K9 Unit Lead, Project Kenyir
K9 Unit Lead, Project Kenyir
Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the most imperiled species. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats. For more on Panthera, visit .
Panthera has been present in Malaysia through partners for almost a decade. In the beginning of 2020, Panthera incorporated an office in Malaysia - Panthera Wild Cat Conservation Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (PWCCM).
Panthera’s Project Kenyir (formerly known as Project Harimau Selamanya) started in 2014 and has been focused on the monitoring and protection of the Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni), as well as all other wild cat species in the Kenyir-Taman Negara Core Area in Terengganu. The project’s main objectives are to stabilize and recover the population of tigers and other wild cats in the landscape following the Panthera’s Regional Development Strategy for South and Southeast Asia in Malaysia.
Project Kenyir’s Cerberus Unit is a novel pilot-run tracking dog project that aims to test and understand the use of sniffer dogs to facilitate wildlife counter-poaching initiatives in Malaysia. This is Malaysia’s first and only tracking canine unit developed in 2019 to assist in counter-poaching work in the Kenyir and Taman Negara Terengganu area. The tracking dog is trained to track poachers and detect snares to aid ranger teams in their efforts to locate active poaching camps and clear snares in the vast forest landscape.
As K9 Unit Lead for Panthera’s Cerberus Unit, s/he shall lead the research and evaluation of the tracking unit’s utility in wildlife protection work in the landscape with the abovementioned objectives. S/he will do so by adhering to the code of conduct and standard operating procedures of PWCCM. As an employee of PWCCM, s/he will uphold the organisation’s values and operating principles and maintain a professional work etiquette at all times. S/he may be required to assist with other projects of Panthera in other field sites from time to time for transfer of knowledge, skills and experience, at the discretion of the Malaysia Country Manager as and when needed.
There is an added advantage for candidates who have a background in environmental/biodiversity conservation work as well as have an interest to work with dogs and lead their own research projects. S/he will report to the Kenyir Project Coordinator / Cerberus K9 Advisor.
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