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ADMINISTRATION CLERK UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE (2014/04/23)

We are currently interviewing for the position of Administration Clerk. The position is based in
Howick at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.

Primary function of the position is:
To deliver friendly, efficient and professional administration services for the Umgeni Valley team and our customers, with the key aim of having up to date and accurate financial and administration documents.

The Key Performance Areas include:
• Administration and Clerical duties
• Financial Administration
• Front Office and Reservations Support
Skills and values required for the position:
• Excellent computer skills
• Well organised and efficient
• Friendly and warm disposition
• Good health
• Previous experience in administration and clerical duties
• Excellent English
• Excellent telephone manner
• Financial administration experience
• Professional outlook
• Ability to cope with a variety of requests at one time
• Ability to work in a busy office and keep focus
• Honesty, reliability, and responsibility
• Well organized and hard working
• Ability to work well in a team
• Ability to manage time and tasks largely unsupervised
• Enthusiastic
• Ability to manage conflict and complaints professionally
This position reports to the Umgeni Reserve Manager.
Salary to be discussed
Please forward your application to:
Sarah Alcock, Human Resources, sarah@wessa.co.za
Closing date for applications: 25th April 2014
Please ensure that you follow the correct process and discuss with your Line Manager before submitting your application.


 


EDUCATION OFFICER UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE (2014/04/23)

We are currently interviewing for the position of  Education Officer.  The position is based in Howick at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve. 
 
Primary function of the position : 
To conduct environmental education courses offered by the Umgeni  Valley Nature Reserve Education Centre . 
 
The Key Performance Areas include: 
•    Ensure that all education department functions are carried out diligently and professionally 
•    Conduct and create environmental education courses in/for the various ecosystems and to improve/develop the courses to make them more relevant 
•    Co-ordinate relevant projects/programmes and identify new, worthwhile projects 
•    Oversee and assist with administrative duties and the running of the Education Centre 
•    Organise and run Holiday programmes/clubs 
•    Conduct accredited training 
•    Assist from time to time in the effective maintenance and management of the reserve which includes fire management, maintenance of facilities and equipment and other tasks within the reserve management plan 
 
Skills and values required for the position: 
•    Valid driver’s license 
•    Professionalism, with good organisational and people skills 
•    Confidence, high energy levels and enthusiasm 
•    Good knowledge of all topics taught or facilitated 
•    Good general knowledge and competency for dealing with adult groups 
•    Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and oral) 
•    Ability to impart knowledge to all levels and ages 
•    Ability to convey a message clearly 
•    To be in control and be able to control groups of children and adults 
•    Patience and friendliness 
•    Flexible, accommodating and even-tempered 
•    Creative  
•    Excellent computer skills 
•    Neat and well presented 
•    In good health 
•    High work ethic  
•    First Aid skills 
•    Guiding skills 
•    Excellent Time-keeping skills 
 
Please note:  Unfortunately no accommodation is provided with this position. 
 

Please forward your application to:  
Sarah Alcock, Human Resources Manager via email to: sarah@wessa.co.za  
Closing date for applications: 25th April 2014 
Please submit your cv, letters of reference, and a brief motivation of why you should be considered for this position.


 


SENIOR EDUCATION OFFICER UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE (2014/04/23)

We are currently interviewing for the position of Senior Education Officer. The position is based in Howick at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.


Primary function of the position :
To conduct environmental education courses offered by the Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve Education Centre .

The Key Performance Areas include:
• Ensure that all education department functions are carried out diligently and professionally
• Conduct and create environmental education courses in/for the various ecosystems and to
improve/develop the courses to make them more relevant
• Co-ordinate relevant projects/programmes and identify new, worthwhile projects
• Oversee and assist with administrative duties and the running of the Education Centre
• Organise and run Holiday programmes/clubs
• Conduct accredited training
• Train junior staff and part-time staff in environmental education.
• Assist from time to time in the effective maintenance and management of the reserve which includes fire management, maintenance of facilities and equipment and other tasks within the reserve management plan 


Skills and values required for the position:
• Valid driver’s license
• Professionalism, with good organisational and people skills
• Confidence, high energy levels and enthusiasm
• Excellent knowledge of all topics taught or facilitated
• Good general knowledge and competency for dealing with adult groups
• Excellent communication and presentation skills (written and oral)
• Ability to impart knowledge to all levels and ages
• Ability to convey a message clearly
• To be in control and be able to control groups of children and adults
• Patience and friendliness
• Flexible, accommodating and even-tempered
• Creative
• Excellent computer skills
• Neat and well presented
• In good health
• High work ethic
• First Aid skills
• Guiding skills
• Excellent Time-keeping skills

Please note: Unfortunately no accommodation is provided with this position.

