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Sanctuary Manager (1 year)

Hiring Organization:
Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary

Date Posted:
2017-09-17

Position Description:
Would you like to help develop and serve as the Sanctuary Manager for the first-ever monkey and small wildlife sanctuary in Liberia? If so, this is an amazing opportunity! We are seeking a volunteer Sanctuary Manager for a small new sanctuary in Liberia - the Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is a place where wild animals come in, that are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trade. At this moment, many different animals are staying here: pangolins, potto, civets, duikers, parrots, monkeys, crocodiles, turtles,? Our main goal is to release as many animals back into the forest as possible.

The Sanctuary Manager will be responsible for:

Animal care:
Managing and carrying out day-to-day operations of the sanctuary. This includes general animal husbandry, introduction of animals, record keeping, food preparation, monitoring of animals, physical and emotional well-being, furnishing existing enclosures and introducing and monitoring enrichment.

Cleaning, maintaining, repairing and improving enclosures, equipment, and sanctuary grounds, and assisting with construction projects.

Carry out basic medical procedures and first aid if necessary

Logistic:
Work closely with the sanctuary partners (FDA, SCNL, CI,?): attend meetings, write reports,?
Coordinate confiscations and releases

Marketing:
Photography, fundraising, creating a website, and other tasks as may be needed and assigned.
Assist with on- and off-line fundraising efforts, outreach and advocacy in Liberia and internationally.

Administration:
Being in charge of the sanctuary budget, take care of the accountancy, write monthly reports,?
Management:
Provide guided educational tours of the sanctuary to visitors of all ages and develop educational materials and activities.

Direct and oversee volunteers and/or local staff.

Qualifications/Experience:
- Previous related sanctuary experience or desire and willingness to pursue a steep learning curve both prior to arrival in-country and once in the position.
- Degree in zoology, biology, animal care or veterinary science.
- Computer skills required (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Internet)

- Experience living in a developing country, preferably Africa is a plus.

- Healthy, mature, patient, autonomous, social, outgoing, self-starter, supervisor, even-tempered, work well with others, willing to learn, and able to tolerate periods of isolation living on-site at the sanctuary.
- We prefer non-smokers.

Salary/funding:
This is a voluntary position, so there is no salary, apart from US$200 a month for expenses. However, accommodation will be provided for the volunteer. The volunteer is responsible for any additional non-work expenses incurred while traveling in Liberia. The volunteer is required to have basic health care coverage and must acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Liberia (yellow fever, rabies, tetanus and hepatitis). Advice about what items are necessary for life at the Libassa Wildlife Center will be provided to the successful applicant.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Round-trip airfare, meals, and accommodation will be provided at Libassa Ecolodge (www.libassa.com). The sanctuary is located at Libassa Ecolodge.
If you stay for a 3 month period, ¼ of your flight ticket will be reimbursed; if you stay for 6 months, ½ of your flight ticket will be reimbursed, after one year, the entire flight ticket will be reimbursed.

Term of Appointment:
Negotiable, but ideally November 1st, 2017, with possibility of extension. Liberia is a safe and friendly country to live in and was declared Ebola-free by the WHO. You will receive training on the job for 1 month by the current sanctuary manager.

Application Deadline:
Position will remain open until filled. Earlier applications will receive priority.

Comments:
To apply please email the following materials to julievanassche@hotmail.com: (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work ; (2) a CV or resume detailing relevant experience; (3) a summary of college/university courses taken and the grades received (to be followed by an official transcript; and (4) contact information (phone and email) for three references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as two people who have worked closely with you or who have closely supervised your work. The subject heading of the email message should read: ?Application for Volunteer Sanctuary Manager."

Contact Information:
Julie Vanassche
Marshall Highway
Kpan's Town, none 00
Liberia

Telephone Number:
881118211

Fax Number:
881118211

E-mail Address:
julievanassche@hotmail.com

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