Program Director, WCS Honduras and Nicaragua. Application deadline: January 31, 2018.

Division: Global Conservation
Location: Honduras

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a Program Director to oversee the management and implementation of activities in both Honduras and Nicaragua. The primary purpose of WCS’s work in the region is to develop and implement science-based conservation programs to conserve terrestrial and marine ecosystems and wildlife.

Summary of Position

The Program Director will support and supervise marine and terrestrial conservation staff and provide the administrative and management foundation needed for the implementation of science and conservation programs in Honduras and Nicaragua. Core responsibilities include providing strategic leadership to develop and direct projects to strengthen the conservation of Marine Protected Areas and wildlife along the Caribbean coasts of Honduras and Nicaragua, including ongoing projects in Nicaragua such as the Hawksbill Conservation Project, the Alternative Livelihoods Project, and Management Planning in Pearl Cays Wildlife Refuge, and projects supporting marine compliance and monitoring along Honduras’s Caribbean coast and in the Bay Islands. The Director will also support terrestrial conservation activities focused on the binational Moskitia landscape traversing Honduras and Nicaragua, including activities such as strengthening management of protected areas and indigenous territories, community conservation including integrated agricultural systems, human-jaguar conflict reductions, and wildlife inventories, research and monitoring. The Director will develop and enhance collaborations with local, regional, national, and international partners to expand the reach of WCS in both Honduras and Nicaragua. A primary emphasis will be strengthening administrative and management support, building a centralized capacity to support geographically distant and logistically challenging field components. The Director will coordinate the strategic thinking and direction of the work to align with the WCS Mesoamerica Program and WCS Global Marine Program and seek opportunities to partner with regional initiatives. The Director will represent WCS and its conservation mission while participating in governmental and non-governmental meetings to advance science and conservation objectives.

Position Objectives

  • Provide conservation and management leadership to WCS conservation activities in Honduras and Nicaragua;
  • Advance program priorities, strategy, and approaches for conservation initiatives in both countries; initiate projects and provide administrative support, management oversight technical guidance to project development and implementation;
  • Integrate results of research activities and conservation priorities into national and regional planning and conservation activities among governmental agencies, international agencies (where appropriate), and non-governmental organizations;
  • Help develop sustainable funding programs to support WCS’ conservation activities in the two countries and Mesoamerica more generally; and
  • Increase the impact of WCS’s conservation activities and foster collaboration with other WCS programs in the region.

Principal Responsibilities 

  • Provide management support and oversight for WCS field programs and conservation initiatives in Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • Oversee and build the WCS conservation portfolio, liaising with local stakeholders and other WCS programs.
  • Help develop program priorities, strategies, and approaches for the two countries. Help to identify conservation needs; establish new programs and initiatives; and evaluate the direction and success of the work.
  • Maintain close contact and consult regularly with the Marine Program and Americas Program in New York about activities and accomplishments of the Honduras and Nicaragua Programs.
  • Act as the legal representative of WCS in Honduras. Coordinate with the appointed WCS legal representation in Nicaragua.
  • Oversee administrative and financial management of the programs, synthesizing administration of marine and terrestrial components and ensuring effective and efficient administrative and financial operations in accordance with national and local requirements.
  • Coordinate the development of annual workplans and budget requests for conservation activities in Nicaragua and Honduras
  • As required, compile narrative and financial reports, budget requests, and workplans and ensure they are carried out according to NY guidelines and deadlines.
  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with partners and donors. Meet regularly with project partners and relevant government agencies. Serve as a liaison between the WCS and other conservation and scientific bodies in Nicaragua, Honduras, and elsewhere.
  • Raise the profile of the WCS conservation efforts in both countries. Disseminate project results widely in scientific community and in public media and fora. With collaborators, write and publish documents, reports, and papers. Represent WCS at meetings, workshops, strategy sessions, and professional societies.
  • Participate in and contribute to WCS’s cross-cutting global conservation initiatives. As requested and necessary, travel to other project sites, consult on the development of broader marine and Mesoamerican conservation initiatives, and contribute to special projects and initiatives of WCS’s Marine Program and Americas Program.
  • Engage the media to effectively advance WCS goals and communicate project results to a broad array of audiences.
  • Lead efforts to secure additional funding for the program, working with staff in New York. Develop proposals and participate in fund-raising activities; identify new funding sources; meet potential donors; maintain contact with and oversee grant reporting and financial reporting. Work to diversify the funding base of the program.
  • Contribute to, enlarge and uphold the Society’s polices towards Equal Employment Opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, the handicapped and other protected groups.