Please forward your application to:
Sarah Alcock, Human Resources Manager via email to: sarah@wessa.co.za
Closing date for applications: 25th April 2014
Please submit your cv, letters of reference, and a brief motivation of why you should be considered for this
position.
 


 
 


RESERVE WORKER - UMGENI VALLEY NATURE RESERVE (2014/04/23)

We are currently interviewing for the position of Reserve Worker. The position is based in Howick at Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve.

Key Performance Areas include:
• General reserve maintenance and general reserve functions
• Cleaning and maintenance of bush camps, picnic areas and cottages
• Assisting with fire breaks and block burns

Skills and values required for the position:
• Drivers licence
• Working knowledge of all necessary tools and equipment
• Knowledge and experience of reserve work and maintenance
• Good health
• Ability to drive a tractor
• Ability to communicate well in English
• Friendly and well organised
• Responsible
• Honest
• Shows initiative
• Ability to work in a team
• Hard working
• Ability to manage time and tasks largely unsupervised

Please note: Single staff accommodation is provided with this position.

Please forward your application to:
Sarah Alcock, Human Resources Manager via email to: sarah@wessa.co.za
Alternatively, please deliver your cv for the Attention of the HR Manager at the Umgeni Valley
reception.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday the 25th April 2014
Please submit your cv, letters of reference, and a brief motivation of why you should be considered for this position.
Please ensure that you follow the correct process and discuss with your Line Manager before submitting your application.
 


 
 


FIELD GUIDE - LADYSMITH KZN (2014/04/23)

A busy 30 bed luxury tented lodge in Nambiti Big 5 Game Reserve is looking for a passionate Field Guide. 

The applicant should have people skills as hosting is a big part of the job and families with children are welcome at the lodge. He/she should be willing to get stuck in at all aspects of the lodge as duties include game drives, check in/out, hosting, serving of food and beverages, basic maintenance etc.

Minimum requirements are FGASA Level 1, DEAT registered, PDrP,  valid First Aid and a lot of enthusiasm and at least one year of experience in a Big 5 reserve.
Please send your CV to gm@thespringboklodge.co.za


 


GUIDE - RIETVLEI COFFEE SHOP AND LION TOURS (2014/04/15)

Rietvlei Coffee Shop and Lion Tours is currently looking for vibrant temporary guides to conduct lion tours and game drives.
The Drives will mainly take place over weekends and school and public holidays.

Minimum requirements:
FGASA level one or equivalent nature based qualifications.
A valid drivers and PDP license
Must be a registered guide with DEAT or Gauteng tourism authority

Applicants can email their CV’s to rietvleicoffee@vodamail.co.za


 


GUIDE/HOST POSITION AT GROOTBOS NATURE RESERVE (2014/04/15)

I am searching for a Lodge Host for an exclusive Lodge situated in a Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.
The role is multi-layered and ideal for someone looking for variety in their day. It is an ‘on the floor’ position which will include hosting, guiding and floor management responsibilities. 
 

Who should apply?
The candidate needs to have exceptional guest interaction ability. He/ She should exude passion, enthusiasm and energy and be someone that can use their own initiative.

The role is ideal for a guide that is seeking an opportunity to move into a different role or a hotel- trained individual requiring PR related skills and broadening their skills base
The position is live-in and couples are welcome
 
Minimum requirements:
2 years experience in the industry
PDP License required
 
Should you have the required skills and experience I would love to hear from you.
Please send me your updated CV with a recent, professional face photograph and details of at least two contactable references, email kevin@grootbos.co.za


 


GUIDE -SCENIT TOURS (2014/04/12)

We are looking for a suitable candidate to represent Scenic Tours during 2014 on our extended touring programs, and would appreciate it if you may pass this information on to any of your members that may be suitable.

The type of person that we are looking for is a professional National Tour Guide, that has lead a good number of extended tours throughout South Africa, Kenya, and Victoria Falls.
The best candidates will have been to each attraction hotel and reserve that we visit on our itineraries.
 
