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Position Description:
Danau Girang Field Centre is seeking to hire a wildlife veterinarian to work in scientific projects carried out within the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary, Sabah. He/she will join all projects where anaesthesia is needed and/or biological samples are required to be taken from wild and domestic animals, and will play an important role in research projects on clouded leopards, small cats, sun bears, civets, pythons, pangolins, bearded pigs, crocodiles, and other Bornean wildlife.

Reporting to DGFC’s Director, Dr. Benoit Goossens, the veterinarian will be responsible for coordinating with each project leader in executing the following procedures:

  • (a) Anaesthetising: darting or injecting anaesthesia, monitoring vital signs and reversing anaesthesia;
  • (b) Sampling: collecting blood, faeces and any other samples needed according to each project’s protocol;
  • (c) Collaring: participate in the elaboration and review of the trapping protocols along with the project leaders, assisting the project leader deploy GPS or VHF collars on suitable individuals and monitor the health status and performance of the collared individuals during the tracking period.
  • (d) Re-capture: Re-capturing collared individuals to retrieve the collar when necessary.
  • (e) Perform post-mortem procedures on animals found within the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • (f) Organise and manage the on-site laboratory, including liaising with the Kota Kinabalu laboratory staff for supplies.
  • (g) Aid, or act as, an on-site Health and Safety Officer, by attending the human health care dispensary and advising on health issues with staff and students (not exclusively).
  • (h) Be on standby for the projects that require assistance and liaise with project leaders on daily work schedules.

Position Requirements:
This position is open to Malaysians, and also to non-Malaysians (subject to approval of a work pass). Applicants should hold a degree in veterinary medicine with reasonable work experience, and be proficient with anaesthesia protocols.

He/she must be physically and mentally fit, able to hike long distances daily in a tropical forest environment. The candidate must be proactive, creative and able/willing to improvise and act under pressure and unpredictable situations as well as flexible on time. Field experience (GPS usage, navigation, trekking) is an added advantage, but not mandatory as training can be provided.

A strong proficiency in written and spoken English is compulsory. The veterinarian should be able to work with an interdisciplinary and international team, while residing at an isolated rainforest field centre with basic living facilities.

Closing Date:
28th December, 2018. Position remains open until vacancy is filled.

To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating why this position satisfies your interest and future career or education goals, explaining your suitability for this position, plus availability date; (2) a CV or resume detailing relevant experience; and (3) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference.

The subject heading of the email message should read:
“Application for Wildlife Veterinarian”.

Please email your application to Audrey A. Umbol (