WCS Conservation Pilot


Position: Conservation Pilot

Reports to: WCS Congo Country Program Director and WCS Nouabalé- Ndoki Park Director

Location: Nouabalé-Ndoki region in northern Congo WCS Republic of Congo

Start date: December 2019

Position type: Fulltime

Application deadline: November 29, 2019

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of poor rural people whose

livelihoods depend on the direct utilization of natural resources.

Republic of Congo Program Overview:


The Republic of Congo encompasses an extraordinary diversity of wildlife, habitats and culture; including one of the largest continuous stretches of intact rainforest in central Africa and the indigenous forest people who call it home. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s largest country program has been working to save Congo’s wildlife and wild places for almost three decades. Protecting this astonishing biodiversity means saving wild places that sustain the local people,

protect natural resources, and buffer global climate change.

Job Summary:

This field-based position is responsible for undertaking aerial surveys and aerial support to wildlife law enforcement, protected area management and logistics in Republic of Congo in partnership with Government wildlife authorities.

Major Responsibilities:

  •   Assuring sound operations, piloting and maintenance of WCS aircraft (Cessna 206)
  •   Organizing and undertaking aerial surveys for wildlife and monitoring of human threats
  •   Providing aerial support to law enforcement and protected area management efforts andmonitoring in cooperation with wildlife authorities
  •   Following the WCS conservation aviation program standard procedures and systems
  •   Technical reporting writing
  •   Managing the administrative procedures related to the aviation program
  •   Liaising with wildlife authorities on aviation matters
  •   Mapping, training and mentoring of observers
  •   Providing recommendation to the country program with regards to its aviation program developmentMinimum Requirements:
  •   Current US FAA commercial pilot license (CPL) with instrument rating
  •   At least 400 hours PIC flying experience
  •   Strong knowledge of FAA regulations and aircraft maintenance requirements
  •   Experience with wildlife surveys and bush flying in remote areas
  •   Previous experience in Africa and especially Central Africa will be a plus
  •   Working French and English language skills
  •   Technical skills and knowledge in GIS, aerial surveys, wildlife protection monitoring, aerialphotography, also desired
  •   Ability to work in a team, in multi-cultural context and under extreme field conditionsApplication Process:

    Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications should apply by sending an application letter and CV together with the names and contact information of three referees to the following email addresses no later than November 29th, 2019: [email protected] and [email protected]

    WCS is an equal opportunity employer and the organization complies with all employment and labor laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in hiring and ensures that candidates from all backgrounds are fairly and consistently considered during the recruitment process. We are dedicated to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment and look for future team members who share that same value

    The organization provides equal employment opportunities for all qualified candidates. The organization does not discriminate for employment based on age, color, disability, gender identify, national origin,

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race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by laws and regulations

Please note that only short listed candidates will be contacted for interview.