Senior Conservation Manager

Senior Conservation Manager

Senior Conservation Manager

  • Location

    Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa

  • Industry

  • Date Posted

    2 weeks ago

  • Apply Before

    21 May, 2024

Senior Conservation Manager Vacancy

About EWT  

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is a registered Non-profit, Non-governmental, and Public Benefit Organisation. Since its establishment in 1973, the EWT has become a leading, well-known, and trusted conservation role player. We are committed to conserving threatened species and ecosystems in southern Africa to the benefit of all. To achieve this, we focus on three main strategic imperatives: Saving Species, Conserving Habitats, and Benefitting People. 


Purpose of the job:  


The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is one of the largest biodiversity conservation organisations in southern Africa, with a rich portfolio of projects and programmes across the region. The EWT seeks to employ a fulltime Senor Conservation Manager in its Conservation Executive (ConEx) Management Team.

The Senior Conservation Manager is  responsible for directing, overseeing, and providing leadership to a variety of programmes and projects which are leading the EWT’s work to save species, conserve habitats, and benefit people. This position will assist in implementing the EWT’s conservation strategy by directing and supporting EWT conservation staff to achieve their conservation targets.

Main Responsibilities:  


  •       Assisting Programme Managers with conservation planning and strategic thinking to sustain and grow their impact;
  •       Supporting Programme Managers with programme management, operations, stakeholder relations and general project management, across various conservation programmes to ensure an efficient and effective operating environment;
  •       Conducting regular horizon scanning for emerging threats and identify strategic and high-priority interventions that align with the EWT strategy; 
  •       Developing effective, measurable plans of action for priority regions and species, and support the relevant conservation programmes to achieve these goals; 
  •       Strategically identify and address landscape scale-conservation actions that align with the EWT strategy, by developing strong partnerships with relevant agencies; 
  •       Growing the EWT’s presence and profile in the national and international conservation space; 
  •       Ensuring the effective inclusion of Ecosystem Based Adaptation and climate adaptation approaches within the EWTs priority conservation landscapes and, 
  •       establishing strategic private and public sector partnerships.

Essential duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Implement a portfolio of work around landscape-scale conservation efforts, that demonstrates sustainable land conservation practice, community benefits, livelihood support and replicability; 
  • Enhance innovation within programmes and ensure that programmes are resourced and are implementing activities cost-efficiently;
  • Provide relevant input into national, regional and global policies that contribute to habitat and species conservation;
  • Ensure all conservation work under this portfolio is implemented as per contractual obligations and conservation targets;
  • Foster staff by leading, mentoring, and supervising them to reach their greatest potential;
  • Oversee, guide and direct programme communications, campaigns, research, data collection and all publications;
  • Maintain regular contact with partners and sponsors, keeping them informed of activities as required;
  • Spearhead fundraising efforts for the EWT and for strategic conservation work;
  • Drive the EWT’s protected area expansion efforts across all priority landscapes (including post proclamation support and protected area restoration and monitoring); 
  • Develop our influence in, and establish partnerships with, the relevant district and local municipalities in order to drive monitoring, improved management and awareness;
  • Represent the EWT at meetings internally and externally as required with a focus on building the EWT’s national and international landscape conservation profile;
  • Ensure effective and efficient administration across all relevant conservation programmes; and
  • Manage Human Resource activities including: adhere to EWT Human Resource policies and procedures; ensure that suitable, qualified staff are recruited and nurtured; ensure that all staff have performance contracts and relevant job descriptions; and ensure that two performance evaluations are undertaken by all relevant staff annually.

Qualifications and experience:  



  • MSc or equivalent post-graduate qualification.
  • Demonstrated management experience, at least eight years and at least three years senior management.
  • Demonstrable computer literacy.
  • Independent and self-motivated.
  • Grant writing experience.
  • Contract negotiation and management.
  • Financial Management experience.
  • Leadership. 
  • Project oversight management.
  • Interpersonal Skills.
  • Strategic Planning.
  • Human Capital Management.


  • Conservation sector policy and best practice.
  • NGO governance principles.
  • Training in budget / financial management.
  • Conflict Management.
  • Networking Skills.

Interpersonal Skills: 

  • Disciplined, innovative and energetic. 
  • Excellent staff management skills.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills.
  • Fluency in English and ability to speak at least one other official South African language will be a distinct advantage.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of team. 
  • Strong people skills and an approachable manner.


Level of decision-making, including limitations: 

Implements strategy within the habitat-related aspects of all relevant conservation programmes under the guidance of the EXCO. Develops project strategies in line with the EWT imperatives. Supports project management and contractual governance. Manages functional staff. Avails work plan to subordinates. Manages and develops budgets. Influences divisional and organizational strategy. Contemplates scenarios for the future and integrates with current practices. Manages role holistically based on agreed timelines. Oversees and governs targeted conservation projects. Has highly developed and independent capabilities in their field. Operates independently with minimal supervision. Builds networks and partnerships with different stakeholders within their field. Provides leadership to staff. Manages and raises funds for the programme/s and the EWT. Failure will have major consequences on the profile and functioning of the EWT. Integrate across programmatic area.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal-opportunity employer. To apply, please click the following:  Application link. Together email an EWT Application form downloaded from the website, your CV, and a detailed letter of motivation explaining why you are the best candidate for this position. Applicants  who  have  not  been  contacted  within  10  working days  of  the  closing  date  must  please assume  that  their  application  was  not  successful.  The  EWT  reserves the  right  not  to  make  an  appointment.  All  applications will be treated in the strictest  confidence. Closing Date: 21 May 2024.