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Work History

June 2016 present

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Brandseye

Part- time social media sentiment rater

April 2016 present

Owner - site supervisor

Turaco Conservation Management

Turaco Conservation Management was established as a for-profit conservation enterprise under the supervision of Pinnacle conservation in April 2016. The enterprise successfully completed two 30,000 square meter firebreaks over a two month period in alien invaded fynbos.

Responsibilities included:

- Management of 10 staff members.

- Site planning and management

- Staff administration

- Health and Safety briefings

- Equipment maintenance

- Supervision

- Duty management

- Labour relations

- Environmental education

- Monthly report write-ups/feedback

Jan 2014Dec 2014

Conservation Student

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve

Responsibilities included:

  • Mass capture operations, capture and transportation of rare and dangerous game and predator species incl. Sable, Roan, Tsessebe, Rhinoceros, Buffalo, Cheetah, Lion, Leopard and African Wild Dog.
  • The clearing of vegetation off electric fences, manually and with herbicide.
  • The cleaning, general maintenance and management of bomas and boma kept predators incl. Cheetahs and African Wild Dogs.
  • Hunting of suitable animals for feeding of boma predators.
  • Occasional guided horse trails in a predator-free zone.
  • The planning and execution of an environmental education program   for children 16 and younger.
  • General maintenance duties at staff housing and main lodge.
  • Fighting of veldfires.
  • Aerial game census.
  • Radio tracking of Wilddog and Cheetah.
  • Vegetation surveys and soil profiling
  • Alien vegetation management

 Further assisted Researchers and filmcrews with fieldwork which included:

  • The setting up and maintenance of camera traps
  • Small mammal trapping
  • Aardvark capture
20122013

Volunteer

Seahorse Eco-safaris

Responsibilities included:

  • Tacking up of horses & Grooming of horses
  • Conducting guided trails in a non-dangerous game area
  • Trails covered - Farmland,Renosterveld, Coastal thicket and beach.
20082009

Volunteer

Jukani Predator Park
  • Cleaning of large predator enclosures
  • Feeding of domestic animals and cleaning of their enclosures.
  • Park maintenance duties

Education

Jan 2015Dec 2015

Nature Conservation B. Tech (Cum Laude)

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

George, South Africa

Jan 2012Dec 2014

Nature Conservation National Diploma

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University 

George, South Africa

20072011

Grade 12 Certificate

Point High School

Mosselbay, South Africa

Skills

Drivers license

Code 8 

PrDP

Computer proficiency

Microsoft office package (Powerpoint, Word and Excel), Statistica (Biological data analysis).

Language proficiency

Fluent in English and Afrikaans

Horseriding

Ability to handle, ride horses and guide from horseback.

Radio Tracking

Capable of tracking wildlife using radio telemetry.

Firearm handling

Capable of safely operating small caliber rifle eg. .223

Certifications

December 2016

Introducing Conservation 

United for Wildlife -  Royal Foundation

Modern Conservation principles,management,education and technological advances in the field.

April 2016

Certificate of Academic Excellence

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
 April 2016 

Health & Safety certificate of competence

BSD Consulting cc

Accreditation no: TETA 13-368

April 2016 April 2019

First Aid Procedures - Level 1

BSD Consulting cc

Accreditation no: TETA 13-368

September 2016September 2019

First Aid procedures - Level 3

Eden District Municipality
June 2013

Nature Site Guide - Level 2

The Nature College

Nature Guide training

CATSSETA Registered (October 2013)

 

Interests

Birdwatching, Wildlife Photography, Horseback Riding, Hiking, Geocaching

References

Tswalu Kalahari Reserve 

Mr. Dylan Smith (Wildlife Projects Manager)

Tel: 078 631 0820/ 053 781 9232

Email: wildlife@tswalu.com

Seahorse Eco-Safaris

Miss Cornelia Kruger (Owner)

Tel: 079 883 5386

Email: info@seahorseecosafaris.co.za

NMMU Saasveld

Mr. Anton Schmit (Lecturer and Program coordinator for Nature Conservation & Game Ranch Management)

Email: anton.schmit@nmmu.ac.za

Pinnacle Conservation 

Mrs. Vivian Stadler (Administration & Finance)

Email: admin@pinnacleconservation.co.za