KWS unveils team of honorary wardens

The Kenya Wildlife Service has unveiled a team of honorary wardens who will assist in conservation efforts, resource mobilization and tourism promotion in the region. 

The wardens who were Gazetted in June will serve in the capacity for three years.

KWS acting Director Lilian Ajuoga during the unveiling said the honorary wardens have undergone a rigorous selection process that will aid them in the conservation work.

In addition, Ajuoga said the wardens had also been trained on the code of conduct and resource mobilization to help raise funds for conservation works.

The KWS is banking on the wardens to bridge existing gaps in efforts to combat human-wildlife conflict.

The positions according to the state corporation were established for the purpose of assisting the Service in carrying out the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 Act.

KWS invited all interested persons to apply for the positions in November 2020 for all eight Conservation Areas.

Requirements for appointment included one to be active in wildlife conservation initiatives within the conservation area.

One also had to demonstrate the nature of assistance they shall give in carrying into effect the provisions of the Act.

According to KWS, the duties of an Honorary Warden are subject to each individual’s skills but will also include Wildlife security, problematic animal Management, conservation education, community engagement and awareness creation on wildlife conservation, fundraising for wildlife conservation among other duties.

Duties of Honorary Wardens:

The duties of an Honorary Warden shall be subject to each individual’s skills and competencies and shall include but not be limited to the following:

  1. Wildlife security;
  2. Problematic animal Management;
  3. Conservation education;
  4. Community engagement and awareness creation on wildlife conservation;
  5. Fundraising for wildlife conservation;
  6. Fire management in protected areas;
  7. Wildlife translocation;
  8. Wildlife census;
  9. Species and ecosystem monitoring;
  10. Wildlife utilization management;
  11. Wildlife veterinary practice;

Appointment requirements:

  1. Must be a resident of the Conservation Area in which they are applying for Honorary Wardenship;
  2. Must be active in wildlife conservation initiatives within the conservation area;
  3. Must demonstrate the nature of assistance they shall give in carrying into effect the provisions of the Act.
  4. Must be of good conduct

Terms of Appointment

The appointment shall be for a voluntary renewable period of three (3) years subject to satisfactory performance.

Interested and qualified persons are advised as follows:

  1. Collect application forms from the nearest KWS Park/Station or download the forms by clicking this link.
  2. Return duly filled forms and a copy of the national ID card/passport to the Warden in charge of the nearest KWS station
  3. Only Shortlisted persons shall be contacted.
  

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