Flying Fox Mitigation Officer

Port Moresby Nature Park

About the assignment

Port Moresby Nature Park was launched 11 June, 2012 to take over the management of the site formerly known as the National Botanical Gardens, which was established in 1971 but over the years had become extremely run‐down and virtually non‐operational. Since opening, the Nature Park has been hard at work developing itself into PNG’s leading recreational attraction. This has included the development of the entire organisation through strong training and mentoring programs, implementation of the 2020 Master Plan, Business Plans and Strategic Plans.

The Port Moresby Nature Park requires assistance to mitigate issues associated with a large roost of Spectacled Flying‐foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) within the Nature Park grounds. The roost is estimated by CSIRO and the Australian Department of Agriculture to peak at around 10,000 animals. The roost has a negative impact on the Parks amenities for staff and visitors and increases the potential for transfer of disease between wild flying‐foxes and animals in the Nature Park collection. This role will be responsible for conducting an assessment of the roost, working with the existing staff to understand the impacts of the roost on the grounds, gardens and rainforest area, as well as their potential impact on other captive and wild animals living in the Park. This position will be responsible for developing and recommending some practical site-specific management options and preparing a detailed management strategy aimed at mitigating the impacts which can be implemented in 2020.

  • In this role you will develop and implement a strategy to manage the roost at the Nature Park, thinking of both long-term and short-term strategies
  • You will require experience in wildlife management, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Ecology or Environmental Science
  • This role will allow to better manage its wildlife, and put them in a position to improve further in future.

Living allowance: $1,645

The monthly living allowance enables you to live a modest local lifestyle. Based on the cost of living in a particular country, it covers food, your daily commute, communication and other local costs. It is not set to enable you to meet financial commitments at home, such as a mortgage or a personal loan.

Special requirements

  • Federal Police Check must be completed during application
  • First Aid Certificate is required
  • Video response interview must be completed as part of this application

Applications close 19th February 2020

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