Posted: 06/03/2020
Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

GWC conserves the diversity of life on Earth by safeguarding wildlands, protecting wildlife and supporting guardians. We maximize our impact through scientific research, biodiversity exploration, habitat conservation, protected area management, wildlife crime prevention, endangered species recovery, and conservation leadership cultivation.

GWC are bringing together scientists, conservationists, policy makers, industry leaders and you to ensure a truly collaborative approach to species conservation. GWC focuses on the prevention of extinctions and the recovery of species populations. Our three key goals are to:

  • Protect Wildlands
  • Save Species
  • Build Capacity

Through this approach we are ensuring that species conservation remains core to our approach while addressing larger landscape issue challenges and developing a long-term support network to guarantee that our donors and partners investments have the greatest possibility of success.


Shoal is a new partnership aimed at engaging a wide range of organizations to accelerate and escalate action to save the most threatened fish and other freshwater species. Its mission is to save and recover populations of the most threatened fish and other threatened freshwater species. It aims to do this through mobilizing excellently designed action for the conservation of threatened fish and other threatened freshwater species, raising awareness of the need for more and better freshwater conservation action, and developing the capacity of actors to implement impactful freshwater conservation work.

Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

The IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group is a diverse group of experts, spread over 17 regions around the world, with a solid record in ichthyology and the conservation of freshwater fishes. The FFSG is concerned with conserving the aquatic environment worldwide, maintaining fish biodiversity and ensuring sustainable fisheries in relation to people and water resource use. Our biggest challenge is the development of practical, global strategies for freshwater fish conservation in the face of species extinction and rapidly declining freshwater fisheries worldwide.

Working together, the FFSG focuses on a number of key areas; including strategy and policy development, provision of technical information and advice, training and education, IUCN Red Listing and biodiversity assessments.

Job Description:

The key role of the Shoal Program Manager is to develop and manage Shoal US with the aim to support global freshwater species conservation efforts.

The three main responsibilities of this position are to:

  1. Develop, manage and lead Shoal in the US; building the partnership, identifying priority projects, and fundraising (70%)
  2. Support the ‘plan-to-act’ work of the FFSG; assimilating data, identifying species and regions of conservation priority, developing projects, and fundraising (15%)
  3. Support GWC freshwater species projects; identifying projects, coordinating with regional coordinators, project management, and fundraising (15%)

Managerial Reporting:

Senior Director of Species Conservation, GWC

Technical Collaborations:

  • Shoal Executive Director, Synchronicity Earth
  • Chair, Freshwater Fish Specialist Group Program Officer

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The Freshwater Fish Conservation Program Officer will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

Develop, manage and lead Shoal in the US

  1. Identify, engage with and secure scientific, conservation, public and private sector partners for Shoal
  2. Fundraise for freshwater fish conservation planning and action and staffing needs of Shoal and the FFSG
  3. Identify and design appropriate funding mechanisms for field projects through Shoal

Support the ‘plan-to-act’ work of the FFSG

  1. Catalyze action planning for freshwater fish conservation through the FFSG membership and others according to the Shoal strategy and guidance from the Shoal Advisory Board.
  2. Catalyze and facilitate conservation actions through the FFSG membership
  3. Assist FFSG Chair in liaison with the Freshwater Network Coordinator for the Global Center for Species Survival, Indianapolis Zoological Society.

Support GWC freshwater species projects

  1. Support GWC staff in the identification, administration of, and fundraising for freshwater fish conservation projects.

Communications, engagement and representation

  1. Promote communication and outreach of Shoal and FFSG activities
  2. Represent Shoal, FFSG, and GWC in international and national dialogues and processes on freshwater fish conservation.
  3. Liaise with other key partners in IUCN’s Commission network (especially other SSC Specialist Groups working on freshwater fishes, and the SSC Freshwater Conservation Committee); and assist in integration of the work of Shoal, and freshwater fish focused Specialist Groups, into IUCN’s overall freshwater program of work


  • Commitment to and passion for GWC’s mission, vision, and values.
  • 5+ years of experience in freshwater species conservation.
  • Proven experience in developing programmatic approaches to species conservation.
  • Proven experience in fundraising for conservation programs.
  • Strong knowledge of current wildlife conservation issues and trends, as well as significant experience in species conservation and related fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and develop local partners.
  • Demonstrated fundraising ability.
  • Relevant field experience and proven ability to work in varied cultural and political situations.
  • Ability and interest to travel to remote field sites.
  • Strong communications skills, including writing, editing, correspondence, and public speaking.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in a relevant field preferred.
  • Spanish language skills preferred but not essential.
  • Legal right to work and live in the US.

Salary and Benefits:

GWC offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. It is expected that the Freshwater Fish Conservation Program Manager will work closely with the GWC team whether they are in Austin, Washington DC, or elsewhere, and although the position can be based anywhere in the US but travel for specific operations will be required.

Posting Expiration Date: 07/06/2020

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit a CV or resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to the following careers@globalwildlife.org. This position will remain open until filled.

GWC is an equal opportunity employer.