[Coral-List] Two job postings from the Wildlife Conservation Society
ksephton at wcs.org
Thu Mar 13 09:24:07 EDT 2014
*Conservation Science Coordinator, Belize*
*Wildlife Conservation Society*
WCS seeks a Conservation Science Director to lead the scientific and
technical aspects of their marine program in Belize. The primary purpose of
WCS in Belize is to develop and implement science-based conservation and
management programs that will conserve Belize's marine ecosystems in the
*Summary of Position *
The Conservation Science Director, who will be based in the WCS office in
Belize City, will directly supervise the Technical Coordinator, and other
staff as may be assigned, and assist in management of the science and
education programs conducted at the Glover's Reef Marine Research Station.
S/he will also provide input on grant proposals and reports. The
Conservation Science Director will report to WCS's Belize Country Program
The Conservation Science Director will be responsible for:
- Strengthen the science component of programs by providing the
necessary expertise and oversight to project development, design, and
- Lead WCS Belize's environmental and fisheries monitoring programs,
data analyses and interpretation of results; disseminate results of
research and monitoring through writing of technical reports and
peer-reviewed papers, contributing to outreach materials, and attending
meetings and workshops.
- Maintain and manage current data sets in the most suitable formats and
ensure data quality standards.
- Provide scientific oversight, strategy and direction to the research
conducted at the Glover's Reef Research Station.
- Directly supervise the work of the Technical Coordinator and other
staff that may be assigned, including serving as the Primary Reviewer on
annual performance evaluations, providing professional mentorship and
technical guidance, and overseeing the development and execution of the
annual work plan.
- Advise the Country Director on the scientific and technical aspects of
the WCS Belize Marine Program as part of the ongoing strategic review and
adjustment of the program.
- Assist with project reporting, development of project proposals and
- Coordinate training of students in relevant field courses, using the
Glovers Reef Research Station as a platform, and assist with the
development of field courses.
*Required Qualifications and Experience*
- Excellent knowledge of the marine environment in Belize, as well as
the existing legal and management framework; thorough understanding of
marine conservation issues in Belize
- Commitment to marine conservation and the mission of the Wildlife
- Sound knowledge and experience with design of research or surveys,
data collection and statistical analysis, including proficiency in the use
of statistical software (ideally R and custom packages such as Distance,
Mark and Presence), use of GPS and GIS; qualified SCUBA diver
- Excellent communication and organizational skills
- A Ph.D. (preferable) or M.Sc. in marine science and/or natural
resources management; a publication record would be an asset
- Several years' experience in the field of research or management in
Belize and, ideally, the wider Caribbean
*Applications*, along with two letters of reference, should be submitted to
the Country Director, Wildlife Conservation Society, Belize, 1775 Coney
Drive, P.O. Box 768, Belize City, Belize. The deadline for receipt of
applications is the 11th April, 2014.
*Position:* Budget Officer, Marine Program
*Division:* Global Conservation
*Reports to:* Director, Marine Program
*Location:* Bronx, New York
The Budget Officer plays a vital role within the six-person team for the
Global Marine Program, which both supports and guides the WCS field
programs. The primary function of the Budget Officer is to coordinate and
oversee the budgetary, financial, and grants management of the program and
its component projects, working closely with field staff located around the
world. The Budget Officer assists with the development of annual project
budgets and the preparation of proposals (budgets), coordinates grant
reporting, and helps manage the Program's annual budget of approximately $9
- Manage overall Marine Program budget, in coordination with field staff
and NY directorate, including routine tracking of new donors, expenses, and
overall financial status of the program.
- Assist Marine Program staff in compiling and maintaining annual
program budgets and financial reports in coordination with financial staff
- Support the proposal development process with the development and
review of grant proposal budgets, costs and implications on overall
programmatic budgetary management.
- Provide reliable and expeditious financial management support to
program and associated field projects.
- Interpret financial information for practical use by Global Marine
Program and the Global Conservation Program.
- Serve as the liaison between the Global Marine Program and WCS
- Take active role in preparation of proposal budgets with careful
consideration to overall program budgets and proposed activities. Ensure
that proposal/grant budgets are in compliance with WCS accounting structure.
- Coordinate with other WCS departments including Accounting,
Development, and Office of General Counsel for proposal, grants, and
- Oversee or play active role in contract signing, booking of award,
set-up in central finance systems, and reporting requirements.
- Maintain or create necessary database records, files, reports, and
resource materials pertinent to grant activities.
- Coordinate financial grant reporting and ensure compliance with grant
guidelines and requirements. Work closely with the field and NY
Directorate to ensure that the terms and conditions of agreements are met
and properly documented. In coordination with Accounting and the field,
assist in preparation and revision of agreements and review and preparation
of invoices, financial reports, and narrative reports.
- Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Non-profit Management or
- Experience in project/financial management, budget development,
tracking, and reporting.
- Excellent organizational skills, including ability to set and follow
priorities, work on multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including writing
and editing. Meticulous attention to detail and commitment to quality.
- Computer literacy in Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
- Effective at both collaborative and independent work, able to take
direction but work with modest level of supervision.
- Comfortable operating in a dynamic environment and responding quickly
to sudden needs and opportunities.
- Willingness to travel occasionally.
- Knowledge and understanding of international marine conservation
- Experience working or traveling in developing countries a plus.
- Fluency in written and spoken Spanish or French helpful but not
For consideration, please apply online at wcs.org/careers before April 7,
Program Officer, Marine Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460
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