Qualifications, skills and experience

Applicants should have a university degree and experience in a field relevant to the conservation of biological diversity and/or rural development; 5 to 10 years minimum management experience (e.g., managing complex projects, staff, budgets, and liaising with government) in conservation/development programs, in one or both of the two countries; ability to foster partnerships and teamwork within the program; fluency in English and Spanish; experience working with public organizations and civil society; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated success working independently and with diverse partners to achieve common objectives; and strong technical writing skills. The position will be based in Honduras, with frequent travel in both countries. Applicants should be committed to conservation and to the mission of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Experience in the following areas is desired:

  • Familiarity with marine and terrestrial conservation issues in Mesoamerica;
  • Engaging with local, national, and regional political spheres to influence conservation policy;
  • Experience in protected area policy, research, design, implementation, and/or evaluation;
  • Experience in fisheries management and a knowledge of marine turtle conservation issues;
  • Strengthening effective enforcement around resource extraction (e.g. wildlife trade; fisheries enforcement);
  • Conducting community engagement relating to conservation and resource management; and/or
  • Training and building capacity in field research, tropical biology, marine conservation biology, conservation advocacy, and/or project management.

Schedule and Compensation

Candidates should be available to start February 15, 2018. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Please apply by January 31, 2018 online and via email ( with a cover letter and CV with subject “Honduras/Nicaragua PD, [your name]”


Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) busca un Director de Programa para supervisar la gestión y la implementación de actividades en Honduras y Nicaragua. El principal objetivo de WCS en la región es desarrollar e implementar programas de conservación basados en la ciencia para conservar ecosistemas terrestres y marinos, y la vida silvestre.

Descripción del cargo

El Director de Programa apoyará y supervisará al personal de conservación marina y terrestre y forjará la estructura administrativa necesaria para la implementación de programas de ciencia y conservación en Honduras y Nicaragua. Una de sus responsabilidades principales será proporcionar liderazgo estratégico para desarrollar y dirigir proyectos que fortalezcan la conservación de áreas protegidas marinas a lo largo de las costas caribeñas de Honduras y Nicaragua. Esto incluye proyectos en curso en Nicaragua, tales como el Proyecto de Conservación de la tortuga de carey, el Proyecto de Medios de Vida Alternativos en el Refugio de Vida Silvestre Cayos Perla, y proyectos que apoyan el cumplimiento y monitoreo marino a lo largo de la costa caribeña de Honduras y en las Islas de la Bahía. El Director también apoyará actividades de conservación terrestre enfocadas en el paisaje binacional de Moskitia que atraviesa Honduras y Nicaragua, tales como el fortalecimiento de la gestión de áreas protegidas y territorios indígenas; actividades de conservación comunitaria como la implementación de sistemas agrícolas integrados; reducción de conflictos entre humanos y jaguares; e inventarios de vida silvestre, investigación y monitoreo. El Director desarrollará y fomentará las colaboraciones con socios locales, regionales, nacionales e internacionales para ampliar el alcance de WCS en Honduras y Nicaragua. Un enfoque principal del cargo será fortalecer el apoyo administrativo, para crear una capacidad centralizada que respalde el trabajo de campo en sitios geográficamente distantes y logísticamente desafiantes. El Director coordinará el desarrollo estratégico y la dirección del trabajo en estos países para que se alineen con el Programa de WCS Mesoamérica y el Programa Marino de WCS, y buscará oportunidades para asociarse con iniciativas regionales. El Director representará a WCS y su misión de conservación al participar en reuniones gubernamentales y no gubernamentales para avanzar en los objetivos de ciencia y conservación.

Objetivos del cargo

  • Liderar en la conservación y gestión de las actividades de WCS en Honduras y Nicaragua;
  • Potenciar las prioridades, estrategias y enfoques del programa a través de las iniciativas de conservación de ambos países; desarrollar, establecer e implementar proyectos, tanto supervisando la gestión de los mismos, como proporcionando apoyo administrativo y orientación técnica;
  • Integrar los resultados de las actividades de investigación de WCS y las prioridades identificadas para la conservación, con de las actividades de planificación y conservación de las agencias gubernamentales nacionales y regionales, las agencias internacionales (cuando corresponda) y las organizaciones no gubernamentales;
  • Ayudar a desarrollar programas de financiación sostenible para apoyar las actividades de conservación de WCS en los dos países y en la región de Mesoamérica en general;
  • Aumentar el impacto de las actividades de conservación de WCS y fomentar la colaboración con otros programas de WCS en la región.

