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Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Position Type: Full time
FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Overview

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Its principle vehicle is WHC Conservation Certification (Conservation Certification), which recognizes meaningful wildlife habitat management and conservation education efforts.

The Certification and Technology Department (Certification Department) manages Conservation Certification including the certification standard, application review process, and the WHC Conservation Certification website (an online application/program management system).

The Certification Coordinator will conduct day-to-day tasks related to the certification standard, application process, review process, and WHC Conservation Certification website. In addition to day-to-day implementation of the certification, the Certification Coordinator will be involved in the continued development and build out of Conservation Certification. This position reports to the Director, Conservation Certification and Technology.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for applicants with questions about Conservation Certification and the WHC Conservation Certification website
  • Implement effective processes to maintain accurate records of departmental information such as applications anticipated/received, expenditures, etc.
  • Assign applications to external reviewers, monitor application statuses, submit reviewer invoices for processing (as needed)
  • Perform quality assurance reviews and answer reviewer questions about the standard
  • Track potential changes to the standard and update documents annually
  • Coordinate, prepare, and participate in trainings for applicants and reviewers as well as stakeholder engagement events
  • Participate in the further development of the certification standard and Conservation Certification website
  • Assist other departments with needs relating to certification and certification data

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, ecology, natural resources, or a related field
  • At least 1-2 years of work experience
  • Excellent organization skills and attention to detail
    • Ability to multi-task and prioritize amid various aspects of a job
  • Analytically minded
    • Experienced with data entry, management, and quality control
  • Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
    • Able to communicate with diverse audiences
    • Customer service oriented attitude
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office and relational databases (CRMs)
    • Experience with Drupal, MySQL, and/or ArcMap GIS software preferred
  • A passion for WHC’s mission

 Work Environment

  • Environment: This position will be in a typical office environment
  • Travel: Occasional domestic travel (1-2 times a year) is expected

Compensation and Benefits

  • The salary range for this position is $35,000-$37,000 (commensurate with experience)
  • WHC also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to abethke@wildlifehc.org in the below format. Selected candidates will be contacted, we are unable to respond to additional correspondence regarding this position.

  • Send separate PDF files for resume & cover letter
  • Name files as: FirstName LastName – Resume or Cover Letter – Certification Coordinator

Job Location: Silver Spring, MD
Position Type: Full-time
FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Overview

At WHC, the Manager, Conservation Planning participates primarily in three key functions of the Conservation Strategy & Planning Department:

  • Support WHC members through their involvement in corporate conservation programs and act as a main relationship holder.
  • Provide conservation and conservation education guidance and technical support to individual facilities and projects, including remediation initiatives.
  • Develop strategies to maintain and increase corporate participation in successful conservation and conservation education activities, measured through biodiversity, financial, and certification targets.

In this role, the successful applicant is likely to participate in activities such as:

  • Development and implementation of corporate scopes of work, plans, engagement strategies, and other similar approaches;
  • Management of projects, grants, and consulting initiatives with responsibilities for achieving goals, following timelines, and meeting budget;
  • Utilization of trends in sustainability, conservation, remediation, and conservation education to deepen engagement and strengthen outcomes with WHC members;
  • Participation in external committees and groups as a WHC representative;
  • Identification of new opportunities for recruitment, retention, and strategic program development;
  • Generation of and participation in site-specific conservation and conservation education services.

The Manager, Conservation Planning takes part in the planned schedule of communication within the Strategy & Planning Department and in organization-wide events. Cooperation with the Conservation Specialists, Content & Partnership team, Certification department, and Marketing and Communication staff is an integral part of the position’s success.

This position reports to the Senior Manager, Conservation Strategy or the Senior Director, Conservation Strategy & Planning.  WHC is committed to maintaining a positive workplace, where base salary is enriched by flexible working hours, the ability to work remotely, professional development, and a generous benefits package.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a natural science field, or a related field;
  • Working knowledge of conservation practices and of corporate environment(s);
  • 3-5 years of experience with environmental consulting, conservation planning, land management, stewardship activities coordination;
  • Specific experience and/or knowledge of the remediation context in North America;
  • Excellent technical and non-technical writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently and virtually/remotely, be a self-starter, and have an entrepreneurial attitude.;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including experience with public speaking;
  • Technology skills including MS Office and ArcGIS. Familiarity with Dynamics CRM is a plus; and
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license.

