Under the auspices of the Georgia Aquarium Research Center (GARC), the Conservation Biologist will develop and lead field conservation programs and in-house conservation/waste reduction activities for Georgia Aquarium, consistent with best practices of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The person in this position will work collaboratively with GARC staff and external partners to develop industry-leading conservation programs that will improve marine stewardship and inspire staff, volunteers and guests, as well as leading in-house waste reduction and conservation activities
1. Works within the Georgia Aquarium Research Center to recognize, institute and develop field programs that achieve the conservation goals of Georgia Aquarium and compliment the research program directed by the Director of Research and Conservation. Such programs might include advocacy for protected status of threatened species or marine areas of particular value, or community-based programs that improve conservation and stewardship of marine or local freshwater biodiversity.
2. Develops relationships with external partner organizations that facilitate such programs, including representing GAI at conferences, giving presentations at partner institutions, attracting speakers for the aquarium’s science lecture series, or travelling to the locations of field programs to monitor their progress.
3. Writes scientific and popular science publications based on GARC conservation programs.
4. Develops a vibrant extra-mural funding stream to support conservation programs; works with the Senior VP and Director of Research and Conservation and Development Department to achieve this goal.
5. Serves as a leading voice of conservation and waste reduction within Georgia Aquarium; promotes waste reduction and recycling efforts; leads staff participation programs such as the staff conservation committee, river cleanups, invasive species removal or other activities that promote the aquarium’s conservation profile in the community.
6. Supports the Director of Research and Conservation and the Senior VP of Research and Conservation in the planning, administration and execution of research and conservation program goals under the auspices of GARC. Serves on the Conservation, Research and Animal Care Committee as needed.
7. Interacts with staff, volunteers, guests, media and the general public on behalf of, and as an ambassador for, Georgia Aquarium Inc.
8. Performs other duties as required by the Director of Research and Conservation or the Senior VP of Research and Conservation, or as workload necessitates.
1. Master’s Degree (minimal) or PhD (preferred) in conservation biology, or in a biology field with equivalent demonstrated experience in practical conservation biology.
2. Preferred: Three year’s experience in practical conservation biology or equivalent proven ability to develop and execute effective conservation programs.
3. Exceptional written and verbal communication skills are essential. Demonstrated public speaking skills are highly desirable. Some experience in public relations activities such as interacting professionally and effectively with journalists and other PR professionals is also desirable.
4. A demonstrated commitment to organizational waste reduction and conservation practices; a willingness to develop and implement such programs.
5. An ability to work independently or as part of a coordinated team is essential, including intrinsic motivation and the ability to effectively manage multiple task streams spanning both the field programs and aquarium-based responsibilities.
6. Demonstrated professionalism, including politeness, good judgment, effective time management and punctuality, and an appreciation for diversity.
7. Ability to be flexible and shift priorities to meet changing institutional requirements
Georgia Aquarium - 10 months ago