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Kenya Wildlife Conservation & Ecotourism Volunteer
Job Type: volunteer position
Posting Date: 14 Feb 14
Closing Date: 10 May 14
June 8-21, 2014 Meets in Nairobi, Kenya
Life Net Nature seeks 6-8 volunteers to assist with wildlife monitoring and
community-based conservation in Kenya. Volunteers work on the Siria Plateau over-looking the world famous Masai Mara. Volunteers assist Maasai conservationists and Life Net researchers, Dr. Dusti Becker and Bridget Gies on a unique effort to sustain Maasai culture, preserve grasslands and forests, and protect wildlife.
Volunteers help monitor wildlife by counting mammals along transects and tallying
birds in various habitats. Volunteers also assist with field research on Masai
giraffe nursery groups, carnivores detected by camera trapping, and forest
resources and corridors used by elephants. Volunteers help improve guiding and camp management skills of the Maasai youth by providing feedback on the walking safari experiences and on basecamp management at Ol Konoi Camp.
Volunteers must be genuinely interested in assisting local Maasai with
their ecotourism enterprise and be willing to provide advice for planning a
community-based conservancy next to the Maasai Mara during group
meetings. Experience with birding, wildlife monitoring, environmental
education, small business management, marketing, GPS/GIS, and ecotourism are all
desirable, but enthusiasm for nature conservation, good general health and
fitness, and desire to do a fair amount of walking and wildlife counting in the great African outdoors are the main qualifications we are looking for in volunteers.
Volunteers donate $1950 to Life Net Nature to cover their field costs during
the Maasai Walking Safari project. The cost-share donation covers meals, drivers and
transportation, camping fees, payments to guides in training, and two full-day
safari visits in the Masai Mara National Reserve. The team meets in Nairobi on the morning
of June 8, 2014 at Wildebeest Camp (more details at http://lifenetnature.org/index.php/volunteer/ and in project briefingdocument) and returns to Nairobi on the afternoon of June 21, 2014.
Volunteers are responsible for their own travel to and from Nairobi and any
lodging and meals in Nairobi. This is a "working, educational" volunteer experience that may be used for university level projects related to conservation biology.
The team will be lead Life Net Nature’s Director, Dr. Dusti Becker, Kenya project leader, Bridget Gies, and by officers and members of the Maasai Morans Conservation
and Walking Safaris. Dr. Tony Povilitis, Director of Life Net Nature, will provide U.S –based support and communications.
To join the team, complete the application form located on the volunteer page
of the Life Net website, http://lifenetnature.org/index.php/volunteer/ and
email it to Dr. Dusti Becker (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a short cover
letter and resume (optional).
Contact Information:To apply to be a member of this expedition, complete the application form located on the Volunteer page of the Life Net website, http://lifenetnature.org/index.php/volunteer/.
Email your application to Dr. Dusti Becker (email@example.com) with a short cover
letter and resume (optional).
Once accepted, a deposit donation of $300 will secure your position on the team.
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