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Old 11 March 2004, 04:36   #1
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Volunteer opportunity for Rib pilots in Africa

We are an internationally respected wildlife conservation NGO, working in collaboration with the govt of Gabon, Central Africa, in the management of some aspects of a brand new network of 13 national parks. One branch of our work involved marine issues and requires us to run sea missions in coastal waters off Gabon, using RIBS and possibly other vessels. We are therefore looking for qualified RIB pilots interested in volunteering their services for 6 months to a year. The candidate would not be salaried, but would have basic accomodation, flights, and food costs covered. Duties will include the maintenance of the RIB (probably a Gemini WR600), and sea missions to patrol the national park. Illegal trawler fishing is a problem, and some fishing boats will be approached and photographed (with Navy backup). Missions are also likely to include census work for cetaceans (especially the annual humpback whale migration past the Gabonese coast), and other scientific work (inventories, oil pollution, monitoring).
The candidate will have relevent power boat qualifications and experience in open sea conditions. Candidates with the following skills and interests will be considered preferentially: boat/motor repairs and maintenance, rough water experience, general mechanical skills, interest in natural history/marine biology, some knowledge of conversational French. Candidates should preferably be single and in excellent physical condition. This is a unique opportunity for someone looking for a new challenge, adventure, and incredible wildlife.
If interested, please send a CV, or a cover letter to r.j.parnell@stir.ac.uk
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Have I just gone back in time?
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Old 11 March 2004, 06:23   #3
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How about poor condition but tries hard
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Old 11 March 2004, 07:43   #4
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Is it safe?

What insurance (i.e. insurance cover, insurance compnay and details of the cover) you provide to those that are mad enough to do this this venture:

1. that they will not be killed and

2. that they will not be kidnapped and

3. in general that they will not be endangering their lives

I think you are asking for something that is too much.

Just my opinion and I am not an 'expert' just been in many places so far
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adventure of a life time

sounds amazing and would suit a gap year student!
however i agree with Manos on the issues mentioned, one thing stands out is the photographing of illegal trawlers (with Navy
back up) i take it then the poachers are not a friendly bunch then!
i think they would be better training up their own guys
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Old 11 March 2004, 08:14   #6
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Tim agree it sounds facinating.

However, is VERY DANGEROUS!!

These illigal fisherman curry guns and they shoot first and then ask questions. Not a job if you do not have some short of military training.

I wouldn't send my son or any one there even if they paid $10,000/month not asking to go for nothing. These people must live in a dream world or something.
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curry guns?

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Tim agree it sounds facinating.

However, is VERY DANGEROUS!!

These illigal fisherman curry guns

blimey they must be tough guys
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Old 11 March 2004, 08:29   #8
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blimey they must be tough guys tim
They are. The way of life the live has made them so. Poverty, insecure, the law of the jungle kill or you get killed and so on.
Human life in these places is very cheap and worths nothing. White people are not all that wellcome and I think if you never been somewhere like that (I've been to Siera Leone 2 years ago. I think is also just next to Gabon) you cannot appreciate how is like.
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Human life in these places is very cheap and worths nothing. White people are not all that wellcome
Sounds like Toxteth on a Saturday night.
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re curry guns

sounds like a place the French foriegn ? legion would be suited to patrol.
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