[Coral-List] Two job postings from the Wildlife Conservation Society

Kaitlyn Sephton 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
long term.

*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
   Conservation Society
   - 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

Position Objectives

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

*Principal Responsibilities*


   - 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
   and departments.
   - 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
   accounting departments.

*Grants Management*

   - 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
   contract review.
   - 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
   related field.
   - 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
   issues preferred.
   - 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,
Kaitlyn Sephton
Program Officer, Marine Conservation
Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10460
Office: 718.220.5193
Cell: 413.687.1104
Skype: KSephton-WCS

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