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Conservation Officer

at CapeNature
Published August 9, 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, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve.

The successful candidate will report to the Conservation Manager on Reserve: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve Complex



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 protected area 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.
Protected area 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.
Biodiversity economy activities are implemented in identified nodes.
Livelihood support is established for local communities.
Oversee maintenance of tourism infrastructure and facilities

Advocate for behavioral change and promote voluntary compliance

Local community involvement in Protected Area management is established.
Stakeholder engagement is enhanced through targeted interventions.
Public Private Partnerships are maintained.
Compliance plans for all On and Off Reserve components are in place.


National Diploma in Nature Conservation / equivalent qualification at NQF 6 in a Nature Conservation field
At least 5 years appropriate experience in the Nature 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)
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


Effective people management skills
Strong analytical and strategic skills
Financial management
Strong leadership skills
Ability to work effectively within teams (as a leader and as team member)
High levels of personal responsibility and accountability
Sound interpersonal, communication
Good project planning and organizing skills
Ability to work under pressure