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The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Finance who will provide key oversight functions for the Finance Department. The successful candidate will be responsible for assessing the financial performance of the organization, overseeing its accounting operations, and will work closely with the Executive Director, Directors, and other key members of the management team.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain and execute accounting control systems, accurate accounting records, financial strategies, and analyses for the BNT.
  • Ensure full compliance with all BNT accounting, reporting, and internal control policies, and procedures.
  • Liaise with Department Heads and the Executive Director to prepare annual workplans and the consolidated budget.
  • Prepare monthly financials and reports, cash analysis, and cash flow projections.
  • Review and update as necessary all BNT financial policies and procedures.
  • Liaise with and support the BNT Finance and Investment Committees.
    Responsible for the administration of all BNT bank accounts and credit cards.
  • Control and monitor all project and grant funds, assist in the preparation of financial information in support of grant applications and donor gift proposals. Ensure that all payments and financial transactions comply with conditions and restrictions imposed by grantors and donors.
  • Liaise and coordinate external audit and any audit required by project donors.
  • Provide relevant information for the financials and audits of the Parks Bahamas Foundation and Bahamas National Trust Fund.
  • Maintain records of all BNT physical assets and ensure relevant insurance coverage is maintained
  • Create and submit reports to the relevant government ministries.
  • Oversee BNT gift shops and the integration of the Point of Sale and Inventory Management and associated financial procedures.
  • Organize the financial aspects of and serve as a resource for BNT fundraising events.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Accounting or Finance
    CPA preferred
  • Minimum of 7 years’ experience
  • Strong analytical, organizational, interpersonal and management skills
  • Knowledge of automated accounting systems including Sage Accounting (Peachtree) Systems and ISL Payroll
  • Strong communication, presentation, problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work with diverse background and ethnicities
  • Able to set priorities and multi-task while maintaining accuracy and meeting deadlines

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on March 1st, 2024

Terms of Reference (TOR) for
“Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project”

Mangrove Restoration

Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is the national parks management agency of The Bahamas. Established in 1959 by an Act of Parliament, the BNT has established and currently protects and manages 32 national parks across the country. The BNT is one of the only national park management agencies in the world which is also a non-governmental organization (NGO). As mandated by the government, the BNT also provides advice and assistance on various environmental issues and subjects.

Climate change is fast becoming one of the greatest threats to global economies and human well- being and this is particularly devastating to the communities in low-lying countries like The Bahamas. In partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Works (MOW) BNT is executing an integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Project.

This work focuses on two (2) islands of The Bahamas:

East Grand Bahama – Sustainable coastal protection infrastructure. The objective of this component is to increase resilience to coastal hazards through science-based shoreline stabilization and coastal flooding control measures coupled with sustainable rehabilitation of adjacent critical public infrastructure at priority sites in East Grand Bahama.

Andros Island – Natural infrastructure for hazard resilience in Andros. The objective of this component is to enhance communities’ resilience to coastal hazards and climate-related impacts through the implementation of pilot projects on Andros that demonstrate the effectiveness of natural habitat restoration for coastal protection in line with the Andros Master Plan. This project will be used for future coastal resiliency planning and management in The Bahamas.

Objective of Consultancy (for an organization)

This consultancy serves as the Mangrove Restoration Specialist on the ICZM Project and is tasked with designing and executing mangrove propagation to support natural intervention to build coastal resiliency in communities across Andros.

Expected Activities

Under the coordination of The Project Manager, and in collaboration with other team members, the consultant(s) is expected to design and implement activities to deliver a youth-focused program for the propagation of red mangroves throughout four (4) districts in Andros: North Andros, Central Andros, Mangrove Cay and South Andros. Activities may include:

  • Liaising with schools and or youth groups in each district
  • Leading the collection and propagation of propagules
  • Monitoring and providing the technical assistance necessary to ensure the delivery of healthy plants.
  • Developing and delivering related educational material for and to youths and adults.

Deliverables

  1. A minimum of 6,000 red mangrove plants
  2. Mangrove restoration education content

Duration of Consultancy

The anticipated timeline for the consultancy is six (6) months, with a possibility for an extension.

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience leading restoration activities, inclusive of design and delivery throughout The Bahamas.
  • Ability to work well within small communities.
  • Ability to collaborate and work with teachers and students to get results.
  • Ability to develop and deliver educational materials to a wide audience.

Application

Organizations interested should respond to this TOR by submitting an expression of interest along with CV(s) of key personnel, a brief summary of prior experiences on similar projects, and a quote to hr@bnt.bs. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm Dec. 15th, 2023. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Terms of Reference (TOR) for
“Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project”

Invasive Species Removal

Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is the national parks management agency of The Bahamas. Established in 1959 by an Act of Parliament, the BNT has established, and currently protects and manages 33 national parks across the country. The BNT is one of the only national park management agencies in the world which is also a non-governmental organization (NGO). As mandated by the government, the BNT also provides advice and assistance on various environmental issues and subjects.

Climate change is fast becoming one of the greatest threats to global economies and human well- being and this is particularly devastating to the communities in low-lying countries like The Bahamas. In partnership with The Bahamas Ministry of Works (MOW) BNT is executing an integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Project

This work focuses on two islands of The Bahamas:

East Grand Bahama – Sustainable coastal protection infrastructure. The objective of this component is to increase resilience to coastal hazards through science-based shoreline stabilization and coastal flooding control measures coupled with sustainable rehabilitation of adjacent critical public infrastructure at priority sites in East Grand Bahama.

Andros Island – Natural infrastructure for hazard resilience in Andros. The objective of this component is to enhance communities’ resilience to coastal hazards and climate-related impacts through implementation of pilot projects on Andros that demonstrate the effectiveness of natural habitat restoration for coastal protection in line with the Andros Master Plan. This project will be used for future coastal resiliency planning and management in The Bahamas.

Objective of Consultancy (for an organization)

This consultancy will serve as the Invasive Species Removal Specialist on the ICZM Project and is tasked with planning and executing invasive species removals activities to support natural intervention for coastal resiliency in communities across Andros.

Expected Activities

Under the coordination of The Project Manager, and in collaboration with other team members, the consultant is expected to lead the design of an invasive species removal program to meet project goals; this includes making recommendation(s) for reintroduction of native species; and contributing to the development of site monitoring plans. Activities may include:

  • Leading a ground truthing exercise to determine a scope of work for invasive species removal at least two (2) sites on Andros, approximately 10 acres.
  • Leading the development of a proposed work plan with estimated costs for activities to remove invasive species at each site.
  • Contributing to the development of a site monitoring plan for each site.

Deliverables

  1. Work Plan for invasive species removals at two (2) selected sites on Andros.

Duration of Consultancy

The anticipated timeline for the consultancy is one (1) month

Experience

An established landscaping company with a minimum of 5 years’ experience with tree trimming, invasive species removal, and native species propagation and re-introduction throughout The Bahamas. The company should have experience working within small communities and collaborating and working as part of a larger multidisciplinary team.

