Job: Shark Lab Manager & Intern Coordinator
Background: The South African Shark Conservancy (SASC) has openings for the positions described below. Successful candidates will gain unparalleled experience working with sharks and in the field of ocean conservation in Africa. Each position is available for a 6-month time period and is based in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa.
These are unpaid (volunteer) positions but SASC will provide breakfast, local work-related transportation and accommodation for the successful candidates. Successful candidates will be expected to provide international/domestic transportation to and from Cape Town International Airport (if required), medical insurance, appropriate immunizations (please consult a travel medicine doctor), medications and other personal requirements. All Candidates must be fluent in English.
To apply, please forward a 3-page CV and cover letter, including contact details for three professional references, to Meag@sharkconservancy.org indicating the position applied for in the Subject line of your email.
Job description: The Shark Lab Manager and Intern Coordinator works directly under the supervision of the Operations Manager and in close collaboration with the Field Coordinator and Shark Research Program Administrator. He/she will coordinate and manage a team of interns/volunteers at the Shark Lab and in the communal accommodation, as well as develop, coordinate and supervise complex and varied administrative tasks pertaining to Shark Research Program interns and volunteers. He/she will also manage a working wet lab housing sharks and other marine organisms,. The position encompasses two distinct areas of responsibility: experimental research and laboratory management, as well as internship/volunteer development and coordination. He/she will supervise ongoing experimental research on sharks and is encouraged to develop independent research in the Shark Lab. He/she will be responsible for data management, report writing and research permit applications as required. He/she will also be responsible for implementing and maintaining biosecurity and animal ethics standards, while providing logistical support and mentoring to interns/volunteers and visiting researchers.
Qualifications: at least 24 years old. A minimum of a BSc in biology or ecology with experience working in conservation, research/monitoring and animal husbandry is preferred. Preference will be given to candidates with an excellent work ethic and experience in biological/environmental research projects. Experience in animal husbandry is beneficial. A record of excellence in dealing with volunteers, student groups, researchers, difficult work situations and conflict resolution are crucial. An ability to get along with others in a communal living situation is a must.
Time period: this position requires a minimum 6 month commitment. Weekend work required depending on organizations schedule.