Marine Conservation Project Manager

  • Full Time
  • Zanzibar
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African Impact

Location: Jambiani, Zanzibar

Type: Full-time

Start Date: May 2024


Job Description:

We are looking for an enthusiastic team player, passionate about sustainable volunteer travel and environmental conservation to join our team in Jambiani, Zanzibar (6.5kms from Paje). The Marine Conservation Project Manager will have strong interpersonal and organizational skills and have a proactive nature in order to be an effective leader of the Marine Conservation team. You will be responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the project with positive development and sustainability at the forefront, and ensuring volunteers have an unforgettable experience whilst staying safe, healthy and entertained – both on project and at our volunteer base. This role requires someone who can set a positive example for all volunteers, with particular emphasis on Marine Conservation, data analysis, community awareness and engagement.


Key Responsibilities:

Planning – ensuring people and projects are prepared in advance:

  • Complete the weekly schedule and take the lead on all logistical planning including the allocation of staff, volunteers, vehicles, boat hire and projects
  • Ensure clear objectives have been agreed with community partners, and our marine conservation partner, and that all project activities are in line with these aims
  • Prepare new volunteers for the duration of their stay by going through their orientation and induction
  • Take part in weekly team meetings
  • Make suggestions on how to develop and implement changes to the projects
  • Work with the Base Manager to ensure group bookings are planned and delivered effectively
  • Ensure aims for each year are set and track achievements per quarter, submitting reports in a timely manner
  • Prepare an Annual Report for all of the data that has been collected during research time and submit this to our marine conservation partner


Doing – Day to day project involvement and reporting:

  • Lead the daily project activities and preparation, especially to coach and encourage volunteers. Activities will include: leading dolphin monitoring sessions, conducting ethical boat driver training workshops, helping volunteers to prepare activities for “Conservation Club”, helping to teach at Conservation Club, conducting eco-bricking workshops, beach clean-ups, coral reef monitoring, and helping with fish-monitoring sessions
  • Ensure that all data is inputted into our data-logging sheets at the end of each week
  • Data analysis
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners
  • Build and maintain relationship with our marine conservation partner and attend monthly meetings about the progress of the project
  • Supervise team members & volunteers on a day-to-day basis to ensure they are informed, efficient and motivated
  • Manage day-to-day issues with project activities, volunteers, team members and community partners and resolve these issues in an effective way, seeking assistance from the Base Manager where necessary
  • Help with volunteers’ questions and resolve issues they may have
  • Ensure volunteers are adhering to our Code of Conduct
  • Report and discuss key project successes and issues
  • Book and coordinate trips and tours for volunteers
  • Manage all social media activities ensuring posts are regular, timely, appropriate and in line with project policies.
  • Scope and lead potential marketing channels, liaising with the marketing team as required. e.g blogs, photos, stories
  • Market and develop Kizimkazi Ethical Dolphin Tours to promote our project and trained boat drivers
  • Identify and run fun opportunities for volunteers outside of projects which generate income
  • Be actively involved in social activities with volunteer always maintaining a professional relationship & creating a positive volunteer atmosphere- present, enthusiastic & engaged
  • Encourage and guide volunteers to be the best they can be
  • Take responsibility for managing emergency situations and major volunteer issues using the Code of Conduct and instill this way of thinking within the team


Reviewing – continuous improvement of project:

  • Gather feedback from volunteers, community partners and colleagues on what’s going well and not going so well on the projects
  • Integrate feedback into continuous improvement of the projects
  • Agree to key changes and how they will be implemented with Business Manager
  • Create and adhere to quarterly project development plans to ensure progress


Administration and Correspondence:

  • Contribute to the running of social media
  • Contribute to the production of weekly project reports
  • Collate weekly, monthly and quarterly marine project stats
  • Create reports to effectively communicate specific projects developments to distribute across African Impact


Skills and Experience:

  • Must be over 23 and hold a university degree in Marine Biology or Marine Science
  • Knowledge/experience within the field of marine biology, environment, and/or conservation is essential
  • Knowledge of GIS is preferred but not essential
  • Previous experience of volunteering abroad is advantageous
  • A team player who’s interested in people, and coaching/supporting volunteers
  • Self-motivated, flexible, independent, adaptable
  • Love of socializing with different types of people and varied ages
  • The ability to respect and work with different cultures
  • A positive attitude and the ability to think on your feet
  • A confident swimmer
  • Passionate about African Impact and sustainable development


Package inclusions:

  • Accommodation
  • 3 meals per day
  • One return flight
  • Entry Visa
  • Salary range $650 – $750 depending on experience


Sounds like a dream? Send your CV and a short introduction including what motivated you to apply for this role, and what you’ll bring to the team, to

African Impact is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and experience.

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