ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A LONG TERM VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA?

Join DAKTARI for 9-12 months and volunteer for free!

  • You will get a meaningful work experience whilst being in the middle of the bush, surrounded by animals and people from all over the world.
  • You’ll get three delicious meals per day prepared for you
  • You will stay in your own room (when possible) with a bathroom shared with other long-term volunteers
  • You must speak, read, and write English fluently to be considered
  • We ask that you pay a deposit of R1000 per month and you’ll receive R1000 back each month to use as spending money
  • You will have access to DAKTARI’s free WiFi through your work computer as well as on your personal devices
  • You will need to get a volunteer visa before you arrive in South Africa and we will provide you with an invitation letter from DAKTARI to support your application.
  • You will work Monday – Friday from 8am until 5pm (lunch is 12:30 – 14:00). Saturday and Sunday are your days off.
  • You will have time to explore all the wonders of South Africa!

VOLUNTEER COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA MANAGER

MINIMUM 9 MONTHS - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN (STARTS AS SOON AS THE PANDEMIC IS OVER)

DAKTARI is looking for someone who is eager to tell our story to the world, someone who loves to wordsmith, and someone with an eye for graphic design. The communications & media manager is the voice of DAKTARI and we are looking for someone excited to take on the challenge of describing our work to a big and variable audience in a fun and engaging way.

Part of your role is to tell everyone what is happening at DAKTARI every day. That means you have a front-row seat to all of the exciting things happening at the camp!

Your job will include

  • Managing DAKTARI’s accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, including posting content daily
  • Keeping up to date with all current marketing trends and set up campaigns accordingly
  • Creating media and marketing content for DAKTARI including brochures, merchandise, photos, and videos
  • You are the link between DAKTARI and the agents. Send them monthly newsletters, maintain a good relationship and keep our listings up to date
  • Writing articles for newsletters and newspapers
  • Maintaining DAKTARI’s brand across all promotional materials and enforcing its use throughout the organisation
  • Updating and improving DAKTARI’s website

Criteria

  • You must be comfortable working with Mac computers
  • You must be able to meet deadlines and manage your time well
  • You must have strong writing skills and be able to work independently
  • Previous marketing or communications experience is strongly preferred
  • Experience with Adobe software is strongly preferred, specifically Photoshop, InDesign and/or Fireworks
  • Experience with WordPress is highly recommended
  • Photography experience and/or experience making videos is a huge plus.

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at info@daktaribushschool.org

VOLUNTEER CORPORATE FUNDRAISING MANAGER

MINIMUM 9 MONTHS - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN (STARTS AS SOON AS THE PANDEMIC IS OVER)

As a nonprofit organisation, DAKTARI is always looking for opportunities for funding, either to sustain our programs or grow them. We need someone who can assist our directors with applying for grants and reporting back on those we receive.

You will learn everything there is to know about DAKTARI and put that knowledge into proposals and reports. Fundraising is a competitive area with many challenges. You will be using DAKTARI's proposal to apply for grants from corporates, organizations and foundations. You will have to use specific software to manage DAKTARI's fundraising. This will help you set goals, reminders and deadlines.

Your job will include

  • Working with directors to create and update proposals for potential funders
  • Researching and identifying possible funding opportunities
  • Working with the marketing manager to create strategic campaigns
  • Preparing reports for our funders on use of funds
  • Compiling data about DAKTARI’s activities
  • Assisting the directors with monitoring and evaluation data to measure DAKTARI’s impact

Criteria

  • You must be comfortable with Mac computers and Microsoft Office
  • You must be confident telephoning potential donors
  • Strong communications skills, especially in writing
  • Strong research skills
  • Previous experience in fundraising is a huge plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at info@daktaribushschool.org

VOLUNTEER OUTREACH MANAGER

MINIMUM 9 MONTHS - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN (START IN NOVEMBER 2020)

The DAKTARI Outreach Program is an integral part of our work. This program reinforces the impact we have on the children that come to DAKTARI. We also expand our impact by empowering the local community members to lift themselves out of poverty. Your job will be to maximise this impact in ways that excite the students and community members.

This position allows you to get fully immersed in the local culture and help the communities tackle poverty. You and your local Outreach Assistant will be working closely with members of the community and get to know them very well.