Application

Companies interested should respond to this TOR by submitting an expression of interest along with CV(s) of key personnel, a brief summary of prior experiences on similar projects, and a quote based on a daily rate for field work to hr@bnt.bs with subject: ICZM EOI Invasive Species. Deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm January 26th, 2024. Only those under consideration will be contacted.

Seahorse National Park at Sweetings Pond & Hatchet Bay Caves, Eleuthera

The Bahamas National Trust seeks to engage qualified personnel who will be responsible for the upkeep of Seahorse National Park which consists primarily of manual labor, working independently or with a crew to perform general landscaping and grounds maintenance duties.

Responsibilities

  • General site remediation and cleanup.
  • Trail development and other general small construction projects.
  • Hand clearing and maintenance of nature trails.
  • General landscape maintenance including planting, transplanting, pruning trees, and shrubs, watering, mulching, mowing, grooming, raking, hoeing, digging, weeding, fertilizing, and edging.
  • General equipment maintenance.
  • Safely operate small equipment.
  • Off-site collection of casuarina wood, leaf litter, and other materials as needed.
  • Work safely without injury to self, others, and property.
  • Interact with staff, volunteers, and the public in a friendly and respectful manner.
  • Assist in the sanitary operation of restrooms when needed.
  • Represent the Bahamas National Trust at trainings and workshops.
  • Assist with support for special events and other projects as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • 1-2 years of landscape maintenance experience is preferred.
  • General good physical condition and the ability to lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 pounds.
  • Ability to work with basic gardening and field tools including chainsaws.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors when the weather is hot, humid, or cold.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills.

Please visit this link to apply.

Seahorse National Park at Sweetings Pond & Hatchet Bay Caves, Eleuthera

The Bahamas National Trust seeks to engage qualified personnel who will be responsible for overseeing the direction and progress of the phase 1 build-out of Seahorse National Park and undertaking the advisory, administrative, compliance, and practical duties required to keep the site organized and operating within budget and time projections.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee the daily operations of Seahorse National Park.
  • Implement a master plan for the Phase 1 build-out of Seahorse National Park.
  • Supervise Park staff, laborers, and construction workers.
  • Develop and implement general management and park operational plans.
  • Review building designs and drawings.
  • Monitor build out costs and project progress.
  • Regularly review the project progress and make adjustments as needed.
  • Conduct regular meetings with all persons involved with the project.
  • Liaise with the Director of Parks regarding project progress and the hiring of subcontractors.
  • Communicate project progress with all stakeholders.
  • Conduct quality and safety control checks and inspections.
  • Source and procure materials, equipment, and supplies needed for the project including overseeing their transport to the site.
  • Prepare site reports and budgets.
  • Assess and analyze working conditions at the site.
  • Maintain order at the site and ensure that all staff, visitors, and contracted employees are co-existing safely and abiding by Park rules and the laws of The Bahamas.
  • Work on-site in all weather conditions.
  • Use technology to manage project tasks and timelines.
  • Represent The Bahamas National Trust at trainings and workshops.
  • Work with local partners and community stakeholders to promote the importance of the Park.
  • Work safely without injury to self, others, and property.
  • Interact with staff, volunteers, laborers, construction workers, and the public in a friendly and respectful manner.
  • Assist with the planning and execution of special events and other project as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree or a professional certification in Project Management, Construction Science, Construction Management or Technology, Architecture, or Civil Engineering.
  • 3-5 years of experience working as a Site Manager, Project Manager, or in Construction Management.
  • Knowledge of building and construction.
  • Able to interpret technical drawings and designs.
  • Strong attention to detail and quality in construction work.
  • Excellent time management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to supervise, coordinate, and communicate with multiple work teams.
  • Strong negotiation skills.
  • Good initiative and logical thinking skills.
  • Good business management skills.
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite and other project management software.
  • Local knowledge of Eleuthera.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • General good physical condition.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors when the weather is hot, humid, rainy, or cold
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write in English. Fluency in a second language is a plus.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00PM on March 1st, 2024.

Seahorse National Park at Sweetings Pond & Hatchet Bay Caves, Eleuthera

The Bahamas National Trust seeks to engage qualified personnel who will be responsible for maintaining the safety and security of Seahorse National Park which includes its’ property, assets, staff, and visitors.

Responsibilities

  • Inspect and patrol the Park regularly.
  • Monitor surveillance equipment and report suspicious behavior.
  • Communicate with law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services as needed.
  • Monitor public access and ensure the security of all staff, volunteers, and visitors of the Park.
  • Respond to requests for assistance.
  • Enforce Park rules and regulations.
  • Safely operate small equipment.
  • Apprehend trespassers and perpetrators.
  • Maintain an activity log and prepare reports.
  • Adhere to BNT policies, Park rules and regulations, and the laws of The Bahamas.
  • Assist in the sanitary operation of restrooms when needed.
  • Work safely without injury to self, others, and property.
  • Interact with staff, volunteers, and the public in a friendly and respectful manner.
  • Assist with support for special events and other projects as needed.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • 2-5 years of experience working as a security officer is a plus.
  • Proficient oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent surveillance and observation skills.
  • General good physical condition.
  • Able and willing to work outdoors when the weather is hot, humid, rainy, or cold.
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write in English. Fluency in a second language is a plus.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00PM on March 1st, 2024.

Terms of Reference (TOR) for
Management Planning Consultant

Project Title: Enhancing management effectiveness, enforcement, and compliance within the Bahamas National Protected Area Network through the use of technology, sustainable financing mechanisms, partnerships, and stakeholder engagement.
Post Title:
Management Planning Consultant

Consultancy TImeline: 12 months

Background

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is the National Park Service of The Bahamas, dedicated to conserving diverse ecosystems and natural landscapes, including coral reefs, wetlands, forests, coppice, and coastal areas. This involves preserving the biodiversity and unique flora and fauna found throughout the Bahamian archipelago. In addition to natural conservation, the BNT also focuses on preserving and protecting historically significant and cultural sites, including archaeological sites and historic buildings. The organization is committed to raising awareness and educating the public, as well as visitors to The Bahamas, about the importance of conservation and the value of the country’s natural and cultural heritage.

The BNT advocates for policies and practices that promote sustainable development, responsible land use, and conservation practices in The Bahamas. Through partnership opportunities, the BNT collaborates with local and international organizations, government agencies, and communities to achieve its conservation goals.

The Blue Nature Alliance (BNA) is dedicated to conserving and protecting critical marine ecosystems globally, particularly those in need of restoration and conservation. This includes various types of marine environments, such as coral reefs, mangroves, and coastal habitats. The organization is committed to promoting sustainable management practices for marine resources. This includes advocating for effective marine protected areas (MPAs) and sustainable fisheries management to ensure the long-term health of marine ecosystems. The Blue Nature Alliance emphasizes the importance of scientific research and data-driven decision-making in marine conservation. It works to support and fund scientific research that informs conservation efforts. The alliance also seeks to engage and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, including governments, NGOs, businesses, and local communities, to drive collective action for marine conservation on a global scale.

