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WWF Romania Bison Hillock Field Research Programme _Chief Technology Officer

Posted on 31 July 2017
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology Officer
© Oana Mondoc
WWF has an opening through its Youth Volunteer Internship Programme for a volunteer/intern for a 4-month assignment with the WWF Romania Bison Hillock Program (see factsheet and terms of reference).

Location: WWF Romania
Language required: good level of English (Romanian is not a requirement)
Age Category: 19-27 years

Position title
:                    Chief Technology Officer
Reports to:                        Community Development Specialist and Research Station Coordinator
Date:                                  Sept 2017 – December 2017 (4 months)
Mission of the Department:
WWF Romania’s Bison Rewilding Team is putting together a taskforce of young professionals to support the on-going pioneer conservation work in the Southern Carpathians, Armeniș commune – an area known as “The Bison Hillock”
We aim to combine multi disciplinary skills in a concentrated effort to hack solutions to improve bison rewilding and wildlife monitoring, focusing on human wildlife conflict mitigation as key lever for better connectivity of wild areas.
You are invited to join the Bison Hillock team and bison rewilding work in the Southern Carpathians and contribute to scaling innovation in nature conservation at grassroots level, in a unique wilderness area - the largest in Europe.  
Major Duties and Responsibilities
• The opportunity to help develop the technological backbone of the community and team - gatekeepers of a priceless wilderness area. This can include integration and data management, sharing systems, etc.
• Take the initiative in thought leadership, innovation and creativity to improve integration of field and community activities, digital platforms and identifying new technologies to lift the bar in our nature conservation work.
• Support and upscale of knowledge and appetite for meaningful technology platforms and consolidate integrations contributing to better communication and data flows.
• Spearhead prototyping of new tech and multi disciplinary products and measures to mitigate human wildlife conflict. Work closely with rangers, field researchers and the local community to identify potential levers and nots and bring more inventivity in wildlife management.
• Connect with experts including the WWF network as well as innovative partners new or existing, such as ESA, innovation clusters, makers to share ideas and join forces. Take part in multi-disciplinary hackathons for wildlife monitoring, wildlife management, HWC mitigation.
• evaluation of IT, multimedia & tech needs of the RS, including systems architecture to improve comfort and nurture an active environment. Support with implementation, where needed. Evaluate and improve information sharing systems used in the team, make information flow design recommendations.
• consolidate an existing network of multidisciplinary contributors into a sharing space, recommend a framework to manage a community of external advisors, mentors, volunteers. Support each team member to improve data capture and good data flows between field team and mentors network.
• analyse and present existing data on HW interaction during planned multi-disciplinary hackathons scheduled for the period of your stay. Work closely with the content producer, HWC researcher, community development specialist, conservation manager to aggregate existing data and prioritise relevant insights.
• Develop, adapt and test devices for monitoring or HWC mitigation: camera trapping, telemetry solutions, chips, sensors, heart rate monitors for wildlife species, robots for filming, drones, etc. Work with partners to support the development of innovative products, and prototypes deriving from the hackathons.
• Weekly short update with “Highlights of the week” and “Lessons of the week” to feed blog, interractive website as well as reference to reflect on work, potential challenges and new opportunities.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience with software / systems design or hardware development
  • Education and/or experience in technology / GIS – wildlife monitoring / engineering / software development
  • Experience with online and cloud technologies
Required Skills and Competencies
  • Self-start, able to work to deadline, and initiate and lead projects
  • Website management experience, systems management experience, familiarity with contemporary technology trends and tools
  • Thirst for innovation, new technologies, open minded, creative
  • Good understanding or experience with GIS
  • Good written and spoken English
  • Adhere to WWF’s values: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.
Working Relationships:
Internal – this role will interact with conservation and communications staff of WWF. This includes WWF Bison Conservation Coordinator, WWF Community Development Specialist, WWF Senior Communications Officer, Field Officers, two field rangers and a minimum of three other interns working as part of the Bison Hillock HWC taskforce. You will also meet with other WWF colleagues in field offices in Romania or the head office, as part of the activities required for this role. 
External – in this role will interact with academics and other students, the local communities in the project area, government and NGO reps, natural science practitioners, website development consultants designers and makers.
How to apply?
Please complete the online Application Form. If you already submitted a spontaneous online application in the past, please inform of your interest in this assignment by email.

Deadline to apply: 15 August 2017

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