They also must:
•    Have previous experience with working with Pax of over 45 years of age.
•    Have impeccable standards in terms of quality and delivery.
•    Work well with others in a team environment.
•    Work well within a framework while having the strength to deal with the many minor issues in a diplomatic and professional manner.
Aapplicants that suit our requirements are invited to submit their details directly to email address: sheldon.smith@scenictours.com

The specific dates for 2014 are: 
•    6/08 - 29/08/2014
•    3/09 - 26/09/2014

Information about our company can be found at: http://www.scenictours.com.au/
 


 


FIELD GUIDE FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN - KLOOFENDAL (2014/04/12)

We are looking for field guides to take groups of not more than 20 learners (Gr 0 to 12) on a two-hour guided nature experience in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve, Johannesburg, as required.  Add 1/2 hour for briefing before the walk and 1/2 hour for debriefing and returning equipment.  You will be required to accompany an experienced guide for a few sessions before starting on your own.  You will be evaluated on your handling skills and your knowledge adapted appropriately to the age group of the learners.
      

Information on “hands-on” environmental education programme for schools in the Kloofendal Nature Reserve as organised by Friends of Kloofendal is available on www.kloofendalfriends.org.za
Minimum Requirements
FGASA Level 1 (Gauteng / North-West)
Valid first aid certificate
Fluent in English
Reliability
Reasonable physical fitness
Personal equipment: first aid box, loupe, reference books etc
Must be contactable on cell and email.

Recommendations
Familiarity with school curriculum
Fluency in any other official South African Languages

We pay per guided session.
Please send a CV to karin.spottiswoode@gmail.com and sspotty@pixie.co.za
 


 


FIELD GUIDE/GROUNDS MANAGER (2014/03/31)

We are looking for a Game Ranger with the following qualifications ASAP.

FGASA Level 1 (Min) – level 2 preferable
Min 1 year experience
Must have a PDP license. 
Male or female.
Good references – will be checked
Salary negotiable depending on qualification

Saragossa Lodge (not a Big 5 reserve), Near Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga
No star grading yet, but should be 4 star, 9 rooms, 18 pax.

Responsibilities
•    Guest activities (walks, drives, birding, fishing) 
•    Hosting duties – and off the property with guests
•    Grounds maintenance
•    Fencing
•    Wildlife and conservation management
•    Alien vegetation fighting
•    Replanting of indigenous trees from our nursery

The package includes:
•    Apartment (kitchen, lounge bedroom and bathroom), water and electricity
•    Meals while on duty
•    Monthly salary 
•    Tips

Minimum Requirements:

Education and qualifications:

- Matric/ Grade 12

- Fluent in English

- FGASA Level 1

- DEAT/ THETA Registered

- PDP driver’s license

- First Aid level 1

- Firearm licence

Experience:

- Min 1 year experience as a Field Guide

- Wildlife management 

- Fencing

- Conservation

- Previous experience in a 4 / 5 star lodge will be advantageous

Other skills:

- Ability to impart relevant knowledge to guests and staff

- Excellent guest relation skills

- Excellent communication skills

- Excellent organizational skills

- Reliable

- Flexible to working conditions and working well under pressure

- Comfortable working independently

- Comfortable living in remote location
- Own transport preferable due to remote location

- 4x4 driving experience

Please send your detailed CV with a recent photograph to larajoubert@saragossa.co.za or fax to: 086 662 5852

 

 


 
 

 

 


RANGER - THANDEKA LODGE

Thandeka Lodge is located about 35km from Bela-Bela. A ranger position is available. 

Duties will include game drives, hosting guests and helping around the lodge and reserve when necessary. 

The required qualifications are FGASA level 1 or 2, PDP and first aid.

If interested contact Heidi Bentel at 082 829 3000 or Hillary Bentel at
083 444 0044. Alternatively you can email your CV to hbentel@worldonline.co.za.



LEAD AND BACK-UP RIFLE - WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL INVESTMENTS (2014/03/31)

The candidate will responsible for the safety of students during training and data collection for projects on bird, game and invertebrate diversity in Nature Game Reserves as part of the field research programmes hosted by Wildlife & Ecological Investments for Operation Wallacea Expeditions in South Africa.
There are positions available for both Lead and Back-up Rifle on this project. 

Key Duties:
1. Ensure the safety of groups in the field whilst they are collecting data on bird, game and invertebrate diversity.
2. Ensure the safety of groups during detailed habitat assessments.
3. Ensure students are escorted to and from accommodation in unfenced camps. 
4. Lead training bush walks for students (Lead Rifle only)

Requirements: 
SASSETA rifle handling competency, POSLEC SAPS competency. 
VPDA qualification.
Advance Rifle Handling (ARH).
First Aid accreditation.
FGASA Level/s will be advantageous.
Ability to interact with volunteers (college and undergraduate university students) in the field.
Candidates who are able to use their own rifles would be preferred.
Experience: 
The candidate must have experience working in dangerous game areas (Big 5).
No previous research experience is needed as all Trails Guides will be given training in relevant research methods.
Remuneration
A weekly wage will be paid. All meals, camp accommodation, on site transport and park fees are also provided.

