The Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust is seeking a highly motivated, creative and enthusiastic candidate to run its environmental education programme in the Cederberg and surrounds (Wupperthal, Clanwilliam, Citrusdal, Op-die Berg, Piketberg). The position requires a diligent, self-motivated and practical person with the relevant field experience to inspire and educate a variety of audiences including children and adults. The position will be based in the Cederberg so the candidate should be willing to re-locate.

Job information:

  • Location: Cederberg
  • Industry: Conservation and Environmental Education
  • Position Type: Full time position, 2-year contract
  • Salary: R180 000 per annum
  • Qualification: Tertiary qualification relevant to Nature Conservation or Conservation Biology or PGCE (with a strong Life Science background)
  • Deadline: 14 June 2019

Key Responsibilities:

  • Engage youth, teachers and public to raise awareness for leopard conservation and other environmental matters;
  • Plan and conduct presentations, school day trips, school holiday programmes and eco-clubs;
  • Plan and conduct overnight camps with school groups (camp duration: 2-3 nights);
  • Market CLT education programme at schools and recruit new schools into the programme;
  • Develop curriculum-based resources (lesson material and activities);
  • Establish and foster relationships with environmental education project partners and sponsors and other stakeholders;
  • Seek new funding opportunities;
  • Compile project stats for donor feedback reports;
  • Compile project news articles for social media and website;
  • Monthly report writing;
  • Assist with project vehicle maintenance;
  • General administration tasks and support Environmental Education Coordinator with project logistics.

Job Requirements:

  • Tertiary level qualification relevant to Nature Conservation, Conservation Biology or PGCE (with strong Life Sciences background);
  • Good general knowledge of biodiversity and geology of the Western Cape;
  • Minimum 2 years relevant work experience;
  • Teaching and/or guiding experience beneficial;
  • Valid driving license and an exemplary driving record (willing to acquire Code 10/ C1 driving license and PrDP);
  • Computer literacy (MS Office Suite);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Afrikaans and English is essential with knowledge of an African language desirable;
  • Current First-Aid qualification;
  • An excellent level of fitness to be able to lead group activities (i.e. hiking in rugged mountainous terrain).

Personal Skills and Attributes:

  • An excellent communicator with great interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • Passion for conservation and committed to inspire others to conserve and appreciate nature;
  • High self-confidence;
  • Positive mentorship skills;
  • Ability to take initiative and drive tasks;
  • Practical campsite experience and ability to conduct maintenance tasks with equipment and vehicles;
  • The ability to work well independently or as part of a team;
  • Reliable and committed to the success of the programmes;
  • Well organized, resourceful and good problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to work well in a deadline-driven work environment.
  • Be prepared to work flexible hours and on weekends.

Individuals who feel they meet these requirements should send their CV together with a motivational letter (no certificates required at this stage) to Hadley Lyners, Education Project Coordinator at by the closing date: 14June 2019.

Start date: July 2019 with a 6-month training/probation period, part of which will be spent in Cape Town.

The Cape Leopard Trust is guided by the principles of employment equity. Information on our organisation is available on our website:

If you have not received a response within 14 days of the closing date, please assume your application has not been successful. The Cape Leopard Trust reserves the right not to make an appointment to the position as advertised.