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31 Aug 2018

Full-Time Program Officer, Climate Adaptation

Wildlife Conservation Society – Posted by Wildlife Conservation Society Washington, District of Columbia, United States


Job Description

Position, Location: Program Officer, Climate Adaptation,Washington, DC, full-time

Department, Division: Conservation Solutions (“CS”), Global Conservation Program

Reports to: Liz Tully, Climate Adaptation Fund Associate Director

Coordinates with:  Molly Cross, Climate Adaptation Fund Climate Science Director; Lauren Oakes, Science Advisor; Alison Pabon, CS Administrative & Finance Assistant


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) seeks a motivated Climate Adaptation Program Officer to support the management of the Climate Adaptation Fund. The Climate Adaptation Fund’s mission is to create a paradigm shift among public agencies and nonprofit conservation organizations to incorporate and prioritize climate change adaptation in all conservation work. The Fund is unique in the climate change arena in that it prioritizes conservation actions that help wildlife and ecosystems adapt to climate change.


Principal Responsibilities: The Program Officer will provide support for the Climate Adaptation Fund’s grants administration, monitoring, and strategic communication efforts. The grants administration and monitoring components include tracking submission of progress reports from grant partners and tracking project progress against committed deliverables. The strategic communications component includes applying targeted communications actions to engage key stakeholders and audiences for the national program to achieve program level goals. The Program Officer will support the Fund from both the project and program perspectives. The duties below will give the Program Officer access to over 70 conservation NGOs conducting work on the leading edge of the conservation field. The Program Officer role manages the components i.e. projects, from which the Fund’s strategy is built while also managing activities that leverage those components to achieve the program level strategy to incite real change in the conservation field.


  • Grants Administration & Monitoring:
    • Track submission of progress reports from grant partners
    • Review grant partner progress reports to track project progress against committed deliverables and lessons learned to transfer to other grant partners or program level audiences
    • Keep online grants management data up to date
    • Track leveraged funds raised by grant partners over time
    • Support preparation for annual decision meeting with an external advisory council
    • Assist with RFP distribution


  • Program Strategy & Communication:
    • Track and categorize success stories from projects
    • Identify opportunities for publishing blogs and articles about climate adaptation solutions supported by the Fund, and across WCS in internal and external publications; assist in writing blogs and articles
    • Update project pages on the Climate Adaptation Fund’s website with new media articles or materials shared by grant partners via reports and direct communication
    • Maintain 3 active social media channels with support
    • Develop basic portfolio statistics for the website
    • Support program initiative to scale adaptation approaches across WCS, land management agencies, and other conservation organizations by developing appropriate outreach tactics to reach these audiences with tools or resources they can act on to incorporate climate change and adaptation planning into their standard natural resources management and conservation approaches
    • Track local, regional, national, and global climate events relevant to the Fund’s goals to keep staff current and identify opportunities to attend or present


  • Qualifications:
  • 1-3 years of experience in communications/cause marketing and/or conservation or environmental science;
  • Strong research, analytical thinking, and writing skills a must;
  • Ability to work independently, and to collaborate effectively as a member of a team;
  • Strong website and social media competency;
  • Attention to detail especially when managing data on projects
  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science or related field and/or communications.


About WCS Conservation Solutions: Conservation Solutions partners with over 3,000 field staff across 60 countries around the biggest challenges facing WCS’s long-term conservation efforts: climate change, sustainable financing, economic and food security, and data and science gaps.  Leveraging WCS’s 100-year leadership in science and field conservation, Conservation Solutions is also home to some of our newest, most innovative partnerships that transcend boundaries, including the MacArthur-funded Intact Forests initiative to protect the world’s vital carbon stores, the European Union-funded WILDMEAT Initiative, the USAID Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, the Science for Nature and People Partnership, and the Doris Duke Climate Adaptation Fund.  Working at multiple scales– from indigenous engagement to global policy– Conservation Solutions helps WCS and its partners deliver on a mission to save the world’s wildlife and wild places, for all people and for generations to come.  For more information, email


About the Wildlife Conservation Society: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in nearly 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: Follow: @WCSNewsroom.



How to Apply

To Apply: Please apply online at, and send a cover letter and CV with a subject line of “CAF Program Officer, [YOUR NAME]” to

Job Categories: Conservation. Job Types: Full-Time.

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