8 Oct 2020

Conversation Officer at Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania

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Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall by conserving chimpanzees and inspiring communities to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment, we strongly believe everything is connected and everyone can make a difference.

The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) is a reputable and rapidly expanding non-governmental organization committed to wildlife research, conservation, socio-economic development, and environmental education. The Jane Goodall Institute Tanzania (JGI-TZ) was founded in 1977 by Dr. Jane Goodall. The JGI Tanzania with its partners – USAID and many others makes a difference through landscape and community-cantered conservation, chimpanzees research projects, youths’ environmental protection education, the innovative use of science and technology in wildlife research, conservation & education. We work closely with local communities in Tanzania, inspiring hope through a collective power of individual action.

JGI Tanzania through its countrywide Youths environmental education program (Roots & Shoots) is currently seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and competent Tanzanian to fill the following vacant position:

Job Vacancy: Conversation Officer

Work Station: Pugu, Dar es salaam
Reporting Line: National Coordinator for Roots & Shoots

Job Overall Summary:

The Jane Goodall’s Nature Centre is established to offer diversity of knowledge and information about nature, the natural history of soil, flora and fauna, with the cultural diversity of Tanzania. The Roots & Shoots Conservation Officer will be responsible for the operational management of the Centre. The Officer is expected to conserve the centre from all threats by protecting biodiversity and its entire ecosystem, restore the nature by raising and managing the tree nurseries, tree planting in the restoration site, conduct wildlife and biodiversity surveys to feed the centre’s database management systems. Conservation Officer will design structured conservation education programmes for different groups (Primary schools, secondary and private groups) to connect them with nature and provide skills to ensure nature is well conserved, and that Roots & Shoots is able to respond to the needs it’s partners. The Job holder is also expected to demonstrate strong forest and Nature Center management skills to support natural ecological integrity through nature interpretation programmes, trainings, nature camps, excursions and exhibits of habitats of the natural history of species.

Below Are The Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • To design nature interpretive information packages and signages.
  • To facilitate and manage school nature excursions.
  • To develop forest and nature interpretive education materials in the form of brochures, kids’ books, posters, pamphlets, and leaflets.
  • To develop and institute nature centre regulations.
  • To facilitate customer engagement and relationship management procedures.
  • To organize seasonal conservation education trainings for teachers, tour guides, private groups and families
  • Facilitate internship training programme for international volunteers.
  • Establish a multiskilled network of conservation minded people to form friends of Pugu nature conversation platform.
  • To produce 100,000 seedlings per year and coordinate transplanting at pugu restoration site.
  • To recruit, train and supervise high school and university students for field practical trainings.
  • Maintain high quality, and hygienic standard and cleanliness of the centre.
  • To conduct ecological monitoring for both biodata and spatial coordination using various surveys and software.
  • Coordinate with JGI-USA to provide geographical data for spatial analysis mapping and forest monitoring sys­tem.
  • Coordinate and supervise community engagement programmes including meetings, focus group interactions and creation of neighbourhood relations
  • Custodian of all nature centre assets, facilities and provide day to day’s management and control of equipment’s, materials, and assets.
  • Serve as a link to promote relationship with Tanzania Forest Services (TFS), local government authority, Univer­sity of Dar-es salaam and other research and training institutes in conservation and management of forest and biodiversity.
  • Support establishment of Roots & Shoots School nurseries outside close to Pugu Nature Centre.
  • Coordinate distribution of tree planting campaign materials around and close to the centre.
  • Create and manage tree planting database, seedlings data sheets.
  • Conduct continuous and periodic biodiversity resource inventories in the centre
  • Coordinate wildlife health monitoring in the centre.
  • Be part of all other Roots & Shoots programme and activities in Dar es Salaam.
  • Conduct any other official related duties as shall be directed by your supervisor.

Key Job Qualifications:

  • in wildlife, zoology, wildlife management, wildlife ecology, natural resources Management from any rec­ognized higher learning institution.
  • A solid practical, and hands on experience in development of forest, wildlife and biodiversity education mate­rials and camp/nature Centre management.
  • Proven understanding of nature surveillance, facility renovation, interpretive and nature trail designs.
  • Ability to work under pressure, deadlines, and little supervision.
  • Ability to learn and coordinate geo-spatial mapping, coding and digitization of maps, locations, species
  • Dynamic ability to work in a team of different national and international culture.
  • Experience in Roots & Shoots, conservation education, environmental education, outreach, and expeditions.
  • Ability to effectively manage a team of teachers, interns, volunteers, international and local government of­ficials
  • Knowledge and experience databases, speared sheets, finance, assets management, procurement system, and records keeping is desirable.
  • Computer literate and ability to analyze and present data etc.
  • Experience working in a multiskilled, high pressure, and a dynamic ability to communicate effectively with various audiences
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      Method of Application

All applications should be submitted together with the signed application letter, most recent curriculum vitae (resume), copy of relevant certificates & transcripts, testimonials, three names of current and reputable referees, active mobile phone number & e-mail address, and should be sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected] with a subject ‘Application for Conservation Officer.

Only the shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

The deadline for submitting the application is October 15, 2020

JGI Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, national or tribal origin, religious belief, sexual orientation, and marital status.

QUALIFIED WOMEN ARE ALSO HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.






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