We are seeking a Marine Biologist to lead our Conservation Programme in the Philippines
The Habitat Foundation is a charitable trust based in Penang, Malaysia which is closely linked-to, and supported by, The Habitat Penang Hill rainforest ecopark (www.thehabitat.my). The Foundation supports a broad programme of work to advance biodiversity conservation, environmental education, and sustainable natural resource management in Southeast Asia. We are looking for a highly-motivated marine biologist or suitably-qualified practitioner to assist with developing our marine programme in the Philippines.
This will be a broad-based programme covering research and conservation, environmental education and interpretation, sustainable resource management, and community engagement. The position will mainly be based in Cebu City or Manila.
The Biologist will be expected to lead the planning, implementation, and monitoring of Foundation-led initiatives at the focal sites with local stakeholders. This will involve assisting with the establishment of The Habitat Foundation’s research centres in Sogod and Quatros Islas our programme focussing on protecting marine ecosystems, mitigating threats, restoring damaged reefs, and promoting sustainable fisheries. The candidate will also be responsible for curating awareness and interpretation materials for the public.
In close consultation with the General Manager of The Habitat Foundation, the Biologist will be responsible for managing a small team, administering research and conservation grants, and conducting pilot projects at the focal sites, participate in meetings and conference to showcase ongoing initiatives, and develop effective programmes for education, awareness and outreach to promote the conservation and wise use of marine ecosystems in Philippines.
Strong candidates should:
- possess tertiary qualifications in the biological sciences, environmental studies, geography, human ecology or similar fields with a strong focus on marine ecosystems;
- possess advanced diving qualifications and recent experience with marine research and conservation;
- have previous experience with project implementation and project cycle management and managing multi-disciplinary teams;
- be knowledgeable of national laws and policies and local governance systems;
- have active links with marine research and academic institutions, conservation NGOs and CBOS;
- have experience with working with coastal communities and organizations;
- have experience with environmental education, nature interpretation, and outreach programmes with schools and institutions, visitors and local people;
- have a working knowledge of word, excel, powerpoint software and the ability to become familiar with software and technology required for this role;
- demonstrate the ability to work independently in order to achieve agreed-upon work objectives and also work effectively as part of a team;
- be able to communicate effectively in English. Familiarity with Visayan and Tagalog will also be an advantage;
- have some experience with managing communications for conservation and be familiar with using a range of social media platforms;
To apply, send a detailed CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and a cover letter outlining educational qualifications, relevant experience, and career objectives before on 15 December 2019. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview.