Conservation Manager

Terms of reference

Sipef Biodiversity Indonesia (SBI) is searching for a Manager to oversee an Ecosystem Restoration Project located in Mukomuko, Sumatra Indonesia.  The SBI project is a conservation programme managing a 12 672-hectare area of forest that acts as a buffer to the Kerinci Seblat National Park. It is one of just 16 projects in Indonesia that have been granted an ecosystem restoration concession for a term of 60 years. The project focuses on the protection and monitoring of biodiversity, reforestation of degraded areas, and engagement with communities.  Another aspect of the project is the regular patrols that are carried out by project staff to address the ongoing threats of illegal felling of trees, illegal planting of oil palms and poaching.  Biodiversity monitoring are perhaps the most rewarding activities of the project and have uncovered the presence of a rich megafauna is present in the area including tigers, clouded leopards, Malayan sunbears, tapirs, barking deers, argus pheasants, and the elusive dhole, a wild dog species rarely spotted. 


SIPEF also manages a sea turtle at the Air Hitam Conservation Park.  The project is implemented by  two cooperating villages for sea turtle eggs. These eggs are collected to protect them from scavenging monitor lizards, and are hatched in controlled facilities, before the release of the turtles into the sea. The project was launched in 2007, and is managed by the SIPEF Foundation since 2010, in collaboration with the National Resource and Conservation Office of Bengkulu Environment and Forestry Department.

Roles and responsibilities

The Conservation Manager will be to focus on the successful protection and restoration of the ecosystem restoration license area overseen by SBI.  The restoration license is issued by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry of The Republic of Indonesia (KLHK) with an approved management plan and reporting requirements overseen by that agency.  Forest inventory, mapping and forest enrichment and restoration are requirements for reporting to KLHK and are an important activity component of the work.  Protection of existing forests has focused mostly on regular patrols, strategically carried out within the areas pressured by local communities.  Joint patrols are also carried out together with KLHK staff with collaboration on enforcement where possible.  Enrichment of existing as well as restoration of degraded areas are also part of the management plan.  Restoration forms an important component and includes working with the communities whom occupy roughly 20% of the total area. The occupation is characterized by cultivation of cash crops and small mostly temporary infrastructure. Activities with communities include facilitating and supporting alternative income generating activities that are consistent with the overall restoration objectives.

  • Following all the RE license requirements from KLHK: monitoring, research and development, reporting, audits.
  • Managing and organizing the different projects occurring in SBI: forest enrichment and development, forest protection, patrols, joint patrols, maintenance of camps and infrastructure, management of tree nurseries, monitoring deforestation, management of budget, internal reporting, develop SOPs to standardize the activities.
  • Managing and improving the monitoring of biodiversity in SBI: improve the existing monitoring and reporting of camera trapping, improve the database, develop the SOPs to standardize the activities.
  • Development and monitoring of social projects: social engagement, development and management of farmer’s group, monitoring and reporting on the results, work with our current partner ZSL on developing the monitoring of Sumatran tigers in SBI area.
  • Developing partnership with other forest protection structures (NGOs, Forum, National parks…) in order to create combined efforts and share information.
  • Maintain and improve the technical level of the SBI team: organize regular trainings to maintain the technical knowledge and capabilities of the team

The sea turtle conservation project requires regular attention to maintain infrastructure, training to maintain standards of egg collection and care and maintenance to the nursery infrastructure. 

The conservation projects require skills in reporting and communication of results both internally and to external stakeholders. 

  • Managing and improving the monitoring of activities: patrols, eggs collection, hatchery, release of turtles, beach clean-up
  • Developing the knowledge and technical capacities of the team of volunteers through annual training with technical expert from the turtle foundation
  • Maintenance of infrastructure: hatchery building
  • Social projects: organize and engage with local schools to develop the knowledge and awareness of the young generation
  • Develop a database to keep all the records up to date (data and pictures of monitoring)
  • Develop SOPs to standardize the activities

Other duties will include:

Engaging with and reporting to Government Officials
Conducting biodiversity surveys
Threats analysis and mitigation strategies for conservation objectives
Collaboration with communities
Training and support to local communities


The candidate must prove knowledge and skills in the areas below:

Conservation project
Team management
Capacity to develop reporting reflecting the work in the field
Ability to manage a budget
Capacity to work with various stakeholders, government, NGOs, industry
Good communication skills in English and Indonesian
Development of processes and standards
Social projects skills is a plus



Experience in the following standards is an appreciated added value

10 years of experience in a successful conservation project
Experience in conservation projects with international organizations is a plus
Experience in social development projects is a plus


Interested applicants may submit resume, recent photo and other supporting documents (convert them all in 1 file PDF) by email to :
Subject email: Conservation Manager – (full name)

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