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The Centre for Education, Research and Conservation of Primates and Nature (CERCOPAN) is a UK-registered Charity (Reg. No. 1116955) with operations in Cross River State, Nigeria. Since 1995, CERCOPAN has worked to conserve Nigerias primates and rainforests. Taking an integrated approach to conservation, CERCOPANs work benefits monkeys, communities, and the rainforest to ensure long-term sustainable impact. CERCOPAN has two sites: our administrative and primate rehabilitation headquarters in Calabar, and our conservation centre at Rhoko, Iko Esai.
Rhoko Forest, the base for CERCOPAN's forest conservation and research programmes, is located approximately 90km north of Calabar. It was established as a result of a long term agreement with Iko Esai community. The site is home to more than 60 semi-free ranging forest monkeys, and an array of wildlife including pangolins, wild putty-nosed guenons and red-eared guenons, mona monkeys, bushbabies, duikers, golden cats and drills. Forest patrols are carried out 24/7 to ensure no illegal activities take place in the area, and research and education are carried out to help us work towards our overall goal of working for primate conservation and the preservation of biodiversity. Of primary concern in our programming is primate conservation, biodiversity research, forest management and conservation of tropical rainforest.
CERCOPAN is recruiting for a Patrol Coordinator, based in Rhoko Forest, to start as soon as possible. The Patrol Coordinator will be responsible for the supervision and management of all Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) research, including supervision of security and patrol staff, with input from the Rhoko Research and Protected Area Manager.
Collect data on NTFP collection, hunting and wildlife
Assist with monthly phenology data collection when required
Accompany patrols on weekly community forest trips twice per month
Ensure all patrol GPS data is mapped, all photographs filed and all data entered each week
Assist the Mona Project Coordinator with mona research when organisational needs require.
Ensure all historical data relating to NTFP collection and patrol are entered into databases
Publish data NTFP collection, hunting and wildlife data in posters and scientific papers whenever possible
Complete monthly report and submit to director on 25th of each month
Write articles for CERCONEWS and Community newsletter as and when required
Provide photographs and updates to Calabar for Facebook
Write all proposals and reports relating to NTFP and wildlife surveys
Supervise Security and Patrol staff based at Rhoko
Assist with performance evaluations of Security and Patrol staff.
Degree in ecology, conservation, biology and a Masters Degree in a relevant subject
Significant research and data analysis experience
Experience working or living in developing countries
Experience living in remote conditions, preferably in forest environment
Interest in Conservation/Primates
Computer skills (powerpoint, excel, word, spss etc.)
4 wheel drive experience
Good communication and organisational skills
Ability to commit for 1 year
Able to work independently
Able to manage own time effectively
Room and board, and in-country visa arrangements are covered for a 1-year contract. Flights, initial visa arrangements, insurance etc. are the responsibility of the volunteer.
Term of Appointment:
1 year minimum
Position open untill filled
Please send covering letter, references (preferably email contact) and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information, please see the CERCOPAN website www.cercopan.org and our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/cercopan.
4 Ishie Lane
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