Responsabilidades principales

  • Proporcionar apoyo administrativo y supervisión a los programas de campo de WCS y las iniciativas de conservación en Honduras y Nicaragua.
    Supervisar y desarrollar la cartera de conservación de WCS, estableciendo contactos con las partes interesadas locales y otros programas de WCS.
  • Ayudar a desarrollar las prioridades, estrategias y enfoques de los programas para los dos países. Ayudar a identificar las necesidades de conservación; establecer nuevos programas e iniciativas; y evaluar la dirección y el éxito del trabajo.
  • Mantener un contacto cercano y consultar periódicamente con el Programa de Mesoamérica, el Programa Marino y el Programa de las Américas en la sede de Nueva York sobre las actividades y los logros de los Programas de Honduras y Nicaragua.
  • Actuar como representante legal de WCS en Honduras. Coordinar con la representación legal designada de WCS en Nicaragua.
  • Supervisar la administración y manejo financiero de los programas, sintetizando la administración de los componentes marinos y terrestres y asegurando operaciones administrativas y financieras efectivas y eficientes, de acuerdo con los requisitos nacionales y locales.
  • Según sea necesario, recopilar informes narrativos y financieros, presupuestos y planes de trabajo y asegurarse de que se realicen, de acuerdo a las pautas y los plazos establecidos por la sede de Nueva York.
  • Establecer y mantener excelentes relaciones de trabajo con socios y donantes. Reunirse periódicamente con los socios del programa y las agencias gubernamentales pertinentes. Servir de enlace entre WCS y otros organismos de conservación y científicos en Nicaragua, Honduras y otros lugares.
  • Elevar el perfil de los esfuerzos de conservación de WCS en ambos países. Difundir ampliamente los resultados del proyecto con la comunidad científica y en los medios y foros públicos. Colaborar para escribir y publicar documentos, informes y documentos. Representar a WCS en reuniones, talleres, sesiones de estrategia y asociaciones profesionales.
  • Participar y contribuir a las iniciativas globales de conservación de WCS. Cuando se solicite y sea necesario, viajar a sitios del proyecto, consultar sobre el desarrollo de iniciativas de conservación marinas y mesoamericanas más amplias, y contribuir a proyectos e iniciativas especiales del Programa Marino y el Programa de las Américas de WCS.
  • Involucrar a los medios para avanzar de manera efectiva los objetivos de WCS y comunicar los resultados del proyecto a una amplia gama de audiencias.
  • Dirigir esfuerzos para obtener fondos adicionales para el programa, trabajando con el personal en Nueva York. Desarrollar propuestas y participar en actividades de recaudación de fondos; identificar nuevas fuentes de financiamiento; reunirse con posibles donantes; mantener contacto y supervisar los informes de subvenciones y los informes financieros. Trabajar para diversificar la base de financiación del programa.
  • Contribuir, ampliar y mantener las políticas de WCS hacia la igualdad de oportunidades de empleo para mujeres, minorías, veteranos, discapacitados y otros grupos protegidos.

Cualificaciones, habilidades y experiencia

Los postulantes deben tener un título universitario y experiencia en un campo pertinente a la conservación de la diversidad biológica y / o el desarrollo rural; experiencia de gestión mínima de 5 a 10 años (por ejemplo, gestión de proyectos complejos, personal, presupuestos y enlace con el gobierno) en programas de conservación / desarrollo, en uno o ambos países; capacidad de fomentar alianzas y trabajo en equipo dentro del programa; fluidez en inglés y español; experiencia trabajando con organizaciones públicas y de sociedad civil; excelentes habilidades interpersonales y de comunicación; éxito demostrado trabajando independientemente y con socios diversos para alcanzar objetivos comunes; y fuertes habilidades de redacción técnica. El puesto estará basado en Honduras, con viajes frecuentes en ambos países. El candidato deberá comprometerse con la conservación y la misión de la Wildlife Conservation Society.

