Full time and consultancies
WCS has been working in Tanzania since 1956 and has a country program office in Dar es Salaam. The largest of the four WCS projects in the country is the Ruaha-Katavi Landscape, a true wildlife stronghold harboring East Africa’s largest elephant population (19,883 +/- 2,198), roughly 10% of the continent’s lions and one of three African wild dog populations of over 500 individuals. The landscape is expansive (roughly 92,500km2) and varied. WCS works under agreements with various wildlife authorities (Tanzania National Parks Authority, Tanzania Wildlife Management Authority, Tanzania Forest Services Agency) and supports a broad program of work across numerous protected areas. In addition, we work with local communities to manage essential wildlife connectivity within the landscape too and have previously established numerous community wildlife management areas. In mid 2016, we initiated a program of aerial support, and this continues and has become central to much of what we do. We have put in place aviation infrastructure, data gathering and management systems and grown a reputation as one of the best established WCS aviation programs.
This position is primarily responsible for undertaking aerial patrols with various protected area authorities, other aerial monitoring work, exposure flights with decision makers and periodic formal aerial surveys (normally every 3 years funds permitting). We continuously seek to get the most from aviation and other activities and applications may also be developed. The position is a full-time, local hire and field-based position based out of a park apartment in Msembe, the headquarters of Ruaha National Park. You will be surrounded by wildlife, with the plane hangered 50 meters away. Although professional pilot experience is a central requirement to fulfilling this role, this position requires a wider engagement and capacity to fully support and strengthen a professionally structured and safety centered air wing operation and effectively contributing to the overall objectives of the conservation project. The position also includes some technical reporting writing and administration. The WCS Tanzania pilot reports to the WCS Landscape Director regarding project operational and administrative aspects and to the WCS Fleet Manager in regard to aviation safety and aircraft maintenance management.
Aviation Safety Management
Required qualifications and experience
How to apply
Applications should be submitted no later than 5 June 2023.