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IUCN Pollinator Red List Officer

Salary: $45,000/yr. 

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Main Purpose of the Job:

Working closely with the IUCN network, in particular the IUCN SSC Red List Partnership Coordinator, The New Mexico BioPark Society Staff, Albuquerque BioPark Staff and the global aquarium and zoo community, the post holder will play a key role in implementing the IUCN Assess-Plan-Act model to assess extinction risk, identify conservation needs, help plan effective and coordinated measures, and mobilize action. This position will focus on assessing the extinction risk faced by priority pollinator species across varied taxa for inclusion on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. In doing this, the position will help to dramatically expand the understanding of conservation status of pollinator species globally; laying the much needed foundation for prioritized conservation planning and action across the IUCN and wider conservation community. There is potential for this role to develop and evolve over time, as appropriate.


Key Requirements: 


Educated to master’s level, preferably with a background in biological sciences/conservation or related fields.

A high level of proficiency in scientific writing in English. 

Experience with mapping tools/software (such as GIS) desirable.

Must be legally eligible for employment within the United States.

Personal Specification:

  • Self-motivated with an attention to detail.
  • Ability to interpret and synthesize different data types.  
  • Demonstrable experience in scientific and public engagement, including good presentation skills.
  • A commitment to the role of aquariums and zoos in conservation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively between diverse stakeholders, manage expectations, and resolve disputes.
  • Ability to work well in a global team of Red List officers as well as other experts and stakeholders to problem solve,  and find solutions.
  • An eagerness to expand personal knowledge-base and adapt to new challenges.


Key Areas of Responsibility: 

Key functions as the Albuquerque, IUCN Pollinator Red List Officer:

  • Receive training and ongoing development from the IUCN Red List Partnership Coordinator and the IUCN Red List Unit, including:
  • Complete ‘Introduction to the IUCN Red List’ online course, having passed with 75%.
  • Undertake a two-day Red List assessor workshop with a qualified Red List trainer.
  • With the IUCN SSC Red List Partnership Coordinator, based at The Deep, UK, together with IUCN SSC Specialist Groups and Biodiversity Units, and the NM BioPark Conservation Hub staff, jointly oversee the assessment process of priority pollinator species for publication on the IUCN Red List. This includes:
    • Researching and writing assessments for priority pollinator species.
    • Serving as reviewer for assessments prior to publication.
    • Species-specific background research.
    • Organizing and facilitating international workshops and meetings incorporating a diverse array of stakeholders including public land managers, industry representatives, NGOs, landowners, individual and institutional researchers, citizen scientists, and governmental entities.
  • Writing proposals, reports and scientific papers.
  • Engaging with and liaise with stakeholders and partners of the IUCN SSC and Red List.
  • Play a key role in promoting the New Mexico BioPark Society and Albuquerque BioPark / IUCN partnership and the IUCN Red List.
  • Assist in development and expansion of ongoing strategic partnerships and conservation initiatives between IUCN SSC Specialist Groups, the New Mexico BioPark Society, and Albuquerque BioPark.

Potentially undertake further coursework to become a Red List trainer and Conservation Planning training with the Conservation Planning Specialist Group.

  • Engage with Albuquerque BioPark staff and visitors through regular talks and workshops.
  • Take on various media and conference opportunities to the general public, the gardening community and the wider conservation community.
  • Work with the IUCN SSC Strategic Partnership Director and Red List Partnership Coordinator to develop and deliver Red List training as needed, particularly to staff from botanic gardens, zoos and aquariums across the Americas.
  • Line-manage Red List interns and volunteers at Albuquerque BioPark and New Mexico BioPark Society as needed.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Extend own knowledge of scientific issues relevant to the work of the SSC and pursue training in required skills.
  • Undertake any other duties as needed.


Please fill out the online application and attach resume.

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Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2019