Vacancy: Area Manager – Urban Baboon Programme

(Ref: BCS/05/2022)


To successfully implement the objectives of the Urban Baboon Programme designed to create an optimum human-wildlife balance in urban areas of Cape Town.


• To lead and manage a team of Field Managers, Field Rangers and Supervisors
– Training and development of teams
– Ensuring adherence to all regulations in terms of BCEA, Health and Safety, IOD reporting,
and ensuring staff abide by standard operating procedures.
– Performance management, discipline and appraisal of direct reports
– Management of timesheets, leave forms and other administration duties.

• Manage baboon monitoring activities including:
– Monitoring of daily baboon activities
– Ensuring that baboons do not enter the urban environment (via employing “holding the line” techniques), managing baboon-proofing and education initiatives.
– Assist with the capture, collaring and monitoring the status of injured/sick baboons

• Collection of data and reporting on baboon activities
– Responsible for preparing and writing monthly reports

• Asset Management
– Costing & procurement of tools & equipment
– Management of tools, equipment and vehicles to ensure highest level of safety and professionalism

• Relationship Management
– Sensitive management of incidences of human-wildlife conflict
– Regular reports to stakeholders
– Implementation of public relations strategy


• Conservation, Natural Sciences, Forestry degree or diploma (or similar)
• Minimum two years’ experience of working within the conservation field (Behavioural Ecology /Human Wildlife Conflict)
• A good understanding of animal behaviour and basic understanding of baboons
• Previous experience managing teams would be beneficial
• Computer Literacy (Microsoft, Word, Excel, Outlook)
• Valid South African Driver’s License and hold a Public Drivers Permit


• Leadership Orientation: ability to communicate with, train, engage and motivate teams
• Communications: Ability to communicate well in English (verbal, written) and mitigate conflicts
• Project Management: ability plan, organize and manage plans to prevent baboons from entering the urban environment
• Customer / Public Orientation: ability to engage positively with all individuals (public, customers, staff) and mitigate conflict with residents/stakeholders
• Adaptable: must be flexible to adjust quickly under fast changing environment, ability to work accurately under pressure and have good problem-solving skills
• Mental resilience: ability to manage diverse teams in rapidly changing, possibly hazardous circumstances, ability to manage potentially difficult conflict scenarios.

Please submit your CV to quoting reference number ref BCS/05/2022. Closing date for applications is 11 May 2022.

If you have not received a response within two weeks of the closing date, your application was most likely unsuccessful.
Appointments are made in line with the company’s Employment Equity Plans.