The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre (LWC) exists under the umbrella of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust (LWT) and is Malawi’s only wildlife rehabilitation Centre. The Centre is internationally accredited for their high organizational and animal welfare standards. LWC rescues and rehabilitation all kind of Malawian wildlife in distress, of which many come from illegal trade. We currently house around 200 wild residents including baboons, vervet monkeys, antelopes, reptiles, birds, hyena and serval cat with new animals coming in every week. The Centre runs several active release programs, returning many rescued animals back to the wild wherever suitable and appropriate in line with the set standards by the IUCN. For more information about our work please visit our website.

For our rehabilitation department, we are looking for a highly motivated Rehabilitation Management Assistant.

Job Outline

This is a mid-level managers’ position reporting to the Centre’s Rehabilitation Manager (RM). The Rehabilitation Management Assistant (RMA) provides direction and guidance to a team of animal caretakers and supports where necessary the RM in all aspects of the daily management of the rehabilitation process of the Wildlife Centre animals. To do so the RMA must be independent and self-motivated and have the ability and confidence to develop him/ herself to deliver exceptional animal welfare standards and ensure that LWC’s animals are afforded the highest possible levels of care and rehabilitation at all times. The RMA is mature, takes responsibility and has high potential to learn new skills. The RMA has good communication skills and is a real team player. The RMA has knowledge and understanding of the LWT ethos and mission and incorporates these in the day to day work developing a team culture which promotes exceptional animal care and responsible ethics at all times.

Core Responsibilities

The Rehabilitation Management Assistant has the following core responsibilities:

  • Ensures that animals at the LWC are taken care for according to existing policies and Standard Operating Procedures.
  • Manages the animal caretaker team and provides direction and ensures work is being performed to the highest possible standards and LWC policies.
  • Builds up staff capacity through training, sensitisation and guidance.
  • Assist and liaise with the Rehabilitation Manager and Sanctuary veterinarian wherever required.
  • Creates a stimulating work environment whereby high standards in work performance are adhered to.
  • Ensures that all animal care, rehabilitation and staff records are up-to-date at all times.
  • Ensures that all animal enclosures are well-maintained and assist with the improvements of animal facilities.
  • Ensures that all employee health and safety protocols and procedures of LWC are upheld at all times by all staff and volunteers operating within the Animal Care department.

Core Competencies and Qualifications

e ideal candidate has:

  • A scientific degree in Animal Science, Biology, Animal Health Science or any related study
  • Proven experience in managing and empowering a team of staff members
  • A good understanding of and experience in working with animals, whereby the preference goes to candidates which have experience working with wildlife
  • A good understanding of the LWT’s aims and mission and considerable passion and strong ambition to move these forwards within LWC.
  • Is independent, mature and self-motivated with the ability to learn and pick up new skills and knowledge
  • Must be flexible, adaptable, and capable of developing innovative and practical solutions to challenges, along with having attention to detail and being able to multi-task.
  • Is physically fit and able to work outside in a hot climate.
  • Good command of English (spoken and written) and have knowledge of standard Office computer programs.


The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust offers an interesting and challenging position in a fast-growing Wildlife Welfare, Conservation and Education organization.

Send Applications (CV and Motivational Letter) to: Miss Alma van Dorenmalen, Rehabilitation Manager, email:

For this application, it is required that you have at least one, preferably two, relevant verifiable references which prove your skills and competencies. Application without a reference will not be considered.

Please be informed that only candidates with the Malawian nationality will be considered for this position.