Job: Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs Programme Manager

We're recruit a programme manager to lead on the delivery of a Darwin Plus funded “Filling knowledge gaps to enable rewilding of the Chagos Archipelago” project, which is a vital component of the Chagos Conservation Trust's Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs programme.

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The Chagos Conservation Trust’s large-scale island rewilding programme, Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs, is based on sound science highlighting the significant linkages between the health of the islands of the Chagos Archipelago and their surrounding coral reefs.

It aims to rewild the 30 ecologically degraded islands of the outer atolls of the Chagos Archipelago, returning them to refuges for native species and supporting coral reefs.

The seabirds and corals of the Chagos Archipelago are inextricably linked. Seabirds provide nutrients that help the corals survive but, on some islands, because of the presence of invasive rats that eat seabird eggs and chicks, seabirds have disappeared, breaking this important link.

We are now in a position to recruit a programme manager to lead on the delivery of a Darwin Plus funded “Filling knowledge gaps to enable rewilding of the Chagos Archipelago” project, which is a vital component of the Healthy Islands, Healthy Reefs programme.

The aim of this project is to collect data to fill knowledge gaps and inform a robust and effective Rewilding Operational Plan to eradicate ship rats Rattus rattus, restore native habitat and ultimately boost biodiversity across the archipelago.

This role, reporting to the CCT Director, will be responsible for expedition planning, logistics and management, reporting and strategy development and ultimately, managing and updating the Rewilding Operational Plan.

Full job description and person specification here.

Please send a CV and one-page cover letter to info@chagos-trust.org by 21st July 2021.

Helen Pitman

Director, Chagos Conservation Trust

Hello, I am a conservation biologist who has been lucky enough to work for some of the biggest eNGOs in a number of counties. I am very interested in threatened species recovery and am currently the director of the Chagos Conservation Trust that aims to conserve the incredible species and ecosystems of the Chagos Archipelago.
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