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Conservation Program Specialist

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego, United States Posted: July 06, 2024


The Conservation Program Specialist works with a variety of public and private organizations to carry out scientific and/or educational programs and related activities focused on the conservation and recovery of plants and wildlife and their habitats. This position reports to a Manager level or higher in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health department.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
  • Identify opportunities to aid in the recovery of threatened species and habitats.
  • Coordinate conservation and restoration efforts.
  • Develop conservation plans and partnerships.
  • Advise staff on conservation and species recovery issues.
  • Coordinate data collection and other project team activities.
  • Communicate with external groups and organizations regarding conservation efforts.
  • Prepare grant proposals and administers grants.
  • Create and cultivate positive public perception regarding conservation.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
  • We are seeking a broadly trained conservation professional with strong project management and coordination skills to facilitate implementation of SDZWA’s giant panda conservation program.
  • A master’s degree in Conservation Management, Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology, or similar field of study is preferred.
  • Areas of expertise important to fulfill position requirements include:
  • project planning and management, collection, summary and analysis of biological data, and communication and coordination across diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience with one or more of the following disciplinary areas is preferred: translocation biology, population monitoring and adaptive management, resource ecology, disturbance ecology, sensory ecology, molecular ecology, ecosystem health, and biodiversity monitoring.
  • The position requires travel to China.
  • The successful candidate will facilitate several projects designed to inform conservation management of giant pandas. Fluency in Mandarin is a plus.
JOB EXPERIENCE
  • Considerable experience in finishing conservation projects in complex and biologically diverse habitats required.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
  • Bachelor's Degree in biological science or a related field or equivalent specialized training required.
  • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing
SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
  • Strong working knowledge of environmental laws and regulations.
  • Working knowledge of grant administration.
  • Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Prepare grant applications and administer grants.
  • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs.
  • Able to work effectively with others in a diverse environment.
SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
Salary
  • Salary Range: $66,560 to $71,640

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