Operations Manager

October 2018

The Operations Manager is responsible for managing daily sanctuary operations and will report directly to the Program Director.


  • Logistical Procedures – Oversee and plan for daily priorities and activities within all departments – chimpanzee care, outreach and education, funding and development, and ecotourism/hospitality
  • Staff Management – Serve as the line manager of the organization’s team of managers, permanent staff, contractors and casual staff, in an advisory and operational support capacity by providing them with the necessary information, tools and advice for efficient operation
  • Office Administration – Oversee and execute day-to-day activities related to communication, financial planning, invoicing, record keeping, marketing, personnel and logistics.
  • Human Resources – Manage employee relations, payroll, development and training, and recruitment
  • Sanctuary Maintenance – Coordinate maintenance requirements of buildings, vehicles, and grounds; identify areas for improvement; oversee tasks are assigned to appropriate personnel and completed accordingly.
  • Finance Management & Accounting – Plan, organize, direct and control the daily financial activities, such as procurement and utilization of funds, for all departments, and maintain appropriate financial records 
  • Ecotourism & Volunteer Program Management – Coordinate all aspects of the sanctuary’s ecotourism projects; marketing and social media promotion; ecotourism partnership development; fundraising events; and volunteer program promotion and coordination.
  • Work closely with the Conservation Manager on the effective implementation of community outreach projects including logistics, personnel and finances, as well as Strategic Planning & Project Delivery
  • Work closely with the Development Manager to help identify funding opportunities for ongoing conservation, community outreach and education projects, and will oversee Proposal Development, Donor Reporting and stakeholder management
  • Work closely with Resident Veterinarian to manage chimpanzee husbandry and welfare, logistical and financial requirements, personnel issues and maintenance requirements.

Requirements (Essential)

  • Minimum of two years experience in a management role
  • Strong management skills, the ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent administration and record keeping skills
  • Good problem solving skills and ability to be adaptive
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent in English (verbal & written)
  • Computer literacy, including Excel
  • Willingness to work long and flexible hours
  • A good sense of humour
  • Ability to live and work closely with the rest of the team, comprising both western and local staff
  • Patience and a willingness to work to different cultural values
  • Suitable candidates must be able to commit for a minimum of 1 year

Requirements (Desirable)

  • University degree in management, finance, business or conservation related subjects
  • Experience working in a conservation or wildlife related organisation


This is a full-time, six (6) day a week position.

  1. Monthly stipend ($1000 USD) paid in local salary or transferred every 3 months to international bank account
  2. Basic onsite accommodation
  3. One African style meal per day (rice with sauce)
  4. Annual return airfare (subject to contract completions) and 4 weeks paid holiday per year.

The chosen candidate must provide evidence of personal health insurance, negative TB test and yellow fever vaccination.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and CV to by November 1st 2018.
Tacugama is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.


Field Coordinator - Pujehun District

September 2018

Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary has an expanding Community Outreach Programme (TCOP) that seeks to protect the Western chimpanzee and their habitats by taking a natural resource management approach to sensitize, conduct research, contribute to a human-wildlife co-existence, and promote sustainable livelihoods in Sierra Leone, in both rural and urban areas. The Field Coordinator in Pujehun District will be based in Jaibui Island Research Station and will report directly to the Conservation Manager. The Field Coordinator must be conservation driven, self-motivated, and have experience supervising and coordinating a team.


  1. To oversee outreach officers in Pujehun during field trips.
  2. To coordinate a team of 6 bio-monitoring technicians in Jaibui Island.
  3. To manage the Jaibui Research Station and coordinate visitors/researchers.
  4. To assist research activities undertaken in the Island (camera trap surveys, wildlife census, etc).
  5. To assist updating the species list in the island.
  6. To supervise the implementation of alternative livelihoods in 19 communities.
  7. To supervise the construction of eco-lodges.
  8. To report activities, achievements and recommendations in monthly reports to the Conservation Manager.
  9. To attend and represent TCOP team in community meetings and other organizations.
  10. To create and maintain collaboration with other organizations and institution (GRNP, Njala University etc).

Qualifications and Competencies:

  1. Ideally a Bachelor in Biology or a background in Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Conservation or Wildlife.
  2. Previous professional experience in wildlife conservation or Community-based development is a plus.
  3. Driving license (car or motorbike) preferred.
  4. Ability to live in a remote area with basic amenities.
  5. Experience in Africa is a plus.


  1. Monthly stipend paid in local salary or transferred every 3 months to international bank account.
  2. Basic onsite accommodation.
  3. One local meal per day (rice with sauce).
  4. All expenses (e.g. return airfares, food, living expenses, medical expenses, insurance, etc) must be covered by the volunteer.

Application Deadline:
Until filled

Length of Contract:
1 year

This is an excellent opportunity to work in the field of conservation, whilst gaining invaluable practical experience working to protect the critically endangered Western chimpanzee.

Please send your CV, a cover letter and two professional references as soon as possible by email to and ensure that your email subject is “Application for Field Coordinator – Pujehun District”.