BNA has partnered with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) to ensure that by 2025, MPA partnerships with the Government of the Bahamas and Bahamas National Trust will improve the management effectiveness of MPAs at a network level in The Bahamas, and a socially driven awareness and outreach campaign is conducted to engage critical stakeholders, including government and fishermen, towards developing a plan to assign management authority to the unassigned MPAs declared in 2015/2016 and 2021.

Objective of Consultancy (for an organization)

The expected outcome of the consultancy is the development of an updated management planning process and a completed management plan for Conception Island National Park.

Deliverables

  1. Create Project Work Plan: The work plan (project management plan) should include a synopsis and understanding of the consultancy, proposed activities, timelines, responsibilities, and expected outputs. It is expected that the work plan will be updated, as necessary. The work plan shall include the strategy and timeline describing the main activities to be taken, milestones, decision points, and trip schedules if needed.
  2. Review and Update the Management Plan Development Process: Provide a detailed report/review on the existing management plan development process for BNPAS, including recommendations for improvements and updates to the process to include a timeline for the steps and overall completion of the plan.
  3. Facilitate Stakeholder Engagement: Document meetings, workshops, and consultations conducted. Produce reports including stakeholder feedback and suggestions for the management plan.
  4. Complete Final Draft: The draft management plan for Conception Island National Park using the updated management plan development process. The final draft should include recommendations for the phased implementation of the management plan. The final draft will be circulated for public review and final approval.
  5. Training Staff in Management Plan Development Process: Training curriculum/module and materials developed. Records of training sessions, including dates, attendees, and feedback. Assessment of staff’s readiness to create management plans.

Expected Activities

The Management Planning Consultant will complete the following:

  • Review and update the management plan template established for the Bahamas National Protected Areas System (BNPAS).
  • Review and update the management planning process for Marine Protected Areas, ensuring a
  • Conduct a desktop study for the development of a management plan for Conception Island National Park.
  • Work with core management team members to gather information for the preparation of the management
  • Facilitate the stakeholder engagement process to finalize the management plan through a participatory process.
  • Complete and submit a draft and final management plan for Conception Island National Park (CINP), incorporating a 30 to 45-day public commenting process.
  • Train relevant staff of the BNT and government partners, including but not limited to the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and the Forestry Unit, in the process necessary to create management plans for the BNPAS.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Citizenship: A citizen of The Bahamas or possess a legal permit to work in The Bahamas for the duration of this consultancy.
  • Consanguinity Disclosure: Any affiliations or familial ties with personnel employed by either the Bahamas National Trust or the Blue Nature Alliance must be disclosed as an obligatory component of the interview process.
  • Education: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Science or Environmental Management, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Parks and Recreation Management, or any related degree field.
  • Experience: At least 8 years of experience in environmental protection activities, management planning for protected areas, and stakeholder participation.
  • Languages: Excellent command of written and spoken English.

Core and Technical Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written).
  • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques, and procedures.
  • Proficiency in stakeholder engagement.
  • Knowledge of management plan development processes.
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Suite, MS Outlook, and social media.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Proposals should be submitted electronically to HR@bnt.bs, on or before February 9th, 2024. Please include “Management Planning Consultancy” in the subject line.

Should you require any further information or clarification, please contact:

Felice Major                                                    Ellsworth Weir
Project Manager                                            Director of Parks
Bahamas National Trust                               Bahamas National Trust
fmajor@bnt.bs                                               eweir@bnt.bs

Terms of Reference (TOR) for
Social Scientist Consultant

Project Title: Improving Management Effectiveness of Bahamian MPAs through Science, Technology & Stakeholder Participation
Consultancy TImeline:
6 – 8 months

Background

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is the National Park Service for The Bahamas, uniquely structured as a non-profit, non-government, membership organization, with a statutory mandate to develop and manage a comprehensive National Park System. The BNT was established by an Act of Parliament in 1959 to manage the first land & sea Park of its kind, the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park, and has grown to manage 33 national parks and protected areas across the country. These areas exist as both marine and terrestrial areas, covering more than 2.2 million acres of Bahamian biodiversity.

In 2018, the Bahamas Protected Project Partners (Bahamas National Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Bahamas Reef Environment Educational Foundation) submitted the 20 by 20 White Paper: Marine Protection Plan, which outlined 43 areas covering 8,111,661 acres to be declared and legally established. The plan was developed through a rigorous stakeholder engagement process to assist the Government in meeting commitments under international obligations of conserving 20% of its nearshore marine environment by 2020.

BNT’s management of MPAs throughout The Bahamas supports a nationwide and global goal of protecting and conserving marine resources. Continuous communication and collaboration with local communities, fishers, and governmental agencies contribute to BNT’s overall success in protected area management, and building trust is critical to maintaining a healthy relationship with stakeholders.

In 2022, the BNT received grant funding from The Builders Initiative (TBI) to build capacity amongst protected area management agencies, to engage stakeholders for increasing effectiveness in the management of marine protected areas, with an emphasis on building relationships with fishing communities.

Objective of Consultancy

The overall objective of the Social Scientist Consultancy is to support the development of the stakeholder engagement aspects of the project. The consultant will capture input and feedback from key fishing communities on select islands to guide the development of a stakeholder engagement plan that will facilitate meaningful and productive interactions between stakeholders, with a focus on fishers.

Deliverables

The approach will need to have an individual focus for each island. The engagement plan should aim to:

  1. Identify and analyze the fisher stakeholder groups within the targeted MPAs.
  2. Assess the specific needs, concerns, and expectations of fishers.
  3. Design strategies to effectively engage fishers in MPA management and decision-making processes.
  4. Establish clear communication channels and methods to ensure ongoing dialogue and information exchange.
  5. Develop mechanisms for feedback collection, issue resolution, and continuous improvement.
  6. Create an actionable roadmap for long-term stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

This project aims to foster stronger collaboration with fishing associations and major fishing communities on at least four (4) Bahamian islands – Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, The Exuma Cays, and Long Island.

  1. The Abaco Protected Area System
    The existing Abaco National Parks System consists of eight (8) National Parks & Protected Areas that cover both marine and terrestrial ecosystems managed by the BNT (6) and marine reserves managed by the Department of Marine Resources (2).
    In 2015/2016, four (4) new protected areas were approved, which include East Abaco Creeks that consists of 3 areas designated as 1 unit. In 2021, one (1) new protected area was approved for designation, and two (2) sites declared in 2015/2016 were approved for expansion.
  2. Eleuthera Protected Areas
    The BNT manages two (2) sites on Eleuthera, a terrestrial park/botanical garden, and Seahorse National Park at Sweetings Pond & Hatchet Bay Caves, which was assigned to the BNT in September 2023 as the first MPA for the island.
    The Marine Protection Plan identified eight (8) other marine protected areas that were approved in 2021 for Eleuthera and its offshore cays, also awaiting assignment to a PA Agency.
  3. Protected Areas in The Exumas
    The protected areas of The Exumas consist of two (2) MPAs managed by the BNT, including the first MPA of its kind in the world, the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park (ECLSP), Moriah Harbour Cay National Park (MHCNP), and one (1) marine reserve managed by the Department of Marine Resources. An additional MPA was approved in 2021 for the southern Exuma Cays, not yet assigned to a PA agency.
  4. Protected Areas for Long Island
    Presently, no PA Management Agency has been formally assigned any of the five (5) marine protected areas or the inland wetland system approved for Long Island in 2021.
    Conception Island National Park managed by the BNT is in a remote location, with the nearest major island being Long Island.

