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Global Wildlife Conservation is a growing organization with new and exciting opportunities available throughout the year. If you have a passion for species conservation please see the jobs listed below or send a resume and cover letter to Please note that due to the nature of our work, GWC rarely has volunteer field work positions. However, if this is something you are interested in, we recommend visiting our partners page and contacting local organizations directly.

Global Wildlife Conservation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that conservation is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of individuals of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. We encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, creeds, sexes, national origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identities, military or veteran status. GWC offers reasonable accommodation in the employment process for individuals with disabilities. If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time by emailing

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Head of the Key Biodiversity Areas Secretariat

• Location: Cambridge, UK
• Full time: 35 hours per week
• Contract: Open-ended
• Salary: £50,000 – £60,000 pro rata per annum plus competitive 12% pension benefit
• Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata per annum in year 1, increasing by 1 day pa to 28 days

A unique and exciting opportunity has been created to work with eleven of the world’s leading nature conservation organisations (BirdLife International, IUCN, Amphibian Survival Alliance, Conservation International, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund, Global Environment Facility, Global Wildlife Conservation, NatureServe, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, The Rainforest Trust, WWF, Wildlife Conservation Society) in an ambitious new Partnership to map, monitor and conserve the most important places for life on earth – Key Biodiversity Areas.

We are seeking an inspirational and collaborative individual to Head the KBA Secretariat – the newly established central coordinating body of the KBA Partnership and KBA Programme.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for ensuring that the KBA Secretariat fulfils all of its functions in line with the vision and mission of the KBA Partnership.  We are looking for an exceptional individual who will lead and support the KBA Partnership to implement this visionary and ambitious Programme, helping to mobilise resources and expertise in order to further identify and map Key Biodiversity Areas worldwide, as a vital tool to assist in the conservation of global biodiversity.

The successful candidate will be responsible for setting up the Secretariat, leading on developing, planning and overseeing the implementation of its activities and managing its financial and human resources.

The successful candidate will have:

• An excellent understanding of global and regional environmental and sustainable development issues
• An inspirational and collaborative leadership style
• Experience of managing and facilitating teams and building partnerships around common agendas
• Extensive experience of working with major donors and successful fundraising track record
• Deep understanding of multilateral environmental agreements, international financial institutions, donors and scientific institutions working on biodiversity and nature conservation issues
• Ability to communicate environmental issues to a wide range of audiences
The Head of the KBA Secretariat will work in close collaboration with the Chair of the KBA Committee and the KBA-focused staff members of the KBA Partners, including in particular BirdLife International and the IUCN, as co-hosts of the KBA Secretariat.

This post is hosted by BirdLife International, on behalf of the KBA Partnership and the role is accountable to a Committee of senior management from KBA Partner organisations. The post will be based within the David Attenborough Building in Cambridge.A detailed job description can be found here.

Further information on the KBA Partnership can be found here.

Closing date: 25 October 2017

Application: Applications should include a covering letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position, a detailed CV and contact details of two referees known to the applicant in a professional capacity. Applications should be sent by email, stating where the advert was seen, to:

Interviews: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Interviews will be held 15 November 2017 in the David Attenborough Building, Cambridge, UK. The interview panel will comprise the KBA Committee Chair; the Director of Science, Policy & Information, BirdLife International; the Global Director Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN; and the Head of Human Resources, BirdLife International.