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+26 0211 259871

Country Office:  

Plot 2374 Leopards Hill Road,

The Village, Lusaka, Zambia



Location:                           Kafue Release Facility, Kafue National Park, Zambia

Start Date:                        16th March, 2020

Duration of Contract:    12 months VOLUNTARY

This role would be ideal for someone looking to boost their CV in a wildlife and research related coordination role.


Roles & Responsibilities:


  1. Design monthly placements for short-term volunteers – ensuring a balance between their skills and passions whilst matching them to the needs of the Kafue Release Facility

  2. Supervise and support short-term volunteers (22-days) throughout their entire placement, including ‘meet and greet’ at the airport, escort them during their ration shopping, cooking with them daily, all the way to farewells at the airport. The candidate needs therefore to be a very sociable person who can get along with everybody. This will involve accompanying the volunteers during the drive between the Nursery in Lusaka and the Release Facility in Kafue National Park at the start and end of their placement, approximately a 7-hour journey

  3. Ensure the safety and wellbeing of short-term volunteers at all times

  4. Liaise with the Kafue Research Assistant to arrange volunteer research tasks and assist with training and supervising volunteers in the Behavioural Observation Study (BOS), Human Elephant Conflict (HEC), Wild Elephant Research (WER), and other research assignments

  5. Conduct educational talks and discussion with the volunteers on issues of conservation in general and GRI specifically

  6. Provide hosting support when there are guests at camp, of which some stay for longer periods of time, such as film crews and donors, ensuring their safety and wellbeing at all times

  7. Support with local capacity building for the staff onsite e.g. English language, IT, photography etc. with short term volunteer support



  1. Assist with decoding Behavioural Observations Study film footage under the guidance of the Research Assistant.

  2. Assist with creating a wild elephant ID catalogue from camera trap photos and ground surveys under the guidance of the Research Assistant and with volunteer support

  3. Media management: photographing, filming, supporting Keepers with photography, photo collation and storage

  4. Assist with regular project updates including blog posts, newsletter entries, keeper’s diary, volunteer blog etc. (with support of volunteers and staff)

  5. Under the guidance of the Research Assistant, provide support with production of project and site reports (monthly, quarterly, annually)

  6. Assist with the production of regular Volunteer Programme updates for social media and marketing purposes.

  7. Identify opportunities for the expansion of the volunteer programme at the Kafue Release Facility

  8. Ensure the general cleanliness, order and upkeep of the Volunteer Area is maintained at all times

  9. Provide support when there are visitors at the Kafue Release Facility for elephant viewing time or guests staying for a longer period of time, such as film crews and donors



  1. Assist with the tent booking system at the Kafue Release Facility

  2. Host visitors and guests to the Kafue Release Facility, ensuring their safety and wellbeing at all times

  3. Support GRI’s Fundraising and Public Relations Team at nationwide fundraising events

  4. Represent GRI with professionalism and courtesy at all times

  5. Provide additional support to the Volunteer Programme and the Wildlife Rescue Programme as needed


Reporting line:

  1. Volunteer Coordinator (for primary roles)

  2. Research Assistant (for volunteer tasks)

  3. Head of Research

  4. Release Facility Manager

  5. Wildlife Rescue Director

  6. Chief Executive Officer – Game Rangers International


Staff to supervise:

  1. Research volunteers (2 per month, 22 day long placements)

  2. Media and Marketing volunteers (1 per month, 22 day long placements)


Working conditions & Benefits:

  1. On site, camp living – safari tent, communal kitchen, living areas and bathrooms

  2. In accordance with elephant schedules, and working hours will be flexible, but are based achieving 8 hours worked per day between the hours of 06:30hrs – 18:30hrs

  3. Rest Days – During volunteer season (April-November) these will be in accordance with short-term volunteers’ schedule, responsible for them for the entire 22 day placement per month, including 2 ‘relaxed days’ and a block of 6 days after each volunteer placement. Outside of volunteer season (December – March) rest days are more flexible and can be agreed with your line manager

  4. Leave days – 2 per calendar month, must be coordinated outside of volunteer placements. Volunteer placements run from April-November, with a mid season volunteer break from the 21st July to the 3rd August.

  5. An agreed and appropriate uniform to be provided and worn during working hours

  6. Intellectual Property Agreement to be signed

  7. A competitive medical insurance package will be offered through the Local Medical Emergency Providers ‘Specialty Emergency Services’.

  8. Basic Accommodation provided

  9. Monthly stipend for basic food rations

  10. Travel and Subsistence Allowance for all project related travel

  11. Communications allowance

  12. Work visa for Zambia (if required).


Essential Skills:

  1. Whilst we’ll make sure you get rest time, this is no 9 to 5 job and the right person will be sociable and energetic

  2. A dynamic people person who enjoys the company of all ages and backgrounds

  3. Superb organisation skills, a great team player with a lot of enthusiasm, maturity, resilience and a great work ethic

  4. A strong interest in conservation, environmental education, animal behaviour and research, international development and/or primary education

  5. Previous volunteering experience

  6. First Aid Training

  7. Cultural sensitivity

  8. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

  9. Fluency in both written and spoken English

  10.  Patience, flexibility and ability to work in stressful environments

  11.  Energetic, physically fit and able to endure field conditions for prolonged periods


Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Creative, empathetic and passionate

  2. Social media and marketing experience

  3. Previous experience working with rural communities

  4. Previous work with wildlife or volunteering in Africa

  5. Experience in hospitality or tourism


Contact Information:

Please send all applications to with the subject line VOLUNTEER SUPERVISOR APPLICATION.

Please include a cover letter and CV with two referees

As soon as the right candidate is found they shall be appointed, so please submit your application as soon as possible


Application deadline:

Open until filled. 

Please note that due to the anticipated volume of applications we will only be able to respond to successful applicants