Se desea experiencia en las siguientes áreas:

  • Familiaridad con temas de conservación marina y terrestre en Mesoamérica;
  • Compromiso con las esferas políticas locales, nacionales y regionales para influir en las políticas de conservación;
  • Experiencia en políticas de áreas protegidas, investigación, diseño, implementación y / o evaluación;
  • Experiencia en gestión pesquera y conocimiento de los problemas de conservación de tortugas marinas;
  • Fortalecer el cumplimiento efectivo de normas jurídicas en la extracción de recursos (por ejemplo, comercio de vida silvestre, cumplimiento de normas pesqueras);
  • Organizar una participación comunitaria en la conservación y el manejo de los recursos; y / o
  • Capacitación y desarrollo de capacidades en investigación de campo, biología tropical, biología de conservación marina, defensa de la conservación y / o gestión de proyectos.

Fecha de comienzo y Compensación

Los candidatos deben estar disponibles para comenzar el 15 de febrero de 2018. El salario será acorde a las calificaciones y la experiencia del candidato.

Favor postularse antes del 31 de enero de 2018 en línea y por correo electrónico ( con una carta de presentación y un CV con el asunto “Honduras / Nicaragua PD, [su nombre]”


Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society – Executive Coordinator Job Description

The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (CSTWS) is part of The Wildlife Society, an international professional organization that promotes principled approaches to wildlife management. Our Mission Statement is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship in Canada, through science and education. Members are drawn from provincial, territorial and federal governments, universities and colleges, environmental and wildlife conservation groups, resource industries, Indigenous communities and the general public. The Section works with its regional Chapters, TWS and other organizations to encourage informed resource management and policy development.

The Executive Coordinator (EC) is a new position that will assist CSTWS in building and maintaining a science-based program that supports land and wildlife conservation and management in Canada. The Executive Coordinator over the long-term will help implement several strategic initiatives identified by the CSTWS Executive Committee, with the broad goal of raising the profile and exposure of the CSTWS across Canada. This position is intended to become an on-going, part-time position that promotes strategic initiatives of CSTWS, working in coordination with the Section Executive Committee and its various Standing Committees, as well as wildlife and natural resource organizations across Canada. The incumbent Coordinator will provide innovative and collaborative leadership, to promote and expand the Section’s efforts across Canada.

In the first year of the position, key tasks will include developing revenue streams to sustain this position, increasing membership services such as training opportunities, and initiate efforts in expanding conservation networking. These tasks will position CSTWS to implement future strategic initiatives. Discussions of the new Strategic Plan to guide CSTWS will be part of a planning session at the Annual General Meeting in March 2018. The Executive Coordinator will report to the President of CSTWS, and will be expected to support the Executive Committee in designated operations, which will not exceed 15% of the time commitment.

Candidate Qualifications and Experience:

  • A university degree or college diploma in wildlife conservation or management, natural resource management, or related environmental fields.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with direct experience with Canadian governance systems relative to environmental legislation, policy and funding, familiarity with Canadian NGOs and professional wildlife organizations, and wildlife conservation issues across Canada.
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and foster team-based initiatives to further strategic initiatives.
  • A self-starter that welcomes the challenge of promoting conservation, and communicating with a diverse range of environmental professionals and the public.

Key position activities:

  • Help develop sustainable revenue streams to support the Executive Coordinator Position on an ongoing basis. This could include development of professional workshops or other training, or through grants.
  • Work with the various Canadian organizations involved in wildlife conservation and management to increase awareness of CSTWS, and to identify key national conservation issues.
  • Network with CSTWS Working Committees (e.g., Conservation Affairs Committee and the Membership Committee) to support their roles in responding to emerging conservation issues, promoting sound conservation science and providing professional development opportunities.
  • Coordinate and/or develop other strategic initiatives identified at the 2018 AGM, Strategic Planning Session.


The Executive Coordinator will be contracted initially on a 1-year term starting in March 2018, with the option to renew for subsequent years, pending successful development of a sustainable funding stream. This start date coincides with the CSTWS Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in mid-March 2018), at which the new Strategic Plan will be discussed, as well as other operational issues. The meeting is the first opportunity to meet key contacts within CSTWS, and gain an understanding of membership, existing organizational structure, and strategic direction.


The Executive Coordination will be hired under a contract for part-time work averaging 20 hours per week, with remuneration of $35,000 – 40,000 (CAD) per annum payable in monthly instalments. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Pre-approved expenses will be covered separately.

Position Location:

The geographic location of the Executive Coordinator is flexible within Canada and may change over time. The Executive Coordinator is expected to work from a home office unless otherwise determined by the CSTWS Executive.


Travel to meetings or conferences may be required throughout the term of the Executive Coordinator.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit their résumé or curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating why they should be considered.  Applications must be submitted electronically to by January 15, 2018.