Expected Activities

The consultant shall provide deliverables associated with the Scope of Work listed above, inclusive of the following:

  1. Conduct a comprehensive stakeholder analysis of stakeholder groups within the targeted MPAs and islands by designing and implementing appropriate research methods, such as surveys, interviews, and focus groups to understand the needs, concerns, and expectations of stakeholders.
  2. Develop a stakeholder engagement plan that includes strategies, activities, and timelines for effectively engaging fishers in MPA management.
  3. Recommend clear communication channels and methods to facilitate information exchange between fishers, The Bahamas National Trust, and relevant government partners.
  4. Provide guidance on mechanisms for feedback collection, conflict resolution, and continuous improvement.
  5. Using results from the stakeholder analysis, develop and support the rollout of a stakeholder engagement and communications plan to effectively engage stakeholders within targeted MPAs and islands.

Duration of Consultancy

The anticipated timeline for the consultancy is six (6) to eight (8) months.

Qualifications/Requirements

A relevant post-graduate degree in the field of social science or conservation science, and a minimum of three (3) years of demonstrated experience in conservation related stakeholder engagement.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Proposals should be submitted electronically to HR@bnt.bs, on or before February 9th, 2024. Please include “Social Scientist Consultant” in the subject line.

Should you require any further information or clarification, please contact:

Felice Major                                                    Falon Cartwright
Project Manager                                            Director of Science and Policy
Bahamas National Trust                               Bahamas National Trust
fmajor@bnt.bs                                               fcartwright@bnt.bs

Terms of Reference (TOR) for
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Consultant

Project Title: Meeting The Challenge of 2020 in The Bahamas (UNEP-GEF) & Improving Management Effectiveness of Bahamian MPAs through Science, Technology & Stakeholder Participation
Consultancy Timeline:
8 months

Background

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) is the oldest environmental NGO in the Caribbean. It is a well-recognized, science-based organization in The Bahamas with a national statutory mandate to effectively manage a system of national parks and to conserve and protect Bahamian natural resources. The BNT currently manages 33 national parks and protected areas, comprising of over 2.2 million acres of land and sea areas.

As an archipelago, The Bahamas has one of the largest marine territories of any country in the Caribbean. As a result of this geographical layout, implementing enforcement and surveillance activities to effectively manage protected areas is a constant challenge. One of the technologies that has been identified as a solution to mitigate the constraints of detecting threats and monitoring developing situations in and around protected areas, is the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drones.

The use of UAVs has led to a revolution in enforcement and surveillance for law enforcement, making patrols and incident response operations not only safe and more effective, but also remotely visible and manageable, especially in large areas such as the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park (ECLSP). Established in 1958, ECLSP is the oldest land and sea park of its kind in the western hemisphere and is the most visited national park in the Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS). The UAV programme will be piloted at ECLSP with the expectation to monitor the far reaches of the park to monitor poaching and other illegal activities, observe mooring fields  and other zoned park areas, monitor the creek systems for illegal and unregulated jet powered operations, and to decrease fuel consumption by limiting the frequency of motor vessel patrols.

The BNT has prioritized the advancement of a formalized enforcement programme that incorporates technology, with grant funding from two projects, the Global Environment Facility – United Nations Environment Programme funded Meeting the Challenge of 2020 in The Bahamas, and The Builders Initiative (TBI), Improving Management Effectiveness of Bahamian MPAs Through Science, Technology & Stakeholder Engagement. These project aims to accomplish this by increasing the management effectiveness of The Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS) by strengthening public support and trust through strategic engagement of fishers, community-based monitoring programmes, and through the implementation of surveillance tools for enforcement and compliance. The UAV Consultant will be responsible for developing a drone programme that will be piloted at the ECLSP and replicated throughout the national park system.

Scope of Work

This project aims to:

  • Improve enforcement through UAV technology of at least 112,640acres of protected area.
  • To implement a UAV programme to better equip park wardens with enforcement and surveillance competences.
  • Increase the enforcement of park bylaws.
  • Reduce the number of park violations at ECLSP.
  • Reduce fuel and maintenance costs.
  • Increase proficiencies in emergency situations as first responders to aerially assess an incident before deploying human assets.
  • Establish safer and more effective patrols and incident response operations.

Objectives of Consultancy

  1. Conduct situational analysis of the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park (ECLSP) and research on suitable technology to develop a robust enforcement and surveillance strategy utilizing UAVs.
  2. Procure drones and complementary technology.
  3. Develop at least two UAV stations within the ECLSP that meet Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and Aviation Civil. Authority rules, regulations, and guidelines.
  4. Drone technology is piloted at ECLSP to determine efficiencies for replication at other priority MPA sites within The Bahamas National Protected Area System.
  5. Design and implement a training curriculum to assess knowledge, skills and abilities of the UAV Operators and Visual Observers, outlining required certification(s) ensuring compliance with this policy.
  6. Develop BNT’s capacity to own, maintain and effectively deploy drones to increase surveillance capabilities in the park.
  7. Train at least eight (8) BNT enforcement unit staff in UAV technology.
  8. Develop a UAV Standard Operating Procedure Manual.

Deliverables

Expected Activities

The consultant will demonstrate the capacity to run sustained operations that deliver efficient, quality, and timely technical services as described in the scope of work, and as outlined in the list of deliverables. The selected UAV Consultant will be responsible for:

  1. Sourcing drones that are suitable for the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park.
  2. Guiding the procurement of drone equipment and other supporting technology.
  3. Convening and facilitating training on proper drone use, charging, maintenance, etc.
  4. Conducting training on proper flight planning, techniques, and protocols.
  5. Educating and training of local and any other relevant UAV regulations.
  6. Obtaining necessary permits and completing necessary procedures for UAV use, and training BNT staff on the same.
  7. Ensuring safety and emergency procedures are in place.
  8. Collecting, documenting, and reporting on flight data monthly.
  9. Participate in Bi-weekly meetings to provide updates, monthly stakeholder update meetings (as necessary), and quarterly face-to-face meetings with ECLSP Manager and the Director of Parks.
  10. Developing standard operating procedures and training manuals for the UAV Programme.

Duration of Consultancy

The anticipated timeline for the consultancy is eight (8) months.

