Ecological Coordinator

at CapeNature
Published May 5, 2024
Expires May 20, 2024
Location Hermanus, South Africa
Category Management  
Job Type Full-Time  

Description

The purpose of the Ecological Coordinator position within CapeNature is to facilitate and coordinate
the collection and interpretation of biodiversity related data. This contributes to informing terrestrial
and marine biodiversity management planning and decision making through processes such as
State of Biodiversity, Protected Area Management Plans (PAMP), the Management Effectiveness
Tracking Tool (METT) and priority species monitoring in Landscape South.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manage effective data, knowledge and information flow in order to produce quality data,
information and intelligence to inform and facilitate strategic adaptive management.

Maintain and updated landscape databases for all priority projects.
Conduct, facilitate & drive landscape monitoring.
Quality check, verify and submit biodiversity data.
Provide landscape feedback on tracking priority tasks.
Develop, review and update ecological monitoring and data collection protocols.
Provide ecological technical assistance and training.
Manage ecological filing systems and databases.

Provide ecological decision support for effective landscape conservation and ensure sound
scientific analysis of data through coordination to guide management planning and
assessment.

Contribute to the implementation of scientifically based monitoring programs and strategies for identified elements of biodiversity in and around landscape protected areas.
Provide ecological decision support to internal components and relevant external partners.
Check that data for approved ecological projects is processed and analyzed in collaboration.
Where relevant, assistance with all components of fieldwork for priority species monitoring projects.
Provide inputs into landscape Game Management Plan applications when required
Compile in collaboration Standard Operating Procedures, Standard Operating Guidelines, & ecological monitoring protocols.

Facilitate and lead integrated landscape and protected area planning and review

Play a pivotal role in the PAMP process in the landscape
Ensure that ecological matrices are compiled for all Landscape reserves and components.
Ensure that ecological matrices are regularly reviewed for all Landscape reserves and components and assist with compilation of related reports.
Contribute to ensure that Protected Area Annual Plan of Operations and ecological matrices are aligned through integrated planning.
Contribute to the integration of the eco-matrix into the reserve Integrated Work Plans
Review and contribute to relevant ecological internal policies, guidelines, manuals and operating procedures regulating the management of biodiversity.
Contribute to the METT assessment process for protected areas.
Incorporate METT outcomes into the eco-matrix where relevant.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
An appropriate tertiary qualification in ecology and/or nature conservation (NQF level 7)
and at least 5 years of relevant experience.
A thorough understanding of ecological theory, ecological processes and components of
biodiversity.
Extensive experience conducting a range of fauna and flora fieldwork preferably in the
Western Cape as well as the associated data processing and analysis.
Must be able to turn data into information and document this in reports etc. to inform
conservation management.
Ability to motivate and mentor staff to ensure maximum productivity and optimal
development skills.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and interface with a wide range of people
Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and independently.
Physically and mentally fit and willing and able to undertake strenuous fieldwork under
varying climatic and terrain conditions.
Prepared to travel extensively and be away from home for periods of time.
Must have a valid driver’s license, be competent driving long distances and 4x4 vehicles.
Proficiency in two of the three official languages of the Western Cape and high competency
in English writing.
High competency in the use of Microsoft Office suite.
An excellent working knowledge of GIS.
No criminal record.

RECOMMENDATIONS
Knowledge of the Fynbos, Succulent Karoo & Marine biomes, and associated priority
species of the Western Cape.
Enjoy working with data!
Knowledge of and the ability to interpret conservation policies, protocols and legislation.
A confident, committed, service-orientated, organized, and innovative predisposition.
Ability to problem solve, prioritize and cope with dynamic circumstances
Excellent multi-tasking skills and ease of adaptability to change.

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