Wildlife Works is a community-centered wildlife conservation company that implements market-based initiatives to protect the planet’s threatened wilderness and endangered wildlife. The company was founded on the premise that if we want wildlife in our world, it has to work for local communities who share their environment. Wildlife Works’ conservation projects drive direct financing to forest communities to fund their own economic development while preventing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere annually.

Position Summary

Wildlife Works seeks to recruit a Chief Biodiversity Scientist supporting all our Biodiversity Research, Monitoring and Conservation who will work under the functional guidance of the Global Director of Conservation. The Chief Scientist-Biodiversity will primarily spearhead, provide leadership and support on issues related to biodiversity research, monitoring and conservation for Wildlife Works’ growing REDD+ (and related) portfolio across Africa, Asia and Latin America. The successful applicant will be responsible for designing Wildlife Works’ biodiversity-related research and conservation strategies and provide advisory support all through the implementation of for all REDD+ (and related) projects globally. S/he will also support the Global Director of Conservation in activities related to research, documentation, dissemination and outreach, and policy development on all biodiversity matters. This role requires a dynamic team player with broad understanding of biodiversity-related matters, excellent analytical skills, the ability to support multiple initiatives simultaneously, and experience working globally across cultural, geographic and time zone boundaries. S/he shall be expected to be flexible and work within the existing structures, professionally and ethically with competence, accountability and integrity. Preference will be given to candidates in Vermont, US or Nairobi, Kenya.


  • Define, design and support execution of all Wildlife Works’ biodiversity-related strategies for all REDD+ (and related) projects globally, under guidance from Wildlife Works’ Global Director of Conservation. This involves evaluating various survey methods and monitoring protocols to determine the most suitable ones for each project objective or target species considering scientific rigour, cost, ease-of-execution, and replicability
  • Support Wildlife Works’ projects’ validation and verification audits, particularly ensuring soundness of the biodiversity-related sections of all project design documents and/or monitoring reports, plus helping resolve biodiversity impact-related questions from clients or auditors under guidance from the Global Director of Conservation and VP for Carbon Development
  • Write, and/or support writing of, concise and informative internal reports plus scientific, peer-reviewed publications, including dissemination of lessons learned and contributions to best practices on biodiversity matters from all Wildlife Works’ projects globally for research, knowledge and learning purposes
  • Link with relevant REDD+ or biodiversity-related policy processes internationally, regionally or nationally, e.g., CBD, IFC Performance Standards and World Bank Safeguards, to ensure Wildlife Works’ interests, opinions and positions on MRV related to biodiversity are articulated in the best way
  • Develop and maintain professional networks, including research organisations, NGOs and relevant public agencies, build research partnerships and propel biodiversity research and monitoring excellence at Wildlife Works
  • Support desk research and/or rapid reconnaissance field visits to prospective REDD+ (and related) projects globally whenever needed, describing their biodiversity profiles (High Conservation Values) including key drivers of forest loss and potential impacts, plus screening for potential environmental and biological impacts and risks
  • As appropriate, seek strategic co-funding and grants for undertaking offshoot and/or student biodiversity research that augments core business research work
  • Represent Wildlife Works in various local and international meetings and forums.


  • Master’s or higher degree (PhD a distinct advantage) in an environmental- or biological-related field including natural resources, wildlife management, environmental or animal science and management, or other relevant field
  • A minimum of five years’ work experience post-MSc (preferably international and/or with clear application) in academia, the private sector, a development research organisation or other institution undertaking research, monitoring and/or impact assessment
  • Experience with undertaking large, multi-taxa biodiversity (both flora and fauna) research and conservation projects including interfacing with external partners, donors, local communities and public agencies
  • Good understanding of biodiversity survey and monitoring standards, principles and frameworks, impact assessments and risk-based approaches for biodiversity conservation
  • Demonstrated familiarity with biological impacts of various drivers of forest loss and mitigation options including Payment for Ecosystem Services
  • Demonstrated ability for organising, carrying out and guiding biological fieldwork in remote locations, involving long-term engagement with local authorities and communities
  • High level of proficiency with MS Office Suite (including Access) and other core research programs like mapping (ArcMap or QGIS), statistics (SPSS, R or similar), project management tools and other specialised tools (like SMART, Distance, Wrike, MIRADI etc)
  • Experience with undertaking systematic reviews, meta-analysis or other forms of evidence synthesis
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills, both popular and scientific, with high levels of attention to detail
  • Candidate should be fluent in English and have a near-native level of either French or Spanish; a working knowledge of Spanish will be a distinct advantage.
  • Strong organisational skills, with a high degree of cultural sensitivity and creative ability to navigate unforeseen complexities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to communicate with interdisciplinary colleagues and external stakeholders and partners, across a multicultural professional environment
  • Good leadership skills, assertiveness, ability to take initiative and work within deadlines
  • Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and in a team
  • Sound judgement and decision-making skills, including proactive problem-solving
  • Flexibility to work long hours, including weekends and public holidays, especially when working with colleagues and partners across different time zones
  • Willingness to travel