Qualifications/Requirements

  • Trained UAV pilot with a minimum of five years’ experience. Remote Pilot Certificate is a plus.
  • Valid Business License.
  • Demonstrate a track record – list of at least two projects (clients) with a similar scope of work and of developing UAV training programmes and establishing standard operating procedures.
  • Project management experience.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • The consultancy is in The Bahamas and is field based. Travel is required.
  • Liaise and consult with various stakeholders and BNT staff.
  • Adhere to BNT and grant procurement policies.

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Interested parties should submit the following information:

  1. Cover Letter: Including overview of your background, experience, and relevant expertise in UAV operation and maintenance.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. UAV specifications matrix, flight logs report (xls. Format), proof of BVLOS ConOps or copy of BVLOS permits, etc. from the appropriate regulatory authority, copy of third-party liability insurance (or plan for obtaining the insurance), and copy of Airworthiness Certificate.
  4. Project Approach: Outline your proposed approach, methodologies, timelines, and budget for developing the UAV programme and implementation of the programme. Clearly define your approach and include potential time constraints that you may face.
  5. References: Include a list of three (3) references from previous projects related to UAV enforcement.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to parks@bnt.bs on or before February 14th, 2024. Please include “UAV Consultancy” in the subject line.

Should you require any further information or clarification, please contact:

Bradley Rutherford                    Ellsworth Weir
Park Manager, ECLSP                Director of Parks
Bahamas National Trust            Bahamas National Trust
brutherford@bnt.bs                    eweir@bnt.bs

Title:  Senior Government Relations & Policy Advisor

Reports To:  Executive Director

Position Overview:  Senior Government Relations & Policy Advisor
The Senior Government Relations & Policy Advisor is responsible for leading government relations and strategic communications initiatives aligned with the BNT’s vision, mission, and policy agenda.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Executive Director, Council, and staff team to create and update a government engagement strategy.
  • Create a deep and durable BNT-to-Government relationship.
  • Develop and maintain a supportive relationship between the BNT and Civil Service and Political Officials
  • Identify and manage capacity-building partnership opportunities with the government.
  • Conduct comprehensive legal research on relevant laws, regulations, and precedent cases.
  • Keep abreast of relevant policy agendas and provide colleagues with advice and insight on the impacts.
  • Prepare supportive policy documents.
  • Assist with drafting responses to public consultations.
  • Oversee the logistical planning and delivery for engagements.
  • Ensure that BNT’s public profile is both regularly raised and in line with the organization’s long-term policy goals.
  • Ensure BNT is well-interfaced with regional and global partners.
  • Directly assist in negotiations with the Government.
  • Interface with legal counsel to the BNT on behalf of BNT leadership.
  • Assist in the review and negotiation of contracts, agreements, and legal documents related to environmental policy, park management, and property leases.
  • Ensure that negotiated agreements and policies are implemented and adhered to in compliance with legal requirements.
  • Support fundraising efforts.
  • Build and manage cross-sectoral coalitions.
  • Execute continuous relationship and network building.
  • Provide thought leadership on key conservation issues at national level and manage key government partnerships.
  • Ensure BNT is centered in all PA discussions as the nation’s National Park System.
  • Work towards the assignment of management authorities for PAs declared in 2015, 2021.
  • Where necessary, advocate that strong protections remain in place for national parks and protected areas, and work with government departments with responsibility for protected area management on possible co-management opportunities with BNT.
  • Work with government, local communities, and international actors to align all parties toward new PAs, when in line with BNT’s long-term strategic planning and priorities.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in public policy, political science, environmental studies, communications, or a related field. In-depth, industry-specific experience may substitute for academic credentials.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in the public sector, intra- and inter-government relations, policy advocacy, public relations, strategic communications, or related roles.
  • In-depth knowledge of public policy, legislative processes, and government relations, particularly in the context of environmental and conservation issues.
  • Strong advocacy and influencing skills.
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic plans for policy advocacy, aligning with the BNT’s broader goals and initiatives.
  • Proficiency in building and maintaining relationships with government officials, agencies, and other relevant stakeholders to advance objectives.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, adept at multitasking and prioritizing tasks efficiently to meet deadlines and optimize workflow.
  • Capacity to conduct comprehensive research, analyze legislative proposals, regulations, and policies, and provide insights to inform decision-making.
  • Ability to respond to changing political environments and emerging policy issues.
  • Ability to set priorities, manage several tasks and priorities simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, and work well both independently and on a team.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Able and willing to digest lengthy and complex documents and provide clear summaries and analysis.
  • Possesses superb political acumen in sensitive environments and keen judgment to make good decisions in complex situations.
  • Proficiency, industry knowledge, and excellent communication to assess and manage contractors/vendors toward impactful results.

Compensation

  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and in line with NGO industry standards.
  • Benefits:  Medical Insurance, Pension Plan and other

Application Instructions & Deadline

If you are interested in being considered for this search, please email a one paragraph expression of interest and resume/CV in PDF format to: HR@bnt.bs by November 24th, 2023.  Candidates will be evaluated on a rolling basis with a placement goal on or before January 2nd, 2024.

Disclaimers & Confidentiality

The BNT is an equal opportunity employer considering qualified candidates without regards to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, pregnancy, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

As a statutory agency created by the Government of The Bahamas, the BNT and its Senior Government Relations & Policy Advisor are intentionally non-political and non-partisan.

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage an Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Management Coordinator who will be responsible for the development and coordination of a comprehensive IAS management program for the BNT national park system.

Responsibilities

  • Develop a comprehensive IAS prevention and management strategy for the national park system.
  • Coordinate the implementation of an IAS management strategy.
  • Consolidate and communicate best management practices for IAS prevention, management, and restoration to internal teams and external parties.
  • Plan and facilitate training on IAS species identification, best management practices, and other program-relevant topics.
  • Develop relationships and collaborate with relevant partners, stakeholder groups, and communities to support the IAS management program.
  • Support the development and delivery of an IAS communications strategy.
  • Administer the IAS Management budget and assist with associated grants and project tracking and reporting.
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Contribute to the development of national park management plans, zoning plans, and conservation action plans.
  • Represent the BNT at scientific meetings and conferences.
  • Participate in departmental planning and organizational strategic planning.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, or a related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, organizational skills, and demonstrable computing skills.
  • Attentive to details.
  • Able to multi-task and capable of working both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Passion for the environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Bahamian ecology and native, threatened, and invasive alien species, habitats, ecosystems, and their conservation issues.
  • Able to work in remote areas and flexible hours, including weekends.
  • Willingness to travel both nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated experience in geospatial technologies (GPS, GIS, etc.), mapping, drone handling, data collection and analysis, grant and project development and management are all considered a plus.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on February 28th, 2024.

