Project Manager of Conservation Science, Conservation International

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/21/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Conservation International
Position/Title/Fund: Project Manager of Conservation Science
Type/Term: Full-time, fixed-term to 2027
Location: Santa Barbara, CA, Arlington, VA or Seattle, WA

The Project Manager oversees multiple science projects as part of our partnership with the University of California – Santa Barbara (UCSB). The projects, collectively called the CI-UCSB Climate Solutions Collaborative (CSC) include integrated spatial planning for climate and land use change to support the implementation of natural climate solutions, marine megafauna tracking and monitoring (including whales, dolphins, sharks, marine turtles, and manta rays) to guide management of ocean environments under climate change, and impact evaluation to de-risk and scale natural climate solution models. These projects will focus on the Southeast Pacific (Costa Rica to Chile) and African rangelands. The Project Manager will oversee key aspects of these projects, in close coordination with the Project Manager’s counterpart at UCSB, over the entire project cycle including project planning, implementation, tracking, and reporting on deliverables and project status. They are a critical relationship manager between project partners, donors, and CI country program teams.

The Project Manager works to ensure project results meet project standards and project deliverables are completed on time and within budget. They establish the project work plan including staffing and capacity building needs. Not responsible for directly supervising others, though may assist in the supervision of student fellows, but may lead small ad-hoc teams and acts as a technical resource to others. They will also serve as an anchor for coordination with the respective CI field divisions and country programs where the CSC aims to inform decision-making and generate impact. This will entail maintaining open communication lines with key program staff and leading coordination on all logistics -- including travel, hiring, meeting/workshop planning, and facilitation. Possibility of managing other projects, as needed.

This is a fixed-term position with an end date of June 30, 2027, with the possibility of an extension.


  • Work in close coordination with project manager counterpart at UCSB.
  • Gather, develop, and share project information, action plans, and deliverables with internal and external project stakeholders.
  • Ensure partner/stakeholder standards and interests are represented and incorporated into project deliverables. Review for compliance with partner/donor agreements.
  • Function as a key project information source and advisor. Represent CI and ensure effective communications and information sharing between all partners and stakeholders.
  • Oversee the overall implementation of assigned project(s).
  • Monitor project progress and provide technical advice on the project’s management.
  • Identify trends and corrective actions to resolve problems and ensure future project efficiencies. Help identify tools, resources, and training that will facilitate project success.
  • Manage the preparation of reporting summaries and project narratives. Collaborate with HQ and Program finance and operations staff on project financial reporting.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree or up to four years of college-level work is required, coursework in an environmental or natural resource management field is strongly preferred.
  • 4 to 6 years of related work experience in project management, including planning and budgeting.
  • Ability to diagnose problems and identify solutions.
  • Strong coordination, organization, and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse work groups in a multicultural environment. Experience in stakeholder engagement and management.
  • Experience or understanding of the unique management needs of science projects.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multitask, set priorities, and deliver quality results.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under general supervision.


  • Spanish and/or French.
  • Located in the Santa Barbara, CA area or willing to relocate.
  • Experience in donor communications and relationship-building.
  • Experience working at a conservation non-profit and/or university is a plus.
  • Understanding of the economic and environmental issues facing developing countries and the local communities is strongly preferred.
How to Apply:

Apply online and please submit a resume and cover letter.