Science and Projects Coordinator

Closing date: 
30 Jun 2019

Summary: The Seychelles Islands Foundation manages and protects the two Seychelles’ UNESCO World Heritage sites, Aldabra Atoll and the Vallée de Mai. We are seeking a motivated conservation scientist to join our team as science and projects coordinator (SPC) at Head Office on Mahé. Working closely with SIF’s director of research and conservation you will successfully coordinate and implement SIF’s programme of projects. The SPC is responsible for the smooth coordination, updating and expansion of SIF projects, including projects on management, conservation, research, invasive species, biosecurity and education. The role includes coordination of larger externally-funded projects, requiring reporting duties to funding agencies, as well as internal projects (e.g. student/volunteer projects) and biosecurity duties. The SPC is responsible for all stages of project management, from submitting funding applications, to coordinating project staff, to preparing final reports and budgets for funders, and ensuring that project results are disseminated appropriately. The SPC contributes to and supports the advancement of SIF’s monitoring and research work at both sites. This position is based in SIF Head Office with regular trips to the Vallée de Mai and potentially Aldabra. The SPC reports to the director of research and conservation and line manages research and some project team staff. This role offers a unique opportunity to play a key role in the management, conservation and monitoring of two of the planet’s most pristine natural areas.

Criteria and specific skill set
• BSc (essential) and post-graduate degree (preferred) in environmental/conservation science;
• Minimum 1 year successful environmental project management/support experience (essential);
• Experience with ecological fieldwork and data collection (essential), ideally including protocol design and implementation, data collection supervision, data management, reporting, reviewing, manuscript writing;
• Technical skills – computer literacy, data analysis and statistics (R), GPS/GIS (QGIS) (essential);
• Successful fund-raising and proposal-writing experience (essential)
• Strong background of communicating science in written English to diverse audiences, ideally including technical reports, proposals, popular articles, social media posts, media articles, manuscripts (essential)
• Experience managing teams (essential)
• Excellent understanding of global, regional and national conservation issues (essential), Seychelles/Indian Ocean experience (preferred)
• Experience managing/researching invasive alien species (essential)
• Experience developing and delivering high level presentations (essential)
• Practical fieldwork skills are an asset (e.g. general monitoring experience, mist-netting, bird ringing, turtle tagging, herpetofauna handling, pit-tagging, vegetation surveys, fish/coral ID, marine survey skills, diving)
• Strongly motivated to use excellent science to guide and underpin conservation decisions in the field (essential)
• Proven excellent organisation, planning, prioritisation and multi-tasking skills (essential)
• Proven work ethic - reliable, committed, highly motivated, professional, and positive, flexible attitude (essential)
• Excellent communication– able to communicate effectively in writing and verbally with diverse groups (essential)
The successful candidate should be available in September 2019. Please send applications (CV & cover letter) and queries (including requests for full job description) to Mrs Bernadette Julie, by Sunday 30th June 2019.