Moriah Harbour Cay, Great & Little Exuma

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage a Deputy Park Warden who will be responsible for Park enforcement and surveillance of species and habitat monitoring of Moriah Harbour Cay National Park.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct supervised prevention, enforcement, and compliance activities.
  • Ensure the well-being of all visitors in the Park.
  • Carry out the development and regular inspection of trails and other Park infrastructure.
  • Apply control measures for invasive alien species (terrestrial and marine).
  • Manage the National Park and adjacent areas.
  • Assist with the coordination and execution of habitat restoration activities.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of conservation monitoring plans.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the Biophysical Monitoring Plan for the Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS).
  • Assist with planning and executing of activities in approved general management and strategic and operating plans.
  • Provide support for BNT projects, partner projects, and initiatives.
  • Provide written reports as required.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • A high school diploma with at least three (3) BGCSEs (inclusive of English and Mathematics) with a C grade or above and at least five (5) years of experience working in Law Enforcement, OR a bachelor’s degree in a related field with no work experience.
  • Experience or knowledge in working in Bahamian marine and terrestrial environments.
  • Passion for the environment and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • A competent swimmer.
  • Must be comfortable and have some experience with being on a boat and the water.
  • A SCUBA diving certification is a plus.
  • Able to act under direst and handle confrontations.
  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team in an accountable manner.
  • Commitment to the BNT’s development, philosophy, principles, and goals.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on March 6th, 2024.

Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera

The Bahamas National Trust seeks to engage qualified personnel who will be responsible for the general landscaping and grounds maintenance duties, as well as assisting with the preparation of special projects and events.

Responsibilities

  • General landscape maintenance including planting and transplanting, pruning trees and shrubs, watering, mulching, mowing, grooming, raking, hoeing, digging, chipping, weeding, fertilizing, and edging.
  • Clearing and maintenance of nature trails.
  •  Removal of invasive species.
  • Off-site collection of casuarina wood, leaf litter, and other materials.
  • General cleanup and equipment maintenance such as picking up trash and compost, removing refuse, and tidying up tool and equipment storage areas.
  • Safely operating small equipment such as ATVs, leaf blowers, mowers, chainsaws, and weed eaters.
  • Interact daily with staff, volunteers, and the public in a friendly and respectful manner.
  • Assist with support for special events and other projects as needed.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • General knowledge of small tools and equipment is preferred.
  • Some landscape maintenance experience is preferred.
  • Must be reliable.
  • Some knowledge and experience in Customer Service.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Own transportation.
  • Must be able to lift, push, pull, and carry items up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able and willing to work outdoors when the weather is hot, humid, or cold.

Please visit this link to apply.

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage an Accounts Officer who will be responsible for providing expertise and technical knowledge to all areas that impact bookkeeping and accounting within the Finance Department.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with Petty Cash Custodians to ensure all expenses are verified and reconciled.
  • Posting of Petty Cash transactions and monthly reconciliation of account balances.
  • Work with Credit Card holders to ensure all transactions are verified and reconciled.
  • Posting of credit card transactions and monthly reconciliation of account balances.
  • Ensure that travel expense reports are submitted, and travel-related expenses are posted promptly.
  • Assist in providing requested supporting documentation required for audits.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • An Associate’s Degree in Accounting is preferred with a minimum of 3-5 years’ experience in a similar position or a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or a related field with a minimum of 3 or more years’ experience in a similar position.
  • Experience in using QuickBooks Online.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite; particularly in Excel, Word, and Outlook.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Detail and results oriented.
  • Able to work under pressure and with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Must be able to effectively multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Able to work calmly and flexibly to respond to multiple competing business priorities.
  • Self-motivated, focused, and hardworking.
  • Good record-keeping and organization skills.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on January 24th, 2024.

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage a Grants Manager who will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the grant-making process including all grant administration policies, systems, and documentation to ensure compliance, incorporate best practices, and ensure excellent controls.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Designing, planning, and implementing the organization’s grant program.
  • Overseeing the entire grantsmanship process and the management of grant-related projects.
  • Researching, applying for, and securing grants to meet organizational fundraising targets.
  • Overseeing the implementation of all grants.
  • Meeting regularly with project managers to track the grant-project implementation progress.
  • Providing detailed reports to funders and preparing all grant-related financial reports.
  • Submitting grant applications where appropriate.
  • Overseeing and acting as the expert for all aspects of the grant process.
  • Accurately and timely track and monitor project and matching funds.
  • Monitor project reporting deadlines.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration
  • 3 years prior experience in sourcing and managing grants. Project management experience is a plus
  • Strong research skills, writing ability, and communication skills
  • Excellent financial, accounting, and time management skills
  • Basic contract knowledge with the ability to draft contracts
  • Experience with bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements is a plus

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on February 12th, 2024.

New Providence, The Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional to help advance its national park monitoring and science program. This position will be stationed in New Providence, The Bahamas, with regular and often extended inter-island travel. The role will involve regular diving and boating activities, Scuba certification is required.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, execute, and report on biodiversity research and monitoring activities.
  • Organize and conduct field surveys and assessments of species, habitats, and ecosystems.
  • Collate, analyze, and report on research, survey, and assessment results.
  • Write and review field and technical reports, scientific papers, articles, educational materials, policy documents, and grant proposals.
  • Contribute to the development of national park management plans, zoning plans, and conservation action plans.
  • Manage projects pertaining to biodiversity conservation and national park management.
  • Represent the BNT at national and international conferences and scientific meetings.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the Science and Policy Department.
  • Any other duties assigned by the Director of Science & Policy.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, or a related field. An advanced degree is a plus.
  • Open Water SCUBA dive certification is minimally required. Advanced and/or Scientific Diving certification is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrable computing skills.
  • Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Able to work both independently and as a part of a team.
  • Attentive to details.
  • Passion for the environment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of species, habitats, and ecosystems throughout The Bahamas and the region, as well as threats to their conservation.
  • Able to work in remote areas and flexible hours, including weekends.
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally.
  • Demonstrated experience in geospatial technologies (GPS, GIS, etc.), mapping, drone handling, data collection and analysis, grant and project development and management are all considered a plus.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on February 6th, 2024.

The Bahamas National Trust, a non-profit organization committed to the conservation of sacred parks and spaces, seeks to engage a professional individual to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Finance Department with certain core functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directly work alongside the Finance Manager.
  • Committed to good employee relations.
  • Accounts payable processing.
  • Credit card purchases posting and reconciliation.
  • Online credit card sales posting.
  • Liaise with the Coordinator in the Development Department on old and new product ideas to ensure we have moving, profit-making products in the gift shops.
  • Monitoring Gift Shop inventory levels and posting of monthly cost of goods sold.
  • Monthly reconciliation of assigned petty cash accounts.
  • Maintain the fixed asset register.
  • Revise monthly depreciation expense posting as necessary.
  • Monthly reconciliation of fixed assets register with general ledger balances.
  • Prepare month-end reports for the review of the Finance Manager.
  • Assist with the preparation of monthly Executive Committee and quarterly Counsel Reports.
  • Assist with the Annual Audits.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree in Accounting.
  • Three (3) years of experience in Accounting with Audit experience being a plus.
  • Familiar with the Peachtree Accounting Platform.
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office Applications.
  • Experience in training and developing staff.
  • Superior communications and presentation skills.
  • A problem solver who takes initiative.
  • An extraordinary degree of confidentiality.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and a critical thinker.
  • Must be a team player.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on October 11th, 2022.

