Conservation Programs Director

WCN is looking for an experienced conservation professional who, with passion, creativity and savvy, will play a key role in helping WCN’s conservation partners achieve their goals and scale, accelerate and sustain efforts to save endangered species.  The position involves working closely with the partners to develop an understanding of their organizational development and resource needs and then identifying and shaping new initiatives to support those needs.   As a senior member of the WCN team, the individual in this position also will play a key role in fundraising, representing WCN and the work of its conservationists with donors and other supporters.

Key responsibilities:

  • Work closely with WCN partners to develop a deep understanding of their conservation, administrative, technology, marketing, fundraising and other needs, as well as their achievements.
  • Develop an overarching strategy and related programs, initiatives and funding to support partners’ organizational development needs.
  • Oversee the deployment of support services to partners, working with third parties and internal WCN departments including marketing, events, technology, and fundraising to help partners advance their own organizational goals.
  • Contribute to WCN’s overarching strategy to maximize its contribution to global wildlife conservation, through current and future partnerships.
  • Identify, develop and manage collaboration and cross-learning opportunities among WCN partners, other conservation stakeholders and relevant organizations, to advance wildlife conservation.
  • Represent and build support for WCN’s work in public venues and with donors and affiliated organizations.
  • The position entails 15-20% national and international travel.

Experience and Skills:

  • A minimum of 8 years of international conservation experience including at least 2 years working and living in “developing countries” countries.  Wildlife conservation experience preferred.
  • Experience with community-based conservation, conservation strategic planning, evaluation methods, multiple stakeholder engagement, organizational leadership development, and program management, including budgeting, staff supervision and fundraising.
  • Master’s or higher degree required in conservation science related field.
  • Entrepreneurial and self-directed working style, with a track record of creating and implementing effective programs.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to operate in and enjoy a collaborative, team-oriented culture.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Willingness to work at all levels.
  • Exceptional integrity and a passion for conservation.

Reports To: Executive Director

The position is full-time and will include health and retirement benefits. Salary will be based on experience and qualifications. WCN is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to

Staff Accountant

Wildlife Conservation Network is a rapidly growing leader in wildlife conservation, working in more than 20 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and is based in San Francisco.  We partner with world-class conservationists who live and work with local communities to resolve wildlife conflicts and preserve the habitat they share. WCN supports these entrepreneurial leaders with access to donors and a range of resources and tools they need to be successful (  

Reporting to the Controller, the Staff Accountant will be responsible for assisting the Controller with carrying out the responsibilities of the Finance and Accounting Team. This position is right for someone who wants to work in the rewarding field of wildlife conservation and is highly professional, a skilled communicator, flexible, and a self-starter. This position is full-time with paid time off and medical benefits.  

Key responsibilities:

  • Record donations in Salesforce and Quickbooks in a timely manner
  • Review and record invoices in a timely manner
  • Calculate and post sales tax in WCN financial system
  • Assist with payroll related tasks and reconciliation
  • Manage the petty cash account
  • Maintain an orderly accounting filing system
  • Prepare monthly bank reconciliations of all bank accounts
  • Conduct periodic reconciliations of all accounts to ensure their accuracy
  • Assist the Controller with closing the books
  • Prepare partner analysis reports for monthly operations meeting, or as needed by Executive Director
  • Assemble information for external auditors for the annual audit
  • Prepare correspondence as needed within the department
  • Other administrative and financial support as requested

Experience and Skills:

  • At least one year accounting experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Self-directed, proactive and resourceful
  • Able to manage multiple, simultaneous projects and deadlines.
  • Proficient with QuickBooks, preferred
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel, preferred
  • Experience with a plus
  • Passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation


  • Associates Degree, preferred

Reports To: Controller

To Apply:
Interested candidates should apply via