Senior Forest Biologist/Ecologist, Canadian Programs, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)


National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) is an independent, nonprofit, member-driven research institute that seeks to create credible scientific information required to address the environmental information needs of the forest products industry in North America. NCASI is seeking an experienced professional to undertake and direct research investigations related to forest sustainability issues in Canada.

The Senior Forest Biologist/Ecologist, Canadian Programs is responsible for developing, coordinating, executing, and reporting forestry-related studies identified within or related to NCASI’s Canadian Technical Studies Program on a wide variety of forest environment and sustainability issues. This position will involve significant interaction with NCASI’s forestry staff and field personnel, NCASI member company representatives, industry trade associations, universities, and governments at the provincial and national level.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in forest wildlife biology, forest ecology, or closely related field, preferably with post-doctoral experience in forestry research and/or management; or a Masters degree in forest wildlife biology, forest ecology, or closely related field with a minimum of 5 years experience, preferably with emphasis on sustainability issues. Ph.D. strongly preferred. Familiarity with the theory and principles of silviculture, forest ecology, and wildlife biology, as well as related regulations (on both a provincial and federal level) is preferred. Excellent project management and communication skills are required. Applicants must be fluent in English, particularly in written form, and ideally have capability of communicating in French.

The position will be based at NCASI’s Canadian Operations in Montreal, Quebec. Some travel will be required.

To apply for this position, please submit your resumé to:
Kirsten Vice Vice President, Sustainable Manufacturing & Canadian Operations
1010 Sherbrooke St. West
Suite 1800
Montreal, QC H3A 2R7

Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

NCASI is an independent, non-profit, member-driven research institute that seeks to create credible scientific information required to address the environmental information needs of the forest products industry in North America. Established in 1943, NCASI is recognized as the leading source of reliable data on environmental issues affecting this industry, and has nearly 100 member companies throughout Canada and the United States. With a staff of 60 technical professionals, NCASI conducts primary research, undertakes surveys, performs field measurements, undertakes scientific research, and sponsors research by universities and others to document the environmental performance of industry facility operations and forest management, and to gain insight into opportunities for further improvement in meeting sustainability goals. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.


Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

The University of Windsor invites outstanding candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER).

GLIER is a research institute with an active and vibrant graduate program and diverse externally funded research programs within the Faculty of Science. It is a multi-disciplinary group that brings together researchers from Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences to advance Great Lakes science and the sustained environmental efficacy of aquatic freshwater resources world-wide.

Reporting jointly to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Dean of Science, the Executive Director will provide leadership in developing collaborative research programs and capacity for studies of Great Lakes ecosystems. The Executive Director will have exceptional administrative, communication, and fund-raising skills. A seasoned academic and researcher, the Executive Director will bring a track-record of success in having well-funded research programs. The Executive Director will support the GLIER graduate program and research facilities and will administer GLIER’s state-of-the-art trace organics and metals, environmental isotopes, applied molecular genetics and genomics, toxicology, GIS, analytical and aquatic geochemistry, and ESEM laboratories.

As the ideal candidate, you have a PhD and an exceptional record of scholarly activity in environmental research, particularly linked to aquatic science, and outstanding skills in facilitating basic and applied research. You are able to clearly articulate your vision and strategic plan for the further advancement of GLIER. In addition, you have the demonstrated ability to work collegially and communicate effectively within GLIER, the University community, external partners, and funding agencies. The initial appointment is for five years with a possible renewal for a second five-year term.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Katherine Frank or Nikki Mifflen at 902-421-1310 for more information, or submit your application online at:

The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 15,500 students. We are a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of the University’s Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.

If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (OHREA) at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Salmon Watersheds Lab Database Project Manager

The Salmon Watersheds Lab (Jon Moore at SFU) is seeking somebody that can help organize, process, and archive long-term data on salmon/steelhead.

We are collaborating with Provincial scientists with support from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC to organize, enter, and archive data on salmon and steelhead from the Keogh River of northern Vancouver Island. The Keogh River has been well-studied for over 40 years, representing an amazing wealth of information and data. The goal is to create an organized database that enables retrospective analyses and provides a template for on-going data.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in ecology and/or management of natural resources, have a high attention to detail and be extremely organized, and have experience with electronic data organization (spreadsheets, relational databases).

Approximate start date: late October 2017
Appointment: Full time (35 hr/week), salary commensurate with experience
Appointment length: 6-month term with possibility of extension.
Location: Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

More information about the job and our research group can be found at: