Dog Handlers at Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC)

Ol Pejeta is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians. In 2004, the ranch was purchased by the U.K.-based conservation organisation, Fauna &Flora International (FFI), with the financial backing of the Arcus Foundation, a private international philanthropic organisation founded by Jon Stryker. The land purchase was wholly funded by a $15 million donation from the Arcus Foundation, which worked in tandem with FFI and the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to secure the 90,000 acres of open Savannah grassland and convert it to a national land trust.

The Dog Handler will report to the “In Charge – Dog Section” in the Armed Security Unit and the posted departments’ supervisor/Head.

Role Summary

The Dog Handler will be responsible for ensuring the speedy recovery of stolen or lost company and or community property and the apprehension of intruders and suspected criminals using tracker, search and assault dogs; Ensuring the safety, security and proper cleaning and feeding of the dogs and undertaking continuous training of the dogs so as to effectively carry out their duties. The handler will operate in an efficient & effective manner, according to the company policies and procedures.

The person

To be successful in this role, applicants should meet the following criteria: –

Education: Minimum Qualification: Secondary level education.

  • Experience: Previous experience as a dog handler will be an added advantage. A demonstrated passion for Dogs and with a clean disciplinary and performance record.
  • Have a certificate of good conduct.
  • Key skills and qualities: Ability to work under minimum supervision, Keen & fast learner, good communicator, confident, presentable and a good team player. Knowledge in written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
  • Between the age of 20 to 30 years.
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