Positions Available: 2014
1. Balule Game Reserve (Greater Kruger): Lead and Back-up Rifle positions available for a range of periods from 14th June – 7th August 2014. Positions range from one week to the full ten week period.

2. Thanda Game Reserve (KZN): Lead Rifle position available from 14th June – 7th August.

To apply, please contact and send your CV to:
Dewald Moolman,
Wildlife and Ecological Investments,
Dewald.moolman@worktravelsa.org

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17th May 2014


FIELD GUIDE: RESEARCH ASSISTANT - WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL INVESTMENTS (2014/03/31)

The candidate will be assisting with bird surveys, game transects, invertebrate pitlines and habitat analyses as part of the field research programmes hosted by Wildlife & Ecological Investments for Operation Wallacea Expeditions in South Africa.

Key Duties:
1. Leading groups in the field to collect data on bird, game and invertebrate diversity.
2. Leading detailed habitat assessments. 
3. Leading game drives.
4. Supervising daily schedules and camp activities.
5. Leading training sessions to ensure that students have a basic understanding of the bush and surrounding environment (e.g. briefings on animal behaviour, interpreting tracks and signs, star gazing etc.).
6. Leading debates in controversial conservation topics such as elephant management and trophy hunting.

Requirements: 
FGASA Level 1 or higher.
Valid driver’s licence. 
Professional Drivers Permit (PDP). 
First Aid accreditation. 
DEAT & THETA Registration (if working in SANParks reserves).
A degree in Nature Conservation or a related course will be advantageous.
Ability to interact with volunteers (college and undergraduate university students) in the field.
Experience: 
The candidate must have the ability to identify (by sight and sound) all common bird and tree species in area of operation which they are applying to work in. 
Minimum 6 months experience in the field.
No previous research experience is needed as all Research Assistants will be given training in relevant research methods.
Remuneration: 
A weekly wage will be paid. All meals, camp accommodation, on site transport and park fees are also provided.

Positions Available: 2014
1. Balule Game Reserve (Greater Kruger): Positions available for a range of periods from 14th June – 7th August. Positions range from one week to the full ten week period.

2. Thanda Game Reserve (Kwazulu Natal): 14th June – 7th August.

To apply, please contact and send your CV to:
Dewald Moolman,
Wildlife and Ecological Investments,
Dewald.moolman@worktravelsa.org

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 17th May 2014


FIELD GUIDE - SABI SAND (2014/03/07)

The Guide position is based in the guiding department at Sabi Sand and aims to provide guests with a profound all round guided bush experience. Our candidate must be passionate about the bush and serious about guiding, and available to work at all of the Groups properties as required operationally. This guide position may be based at Castleton

Minimum Requirements
  • Two or more years big game guiding experience in the Mpumalanga area
  • Minimum FGASA Level 2
  • Registered with DEAT and 100% legally compliant to guide in South Africa
  • Passed the Kruger National Park rifle assessment (Would be advantageous) 
  • Full trails guide certificate
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • SASSETA Certificate, including SAPS approved
  • Excellent communication skills and people handling skills
  • Code 8 drivers license with valid PDP
Skills and Abilities
  • Spontaneous, friendly personality, and a strong character
  • Geared up and hard working
  • Skilled in hosting international guests and mature enough to deal with up-market guests
  • Organized – with attention to detail and time
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Basic guiding duties and responsibilities – job profile available with Head Guide.
Package/benefits
  • Salary R7K neg.
  • Cost to Company Package
  • Medical Aid — Discovery Health - Optional
  • Provident Fund—Alexander Forbes
  • Annual Bonus—at discretion of management
  • Live in
  • Meals provided
  • Uniform provided
Please send us your up to date and detailed CV with a recent and professional photograph. 

Kindly attach WRITTEN references.

