Grab a chance to work for the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) and discover the beautiful fauna and flora of the country. 

We are looking for highly self-motivated and conscientious individuals to assist with work on the offshore islands within our project teams to: 

- support plant, reptile and seabird restoration and research on Round Island; 

- ensure island biosecurity is maintained and to remove emergent threats caused by invasive species introductions; 

- assist when required, our reptile projects (skinks, geckos, snakes, tortoises) for the monitoring of island populations, helping with reptile translocations and head starting of young reptiles for release; 

- support the maintenance of island infrastructure, such as equipment, enclosures, field stations etc. 

The main duties will include:

  • The handling, measurement and weighing of juvenile and adult tortoises (in nurseries and the field) to determine body condition
  • To assist with PIT-tagging for individual recognition
  • To collect/prepare food daily for enclosed juvenile tortoises and to ensure that they remain healthy
  • To conduct searches and quadrat surveys
  • To carry out accurate data collection and data entry
  • To assist in taking blood samples for disease screening, collect and analyse faecal samples for parasite detection and provide treatment and care when required
  • To support the management of facilities on Ile aux Aigrettes and Round Island for the care, housing and containment of tortoises
  • Assist, if requested by senior Islands Restoration staff, with research projects taking place

This is an exciting opportunity to work with a species and a project that is known internationally amongst conservationists. The population of Pink Pigeons is nearing our target of 600 birds and we are embarking on genetic management via captive breeding to boost the productivity and survival of the birds. It is planned to re-introduce birds from European zoos with genes that are missing or underrepresented in the wild on Mauritius to join the captive population for breeding purposes.We have an ongoing tracking study to identify where birds nest and where they fly to which will inform our management. We have an extensive data base which also informs management of the birds and provides opportunities for publication of studies. In addition you will have the opportunity to learn about many other conservation projects first hand and interact with eminent conservation scientists.