Community Conservation Officer

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Rainforest Trust seeks a Community Conservation Officer to ensure that protected areas created by Rainforest Trust meets high standards for consideration of and response to the needs of local communities at multiple levels. This position examines Rainforest Trust past and present projects with an eye to analyzing and understanding benefits and impacts to communities and aiding in project design to implement good natural resource governance principles that employ rights-based approaches to conservation. The position will be a career conservation professional capable of working closely with local partners to uphold our responsibility to implement conservation in a socially responsible fashion.

Rainforest Trust is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 1988. Partnering with the most effective conservation organizations in the world’s tropical regions, Rainforest Trust supports the protection of critical habitat for endangered species through local partnership. To date, we have saved over 17 million acres of tropical habitat. We are an efficient organization, earning the top 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the Manager of Protected Areas Management. The position will be based at our spectacular rural conservation campus at Airlie in Northern Virginia – an hour west of Washington DC.

Duties include:

  • Develop and implement a methodology for evaluating social and economic impacts of our present and proposed conservation projects across Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
  • Provide guidance to partner organization personnel in mitigating the impacts of protected area projects on communities and/or sectors of communities.
  • Seek collaboration and expertise from other organizations to complement those resources that Rainforest Trust is able to contribute and work to integrate Rainforest Trust’s partners into international networks (e.g., the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy of IUCN).
  • Work with other members of the Conservation team to extract news about the social context and impacts of Rainforest Trust projects and share them for use in communications and fundraising.
  • Collaborate with other members of the Rainforest Trust Conservation team on monitoring the success of existing supported protected areas and review new projects.


·        Degree in biological sciences, wildlife management, sociology, anthropology, public policy, or related fields. A blending of educational experience that incorporates biology/and conservation with social issues.

·        Graduate degree a plus.

·        Proven knowledge and experience working in the social context of conservation and protected areas with emphases on communities, cultural preservation, human security, gender issues, and resource management policy.

  • A personal passion for conservation and belief in Rainforest Trust’s conservation mission.
  • A talent for program management. An outgoing, positive, persuasive manner and predisposition for collaboration with partners are multiple levels. Demonstrable success in managing programs, effectively advancing multiple projects at the same time, and completing complex projects.


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