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Program Manager Marine Species

Organisation : World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Location : Sydney

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Program Coordination & Management, Project Management

Sector : Conservation & Environment

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 9 Aug, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)


WWF's global vision is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world's leading, independent conservation organisation. We are active in over 100 countries and have close to 5 million supporters internationally. In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive within their fair share of the planet's natural resources.

WWF's mission is to halt the decline of threatened plants and animals and to support their recovery. We do this by addressing the threats that affect them using the best available science while working in partnership with communities, Indigenous groups, government and business. The world is changing fast. Our wildlife and wild places face unprecedented challenges. The result is people yearn more for nature and are connected with each other like never before. We know that we can achieve more by partnering, sharing, empowering communities, forming alliances and building a movement for the environment. Working together is the answer. It is our goal to bring about this unified voice for nature. Learn more about our 60 year history:

About the role

  • Join one of the world’s largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Workplace flexibility including monthly RDO
  • WWF-Australia Office location negotiable


About the role

The position manages existing marine species projects and develops the marine species strategy and project portfolio, as well as supports policy advocacy and other approaches to improve marine conservation outcomes within Australia and the region.

The position will have focus on flagship species (e.g., marine turtles, dugongs, penguins and/or other iconic marine species) and work with the Conservation Team to position these species in relation to priority environmental threats and issues. The position provides technical expertise and management of marine species conservation projects within priority marine areas in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region, to support the WWF global network with marine conservation objectives.


Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing programs involving multiple stakeholders to secure conservation outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience in conservation planning, threat analysis and prioritisation approaches to support project and program design.
  • Strong working knowledge and/or experience of the complex conservation issues associated with marine species in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Experience working in innovative ways to pilot and validate conservation management interventions.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills, with an ability to communicate project results and technical concepts to multiple stakeholder groups, including through scientific and advocacy channels.
  • Demonstrated understanding, or the ability to rapidly acquire understanding, of the cultural context when working with Aboriginal and/or other First Nations people to deliver environmental conservation programs.
  • Excellent project management skills, including grant writing, budget management, risk management, fieldwork, monitoring and reporting.
  • Ability to work independently, with self-motivation requiring minimal oversight, as well as collaborating effectively with colleagues in a team-based environment.


The ideal candidate will have an ability to work both autonomously and constructively within a team and be aligned with WWF’s vision, mission and I-CCaRe Values – Integrity, Courage, Collaboration and Respect.


WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) community members, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

WWF-Australia staff work in teams and in regional and remote communities. To protect the health and safety of WWF-Australia team members and people in regional and remote communities, WWF-Australia requires all persons who apply for employment at WWF-Australia after 25 October 2021 to provide evidence that they have received the first and second courses of an Australian government-recognised COVID-19 vaccination before a job offer can be made.

How to apply

Applicants can apply via  APPLY NOW to be directed 

Only those applicants applying online via the eRecruitment System will be considered.

Please name your documents with last/first name & include: (1) a cover letter/statements against the selection criteria & (2) your resume (CV), including two referees.

Only candidates with unlimited Australia working rights can be considered for this role.


Closing Date: 9am, 1 August 2022


Please quote in application: Program Manager Marine Species via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Program_Coordination_and_Management, #Project_Management
Sector: #Conservation_and_Environment


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