Conservation Breeding Adviser

Closing Date: 09 March 2021

Location: Solomon Islands

Category: Conservation

A hundred endangered doves were illegally captured from the wild and kept in small, cramped conditions. A local team, led by international experts and conservationists stepped in to help save these unique birds.  Collectively, they worked to relocate the doves and provide a long term, sustainable approach to release them back into their natural habitat. They have also developed alternative breeding programmes to ensure their long term survival.
The Organisation
To support the conservation of the dove and other endangered species, The Tetere Species Recovery Centre has been built (fully funded by Toldeo Zoo). This centre forms part of a broader multi-stakeholder initiative to save species from extinction due to environmental threats to the ecosystem, such as volcanic activity and the arrival of invasive species such as black rats.
The assignment
Local staff at the Recovery Centre, are a dedicated and enthusiastic group, but lack some of the skills to effectively manage the conservation programmes.

In this 1-2-year assignment you will be responsible for mentoring animal keepers on appropriate record keeping, behavioural observation, nutritional management, restraint and handling of animals and administering medication.
Working with species experts, local staff and partner institutions, you will also help design a system to record breeding activity, biology and species behaviour.

Alongside training of animal keepers, you will collect and compile behavioural data of targeted species and other aspects of their biology.
To be considered for this assignment you will have:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Knowledge of the principles of Ethology (Animal Behaviour)
  • Experience and understanding of data recording and analysis
  • Qualifications in veterinary medicine (desirable)
  • Mentoring or Coaching experience
  • Be comfortable working with a diverse group of people

VSA’s response to COVID-19
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.