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Job Title                : Rote Island Project Officer
Job Grade             : Band 3 – Class Professional Core
Base                        : Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur, with possible travel to Rote Island


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of experts exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. WCS Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially in supporting the Government of Indonesia (GoI), particularly Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF) in conserving Indonesia’s biodiversity. WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on landscape/seascape conservation, species conservation actions and engaging local communities.

WCS works in Gunung Leuser National Park, Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, Way Kambas National Park of Sumatra, Bogani Nani Wartabone National Park in Sulawesi, and in Rote Island, as part of a freshwater turtle initiative. In this Nusa Tenggara Timur province, WCS-IP is currently working closely with conservation authorities, Balai Besar KSDA NTT and the local government to establish a viable wild population of the Critically Endangered Rote Island snake-necked turtle, Chelodina mccordi, through its reintroduction and effective management on Rote Island.

WCS is implementing Year 4 of a field site project that aims to establish a viable wild population of the Critically Endangered Rote Island snake-necked turtle, Chelodina mccordi, through its reintroduction and effective management on Rote Island. This is in response to the presumed extinction of the species from the wild due to the demand from the international pet trade that led to its over-harvesting. The priorities for Year 4 are to prepare repatriation process of turtles, prepare the lake habitat for reintroduction, develop the head-starting facility and further increase community stakeholder engagement and support for the project goals. These activities are essential prerequisites for turtle reintroduction. Working closely with the WCS Coordinator of Freshwater Turtle and Tortoise Conservation, Rote Island Project Officer will lead the implementation of the rote island snake-necked turtle reintroduction project.

The main responsibility of the Rote Island Project Officer is to lead the implementation of the Rote island snake-necked turtle reintroduction project in Rote Island and the city of Kupang, Nusa Tenggara Timur. The Rote Island Project Coordinator reports directly to the Senior Manager Terrestrial Program and in close coordination with Conservation Network and Awareness Coordinator.


Oversee the implementation of the Rote Island Turtle work plan, in particular,

  • Facilitate the stakeholders in preparing repatriation of turtles on national and local level.
  • Prepare the selected lake habitats for turtle reintroduction.
  • Facilitate the stakeholder in preparing the habitat as a new model for habitat protection.
  • Maintain a head start facility for ex-situ turtle management for subsequent reintroduction.
  • Increase local stakeholder relations in supporting the project and its goals.
  • Lead on report writing and support proposal development.
  • Facilitate the capacity building for local young conservationist.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • A first degree in Biology, Forestry or other related degree, and an additional one-year relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a postgraduate degree.
  • Have at least two years working experience in the field of conservation and working on projects independently.
  • Having knowledge about ecology and species conservation, reptiles and turtles.
  • Have experience working with local indigenous communities.


  • Strong communication, facilitation, coordination, networking and negotiation skills.
  • Decisiveness and independence.
  • Good judgement, ability to work under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain financial and technical control of projects in the field.
  • Good report writing and presentation skills in Indonesia.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • MS Office, knowledge of excel required, as well as database and other analytical software.
  • A good command of English as a working language is a benefit.

The position is for Indonesian nationals only. WCS encourages people to apply with experience in sectors other than the non-governmental and/or conservation sectors. Remuneration will be commensurate with skills and experience and the position comes with full set of employment benefits. WCS is an equally opportunities employer.

Please send a covering letter and CV in English to stating in the subject line “Rote Project Officer_(name)” at the latest on 7 August 2022. No correspondence as only short-listed candidates will be notified.