu.
09:00 Start of meeting
09:15 Introduction to VESS and annual report – Dr. Christina Shaw
10.00 report on current projects – Douglas Koran and Leilani Nalo.
10:30 Break for coffee and muffins
11:00 Up-coming projects to start this year – Dr. Christina Shaw
11:30 Discussion on future projects and priorities for VESS
12:00 Meeting ends
Presentations will be made by our CEO Christina Shaw, as well as the two Ni-Vanuatu scientists who are employed on our projects. We very much hope that you are able to attend but understand that everyone has busy schedules. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to anyone who you think may be interested in coming to the meeting. For catering purposes we would appreciate an RSVP to email@example.com by the morning of Monday 27th March.
We hope to see you on Tuesday