LiWiSa is the first and only wildlife rescue center in Liberia (and neighboring countries) to rescue, rehabilitate and release different species of wild animals that are victims of the illegal bushmeat and pet trade.
Our missions are:
· provide professional care and give support to confiscated wild animals kept as pets or destined for bushmeat;
· release confiscated wild animals back into the wild whenever possible;
· provide lifelong care for the animals that cannot be released;
· protect sea turtles nesting grounds, guide the hatchlings back to the Atlantic Ocean;
· raise awareness on illegal trade of wildlife in Liberia;
· educate people on Liberia’s wildlife.
Since the start in 2017, 557 animals have entered: pangolins, antelopes, primates, reptiles, birds (of prey) and small carnivores such as genets, civets and mongoose. So far, 278 animals have already been released back into the wild!
Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary is looking for a dynamic and experienced Sanctuary Director who will be responsible to ensure the effective operational management of the sanctuary.
Start date: as soon as possible
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Oversee care, welfare and rehabilitation of +/- 130 animals at the sanctuary in collaboration with the veterinarian/sanctuary manager;
· In collaboration with the Forestry Development Authority, recover illegally kept and or trafficked wild animals for placement at Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary, and participate in appropriate follow-up;
· In collaboration with the Forestry Development Authority, develop opportunities for reintroduction and release of rehabilitated wildlife species.
· Assist in bottle feeding or medical procedures for a great variety of species if needed;
· Work closely with Government of Liberia agencies, including national, provincial and local authorities;
· Develop and manage project budgets, write proposals and complete annual financial and technical reports;
· Produce regular updates, monthly and annual reports;
· Supervise and manage 6 local staff in collaboration with the sanctuary manager;
· Develop and maintain relationships with funders and partners, including the Government of Liberia, NGOs, donor agencies, and other private sector interests;
· Represent Libassa Wildlife Sanctuary in official matters, to donors, media, the Government of Liberia, and other stakeholders.
· In collaboration with the sanctuary manager, create plans and proposals, as needed for development and implementation of education/outreach programs.
· In collaboration with the sanctuary manager, oversee enclosure and existing infrastructure maintenance. Create proposals for design and construction of new infrastructure and enclosures and implement board-approved projects;
· In collaboration with the sanctuary manager, ensure maintenance of grounds, equipment, vehicles, and other facility infrastructure;
· Ensure all safety and health protocols are closely followed by staff and the visiting public.
We are looking for someone:
· with a huge passion for wildlife conservation;
· with a clear vision and motivation to take LiWiSa to the next level;
· who is a leader/team player;
· who has experience in developing and managing projects, people, teams, finance, budgeting, administration, and reporting.
· who has great organizing skills;
· who has experience in wild animal husbandry;
· capable of living in a remote area;
· capable of working long hours/night shifts;
· who has worked in a developing country before (preferably);
· who is eager to learn;
· who is capable of working in a challenging environment;
· who is committed to stay for one year minimum (with 3-month probation).
Academic Requirements, Experience and Attributes:
· A relevant academic background;
· Good proficiency in English (speaking and writing) is required;
· Fundraising experience from public and private sources, foundations and individual donors;
· Experience in captive management of wildlife, rehabilitation and release;
· Significant conservation and/or development field experience;
· Proven practical, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills;
· Good written and verbal communication skills; ability to prepare presentations, reports, and effectively present results publicly;
· Competency with Microsoft Office, and fund-raising, communication and social media tools.
You will receive a monthly salary, free food and accommodation at Libassa Ecolodge.
If you think you are the person we are looking for, please send your cv and a cover letter to email@example.com or apply in the section below.
If you're interested in one of our open positions, start by applying here and attaching your resume.
At the moment, the sanctuary is home to 88 primates (and counting)! Our main mission is to get them back into the wild, and we need YOUR help to do so! Learn more about our Primate Release Programs here!