Conservation Research Africa (CRA) is a charity in England and Wales that conducts and supports applied research to inform conservation and wildlife management in Africa. Based in Malawi, CRAs flagship project is Carnivore Research Malawi which conducts applied research, conservation, mitigation and education to conserve carnivores in Malawi.
We are conducting behavioural ecology field research to assess the urban spotted hyaena population in the capital city of Lilongwe, to inform human-wildlife conflict management. We are currently recruiting for a Research Assistant. The position is based in the city of Lilongwe and surrounding areas.
We are currently recruiting for a Carnivore Trapping Coordinator to assist us in Urban Hyaena Research project based in Lilongwe, Malawi. We are assessing the socio-ecology of human-hyaena conflict around the city and its suburbs and have 8 GPS collars to fit and 2 to remove. We use a combination of free darting, leg holds and cage trapping to capture spotted hyaena.
We are looking for some one who will organise and conduct the carnivore trapping programme to fit 8 collars on hyaenas in collaboration with our CRM vet. This position requires hard work at night, trapping, baiting and re-baiting sites and cages night after night.
Timing: This is a 6-8 month position commencing ASAP
The role requires:
Darting of spotted hyaena for collar placement and removal
Darting for snare removal and treatment
Treatment of injured wounded animals
Where required there may be some need to dart lion, jackal, genet, and serval for on-going programmes.
Organising capture design and schedules
Collecting tissue, fecal, hair and serum samples
Creating and maintaining a database of darting and capture records
The successful applicant will work closely with the Malawian Veterinary Department and our CRM Vet as a team to ensure the collars are fitted.
Experience in capture and collaring of large carnivores
Experience of using a variety of capture techniques (e.g. leg holds, call ins, free darting, cage trapping etc)
Clean driving license and preferable 4x4 offroad manual experience
Passion for conservation and wildlife
Positive mental attitude, resilient, ability to muck in and get on with it
Hard work ethic, flexible and conscientious approach
Be willing to work long hours at night
Ability to safely and confidently manage a capture setting with multiple people in attendance (researchers, students, volunteers, scouts, etc)
Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
Creative thinking with the ability to think fast on your feet
Ability to stay organized and focused under busy field conditions
Physically fit with the ability to endure discomfort (heat/cold/bugs)
Experience living and working in basic condition
Attended a capture course for African wildlife
Experience with darting free ranging animals (particularly hyaena)
Location: This position is based at our Urban Research Centre located in natural woodland 5 minutes outside Lilongwe City, Malawi.
Conditions: CRM will provide accommodation and bills, work related travel, airport transfers and limited personal use of a project vehicle. We will cover your food in camp. You will be required to cover visas, insurance, flights and vaccinations.
Extras! While you are with CRM you will have time off to venture further afield to explore Malawi. Malawi is an amazing country; known as the "Warm heart of Africa" it is culturally and ecologically diverse with plenty to see from mountain rainforests to the lake of stars, you won't be disappointed.
To apply please send a CV and covering letter (outlining why you think you would be suitable for the post) to Emma Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org