Regional Conservation Officers

Warrenton, VA, United States
Dec 12, 2017
Feb 10, 2018
Job Level
Mid level, Senior level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Rainforest Trust seeks Africa, Asia and Latin America Conservation Officers to develop and manage land protection projects with our in-country partners across the tropical countries of the region. Rainforest Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1988. Partnering with the most respected conservation organizations in the world’s tropical regions, Rainforest Trust supports the protection of critical habitat for endangered species through local partnership. To date, we have saved over 18 million tropical habitat acres. 

Duties include:

  • Supervising, managing, and tracking the progress of Rainforest Trust protected area projects in Asia.
  • Identifying prospective partners and projects to create new protected areas.
  • Coordinating closely with in-country partners and staff.
  • Undertaking field visits to identify new projects and partners and to assess progress of ongoing projects.
  • Reviewing and meeting all reporting deadlines.
  • Participating actively with Development and Communications staff in project fundraising and communication efforts.
  • Organizing donor trips to visit project sites.

Successful candidates will have:

  • A personal passion for biodiversity conservation and belief in Rainforest Trust’s conservation mission.
  • A degree in biological or environmental sciences, or combination of education and experience. Graduate degree a plus.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of conservation and protected areas creation and management.
  • A talent for program management. An outgoing, positive, persuasive manner and predisposition for collaboration. Demonstrable success in managing programs, effectively advancing multiple projects at the same time, and completing complex projects.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the general public, conservationists, scientists, and Rainforest Trust partner organizations, often in cross-cultural situations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required.
  • Proficiency in one or more regional languages a plus. (Spanish required for Latin America)
  • Knowledge of IUCN programs, e.g., Red List and Key Biodiversity Areas a plus.
  • Experience managing and administering grants, either as a recipient or grantor.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems a plus.
  • Experience with database management a plus
  • Experience in fundraising for conservation projects and associated network a plus.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US for any employer (Rainforest Trust is not able to offer H1B visa sponsorship.)

Please include a resume and a cover letter describing your interest in working for Rainforest Trust. Please also provide your salary aspirations and the names of at least three references.

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