Director of Conservation

Company: Safari Club International Foundation

Location: Washington, DC

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of a global authority in wildlife management and conservation. Safari Club International Foundation’s (SCIF) focus is to ensure the best available science is an integral part of wildlife policy and management. In doing so, SCIF invests millions of dollars into wildlife conservation, education, and humanitarian programs annually. As needs around the world increase to address a wide range of wildlife conservation issues, SCI Foundation remains at the forefront to insure efforts continue to safeguard wildlife and its sustainability.  To do so, SCIF is seeking its next Director of Conservation to lead its Department of Science-Based Conservation Programs and Research.

A key focus of the Foundation is to conduct and support scientific and technical studies to assist in the design, development and implementation of sound wildlife conservation and management programs.  Through the work of the Department of Science-Based Conservation Programs & Research, SCIF has become a recognized leader in sustainable-use wildlife conservation through involvement in global organizations to include the Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Examples of their work include the Michigan Predator-Prey Project and the International Conference on Bear Research & Management as well as a leadership role in the African Wildlife Consultative Forum and projects such as “Fighting for Lions” focused on lion populations in Zambia and Tanzania among others.

Over the past 17 years, SCIF has become a leading voice of wildlife conservation, policy and sustainable use throughout the world, providing scientific expertise and funding in excess of $60 million. Today, they continue to serve as a valued partner around the world in stewardship for sustainable-use wildlife conservation, management, and science-based research characterized by objectivity, integrity, and honesty.

The Director of Conservation will have proven and successful experience in wildlife conservation research, policy and programs.  Prior roles will provide evidence of the ability to develop, manage and strengthen national and international partnerships with private and public organizations to further the mission of SCIF.  The new Director will be a seasoned leader who is collaborative and possesses the skills to work in a culturally diverse environment with the ability to establish and develop productive relationships across a wide range of partners, stakeholders and constituencies.  S/He will possess a Master’s degree in a Science discipline while a doctoral degree is preferred.

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