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Current Employment Opportunities with Panthera

Panthera's Background
Unlike any other conservation organization in the world, Panthera’s sole mission is the range-wide conservation of the world’s 38 species of wild cats. We are the largest wild cat conservation organization in the world in terms of global outreach, funding to the field, and staff expertise. Panthera is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization founded in 2006.

Panthera’s core strategies are grounded in rigorous scientific research, political engagement with heads of state and national land-use agencies, and education and outreach activities for local communities living in areas with big cats. Our large-scale initiatives with tigers, lions, jaguars, and snow leopards currently involve more than 50 countries and span three continents. We not only fund cat conservation initiatives, but act as a conservation think-tank that supports innovative people, programs, and ideas across the conservation spectrum. Much of Panthera's work is based in a spatial context and the Landscape Analysis Lab is central to Panthera's overall goals and day-to-day operations.

Current Openings:

Position: Assistant Director, Field Programs
Organization: Panthera
Reports to: President
Location: NYC, Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience

Panthera seeks a full-time, experienced Assistant Director of Field Programs to be based in the New York City office. The Assistant Director will be a key member of Panthera’s scientific team assisting the President with the planning, management, analysis and communication of Panthera’s field conservation activities. Responsibilities include: providing technical and scientific support to field staff; program strategic planning and assisting with program work-planning; assisting in the preparation of Panthera scientific and popular literature; managing external grantees; managing Panthera’s Scientific Advisory Council; managing Panthera’s camera-trap program; and liaising with Communications, Fundraising, and Finance divisions in the NY office.

Principal responsibilities and duties

  • Collate and manage field-datasets collected by external grantees, partners and Panthera field staff, in coordination with Species Program staff,
  • Contribute to the analysis of a wide variety of field survey data to derive estimates of felid population size, site occupancy and movement along corridors etc,
  • Lead the collation of information on distribution and population status of large cats, to contribute to regular ‘State of the Cats’ reports in collaboration with the IUCN Cat Specialist Group,
  • Support the coordination of the organisation’s Scientific Council, including assisting in the preparation of Council outputs including position statements and white-papers,
  • Assist in the preparation of Panthera literature, including contributing to peer-reviewed publications, popular articles and coordinating the production of scholarly edited volumes,
  • Manage Panthera’s external grants programs, including coordinating application, review and decision process,
  • Oversee allocation and tracking of the organisation’s custom-made camera traps; coordinate with Chief Technology Officer in the production of camera-traps,
  • Structure grant agreements and other legal agreements such as Memoranda of Understanding; act as point of contact for MOUs and other legal agreements with range state governments and NGO partners,
  • Represent Panthera through contacts with host country governments, donors, governmental agencies and other NGOs through meetings, speaking engagements, media interviews, writing, and general communications,
  • Assist the Development Department with content for grant proposals
  • Assist the Communications Department in the creation of programmatic materials, brochures, and reports; assist in production of print and online media covering field activities; help produce content for Panthera’s website and social networking sites

Qualifications and experience required

  • PhD or equivalent in relevant field (conservation, ecology, wildlife biology, natural resource management etc) with at least three years of project management experience; relevant experience in large carnivore conservation issues strongly preferred,
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of concepts and practices in management of conservation programs.
  • Proven publication record in various fora, including peer-reviewed scientific writing, position statements, popular articles, and funding proposals,
  • Proficiency in contemporary statistical analytical tools such as Spatially Explicit Capture-Recapture, Occupancy Analysis, Resource Selection Functions, etc.,
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including effective presentation and strong interpersonal skills; additional language skills are desirable,

To Apply

Note: A cover letter is required to be considered for this position. If you are applying through Indeed or another site that does not require a cover letter, please include a cover letter with your resume or in the message section of the site.

Application Deadline: March 31, 2015

No phone calls please.
Panthera is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/H/V