Job description 

Period:                                  One Year

Location:                              St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean

Project description:         Onsite project management of reforestation project

After hurricane Irma struck St. Eustatius on the 6th of September 2017, ecological damage assessments were made to give insight into the magnitude and scope of this natural disaster. Based on these assessments, St. Eustatius National Parks (STENAPA) prioritized the restoration activities of the island both inside and outside the national parks. The assessment concluded that there was major damage done to the trees in Oranjestad and significant ecological damage in other forested areas.

Because of the visibility and magnitude of this damage, which has been exacerbated by the presence of large numbers of free-roaming feral mammals (such as goats) and the invasive Corallita vine (Antigonon leptopus), the reforestation of Oranjestad became STENAPA’s priority to initially bring back trees in public spaces and persons yards, and in the long-term begin to reforest larger areas of the island.. Based on the proposals submitted by STENAPA, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has granted a hurricane relief fund to the Dutch Caribbean special municipality to restore the damage brought to the environment by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

STENAPA originally approached environmental consultancy Mac & Field to initiate this project and has now taken over its management in-house. In collaboration with the local governmental department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries on St. Eustatius (Landbouw Veeteelt en Visserij (LVV)), infrastructure including two plant nurseries were constructed specifically for the reforestation projects on grounds run by LVV.

Activities

The On-Site Manager will oversee operations on a day-to-day basis, and ensure that work is done safely, on time and within budget and to the right quality standards (e.g. implementing protocols). The one-site manager is also responsible for training the ranger(s) provided by STENAPA on proper plant-cultivation, and co-writing maintenance and care guidelines. You will work in close collaboration with ENI, LVV, Mac & Field and STUCO, and report directly to the director of STENAPA, and you will work in a challenging Caribbean environment. It is likely that you will also be involved in inter-island collaborative projects and in running and/or assisting scientific experiments and ecological monitoring.

Duties include, but may not be limited to:

  • Oversee proper execution of remaining infrastructure, including a water catchment system.
  • Oversee proper execution of plant and seed collection, cultivation and care, preparation of transplanting sites and transplantation of plants together with designated team.
  • Oversee the exclusion of feral livestock from environmentally sensitive areas and those designated for replanting.
  • Leading and training the designated project team (i.e. STENAPA ranger(s), LVV & STUCO employees).
  • Solving (technical) issues.
  • Responsible for budget maintenance, time management and quality.
  • Close contact and communication with client and third parties, informing all parties on the progress of the project.
  • Effectively managing and supporting the key stakeholder relationships.
  • Assist in regular project meetings with key stakeholders to review progress.
  • Cater to STENAPA’s site safety policies, environment and sustainability strategies.

Profile description

  • A minimum of one year’s work experience as a project manager in forestry and ecology, preferably in the Dutch Caribbean.
  • Experience within – and a familiarity with – environmental, cultural and political issues in the Caribbean (and preferably St. Eustatius) 
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in forestry or ecology in the tropics.
  • A good familiarity with the problems facing island ecosystems, particularly with regards to invasive species and their control.
  • Experience in project planning and scheduling.
  • People management experience, particularly in the context of managing a (multi-disciplinary) team delivering a project. 
  • Familiar with managing financial aspects of a project.
  • Ideally professionally qualified in one or more of the following fields: environmental management, forestry, biology to degree level (minimum BSc).
  • Fluent in English.
  • A problem solver, with enough patience, perseverance and enthusiasm. You possess of customer-oriented thinking and strive for quality.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Available to work full time (40 hours per week) for a period of one year, working at least four weekend hours most weeks.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and manage time efficiently and punctually.
  • Experience using heavy machinery (such as tractors) and vehicles such as quad bikes.
  • Experience setting up and maintaining solar power and pump systems.
  • Proven academic experience, preferably in a biology-related field, and an ability to set up or oversee scientific experiments.
  • Willingness to work outdoors in all weathers, including full sun and heavy rain.

Experience in the environmental management sector is essential to this role, along with excellent communication, influencing and facilitation skills as well as engaging with (senior) stakeholders. This position is not a typical 9-to-5 job and needs someone with a ‘work until the job is done’ mentality.

Send us your C.V. and a motivation letter to Dr Erik Boman, Director of STENAPA. manager@statiapark.org. Closing date 15th of April 2022.