The Amphibian Ark (AArk) was created in 2006 from a joint effort of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the IUCN/SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group, and the IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group to develop short-term ex situ assurance programs for amphibian species for which adequate protection in the wild was (and is) not currently possible. The AArk helps support and coordinate ex situ programs implemented by partners around the world, with the first emphasis on programs within the range countries of the species, and with constant attention to our obligation to couple ex situ conservation measures with necessary efforts to protect or restore species in their natural habitats.

The Amphibian Ark Executive Director leads the organization, working closely with funders and diverse partners to facilitate and support the development of ex situ amphibian assurance populations supportive of in situ conservation measures. The position works with and oversees a team of AArk officers to prioritize efforts for taxa and geographic regions; design sound conservation plans and management protocols; build capacity to implement programs; establish metrics to monitor successes and ongoing needs; communicate within the AArk, to other conservation partners, and to the public.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Fundraising, including identification, development and solicitation of donors, managing donor communications, and identification, pursuit and management of other funding sources such as grants from foundations and corporations, etc.
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent relationships with other amphibian conservation organizations such as the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG) and the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA); other organizations such as the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), regional zoo associations, and individual zoos; global, regional, and species-specific amphibian conservation programs and partners; universities and museums; and the broader conservation community.
  • Organization leadership and oversight including staff management, strategic action planning and implementation, budgets and financial management.
  • Annual report preparation and quarterly reporting to the Global Conservation Network

Position requirements:

  • Vision – ability to imagine possibilities at a global level
  • Excellent fundraising and grant writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Relatively high profile in amphibian, conservation, and/or zoo communities
  • Good public relations and marketing skills
  • Good conflict management skills

 Preference will be given to candidates with an advanced university degree. Proficiency in English essential, more than one language desirable.

Physical Requirements: Work environment is typically within (home) office. Some international travel required.

Reports to: Reports to CPSG/GCN (Global Conservation Network)

 Salary: Commensurate with experience and job location, includes some benefits.

Applications should be sent to Dr. Anne Baker, Executive Director, [email protected] and include:

  • a letter of interest
  • a resume or curriculum vitae
  • names of three references (no letters of recommendation required at this time)

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2023.  The position will remain open until filled.