Overview

The Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife (LCTW) is currently seeking an interested individual to join us in Laos, as part of our Husbandry & Enrichment team.
The Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife is a wildlife conservation, education and rescue centre which is a registered charity in both Laos and the UK, we are currently the only all-inclusive species rescue centre in Lao PDR. Our main mission is to conserve Laos’ extraordinary biodiversity, through many different programmes.

The LCTW is currently at an exciting stage of development. Here, the successful candidate will be involved in our programmes ranging from conservation initiatives, infrastructure and policy development, volunteer engagement, rescued wildlife rehabilitation and education programmes. This includes work with our local staff and volunteers, all of whom are working towards the overall development and growth of the LCTW site and the wider conservation of fauna in Laos.

Our site is a beacon and focal point of conservation efforts in Lao PDR.
We house around 500 animals, mostly native to South-east Asia of varying taxa, these include Large Mammals, a variety of Primates, Ungulates, Reptiles, Birds and Small Mammals. The LCTW is committed to conservation on both a regional and global scale, we are working alongside other wildlife organisations and the Lao government to aid in biodiversity conservation efforts.

For more information about our project, visit https://lctwildlife.org

The Role

The role of Husbandry and Enrichment Coordinator is a hands-on role, working in our centre with rescued wildlife. You will have an active role in rehabilitating rescued wildlife, this includes the daily husbandry and provision of enrichment to wildlife onsite. You will also be involved in other projects such as wildlife infrastructure development, construction and maintenance projects, as well as some administrative duties.

Planning and implementation of projects onsite is a large part of this role, initiative and creativity is encouraged, to provide our wildlife with the best possible standard of care, you will be encouraged to expand the scope of this role.

This role also includes the opportunity to train and guide our volunteers, who come on our Husbandry and Enrichment programme, as well as our Animal-based Studies programme. You will have the chance to educate and guide volunteers, who are crucial to the success of our project.

The candidate will become a valued member of the team which is pushing forward the ongoing development of the infrastructure inherited from the Lao Zoo, whilst bringing/keeping all aspects of husbandry and enrichment to best practice standards.

The admin duties for the volunteer programme are also part of this role, including managing bookings, corresponding with prospective volunteers and partners.

The role will evolve and grow as the successful candidate develops with it, initiative and self-motivation is very much encouraged.

Overall, this role will suit a candidate with a varied range of expertise with wildlife husbandry and enrichment, someone who enjoys providing wildlife education to others whilst training and leading small teams, someone who is engaged with the challenges currently facing wildlife and ultimately someone looking for a challenge to use their initiative and put their ideas into practice.

Essential

  • Previous experience of wildlife husbandry in a captive setting
  • Experience of leading and working with volunteers and guests in a wildlife setting
  • Some construction skills
  • An in depth understanding of enrichment
  • Computer literacy with a good understanding of Microsoft programmes
  • Excellent communication and reporting skills
  • Full driving license from your native country
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Experience in an educational setting, such as public talks and tours
  • A high level of understanding of working safely and leading others to work safely with wildlife
  • Willing to commit to at least 1 year to this role, after a 3-month probationary period
  • Creative individual
  • The ability to be both self-motivated and a team player
  • Willing and able to work in challenging conditions and be culturally sensitive

Desirable

  • Experience working with South-east Asian wildlife
  • Experience of living rurally with a small amount of amenities
  • Knowledge and previous usage of ZIMS or a similar online records system (ARKS, SPARKS, MedARKS)
  • An understanding of fundraising in the non-profit wildlife sector
  • Some Lao and/or Thai language skills
  • PR skills

Onsite accommodation, with 2 cooked meals per day and breakfast supplies will be provided with the role.

This role offers 1 day off per week, a competitive regional salary with paid holidays, plus Lao national holidays. The LCTW will provide the successful candidate with a 1 year rolling business visa, all business travel expenses and a Lao driving license, after a 3-month probationary period.

Our base centre is located in Ban Keun, around a 1 hour drive north of Vientiane, the capital of Lao PDR. We are fairly rural, however our local town has various basic amenities such as pharmacies, markets and ATMs.

We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview, as soon as their application has been reviewed.
Does this sound like your dream job? If you would like to help us conserve and rescue wildlife in Laos, please send your CV along with a covering letter to [email protected]
Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.