The Biodiversity Manager will be responsible for putting in place the biodiversity management program to establish how ecosystems, communities and species could possibly be affected by the project and development of the proposed mine, and how best the developments can be designed, located and managed to avoid negative impacts.
- Ensuring that activities move according to predetermined schedules. Devise the project work plans and make revisions as and when needed
- Communicating effectively with the relevant specialists responsible for completing various biodiversity assessments and interventions
- Obtaining all necessary permits and licenses and taking into account the legal requirements in South Africa
- Identifying whether the development proposals contravene or oppose the applicable legislation.
- Using the criteria contained in Section 2 of NEMA and group ‘sustainable development’ objectives for evaluating the significance of impacts
- Proposing corrective or adaptive actions in response to monitoring/ auditing and clearly stipulate approved actions in the EMP
- Providing guidelines on financial provision for restoration and/ or management of negative environmental impacts in a transparent and calculated manner
- Conducting ongoing operational excellence audits to achieve the overall project and operational strategy.
- Continuously looking for opportunities to minimize financial exposure and risk in the project
- Proactively identifying and integrating biodiversity considerations into the planning processes and continuously contributing to sustainable development practices from project execution through to closure
- Participating in budgeting functions for Environmental including managing the budget and tracking of biodiversity expenses
- Postgraduate Degree or minimum 4-year related qualification in Botany / Zoology / Ecology.
- Further training or exposure in international standards such as ISO 14000, ISO 9000 & OHSAS18000 is an advantage
- Minimum 6-8 years’ experience in biodiversity risk analysis, compliance and Greenfield project experience is a distinct advantage
- Knowledge of environmental policies and legislation (NEMA, NEMBA, and NEMPAA)
- A proven understanding of biodiversity and conservation management policies and legislative frameworks in environmental management
- Demonstrable knowledge of the National Environmental Management Act (107 of 1998), National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (10 of 2004), Minerals and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and the Mining and Biodiversity Guideline
- Extensive knowledge on Flora and Fauna and the impact the mine may have on the surrounding specieces
- Demonstrable successful experience in stakeholder relations
- Driven and creative thinker with ability to develop actionable programs that integrate soundly with business objectives
- Ability to think quickly, analytically and creatively to accommodate a dynamic communications environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; enthusiastic, team player and self-starter; serious commitment to hard work and excellence.