Your job will include

  • Traveling to a local secondary school and teaching the weekly Eco-Club (after school lessons on the environment)
  • Creating and updating lesson plans for the Eco-Clubs – they will need to be engaging and fun for the students
  • Coordinating the outreach campaigns and prepare engaging and impactful lessons for the students
  • Community empowerment activities, including job training workshops
  • Looking for ways to measure and analyse your impact in the community
  • Follow up our community impact statistics and analysis
  • Organise Village Tours and Home Stays
  • Assist with the workload alongside our local Outreach Assistant

Criteria

  • You must hold an international driving license and be prepared to drive out to schools by yourself
  • You must have good time and staff management skills and the ability to focus on several projects at once
  • You should be confident in preparing and teaching lessons to children who are not used to paying attention or having fun in class
  • Experience teaching individuals whose native language is not English is strongly preferred
  • Having previous intercultural experiences or having experienced an underprivileged African classroom is a huge plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at info@daktaribushschool.org

VOLUNTEER WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

MINIMUM 9 MONTHS - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY OPEN (STARTS AS SOON AS THE PANDEMIC IS OVER)

Your job will include

  • Ensure the health and wellbeing of the animals in camp
  • Provide basic veterinary care when required
  • Notify the veterinarian in case of serious illness and administer medication as directed
  • Run the enrichment programme
  • Manage the volunteers and children whilst they undertake animal tasks
  • Identify and prepare animals for release
  • Improve enclosures
  • Run the orphan care department
  • Take over from the animal manager during his time off
  • Watch for births, breeding and unusual behavior, and record their observations
  • Take occasional visitors/sponsors on tours around the camp
  • Answer visitors’ and volunteers questions and educate them about specific animals and species in general
  • Keep the online database up to date with all animals and daily happenings
  • Keep stock of resources and order more when required
  • Keep up to date with scientific findings and developments in captive care guidelines
  • Work with the fundraising team to gain sponsorship for resources and materials

Criteria

  • Must have previous experience of working with wild animals
  • Gentle, quiet and patient with animals
  • Physically fit and no allergies to animals
  • Knowledge of ethics and welfare issues associated with captive animals
  • Good observational skills
  • Ability to cope with upsetting situations like working with injured or badly treated animals
  • Willingness to do dirty or unpleasant tasks
  • Good level of written and spoken English
  • Written communication skills
  • Computer skills and knowledge of office software.
  • The ability to work well as part of a team
  • The ability to manage international volunteers

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at info@daktaribushschool.org

VOLUNTEER PROJECT MANAGER

MINIMUM 9 MONTHS - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED (STARTS MARCH 2021)

The role of the project manager is to define and supervise projects the goals and strategy for the organisation to succeed and develop.

You will work hand to hand with the various department at DAKTARI. We will require that you achieve and monitor the goals, strategy and achievements of all the departments of DAKTARI: Environmental Education, Outreach, Animals, Marketing, Fundraising and Maintenance.

Your job will include

  • To define and supervise projects goals/strategy for the organization to succeed and develop.
  • To use your skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team.
  • To stimulate adrenaline of new challenges and the responsibility of driving prosperity and accomplishment for the organization.
  • To inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team.
  • To cultivate people skills needed to develop trust and communication among the whole team.

Criteria

Vision: An effective project leader is often described as having a vision of where to go and the ability to articulate it. 

Communication: Project leadership calls for clear communication about goals, responsibility, performance, expectations and feedback. 

Integrity: His/her actions set an example for the rest of the team members. He/she is ultimately responsible for setting ethical standards for the rest of the team. 

Enthusiasm/Passion: We tend to follow people with a can-do attitude, not those who are always negative and give us all the reasons for why something can’t be done. 

Delegation: The project manager should be able to delegate with ease. He/she should be able to recognise the skills and expertise of his team members and assign or delegate the tasks accordingly to those. 

Composure: The project manager needs to maintain their cool and be composed no matter what level of pressure they are under. 

Team Building: A team builder can best be defined as a strong person who provides the substance that holds the team together in common purpose toward the right objective.

Problem Solving: An efficient project manager should be capable of solving any or all problems, either with the team or the project itself. 

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at info@daktaribushschool.org

VOLUNTEER OFFICE ASSISTANT

MINIMUM 9 MONTHS - APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED.

We are looking for an office genie. Someone that is good at logistic work and loves helping other people out. You'll be the link that bonds the office team together and the oil to make it all run smoothly. From ordering food to helping out in the various departments, two days are never the same for our office assistant!

Your job will include

  • Ordering food and checking stock
  • Being in charge of our curios shop
  • Organising excursions for our volunteers
  • Assisting the office team in whatever task they may need

Criteria

  • Good people and management skills 
  • Being able to work with Mac computers
  • Good level of spoken and written English
  • Being open to any tasks and always being prepared to help
  • Knowledge of Excel is a plus

If you are interested in this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Michele at info@daktaribushschool.org