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Conservation Manager

at CapeNature
Published June 13, 2023
Location Heidelberg, South Africa
Category Management  
Job Type Full-Time  


This position is suited to a dedicated conservationist who would like to contribute meaningfully to the conservation of biodiversity through protected area management, protected area expansion, compliance and law enforcement, support for eco-tourism and access, environmental learning and stakeholder relations within the Langeberg Landscape Unit, specifically responsible for Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.

The successful candidate will report to the Landscape Unit Manager, Langeberg Landscape Unit (South Landscape).


Enhance biodiversity resilience through targeted ecosystem conservation and restoration initiatives

Targeted conservation and restoration initiatives and interventions informed by knowledge and management best practice are implemented.
Protected Area is managed according to a management plan and prioritized action plans.
Priority landscapes are protected, restored and conserved.
Conservation operations are optimized through planned METT actions and interventions.
Priority ecological infrastructure areas are restored and protected.

Lead landscape conservation and stewardship in ways that address biodiversity loss.

Biodiversity legal mandate is implemented through compliance and enforcement actions.
Protected area expansion planning priorities and associated conservation intelligence are implemented.
Actions to improve the conservation status of priority species and ecosystems are implemented.
Functional partnerships addressing biodiversity loss are developed and maintained.
Landscape ecological and human well-being is promoted through a landscape environmental interpretation and awareness plan.

Promote the biodiversity economy, and enhance biodiversity access and sustainable use

Job opportunities are created through implementation of Natural Resource Management programmes.
Contractor development and work opportunities are enhanced through environmental programmes implemented (Integrated Catchment Management, Expanded Public Works).
Sustainable harvesting of natural products is facilitated.


National Diploma in Nature Conservation / equivalent qualification at NQF 6 in a Nature Conservation field
Strong ability to lead with at least 5 years’ management experience in the Conservation Sector
Proven track record of managing a protected area and sound interpersonal, communication and people management skills
Experience in Fynbos Fire Management & Alien Vegetation Management
Strong leadership and conflict resolution skills
Exceptional ability to work effectively within teams (as a leader and as team member)
Proven written and communication skills
Exceptional financial management skills
Thorough working knowledge of MS Office with QGIS (or equivalent) advantageous
A valid EB (08) driver’s license, willingness to travel regularly and ability to drive on 4x4 terrain
Physical fitness to perform duties in rugged mountainous terrain
Bilingualism in at least 2 of the official languages of the Western Cape
No criminal record.


Post-graduate Degree in Nature Conservation, Natural Sciences and/or Sustainable Development will be advantageous.