Conservation Planning Specialist (Wildlife Conservation Society)
Position: Conservation Planning Specialist - Wildlife Conservation Society
Location: New York, NY (Flexible)
Department, Division: Conservation Solutions, Global Conservation Program
Reports to: Director, Conservation Planning
The Conservation Planning Specialist at WCS is responsible for supporting spatial planning activities and promoting best practice in the field of conservation decision-making in WCS’s 16 priority regions around the world. The ideal candidate will be well-versed in the principles of systematic conservation planning and have extensive experience applying those principles to enable decision makers to make better choices and greater conservation impact around the world in terms of protected areas, land- and sea-use planning, and mitigation planning.
· Advanced university degree (Master's/PhD or equivalent) in landscape ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, environmental economics, or other relevant discipline
· 4+ years of professional experience
· Strong spatial analysis skills in one or more platforms (e.g. AcrGIS, R, GRASS, )
· Experience using programming languages (e.g. R, Python) to analysis data and automate routine tasks
· Experience leading structured decision making processes
· Experience with scenario planning
· Knowledge of climate adaptation principles in a conservation setting
· Familiarity with the principles and practices of the mitigation hierarchy, net positive impact and biodiversity offset design, and the concept of High Conservation Value (HCV).
· Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with partners and diverse stakeholder groups to promote buy-in to planning process.
· Ability to prioritize competing needs and communicate/balance between direct and indirect supervisors
· Experience working overseas
· Demonstrated ability to thrive in an organization characterized by a science and mission-driven workforce.
· Demonstrated ability to produce concise written summaries of analytical findings and communicate complex science to a broad variety of audiences
· Ability to speak and work in at least one other major language relevant to WCS scapes (e.g., Spanish, French)
· Knowledge of African species and ecosystems, conservation issues, and solutions