Job Post: Wildlife and Law Project Officer

Closing date for applications is: 15 February 2024

Purpose of the Position: The Endangered Wildlife Trust is one of the largest biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa and is seeking to employ a Project Officer in the Wildlife and Law Project.

The overall goal of the Wildlife and Law Project is: robust legal and governance frameworks that enable responsible and ethical decision-making in relation to South Africa’s
wildlife, resulting in ecological sustainability.

Duties: The Wildlife and Law Project Officer primarily be responsible for implementation activities under the Empowering Good Governance Through Information (EGGI) Project as well as support initiatives under the Wildlife and Law Project.

More specifically, s/he will:

  • Ensure the EWT LAWS website is up to date.
  • Support a robust legal environmental framework, including undertaking
  • Undertaking activities that enhance good environmental governance in relation to South Africa’s species among all relevant audiences.
  • Undertaking activities that improve awareness and understanding of the regulatory framework as it pertains to species.
  • Support research into the legal framework as it pertains to species.
  • Provide robust analysis, recommendations and comments on the regulatory framework and draft legislation and policy documents when necessary.
  • Remain alert for national or international events that may have positive or negative implications for wildlife species and, in collaboration with the Wildlife and Law Project Manager, prepare responses to such announcements.

Qualifications and Experience required:

  • A LLB (this is a mandatory requirement).
  • Proficiency in at least four South African languages
  • Environmental law experience or an LLM in environmental law would be an advantage.
  • A high degree of self-motivation and pro-activity, excellent administrative skills, excellent organisation skills, and the
    proven ability to work under pressure.
  • A passion for conservation and our natural heritage.

Competencies required:

  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Office programmes, competency in GIS software packages will be a significant advantage.
  • Strong written and inter-personal skills
  • Strong project coordination and people management skills.
  • Experience in and ability to speak to the media as well as confident when speaking publicly.
  • High degree of self-motivation and pro-activity.
  • Good administrative skills and good organisation skills.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Knowledge of a second Southern African language or more would be beneficial.
  • Valid SA driver’s license, and suitable off road and long distance driving experience.

Interpersonal skills:

  • Disciplined, innovative and energetic.
  • Excellent staff management skills.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills.
  • Fluency in at least English.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of team.
  • Self-motivated, disciplined and energetic.
  • Strong people skills and an approachable manner.

Other details:

This position is based at the EWT’s Head Office in Johannesburg.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer.


Applicants are requested to submit a CV, complete the EWT Employment Application Form from the website, and a detailed motivation as to how and why they would be the best possible candidate for the Wildlife and Law Project Officer post.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful. The EWT reserves the right not to make an appointment. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Closing date: 15 February 2024. To apply please e-mail your CV and a detailed motivation letter of why you are the best candidate for this position to, [email protected], cc [email protected]

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