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Gorilla project manager (Gabon, central Africa)

Hiring Organization:
Association Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Project Background

The Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Project (FVGP) is PASA-accredited, is run by the Projet Gorille Fernan-Vaz Gabonese association and is sponsored by the Dutch-based charitable foundation Société de Conservation et de Développement SCD). The FVGP consists of a sanctuary and rehabilitation centre for western lowland gorilla orphans (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) who are victims of the bushmeat trade in Gabon. The project is located in the Fernan-Vaz lagoon near the town of Omboué, just north of Loango National Park.

The Sanctuary consists of a forested enclosure. These gorillas act as conservation ambassadors to help educate national and international visitors to Evengue Island on the plight of great-apes.

The rehabilitation centre is located on Oriquet Island, away from human exposure, where 8 orphaned gorillas currently reside. We hope to be able to reintroduce them back into the wild and efforts are currently on-going.

The FVGP base camp is located at Mpando (on mainland) just 600 meters across from Oriquet Island. The FVGP field veterinary manager is expected to oversee the management of the gorillas and local staff under the guidance of the off-site project advisor and director.

Position Description:

Gorilla management and husbandry

- Supervise the daily husbandry and care of all the gorillas. Exposure to the gorillas should be limited to regular visual exams, medical interventions or the evaluation of staff performance;
- Oversee the gorilla health prevention and nutritional programs;
- Coordinate the ongoing development of FVGP gorilla infrastructures.

Local staff management

- Daily management of the local staff (assisted by a local human resources consultant);
- Hire and train local staff (as needed);
- Organize monthly salaries and daily accounting with ongoing communication with the FVGPs out-of-country accountant and/or project advisor;
- Oversee the employee health prevention program;

1.French-speaking a must (fluency in English an asset);
2.At least 28 years-old;
3.At least 12 full months of hands-on experience with orphaned great-apes (gorilla experience preferred);
4.At least 12 full months of experience managing local staff in a developing country (experience in Africa an asset);
5.Veterinary degree with a valid license an asset (with a least 1 year of clinical experience and 1 year of field experience in Africa);
6.Proven communication, team-work and leadership skills;
7.Ability willingness to live in an isolated and remote area with very basic living conditions;

Salary and benefits: to be negotiated based on qualifications and experience.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Cost of visa;
One yearly return-airfare;
Food, basic accommodation and transportation (in-country);
Health insurance (to be discussed);

Term of Appointment:
November 1, 2014

Application Deadline:
October 1, 2014

Contact Information:
Nick Bachand


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