EarthWatch Coordinator – Kalahari Meerkat Project

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The Kalahari Meerkat project is situated in the Kalahari Desert close to Van Zylsrus in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The scientific project is widely known for its contributions to behavioural ecology throughout the last 15 years under Professor Tim Clutton-Brock of Cambridge University.

As part of the project, EarthWatch volunteers assist with data collection throughout six months of the year.  The coordinator is responsible for organising the volunteers during this period and analysing the data they collect.  During the other half of the year, they are involved in the organisation and running of the meerkat research. The work entails a range of conservation based activities including the collection of behavioural data on meerkats, animal and GPS tracking, transporting volunteers, organising meals and accommodation with aid of local help, training volunteers in scientific data collection protocols and surveys and interaction with local people.

They are currently looking to fill the position of EarthWatch Coordinator at the project starting from November/December 2010.

The ideal candidate would be a South African citizen with a BSc or similar degree and good social and organisational skills. The position requires flexibility, adaptability to work in a remote location and to work well in a group setting. Fluency in Afrikaans and English is critical, in both engaging with the local community as well as onsite workers.  Both male and female candidates fitting the above description are encouraged to apply.

Please send a complete Curriculum Vitae, along with covering letter detailing your interests and experiences to the following email address (Subject line: EarthWatch Coordinator): mkproj@mweb.co.za, by the 10th October 2010, with interviews being held from the 29th October 2010.

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