Work Environment

  • Travel: Regular domestic and occasional international travel is to be expected. This position may include travel up to three times per month; trips can be a single day or multiple days.
  • Physical Demands: This position includes some light physical work. The employee should be able to lift up to 20 lbs. and can expect frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 lbs. The employee may also be standing, sitting, or walking for prolong period s of time, and can expect frequent bending, typing, and kneeling, and will complete frequent visual inspections. The employee is occasionally climbing, crouching, crawling, or stooping.
  • Work Environment: The employee is occasionally exposed to outdoor weather conditions including the extreme cold (temperatures below 32°F for more than one hour). The employee is occasionally exposed to extreme noise sufficient to cause the worker to shout in order to be heard above the ambient noise level. The employee might be subject to hazards including moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding in high places, exposure to extreme heat, chemicals, oils, solvents, asbestos, or radiation. Safety briefing and/or training will be provided in such cases.

To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter and an indication of salary expectation to abethke@wildlifehc.org

Job Location: Silver Spring, MD or remote locations (telecommuting)
Position Type: TBD
FLSA Status: Exempt

Position Overview

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) promotes and certifies habitat conservation and management on corporate lands through partnerships and education. Its principle vehicle is WHC Conservation Certification that recognizes meaningful and committed wildlife habitat management and conservation education programs. The Conservation Certification standard is built on best practices of global recognition programs, reflects contemporary conservation efforts and aligns our collective work with the future of biodiversity globally. In doing so we help ensure that every act of conservation matters.

The Certification and Technology Department (Certification Department) manages Conservation Certification* including standard setting, assurance and impact assessment processes. The Certification Department can be divided into two sections—standard setting and certification. An integrated technology component or platform (WHC Conservation Certification website and MySQL database) underlies both, providing and integrated data management for the entire certification process.

The Data Management Specialist (Specialist) is an individual or team that is a member of the Certification Department. The Specialist will provide guidance to WHC in developing data management, quality assurance and public access policies and procedures. These will be consistent with DAMA, ANSI, ISO or equivalent best practices.

*This includes existing Conservation Certifications standard (e.g. WHC Conservation Certification website application forms, project scoring sheets, Reviewer Guidance) and expected iterations.

Responsibilities

The Specialist will provide technical support to WHC during a 6-9 month data management improvement process with four key steps:

  1. Learn WHC’s current and planned data management needs including:
  • Platform (WHC Conservation Certification website, MySQL database) managed by Group 10
  • Review Data Book and associated Excel workbooks
  • Excel workbooks used by other WHC departments
  • Become familiar with technology used by peer organizations (e.g. US Green Building Council, Institute du Life, Verified Conservation Standard, RSPO)
  1. Discover WHC data management needs
  • Meet Group 10, WHC staff, members and external researchers individually and in groups
  • Read key documents
  • Draft and comment on summary document (s) written by the Specialist and Certification Department about discover step and WHC’s data management needs
  1. Design data management policies and procedures and a data management continuous improvement system
  • Draft portions of documents describing data management policies and procedures
  • Comment on documents written by the Certification Department
  1. Implement data management polies and procedures by supporting WHC staff to implement them

As a result of this work, WHC will have ~10 page management policy and procedures document, policies and procedures in pace and a plan for continuous improvement. WHC anticipates this work identifying additional data management and IT needs for future work.

WHC will develop a flexible schedule for this work that fits the Specialist’s needs. WHC is unlikely to have significant time to devote to this work in July and October.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, Education or Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in computer science, information technology, software engineering or related field
  • 7-10 years’ in data management possibly including
  • Deep knowledge of best practices in data quality management
  • Certified in one or more DAMA, ISO or ANSI data quality standards
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills

Desired Qualifications, Competencies, Education or Experience

  • Masters’ degree in computer science, information technology or related field
  • 10-20 years’ experience in data quality management

Work Context

  • Work Environment: The employee is exposed to the normal environment of a typical office.
  • Travel: No travel is expected in this position

To apply, please submit a resume and a cover letter expressing your interest to conservationcertifiation@wildlifehc.org. The position will remain open until filled. Due to the volume of applications, only qualified applicants will be contacted.

WHC is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.