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Samburu Research Coordinator

Terms of Reference for Elephant Research Scientist Position, Save The Elephants

Role Title: Elephant Research Scientist, Save the Elephants.
Reporting to: Head of Monitoring, STE, with inputs from science leadership at STE.
Duration of Position: 3-month probation followed by 24-month contract with option for renewal.
Location: Based at Save the Elephants’ research center in Samburu National Reserve, with occasional travel to Nairobi for meetings.
Skills Required: PhD in the biological sciences with experience of analyzing animal behaviour and managing science research in African field conditions. Strong organisational and project coordination skills are essential. Proven statistical data analysis skills are desirable, ArcGIS mapping and use of Access are also desired. Attach publications to your application.
Nationality: Ideal for a Kenyan citizen or resident. Qualified non-Kenyans may apply but a work permit would only be secured after a voluntary 3-month probation period was successfully completed.
Salary: Negotiable
Medical cover: Offered for in country medical cover or annual contribution to personal plan.
Working Week if in Samburu: 6 days a week Monday to Saturday, Sundays off in local area.
Working Week if in Nairobi: 5 days a week Monday to Friday.
Time Off: 24 days per year plus all Kenyan public holidays.
Living Expenses: All food, accommodation, internet, communication, laundry and travel expenses whilst in the Samburu Research Center are covered by STE. Personal drinks and time off costs not included. Accommodation & food when in Nairobi are not paid for by STE.


  • Research Projects: Coordinate research activities being undertaken by STE project officers, graduate students and visiting interns based at the Research Center (approx 30% of time).
    • Research projects you will engage in will be (i) long term elephant monitoring, (ii) collared elephant monitoring, (iii) wildlife corridors (iv) MIKE data collection, (v) mammal census surveys, (vi) human footprint and (vii) recording of environmental data at the research centre.
    • In addition, you will help supervise and support interns, MSc and PhD students that need to complement STE’s research strategy in Samburu.
  • Collared Elephants: Supervise monitoring and analysis of elephant tracking data (approx 10% of time).
  • Database Management: Supervise Database Officers to ensure quality control of data collection and help with data management and back up protocols (approx 20% of time).
  • Data Analysis & Publications: Develop, co-ordinate and execute reports and publications from agreed data analyses (approx 30% of time).
  • Stakeholders: Ongoing support and collaboration with County Wardens, rangers, KWS and local NGO stakeholders on Save the Elephants research activities in the Samburu Ecosystem. Ensure sooth coordination with Samburu and Buffalo Springs Rangers and Wardens over any research activities conducted in the conservation area (approx 10% of time).


  • Research coordination: Work with STE’s leadership and field teams to ensure integration of all research programs on site with particular emphasis with ensuring smooth work progress and co-ordination.
  • Intern co-ordinator: Plan and supervise visiting interns on their independent projects ensuring each intern has a clear project plan and that their efforts are complementing and assisting with the work load of staff on site.
  • Communication: Weekly updates to the CEO and Head of Research, highlighting research and science activities. Attend STE Management meetings in Nairobi at STE Headquarters.
  • Presentations: Be willing to present to donors/visitors to the research centre on the research and science activities being conducted by Save the Elephants in Samburu.
  • Safety: Routine review of safety procedures and first aid equipment for fieldwork. Ensuring health, safely and well being of all staff, interns and students when conducting research in the field.
  • Applications:  Send a cover and a detailed CV (with references), and relevant certificates to

    Deadline:  15th February 2019

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Why Save Elephants?

Elephants are Africa’s gardeners and landscape engineers, planting seeds and creating habitat wherever they roam.
Without urgent action to save their species, elephants could be gone from the wild within a single generation.
100,000 elephants in Africa were killed for their ivory in just three years between the years 2010 & 2012.


The fate of elephants is in the balance. The record price of ivory has attracted organised crime, rebel militias and even terrorist groups, fuelling a surge of poaching across the continent. Without the outstanding support and generosity of our donors, STE would not be able to continue securing a future for the elephants. We urgently need your support, while there is still time. You can be of vital assistance by donating to either our core funds or to any of our projects.


Each year, we accept a small number of interns to Save the Elephants in Kenya. These internships comprise 1-2 month professional placements with one of our research projects in Kenya, designed for university students or graduates pursuing a career in conservation, with skills in scientific data collection and analysis. These internships harness the skills of the interns and contribute to our monitoring work, behavioural studies, human elephant conflict or conservation education.