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  • At the end of April, Cousin Island was privileged to receive Royal Society fellow, House of Lords peer and former Principal of Jesus College, Oxford, Professor Lord John Krebs and his wife Sarah Phibbs.
  • It was December in Canada when I heard help was needed on Cousin Island’s Special Reserve. I hadn’t even heard of the Seychelles but I packed my things and hopped on a plane without expectations. A few planes, trains and countries later, I landed in paradise.
  • The Seychelles island of Assumption(Source: SNA photo by J van de Crommenacker) The Aldbara group including waters around Assumption island will be designated as protected areas by February 2019, under a process called the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) Initiative. Another area to also be protected is the Amirantes groups. The Aldabra Group and is being nominated for ‘Marine...
  • In 2018 we’re all about numbers at Nature Seychelles. 50 years since Cousin Island Special Reserve became a protected nature reserve and 20 years of the existence of Nature Seychelles as a conservation organisation, the RSPB Partner in Seychelles.
  •  A lucky group of tourists witnessed as a turtle was laying her eggs - taking photos from a safe distance by Emma Jones Every year on Cousin Island we roll into another turtle season in August and we quickly find ourselves deeper and deeper in the sand as the days turn the corner to November – the height of the Hawksbill turtle season. From dawn till dusk starting in October, we keep...
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Conservation Boot Camp

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Focus Project

Implementing the SDGs

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more

Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Vulnerable. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher.
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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Work with Nature Seychelles

Serge Marizy

Post Title: Chief Warden - Cousin Island Special Reserve

Responsible to: Chief Executive, Nature Seychelles

Immediate supervisor:  Reserve Coordinator

Supervises: 8 Wardens & a Maintenance Manager

Contract period: 2 years

Salary and perks:

USD 2,500.00/month;

Reserve accommodation including furniture, electricity, water and cooking gas; 

Local insurance;

Uniform;

21 days off/year (paid annual leave);

One return ticket from and back to country of origin if expatriate.

Job Description: The Chief Warden is the overall manager of the Reserve. We are looking for an experienced person to work with the young management team on the Reserve, to mentor and supervise the Warden staff, maintain all systems ranging from financial to infrastructure and ensure high standards.  The post holder is expected to implement the Cousin Island Special Reserve Management Plan and put in place annual work programs. This will include the following:
•    Manage boat operation in a safe and professional reasonable manner keeping high standards in place.
•    Coordinate and provide guiding of visitors in a professional and informed manner.
•    Undertake ticket sales and handling, banking and reporting of cash, strictly following all financial procedures.
•    Ensure that the Special Reserve is protected and take appropriate action against law breakers.
•    Supervise and mentor all Special Reserve staff and ensure good staff relations and community sprit on the island.
•    Assist the Conservation/Science Manager.
•    Assist the CBC/Volunteer Coordinator
•    Conduct maintenance and cleaning of the Reserve.
•    Ensure proper inventory, financial and other administrative tasks.
•    Ensure that staff are properly trained (in service) to conduct their work.
•    Provide all assistance necessary to other Nature Seychelles staff.
•    Assist in ensuring that conservation helpers and CBC participants and volunteers are integrated into the Reserve work and community life.
•    Provide assistance to approved scientists and students.
•    Ensure good networking with tourism operators.
•    Any other relevant work as directed.

Work Site: The post holder will have to live and work on Cousin Island.

Working hrs: Monday to Friday 8 to 4 (may have to work additional hours as could be expected on an island Reserve)

Works with: Conservation/Science Manager; CBC/Volunteer Coordinator (both in situ)

Necessary qualifications and Competencies: Relevant degree(s) or certification. 5 years in a similar senior position or in managing a field based organization or relevant type of company. Excellent small boat handling skills. High degree of physical fitness. Ability to live and work in a remote situation. Experience in managing small teams. First Aid qualifications. Administrative experience. High level of written and spoken English.

Other desirable skills: Experience and best practice in handling money; PADI instructor-level qualifications; Visitor Management; Good inter-personal abilities; Mentoring and awareness skills; Mechanics.

Additional information: Owing to limited accommodation and other facilities on Cousin Island it is not possible to house spouses or families except on weekends.

Apply before 9th May 2018 to the Reserve Coordinator,  Nature Seychelles, P.O. Box 1310,  Roche Caiman, Mahe.  Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. & This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Successful candidate has to be ready to be at their post by mid July 2018.

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