Michael Pettit Associates
Hospitality Recruitment 
Email: mp.a@mweb.co.za
 


 


LION AND BLACK RHINO VOLUNTEER MONITORING PROGRAMME (2014/03/06)

We are looking for a dedicated, committed, hard working, passionate Junior Guide for a work opportunity in our lion and rhino conservation monitoring programme in the Selati Game Reserve. It is a very good opportunity as the guide will not only guide, but will develop research, organization and analysis skills. The guide will have the objective to monitor and track the Selati lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards and collect data on other species, with the help of the volunteers that join our project. The role involves:

• Game Drives to specifically monitor our lions but also elephant, leopards and white rhinos
• Specifically monitor the black rhinos and help in granting their security
• Farm management activities
• Koppie climbing with the volunteers
• Bush walks with the volunteers
• Data insert and analysis
• Writing weekly, monthly and annual reports for the reserve
• Creation of ID kits on lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and spotted hyenas
• House works 
• Give FGASA talks to our volunteers once a week on a rotary basis with the other staff members
• Marketing

Requirements:
• FGASA Level 1 (Theory and Practical completed)
• SASSETA rifle competency certificate and government certificate
• Valid DEAT registration
• Valid PDP license
• Valid First Aid certificate
• Previous experience as Field Guide or in similar research and monitoring environment will be an advantage
• Computer literacy skills including Excel, Word, Power point, Mapping programme
• Fluent in English, spoken and written
• Positive, passionate attitude and sense of responsibility.
 
Other skills/experience required: - 4x4 and off-road driving experience. - Ability to work in a team where both team and own responsibilities must be carried out. - Excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with people from diverse backgrounds. - Excellent organization skills, punctuality, commitment and precision - Pro-activity, self-motivation, flexibility
 
Start date: Possibly immediately
Duration: 1 year with the possibility (and serious intention) of renewal - we are looking for a long term position
Trial period: 3 months
30 working days - 5 days of leave
Contacts suschir85@hotmail.com Phone Number: Sabrina +27 79 877 2717 


 


FIELD GUIDE - PILANESBERG(2014/03/06)

A lodge in the Pilanesberg has a position available for an entry level field guide.
It is a live in position, we are looking for a male preferable.

Qualifications needed:
FGASA Level 1
First Aid Level 1
DEAT Registered
A valid drivers licence with a PDP.

All applicants can send their CV's through to bookings.ppl@gmail.com

Contact Number:
079 541 6927


 


FIELD GUIDE POSITION - SINGITA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE (2014/03/06)

This Guide position is based in the guiding department of Singita Private Game Reserve, Lebombo and Sweni Lodges in the Kruger National Park and aims to provide guests with a profound all round guided bush experience. The candidate must be passionate about the bush and serious about guiding, and available to work at both Singita Kruger Park and Singita SabiSands as required operationally.
 
Please forward your CV’s and applications for the below mentioned position to Emma Booth – Human Resource Manager on the Fax 013 735 5501 or Email your C.V. to emma.b@singita.com. 
Minimum Requirements
• More than 2 years of guiding experience in a big game area in a similar lodge environment
• FGASA Level 2, full qualification. 
• Trails guide qualified, preferably with Kruger National Park shooting certificate
• Valid SASSETA and DEAT certificates.
• PrDP
• Excellent communication skills and command of the English language
 
Skills and Abilities
• Spontaneous, friendly personality, and a strong character
• Geared up and hard working
• Skilled in hosting international guests and mature enough to deal with up-market guests
 
Duties and Responsibilities
Basic guiding duties and responsibilities – a full job profile is available on request, it encompasses aspects such as guiding guests, hosting, participating in activities, running budget lines and contributing to the team and organisation as a whole.
 
Package/benefits
• Cost to Company Package
• Salary - negotiable depending on qualifications and experience
• Medical Aid - Discovery Health or other medical aid of choice.
• Provident Fund - Alexander Forbes
• Annual Bonus - at discretion of management
• Live in
• Meals provided
• Uniform provided
 
Company Description
Singita (‘place of miracles’) is world-renowned for providing ‘the best safari experience in Africa’ and has notched up virtually every hotel and travel award since its inception in the mid-90s. The balance of hospitality, conservation and community is what sets Singita apart, and has been at their core from the very beginning. Since 1993, Singita has created 5 lodges in South Africa with 3 situated in the World Famous SabiSand Wildtuin and 2 on an exclusive Kruger National Park concession near Satara rest camp. In recent years, Singita’s signature has extended beyond South African borders to Tanzania and Zimbabwe. Thus there is immense scope for career focused guides with long term future prospects
 
Another Great Opportunity Brought to you by Guides and Trackers Direct
For a whole lot more register now at 
www.guidesandtrackers.co.za or call Stefan on 082 326 6292.
 
 


 
 



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