Program Officer: Single-species Risk Assessment and Conservation Planning
The Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG), of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), is searching for a full-time Program Officer to participate in delivering and expanding our signature conservation planning process for threatened and endangered species.
CPSG delivers species conservation planning expertise to governments, other SSC Specialist Groups, zoos and aquariums, and other wildlife organizations. Using expert facilitation and the application of science-based planning tools, CPSG conducts multi-stakeholder conservation planning workshops for endangered species, risk assessments using population modeling tools, and strategic planning for conservation organizations.
The successful applicant will join an energetic global staff of six professionals to coordinate species conservation planning projects. They will contribute to the strategic growth of the organization by creating and/or refining innovative tools and processes for effective species conservation planning across the in situ – ex situ population management spectrum.
Duties will include:
- Creating project proposals, budgets, and workshop process design and facilitation plans to respond to complex species conservation challenges Conducting multi-stakeholder workshops both in-person and using virtual platforms (Zoom, Teams etc.) Compiling, editing and distributing workshop summaries, reports and written plans
- Doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in the biological sciences, or an equivalent combination of academic training (e.g., M.S.) and practical relevant experience in an appropriate professional setting; Strong proficiency in the quantitative analysis of wildlife population data; Exceptional social and listening skills; A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and across cultures; Strong verbal and written communication skills in English, including proven ability in writing of reports and scientific papers, grant proposal preparation, and delivery of oral presentations; Demonstrated ability to work independently and prioritize tasks as necessary; Ability to frequently travel to CPSG headquarters for training (particularly in the first six months of employment); and Domestic and international travel (minimum ~25% time annually).
Desired characteristics include:
- Proven expertise in quantitative risk assessment and modeling of wild and/or captive populations; One or more of the following specializations: spatial analysis using GIS, biostatistics and species conservation planning methodology; Skills related to meeting design and facilitation; A working knowledge of a language other than English; and A demonstrated ability to publish original material in the peer-reviewed literature.
Interested in applying?
Please send the following materials to email@example.com:
A cover letter;
Your curriculum vitae (CV); and
A document, in English, of which you are the sole author that best demonstrates your writing skills.
The application deadline is 30 September 2022.
For more information on CPSG, and to review our workshop reports, please visit us at www.cpsg.org.
CPSG is an equal-opportunity employer.
CPSG: 12101 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN 55124-8151, USA