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Conservation Program Specialist

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego
Postgraduate Degree

The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the company's performance-based profit-sharing and bonus programs. This position is currently located in San Diego, but the employer is open to considering remote workers from other areas who meet the necessary qualifications. It is essential to note that having passed Postgraduate Degree is a prerequisite for this job. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has full time jobs for those seeking part-time work. The Conservation Program Specialist job opportunity has been available since July 6, 2024, and it will be inaccessible after August 3, 2024. The location for the work is San Diego , CA , San Diego , CA.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Conservation Program Specialist


The Conservation Program Specialist works with a variety of public and private organizations to carry out scientific and/or educational programs and related activities focused on the conservation and recovery of plants and wildlife and their habitats. This position reports to a Manager level or higher in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health department.


  • Identify opportunities to aid in the recovery of threatened species and habitats.
  • Coordinate conservation and restoration efforts.
  • Develop conservation plans and partnerships.
  • Advise staff on conservation and species recovery issues.
  • Coordinate data collection and other project team activities.
  • Communicate with external groups and organizations regarding conservation efforts.
  • Prepare grant proposals and administers grants.
  • Create and cultivate positive public perception regarding conservation.



We are seeking a broadly trained conservation professional with strong project management and coordination skills to facilitate implementation of SDZWA’s giant panda conservation program. A master’s degree in Conservation Management, Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology, or similar field of study is preferred. Areas of expertise important to fulfill position requirements include: project planning and management, collection, summary and analysis of biological data, and communication and coordination across diverse stakeholders. Experience with one or more of the following disciplinary areas is preferred: translocation biology, population monitoring and adaptive management, resource ecology, disturbance ecology, sensory ecology, molecular ecology, ecosystem health, and biodiversity monitoring. The position requires travel to China. The successful candidate will facilitate several projects designed to inform conservation management of giant pandas. Fluency in Mandarin is a plus.

    • Considerable experience in finishing conservation projects in complex and biologically diverse habitats required.
    • Bachelor's Degree in biological science or a related field or equivalent specialized training required.
    • Current valid California Driver’s License in good standing
    • Strong working knowledge of environmental laws and regulations.
    • Working knowledge of grant administration.
    • Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Prepare grant applications and administer grants.
    • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs.
    • Able to work effectively with others in a diverse environment.


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


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  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Salaried Full-Time Exempt Position
  • Salary Range: $66,560 to $71,640


Salary Range: $66,560 to $71,640

How to Apply

Apply directly in our SDZWA Careers page:

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
2920 Zoo Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619-231-1515

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