Conservation Pilot, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, DRC
Location: Epulu, Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democartic Republic of Congo
Reports to: Field Operatoins Manager / WCS Aviation Fleet Manager
Country Program/Sector: Democartic Republic of Congo
Position Type:Full Time
Internal liaison: Park anti-poaching and logistical team; national logistical team
Expected travel: Travel within the Democartic Republic of Congo, Uganda and occasional international travel
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit organization founded in 1895. Its mission is to preserve wildlife and wilderness by understanding critical problems, developing scientific solutions and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, a presence in more than 60 countries, and experience in the creation of more than 150 protected areas around the world, WCS has accumulated the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships needed to ensure that wild places and animal species thrive alongside local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, that knowledge is applied to address species, habitat and ecosystem management issues critical to improving the quality of life of rural people whose livelihoods depend on the direct use of natural resources.
The Conservation Pilot will support protected area managers, notably in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve (OWR) to carry out surveillance and monitoring flights as well as logistical support flights. He/She will manage aviation activities for the OWR on the ground, working with the WCS Democratic Republic of Congo and WCS Aviation Program teams. He/She will manage a small team of observers and assistants.
- Expert application to safely pilot aircraft (PIC) for aviation logistical support to park operations and resource protection activities and monitoring.
- Strictly adhere to procedures in place for all flight operations.
- Ascertain all necessary aircraft documents are in place, up to date and according to relevant international and national aviation laws.
- Participate and comply with regular flight and safety management training requirements.
- Maintain a detailed flight log report of all flights and hours flown, including location, passengers, purpose and duration.
- Oversee and maintain the highest standards in aircraft management and operation, following regulations, legal requirements and maintenance plans as required.
- Assure all aircraft documents are in place, updated and maintained.
- Maintain the aircraft in a pristine, clean and well-managed state, including regular cleaning of the airframe, engine compartment and equipment.
- Assure aircraft is always fully secured.
- Train any staff involved in aviation operations on safety around aircraft and procedures.
- Manage all survey and surveillance equipment assigned to the aviation wing.
- Manage aviation stocks and plan accordingly for procurement (avgas, oils and other usable).
- Manage aviation facility (office, stores and hangar) and equipment and assure the condition of the airstrip is according to agreed standards and operational needs.
- Support local arrangements and logistics to aviation maintenance needs
- Manage aviation operations finances in collaboration with the assigned finance manager, including operational costs (landing and navigation fees, passenger fees etc.).
- Maintain regular coordination and planning meetings concerning aviation operations with WCS Field Operations Manager, Biomonitoring point person and law enforcement team
- Closely liaise with the project logistics manager for aviation logistics (transport, fuel, oils) and documentation (aircraft and flight clearance).
- Participate in regular planning meetings and develop annual plans/budgets for the OWR Aviation Unit.
Aviation Safety Management
- Assure the WCS Standard Operation Procedures are fully implemented in all operations and any requirements communicated by the WCS Fleet Manager.
- Report all safety concerns, incidences and hazards and fully contribute and interact with the WCS Fleet Manager as prescribed.
- Maintain the highest safety standards at all times.
- Participate and conduct regular internal evaluations, as agreed upon by the WCS Fleet manager and part of the WCS aviation SMS on operations
- Report all aircraft issues and snags through the established procedures (online) and via direct communications with the WCS Fleet Manager.