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage a Donor Relations Officer to manage high-quality donor interactions that foster long-term engagement and investment from individuals, foundations, and corporations located in The Bahamas and abroad.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, implement, and coordinate the donor relations program.
  • Initiate and cultivate relationships with new and existing donors.
  • Create and implement experiences in national parks for donors and prospects.
  • Oversee a Corporate Partnership Program.
  • Manage the organization’s donor database.
  • Lead gift acknowledgement processes for all gifts and donations.
  • Identify, develop, and oversee donor recognition opportunities.
  • Plan, coordinate, and manage a wide range of donor cultivation events and opportunities.
  • Support the cultivation of international donors and oversee the process of processing gifts in the United States and Canada.
  • Oversee the process to accept gifts of land or other assets in The Bahamas, United States, and Canada.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Philanthropic Studies, Non-profit Management, Business, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, or similar field.
  • Experience in Client/Customer Relationship Management is a plus.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising.
  • Ability to interact well with a diverse range of people.
  • Excellent project management, planning, and implementing skills.
  • Willingness and ability to handle confidential information.
  • Disciplined work ethic, solid organization skills, and impeccable attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong computing skills, and experience with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database applications.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on November 30th, 2022.

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional to help the BNT advance its outreach program. The successful candidate will be responsible for stakeholder engagement and the execution of departmental programs and projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute socio-cultural surveys among relevant stakeholders.
  • Collate, analyze, and report on survey results.
  • Develop the Stakeholder Matrix.
  • Lead, develop, and implement the Stakeholder Engagement Strategy.
  • Organize and host major events for various stakeholder groups.
  • Organize a Partners Communication and Training Workshop.
  • Support stronger collaboration with fishing associations and major fishing communities.
  • Provide logistical management and support for project activities.
  • Execute aspects of other grants or projects managed by the organization.
  • Liaise with BNT colleagues and key stakeholders as needed.
  • Represent the BNT at internal and external meetings.
  • Write and review reports, papers, articles, and educational materials as needed.
  • Participate in departmental strategic planning.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education, Sociology, Psychology, or Natural Resource Management. An advanced degree is considered an asset.
  • At least three years’ work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and demonstrable computing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to multi-task.
  • Capable of working independently and as part of a team.
  • Knowledge and understanding of communication principles.
  • Good understanding of basic research techniques.
  • Great interpersonal skills and relationship building proficiencies.
  • Capable of working flexible hours including weekends; ability and willingness to travel nationally and internationally as needed.
  • Prepared to work in remote areas.
  • Data collection and analysis, grant and project management experience are all considered a plus.
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Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on January 9th, 2023.

Nassau, Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage a Park Warden who will be responsible for Park enforcement and surveillance, implementing conservation monitoring plans, and species and habitat management.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct regular prevention, enforcement, and compliance activities.
  • Participate in the review and planning of ongoing enforcement strategies.
  • Ensure the well-being of all visitors in the park.
  • Utilize the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) or other technology, to collect patrol and monitoring data.
  • Apply control measures for invasive alien species management.
  • Coordinate and execute habitat restoration activities.
  • Develop and implement conservation monitoring plans.
  • Assist with scientific research and data collection programmes within the park.
  • Work closely with the Preserve Botanist to expand knowledge of medicinal, endemic, and endangered plant species in The Bahamas.
  • Assist with the day-to-day management of the Primeval Forest.
  • Assist with required maintenance and repairs of park assets such as equipment, trails, landscape, and infrastructure.
  • Collaborate with neighboring communities and stakeholders to address matters related to the effective management and development of the park(s).
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the general management plan, strategic plan, and operating plans to achieve park goals.
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of a variety of environmental and conservation projects, initiatives, and activities.
  • Supervise volunteers and temporary staff allocated to the parks department.
  • Provide written reports as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written skills
  • Experience or knowledge of the Bahamian natural environment
  • Proficient computer skills with experience in the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness to travel nationally and internationally
  • Physical fitness to work outdoors
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and public holidays
  • Dedication to preserving the environment and ensuring the safety of visitors

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on January 9th, 2023.

Great Exuma, The Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has an exciting opportunity for an environmental professional to help advance its national park monitoring and science program. This position will be stationed in Great Exuma, Bahamas.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, execute, & report on biodiversity research & monitoring activities.
  • Organize & conduct field surveys & assessments of species, habitats, & ecosystems.
  • Collate, analyze, & report on research, survey & assessment results.
  • Write & review field reports, scientific papers, technical reports, articles, educational materials, policy documents, & grant proposals.
  • Contribute to the development of national park management plans, zoning plans, and conservation action plans
  • Manage projects pertaining to biodiversity conservation & national park management.
  • Represent the BNT at national & international conferences & scientific meetings.
  • Participate in strategic planning for the Department of Science & Policy.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Biodiversity Conservation, or related field. An advanced degree is a plus.
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills & demonstrable computing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, passion for the environment, ability to multi-task, capable of working independently & as part of a team.
  • Knowledge & understanding of species, habitats, & ecosystems throughout The Bahamas & the region, as well as threats to their conservation.
  • Proficient swimmer required. A SCUBA and/or Scientific Diving certification is a plus.
  • Ability to work in remote areas, flexible hours including weekends, & willingness to travel nationally & internationally.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on January 19th, 2023.

Great and Little Exuma

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage a Deputy Park Warden who will be responsible for increasing effective management of national park resources.

Responsibilities

  • Conduct supervised prevention, enforcement, and compliance activities.
  • Ensure the well-being of all visitors in the Park.
  • Utilize the Spatial Monitoring and Reporting Tool (SMART) to collect data.
  • Apply control measures for invasive alien species management.
  • Assist with habitat restoration activities.
  • Assist with scientific research.
  • Assist with developing and implementing conservation monitoring plans.
  • Assist with the implementation of the Biophysical Monitoring Plan for the Bahamas National Protected Area System (BNPAS).
  • Assist with developing and implementing an ecosystem zoning plan.
  • Assist with the development of collection user fees.
  • Assist with the development of a mooring program.
  • Undertake required maintenance and repairs of park assets.
  • Conduct routine trail inspection and maintenance.
  • Promote the Park and its benefits to surrounding communities.
  • Assist with implementing general management, strategic, and operating plans.
  • Provide written reports as required.
  • Assist other national parks and trust staff as requested.
  • Provide support for BNT projects and initiatives.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • High School Diploma with at least 3 BGCSE’s, inclusive of English and Mathematics (“C” Grades & Above) and at least 5 years of experience in law enforcement, OR a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with no work experience.
  • Experience or knowledge in working in Bahamian natural environments.
  • Ability to travel nationally.
  • Passion for the environment and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Boat Captain B License required with at least 3 years of experience in boat operations.
  • Competent swimmer, SCUBA certified preferred.
  • Ability to act under direst and able to handle confrontations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
  • Commitment to the BNT’s development, philosophy, principles, and goals.

 

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on August 21st, 2023.

