As Wildlife Conflict Officer

Wildlife Conflict Officer

Ya’axché is looking for a Wildlife Conflict Officer for the implementation of important aspects of Ya’axché’s wildlife conflict program. Together with the senior wildlife conflict officer, an array of activities including responding to calls of jaguar attacks, visiting livestock farmers to provide support for mitigation measures, and representing the organization in jaguar and other wildlife related events at the national level. The officer should possess exceptional people skills and has vast knowledge of the environment in the Toledo District and is adept with the culture and traditions of southern Belize.

Specific tasks
  • With the support of Ya’axché’s senior wildlife conflict officer, conduct farm visits to provide adequate technical advice on conflict mitigation measures for wildlife conflict
  • Respond to jaguar attack reports in collaboration with Ya’axché’s senior wildlife conflict officer
  • Collaborate with government departments such as the Belize Forest Department on responses to wildlife conflict
  • Develop and refine investigative data sheets for the wildlife conflict program
  • Conduct socio-economic surveys in communities to gather information on wildlife conflict
  • Collect information on jaguar attacks/kills/sightings from third parties, including, but not limited to, social media postings, media houses, anonymous reports and road kills
  • Establish camera trap surveys to monitor cattle farms with potential conflict animals Collect and curate camera trap data in collaboration with Ya’axché’s Research Assistant
  • Maintain equipment and catalogue equipment for the program
  • Analyze camera trap data collected in collaboration with the Ya’axché’s Research Assistant and Science Director
  • Develop regular reports on the activities of the wildlife conflict program
  • Create and disseminate education and outreach material to schools and at Ya’axché- led educational activities, community forums and meetings
  • Create and disseminate education and outreach material to schools and at Ya’axché-led educational activities, community forums and meetings
  • Represent Ya’axché at national working groups and related events and workshops
  • Other tasks that may arise from time to time at Ya’axché
Duration of placement

Full Time


Dependent on skills and experience

Required qualifications and skills
  • Minimum of an Associate’s Degree in relevant subject area (Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Management, Biodiversity Conservation, Environmental Science or related fields)
  • 2 years’ experience in conservation with a focus on terrestrial resources
  • Excellent technical writing
  • Experience working on research projects
  • Passionate about jaguar conservation and community development
  • Knowledge of camera trap surveys is an asset
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • Capacity to conduct basic statistical analysis
  • Experience conducting socio-economic surveys
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Familiarity with the culture and traditions in Toledo District is an asset
Desired qualifications and skills
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Management, Biodiversity Conservation or related field
  • 1 year work experience in conservation and research projects
  • Experience in conducting camera trap surveys
  • Experience conducting socio-economic surveys and analyzing such data
  • Working knowledge of statistical analysis of data sets
  • Knowledge of conservation and community development issues
To apply

Your application package should include a copy of your resume of qualifications (no more than two pages) and a one-page letter outlining your interest in, and suitability for, the position. All documents should be in .pdf format and should be emailed to [email protected].

Deadline to submit application is Friday, 28th of February 2020.