Bird Conservationist

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

Job Brief

Work to save Mauritian bird species from extinction!

Gain hands-on bird conservation experience in the forests of Mauritius.

Training received.

Main responsibilities

  • Searching for territories and nests.
  • Monitoring bird movements and behaviours.
  • Capture and ringing of all individuals.
  • Identification of all individuals using leg rings.
  • Providing supplementary food.
  • Data entry and report writing.


  • At least 21 years old.
  • A BSc in a Biological Science.
  • Manual driving licence is an advantage.
  • Experience / proven interest in conservation.
  • Can work outdoors in all conditions.
  • Physically active.


Black River Gorges National Park / Bambou mountains / Ile aux Aigrettes


Paid and volunteer positions available.

Accommodation and local transportation free of charge.

Travel insurance and medical tests reimbursed.

Recruitment and selection process

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by e-mail, which will be followed by an interview for
the strongest candidates.

For any queries e-mail at [email protected].

For more information, please visit our website.

Supplementary information

The successful applicant will benefit from training in theoretical and practical species
conservation. This position best suits those
that are passionate about nature and its protection, can work in a team, can challenge
themselves and are looking to gain new skills and experiences.


Posts for overseas conservationists are for a minimum of 6 months with some posts with a
contract for 12 months renewable.

Our projects

We have five long-term projects that focus on the conservation of our most threatened endemic
bird species i.e., these species are found nowhere else in the world. All five species
populations declined dramatically post colonisation due to habitat destruction and introduced
predator and competitor species along with a host of other factors.

Conservation techniques utilised by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation to date include clutch
and brood manipulations, captive breeding, captive rearing, reintroductions, the provision of
supplementary food, the provision of artificial nest sites, control of introduced species and
close monitoring of the population.

The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has had great success restoring each of these species’
populations, but there is much work left to be done to secure their long-term survival. This is
our main mission at the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, to save species from extinction.

Kestrel project Conservation Biologists (ref: KPCB – 2023)

The Mauritius Kestrel (Falco punctatus) is the only surviving bird of prey in Mauritius. The
species was reduced to four known wild individuals in 1974 and was considered one of the rarest
birds in the world. Emergency measures were taken to save the species. Intensive conservation
management actions were initiated as of the late 1980s, and as a result, the Mauritius Kestrel
population has risen to some 350 birds today and is listed as Endangered.

Pink Pigeon project Conservation Biologists (ref: PPCB – 2023)

The Pink Pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) population was only 10 individuals in 1990 and was restricted
to one small area of forest. Today, due to intensive conservation work, there are over 500
individuals in the wild spread over nine subpopulations. The Pink Pigeon is now listed as

Echo Parakeet project Conservation Biologists (ref: EPCB – 2023)

Echo Parakeets (Psittacula eques) are a medium sized parakeet, and only surviving parrot
species in the Mascarenes. By the end of the 1980’s, around 20 Echo Parakeets remained, making
it then the rarest parrot in the world. Intensive conservation management actions taken from
that point have led to a dramatic increase in the population, today there are some 700 birds in
the wild. The Echo Parakeet is now listed as Vulnerable.

Mauritius Olive White-eye project Conservation Biologists (ref: MOWE – 2023)

Mauritius Fody project Conservation Biologists (ref: MF – 2023)

The Mauritius Fody (Foudia rubra) and Mauritius Olive White-eye (Zosterops chloronothos) are
small songbirds. The management of both species has included
‘marooning’ birds from the mainland on the offshore island of Ile aux Aigrettes to create a new
subpopulation. The Mauritius Fody is listed as Endangered, and the Olive White-eye is listed as
Critically Endangered.

The position

The day-to-day work of a Bird Conservationist is to monitor and manage their assigned species.
Monitoring gives us an indication of the status of the population and whether our conservations
actions are effective, management is the conservation actions we apply to restore our species.

The work varies according to the species, but broadly most species projects involve searching
for territories and nests, monitoring nests, capturing and ringing all individuals, identifying
all individuals based on their unique ring combinations, providing supplementary food,
conducting predator control etc. All projects mainly consist of practical activities, outdoors,
in the forest. Bird conservationist positions also require a lot of time searching for, and
observing birds in the forest, and recording all observations in a scientific manner.

The Echo Parakeet and Mauritius Kestrel projects are the most physically demanding projects,
involving rope climbing, and hiking with heavy rucksacks within the Black River Gorges National
Park and the Bambou range. Staff on the Mauritius Kestrel project need to ride motorbikes to
access sites and it is an advantage on the Echo Parakeet project.

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