New Providence, Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage a Membership Officer who will be responsible for managing the Bahamas National Trust’s membership programme.

Responsibilities

  • Manage all membership programme services and outreach activities.
  • Coordinate BNT membership presence at BNT events and external events and exhibits.
  • Manage the recruitment and retention or potential and existing BNT members respectively.
  • Assist in the management and maintenance of CRM Software (currently Blackbaud eTapestry).
  • Create and implement plans to increase membership numbers.
  • Create and maintain accurate membership repots and membership statistics as requested.
  • Act on membership related inquiries from members and potential members in a timely and satisfactory manner.
  • Schedule and conduct community and corporate membership presentations.
  • Coordinate and execute all membership correspondence.
  • Other tasks and duties as assigned.

Requirements and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management, Marketing, or equivalent experience in a related field preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and time-management skills.
  • Able to handle confidential information with discretion.
  • A forward-looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes new solutions.
  • High level of commitment to the mission of The BNT and to working in a resource restrained, non-profit organization.
  • Familiarity with CRM software, especially Blackbaud eTapestry.
  • High level of enthusiasm, self-motivation, and self-discipline.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, work individually, or as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work flexible hours and some weekends as required.
  • Experience in customer relations is an asset.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Graphic Design experience is a plus.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00PM on Friday, August 25th, 2023.

New Providence, Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) has an exciting opportunity for an Education Officer who will provide educational programs and experiences of the New Providence national parks.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead national park interpretative tours.
  • Coordinate Education Department events.
  • Manage and conduct outreach programs and activities in New Providence.
  • Organize and lead the New Providence Camp Safari program.
  • Attend meetings, workshops, and conferences as required.
  • Assist with environmental education workshops.
  • Assist with the development of interpretation materials for parks.
  • Submit timely reports and prepare presentations or proposals.
  • Conduct clerical duties such as filing, preparing documents, and responding to phone queries.
  • Track and stock supplies.
  • Take photos and videos for the BNT library and website.
  • Supervise the New Providence-based volunteers in the Education Department.
  • Conduct snake handling workshops.
  • Assist with Navigating Diving activities.
  • Contribute to the end-of-year work-planning exercise.
  • Provide logistics and assistance for special projects.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the natural sciences.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • A natural public speaker with the ability to connect easily with audiences of all ages, especially young people.
  • Knowledgeable and strong appreciation of the Bahamian natural resources.
  • Able to swim and willing to learn additional marine skills.
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and time management skills.
  • Must love the outdoors and can work in the sun, sand, and sea.
  • Able to lift 45 lbs.
  • Flexible, adaptable, responsible, and safety conscientious.
  • Relatable and personable with students, groups, leaders, visitors, or locals.
  • A team player with a good work ethic

To Apply:

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on January 26th, 2024.

Moriah Harbour Cay National Park, Great & Little Exuma, Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) seeks to engage an Education & Outreach Officer who will be responsible for developing and advancing the education and outreach program at Moriah Harbour Cay National Park.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, schedule, and implement field trips.
  • Lead field trips for primary to high school students.
  • Assist with the implementation of educational components of BNT projects.
  • Assist with exhibitions and public outreach events.
  • Support visitor park experience, tours, and camps.
  • Coordinate the distribution of educational materials.
  • Assist with the creation of educational and outreach materials.
  • Assist with the facilitation and execution of environmental education workshops as needed.
  • Attend workshops, meetings, and conferences as required.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • A degree in Natural Sciences or Education.
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • A natural public speaker with the ability to connect easily with audiences of all ages but especially with young people.
  • Knowledgeable and strong appreciation of the Bahamian natural environment.
  • Able to swim and willing to learn additional marine skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Must love the outdoors and can work in the sun, sand, and sea.
  • Able to lift 45lbs.
  • Flexible, adaptable, responsible, and safety conscientious.
  • Relatable and personable with students, groups, leaders, visitors, or locals.
  • A team player with a good work ethic.
  • Strong moral standards.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on September 22nd, 2023.

The Rand Nature Centre, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust has an exciting opportunity for an Education Officer who will provide educational programs and experiences of the Grand Bahama national parks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and develop educational programs, workshops, guided tours, and presentations.
  • Lead interpretive programs.
  • Interact with park visitors.
  • Design and develop curriculum-based field trips.
  • Create opportunities for self-guided experiences.
  • Lead the recruiting and training of volunteers, apprentices, or interns.
  • Educate visitors about Leave No Trace principles and the preservation of natural and cultural resources.
  • Organize and participate in special events, workshops, and festivals.
  • Support the BNT’s photo library and social media platforms through photo-taking and cataloging.
  • Manage budget(s) allocated to programs.
  • Manage logistics of field trips, educational events, workshops, seminars, and classes.
  • Provide weekly updates on work team management platforms.
  • Gather feedback to assess program effectiveness.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences or Education.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in self-contained teaching.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • A natural public speaker with the ability to connect easily with audiences of all ages, especially young people.
  • Knowledgeable and strong appreciation of the Bahamian natural resources.
  • Able to swim and willing to learn additional marine skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must love the outdoors and can work in the sun, sand, and sea.
  • Able to lift 45 lbs.
  • Flexible, adaptable, responsible, and safety conscientious.
  • Relatable and personable with students, groups, leaders, visitors, or locals.
  • A team player with a good work ethic.
  • Strong moral standards.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on November 17th, 2023.

The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve, Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, The Bahamas

The Bahamas National Trust has an exciting opportunity for an Education Officer who will provide educational programs and experiences of the national parks.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design and develop educational programs, workshops, guided tours, and presentations.
  • Lead interpretive programs.
  • Interact with park visitors.
  • Design and develop curriculum-based field trips.
  • Create opportunities for self-guided experiences.
  • Lead the recruiting and training of volunteers, apprentices, or interns.
  • Educate visitors about Leave No Trace principles and the preservation of natural and cultural resources.
  • Organize and participate in special events, workshops, and festivals.
  • Support the BNT’s photo library and social media platforms through photo-taking and cataloging.
  • Manage budget(s) allocated to programs.
  • Manage logistics of field trips, educational events, workshops, seminars, and classes.
  • Provide weekly updates on work team management platforms.
  • Gather feedback to assess program effectiveness.
  • Continuously expand knowledge of the park’s natural and cultural resources and current trends in environmental education

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences or Education.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in self-contained teaching.
  • Proficiency in the MS Office Suite.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • A natural public speaker with the ability to connect easily with audiences of all ages, especially young people.
  • Knowledgeable and strong appreciation of the Bahamian natural resources.
  • Able to swim and willing to learn additional marine skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Must love the outdoors and can work in the sun, sand, and sea.
  • Able to lift 45 lbs.
  • Flexible, adaptable, responsible, and safety conscientious.
  • Relatable and personable with students, groups, leaders, visitors, or locals.
  • A team player with a good work ethic.
  • Strong moral standards.

Please visit this link to apply by 5:00 PM on November 17th, 2023.