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GCF has an exciting job opportunity based in Southern Africa!

Conservation Science Coordinator

We are seeking a dynamic science-minded individual to join our small and vibrant international team to coordinate the conservation science efforts of GCF. This newly created position of Conservation Science Coordinator will include a combination of office and field-based activities with regular local, regional and international travel. The position offers a unique opportunity for someone who is passionate about species conservation and management, and has excellent well-rounded field, science, analytical, writing and communication skills. We are looking for a highly self-motivated person with a sound conservation and science background who can work independently with limited supervision. The position requires a combination of good field experience, people skills to enable working with stakeholders at all levels and a scientific mindset.

The main objectives of the position are:

  • As part of the GCF team and working with partners from government, NGOs, academia and other institutions, support and increase giraffe conservation throughout their range in Africa with a focus on Southern Africa.
  • Drive the newly created giraffe conservation science network established collaboratively with the Smithsonian Institute for Conservation Biology, San Diego Zoo Global and Senckenberg Museum, and many other international partners.
  • Implement the newly established partnerships with various government wildlife authorities and coordinate/support giraffe conservation efforts in these countries.
  • Coordinate the conservation science side of GCF’s broader work and support its implementation across Africa with its team and partners.

The position is only open for residents or citizens of a Southern African country and this will dictate where the position will be based in the region.

The position is initially available for a fixed term of two-year with the potential for extension depending on funding availability and success of the programme.


  • PhD degree in science/conservation from a recognised university.
  • Minimum five years of experience in field conservation science and research.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, including publishable track record.
  • Strong experience in report writing, project management and fundraising.
  • Experience in an array of statistical software packages and GIS mapping.
  • Ability to carry out work under potentially challenging conditions and minimal supervision.
  • Excellent leadership, diplomatic and interpersonal skills, including ability to present to an array of local and international audiences and represent GCF to a wider audience.
  • Excellent knowledge of and commitment to wildlife conservation in Africa.
  • Meticulous approach to work and ability to produce quality outputs in a timely manner.
  • Resident/citizen of a Southern African country preferable.
  • Drivers licence and good 4×4 experience.


The position is full-time. Depending on skills, experience and availability, the position will offer a competitive remuneration package commensurate up to US$54,000 p.a. (or equivalent).


For any further information regarding the position contact us directly or apply by sending a CV including contact details of referees and covering letter to the Director, Giraffe Conservation Foundation at [email protected]