Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and Global Wildlife Conservation are working to develop a competence register for professionals working in endangered species recovery. This will be a directory of the possible skills, knowledge and personal qualities required by people working on globally or regionally threatened endangered species recovery programmes around the world, in both in- and ex-situ contexts.
Competence frameworks are essential keystones in many sectors; they provide a starting point for managers and human resource professionals to plan and manage staffing needs, for educators to identify and meet capacity needs, and for individuals to assess and develop their own skills. In 2016 the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas launched A Global Register of Competences for Protected Area Practitioners (Appleton 2016). There is currently no equivalent over-arching competence framework for the global species conservation sector and this is what we are working to address.
The register will follow the structure of the WCPA competence register, with four professional levels (skilled worker, middle manager/ technical specialist, senior manager, executive), and will encompass the full range of skills, knowledge and personal qualities required to plan, implement and monitor endangered species programmes throughout the full adaptive management cycle.
We are seeking professionals working in endangered species recovery that are willing to support the development of this tool by sending us relevant information detailing the skills and competences required for jobs related to conservation and recovery of threatened species. If you are interested in participating please send us your current or former job specs/ terms of references, and indicate which of the 4 professional levels the job relates to.
If you would like to contribute or find out more, please contact Lianne.Concannon@durrell.org