Job Description: The Center for Conservation Education and Sustainability of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking a highly motivated Conservation Biologist to provide strong leadership and management for SCBI biodiversity and conservation programs in Peru. The job requires the development and implementation of biodiversity action plans, biodiversity monitoring and assessment programs, ecosystem services assessments, scenario planning and engagement with multiple stakeholders to achieve SCBI programs conservation priorities. SCBI programs have a strong research framework and require the development and publication of the researchto achieve conservation goals. This position is based in Lima, Peru with regular travel to research sites within the country and occasional international travel.
Background: SCBI conducts research to study, understand, predict, and monitor the impact of infrastructure development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The knowledge and information generated by SCBI programs provides management recommendations for best conservation and sustainable development practices. Guided by the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity, SCBI has worked with selected energy development companies since 1996 to integrate biodiversity conservation into development projects to meet national needs with conservation priorities.
Responsibilities: The Biodiversity and Conservation Managing Director is responsibe for developing, managing and implementing SCBI programs and priorities in Peru. The candidate will work with SCBI staff in Lima, Peru and Washington, DC as well as sponsors of SCBI programs and stakeholders in Peru and in the area of influence of the projects. They will follow and implement Smithsonian and Peruvian policies and standard operational procedures to effectively achieve SCBI program goals. The candidate will work closely with SCBI researchers to develop and implement conservation science protocols.
Qualifications: The successful applicant will have: 1) a PhD in conservation biology, ecology, biology, or a related discipline, 2) three to five years of experience in leading and managing programs, and certified in program management or demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills, 3) strong science and statistical background with a publication record, 4) fully bilingual in Spanish and English and with excellent oral and writing communication skills.
Applicants should email: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position in Spanish and English, 2) curriculum vitae and 3) contact information for 3 professional references (including institution, email address, phone number) to Ms. Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Biodiversity and Conservation Managing Director, Peru” in the subject line of the email.
Salary: Determined based on qualifications.
Deadline to submit applications: Application deadline March 14, 2014. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.