Job: Field Assistant
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 Field Assistant will use their managerial skills and knowledge of safety, field and lab procedures to ensure SASC research operations are conducted smoothly and to the highest standards. He/she will be responsible for running field and lab activities in a safe and efficient fashion, and will work directly with the Field Coordinator to assist with field operations. He/she will be responsible for maintaining field equipment, providing training on the correct use of field equipment, and mentoring to interns/students, as required. This position requires excellent managerial and supervisory skills, and also requires you to report and interact directly and positively with SASC staff, interns and Post Graduate students.
Qualifications: at least 21 years old, valid skippers ticket and drivers licence (manual a must), proficient multi-tasker, ability to function in a diverse and dynamic environment, an ability to get along with others in a communal living situation, prior field experience in biology, ecology or related disciplines, a desire to pursue a career in conservation biology/ecology is preferred, physical fitness and a positive attitude will help as the field work physically demanding and can be exhausting.
Time period: this position requires a minimum 6 month commitment. Weekend work required depending on organizations schedule.