Overview

Durrell have worked in Mauritius for over 45 years, supporting the country to conserve their native flora and fauna. We work in partnership with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), which is the largest conservation NGO in Mauritius to be exclusively concerned with the conservation and preservation of the nation’s endangered plant and animal species. The MWF host Durrell personnel and provide the administrative and operational support to Durrell staff. This role will be embedded in the MWF-Durrell Island Restoration Programme, which operates in close collaboration with the Government’s National Parks and Conservation Service and Forestry Service.

 PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:

  •  Lead on the development and implementation of strategies for flora restoration on Round Island and contribute to other relevant Durrell strategies;
  • Liaise with MWF’s Flora team, following their guidance, to produce and implement plans for all relevant work, including annual propagation, planting, and weed management plans for Round Island;
  • Monitor and evaluate activities to track, adaptively manage and report on the progress and performance of the flora restoration work within the Round Island Management Plan;
  • Work with the Island Restoration Coordinator and Durrell’s Delivery and Impact Manager to identify fundraising opportunities and secure funds for the programme, including the preparation of fundraising proposals;
  • Support the professional development of other programme staff and interns through training and mentoring, including in the areas of effective propagation, hardening and management of plant stocks, habitat/plant surveys, planting and aftercare and invasive species identification and management;
  • The management, maintenance and where needed the enhancement of all relevant infrastructure and materials, organising procurement through Durrell and MWF when required;
  • Where needed, assist with recruitment of staff required to support plant restoration activities on the island;
  • In collaboration with the Islands Restoration Research Coordinator, oversee data collection and management for all plant restoration activities;
  • Ensure all activities are carried out in compliance with Durrell and MWF policies, including HR, Health & Safety, and finances, and in line with donor funding conditions.
  • Participate in meetings, workshops, and presentations in support of Durrell’s and MWF’s conservation priorities;
  • Due to the nature of the role the post holder will be expected to support other activities and logistics within the Island Restoration Programme, particularly for Round Island;
  • When requested, to advise on and contribute to relevant strategies and activities in Durrell’s other global rewilding sites.

PERSON SPECIFICATION KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

  • A post-graduate degree in a relevant subject and/or significant work experience in a relevant field;
  • Demonstrable experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating delivery/work plans;
  • Experience in the design, planning, implementation, and management of conservation projects;
  • Proven experience of carrying out botanical field surveys;
  • Prior experience of working in a small multicultural team is desirable;
  • A track record in the training and mentoring of early career conservationists;
  • Proven experience in managing budgets and grants;
  • Data management and database skills are desirable;
  • Proven experience of engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including non-governmental organisations, academic, government stakeholders and individuals with various levels of skill;
  • Experience of living and working in developing countries and in remote and basic field conditions;
  • Understanding and experience of working for or with NGOs;
  • Experience of working on Small Island Developing States is ideal;
  • A good understanding of current international biodiversity conservation issues;
  • A good knowledge of ecological and botanical survey methodologies and practices is essential;
  • A working knowledge of the project cycle and project/programme management;
  • A knowledge of and, ideally, experience of implementing, the Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation is desirable;
  • Skills in plant identification, nursery management, seed banking, planting, pest management and weed control are essential;
  • Fluent spoken and written English is essential, with an excellent standard of English writing skills.;
  • People management, coaching and capacity building/development skills;
  • Analytical skills and proficient use of statistical software, ideally programme R;
  • GIS skills;
  • Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and evaluation;
  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively with strong decision-making capability;
  • Excellent project management skills;
  • Excellent communication, networking, presentation, and interpersonal skills;
  • Strong organisational skills, with an ability to manage competing priorities and adapt to changing circumstances;
  • Practical maintenance of equipment and infrastructure;
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Ability to work in different cultural settings;
  • Must be highly computer literate;
  • Must have a valid driving license and be able to drive a manual vehicle;
  • Must have a high level of fitness and be able to swim;
  • Ideally have first aid certification.