Conservation Certification Reviewer

Job Location: Remote
Position Type: Independent Contractor
FLSA Status: Exempt


The Wildlife Habitat Council is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are an open, true, driven and bold team and we don’t just believe that every act of conservation matters,® we also believe that every person matters. We value diverse perspectives and encourage underrepresented applicants to apply. We welcome applicants regardless of race, color, ethnicity, social background, religion, national origin, citizenship, veteran status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetics, and any other federal, state, or local protected class.

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

Position Overview

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). WHC currently has certified programs in 48 states and 20 countries. Examples of certified programs can be found on the WHC Index.

Conservation Certification Reviewers (Reviewers) conduct reviews of applications submitted by corporate sites. Each application contains one or more projects within the 24 project types. The project types are broadly categorized as focused on habitat, species, conservation education, or other options.

Each application will be separately reviewed by two Reviewers. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year, but the vast majority of reviews take place July-August and December-January.


  • Review provided background material and instructions on the review process
  • Participate in annual unpaid trainings and provide feedback to ensure continual improvement of reviews and the review process
  • Review applications:
    • Evaluate each project using the provided scoring rubric
    • Provide comments to applicants in the scoring forms to help the applicant recognize reasoning for the scores
  • Write brief program descriptions for all certified programs outlining the efforts and impact of the application’s qualifying projects
  • Participate in online discussions/reviewer forum, providing input from area(s) of your expertise to other reviewers


Equivalent education/experience will substitute for requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, ecology, natural resources, or a related field
    • Advanced degree in related field preferred
  • At least 2-5 years of work experience
    • Conservation related work experience preferred
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management skills
  • Ability to plan workloads to meet deadlines
  • Strong communication skills, especially written
  • Experience with non-technical writing about conservation projects (i.e., for a lay audience) is preferred
  • Ability to adhere to procedures and follow directions
  • Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn how to use various software and technology (online application systems, Slack, GoToMeeting, etc.)
  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required
    • Fluency in other languages (especially Spanish) is a plus

Working Conditions

  • This is an entirely remote contract
  • Reviewers must have their own reliable computer and internet connection
  • Reviewers will need to communicate clearly
  • Workload will be heaviest July-August and December-January with 2-week deadlines for each review


  • Compensation is paid per application review, based on the number of projects reviewed
  • Starting project rates range from $22-30 based on relevant education and experience (projects average approximately 1-1.5 hrs to review). Reviewer’s project rates are evaluated annually, with room for growth based on years of review experience and performance.
  • As this is an Independent Contract, a 1099 will be issued annually for which the contractor is responsible for all tax obligations.

How To Apply

Click here to fill out the online application.

We will begin contacting selected candidates for interviews after October 18th, 2021. Applications will continue to be accepted until all Reviewer positions are filled. We are unable to respond to additional correspondence regarding this position.