Reviewer, Conservation Certification

Job Location: Silver Spring, MD and remote locations (telecommuting)
Position Type: Full time (temporary) and part-time (on-demand) 1-20 hours/week
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‘s standards are built on best practices of global recognition programs, reflects contemporary conservation efforts and aligns our collective work with the future of biodiversity globally.

The Certification and Technology Department manages Conservation Certification including development of the standards and their implementation through an application system as well as processes to review applications against the standard. These processes are enabled by the WHC Conservation Certification website that provides integrated data management.

The Reviewer, Conservation Certification is a key part of WHC Conservation Certification. The Reviewer provides independent, third party analysis of corporate applications for WHC Conservation Certification by (1) reading corporate applications, (2) scoring the applications and (3) providing objective justification for the scores given. This process is migrating from a manual system to the WHC Conservation Certification website, allowing for improved accuracy and speed. Reviewers receive background reading and training on WHC Conservation Certification, the website and WHC’s culture. The Reviewer reports to the Manager, Conservation Certification.

WHC is building global a network of Reviewers. The network will consist of experts in different specialties and geographies. Please see the Project Guidances for a full list of the disciplines required. We expect WHC’s need for part time (on demand) Reviewers to grow in the coming years. In addition, we are recruiting full-time, temporary support in our Silver Spring, MD office for this calendar year.

Major Responsibilities

  • Become an expert on WHC Conservation Certification through reading of background material, participating in training and becoming familiar with the WHC Conservation Certification website
  • Analyze corporate applications for WHC Conservation Certification by reading applications, scoring the applications based on a guidelines developed by WHC and providing objective justification for answers

Minor Responsibilities

  • Provide feedback to WHC on all aspects of WHC Conservation Certification through individual feedback and group discussion
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications, Competencies, Education or Experience

  • Undergraduate degree in wildlife biology, conservation, natural resource management, conservation education or a related field
  • 1 year of work experience in a conservation related field
  • Proficiency working in an online environment (e.g. navigating websites, using online forms, uploading and downloading forms)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and anticipate needs

Desired Qualifications, Competencies, Education or Experience

  • Advanced degree or certificate in natural resources field (e.g. MS biology, PhD in Wildlife Management, certificate in plant physiology)
  • 2-10 years working on conservation issues
  • Working proficiency in Spanish, French or Portuguese

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 Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and 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.