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+26 0211 259871

Country Office:  

Plot 2374 Leopards Hill Road,

The Village, Lusaka, Zambia



Location:                               Lilayi Elephant Nursery, Lusaka, 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 education 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 Lilayi Elephant Nursery

  2. Supervise and support volunteers (22-days) throughout their entire placement, including ‘meet and greet’ at the airport, escort them during their ration shopping, cook 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

  3. Liaise with the Lilayi Research Assistant to arrange volunteer research tasks and assist with training and supervising volunteers in the Behavioural Observation Study (BOS), Biodiversity Surveys (BDS), and other research assignments.

  4. Liaise with the Outreach and Education Coordinator to arrange the volunteer visits to local schools to assist with conservation education

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

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

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



  1. Visitor management: Provide informative talks during visitation hours on the Viewing deck (at least x2/week) and assistance with Behind the Scenes visits when needed

  2. Assist with the day to day appearance of the Visitor Centre and the Deck (improve the appearance of the ‘front of house’ and ensure that the standards are maintained)

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

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

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

  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 Lilayi Elephant Nursery

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



  1. Maintain the tent booking system for Lilayi camp

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

  3. Represent GRI with professionalism and courtesy at all times

  4. Provide additional support to the Volunteer Programme and Game Rangers International as needed



  1. Monthly stipend for basic food rations

  2. All work-related transfers

  3. Communications allowance

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

  5. Basic onsite tented accommodation with use of a communal kitchen, living area and bathroom

  6. Rest Days – a block of 6 days per 28-day period. During volunteer season (April-November) these will be in accordance with volunteers’ schedule. The Volunteer Supervisor will be responsible for the volunteers for their entire 22-day placement (including 2 ‘relaxed days’), and in between there is scheduled a block of 6 days’ rest. Outside of volunteer season (December – March) rest days are more flexible and can be agreed with your line manager

  7. Leave days – must be coordinated outside of volunteer placements. Volunteer placements run from April-November

  8. A uniform to be worn during working hours

  9. Work visa for Zambia (if needed)


Essential Skills:

  • 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

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

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

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

  • First Aid

  • Cultural sensitivity

  • Ability to work independently

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English

  • Patience, flexibility and ability to work in stressful environments

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


Desirable qualifications, experience and skills:

  • Creative, empathetic and passionate

  • Social media and marketing experience

  • Previous experience working with rural communities

  • Previous experience volunteering in Africa

  • 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.


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.