Manager, Conservation Breeding and Reintroduction- Re:wild

Posted: 26 January 2024| Full-Time


Re:wild protects and restores the wild. We have a singular and powerful focus: the wild as the most effective solution to the interconnected climate, biodiversity and human health crises. Founded by a group of renowned conservation scientists together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Re:wild is a force multiplier that brings together Indigenous peoples, local communities, influential leaders, nongovernmental organizations, governments, companies and the public to protect and rewild at the scale and speed we need. Learn more at

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The role of the Manager, Conservation Breeding and Reintroduction is to deliver a strategic high- impact portfolio of species recovery projects that focus on conservation breeding, conservation translocations, and biobanking. The Manager, Conservation Breeding and Reintroduction is expected to build technical and funding partnerships in support of local partner-driven conservation projects and ensure the highest standards of conservation practice, including animal care and welfare.

The Manager, Conservation Breeding and Reintroduction will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

Species conservation breeding, genetic rescue, and reintroduction

  • Working with Re:wild’s taxonomic and regional leads, identify, support, and mentor local partners to establish and run conservation breeding programs that meet international standards in animal care.
  • Develop and foster close relationships with zoos, aquaria, and botanic gardens in support of Re:wild’s portfolio of species recovery projects.
  • Work closely with the IUCN SSC Conservation Translocation Specialist Group, global experts, and local partners to design and implement high quality conservation translocations.
  • Mentor and train project partners and connect them to the best expertise as required.
  • Liaise with the Re:wild communications team to promote our engagement in species recovery.
  • In close collaboration with the Re:wild development team, cultivate donors and secure funding for Re:wild’s projects on species recovery.

Partnership management

  • Represent Re:wild on the steering committee of global and species-specific conservation partnerships.
  • Ensure Re:wild delivers agreed commitments to partnerships.
  • Actively grow a portfolio of projects in support of partnership aims.
  • Liaise with the Re:wild communications team to promote our engagement in partnerships.
  • In close collaboration with the Re:wild development team, cultivate donors and secure funding for Re:wild’s work under our partnerships.

Reproductive, biobanking, and de-extinction technology

  • Develop and manage a network of experts on which to draw support and advice from on the development and use of advanced reproductive technologies for Re:wild’s priority species groups.
  • Support partners develop biobanking capacity in priority countries.
  • Explore how emerging de-extinction technology can be used to benefit conservation, develop and manage partnerships around species de-extinction, and investigate how
  • best to use this technology for restoring species and ecosystem function.

Species reintroduction fund and granting mechanism

  • Design, start, manage and grow a species reintroduction fund for which seed funding has been secured. Developing transparent and efficient protocols around requests for proposals, proposal reviews, project monitoring, and financial management.
  • Develop an impact evaluation framework for the fund.
  • Establish a fund governance structure.
  • Liaise with the Re:wild communications team to promote the fund and its impact.
  • In close collaboration with the Re:wild development team, cultivate donors and secure funding to expand the fund.

person specifications

  • Commitment to and passion for Re:wild’s mission, vision, and values.
  • 10+ years of experience in conservation breeding program management and/or species
  • reintroductions and translocations.
  • Deep connections with zoos and aquaria globally.
  • Proven experience in training and mentoring local partners in multiple countries.
  • Knowledge of animal husbandry for multiple species groups.
  • Demonstrated fundraising ability.
  • Strong communications and storytelling skills, including writing, correspondence, and
  • public speaking.
  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team.
  • Ability to speak other languages preferred.

compensation and benefits

  • This is a full-time, exempt, position. Position location is flexible.
  • Re:wild offers a competitive salary (Projected salary range of $70-110,000 with the final determination to be made commensurate with the candidate’s experience).
  • Re:wild provides medical, dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, and life insurance, with Re:wild covering 80% or more of the premiums. Re:wild also offers a 403b retirement plan with up to 3% match after a year of employment.
  • Re:wild observes 16 paid holidays each calendar year. Full-time employees can also accrue the following annually: up to 15 days of vacation leave, 12 days of illness leave and 2 volunteer days.

how to apply

  • Qualified candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and résumé (one document) to no later than February 16. Please include “Manager, Conservation Breeding & Reintroduction” in the subject line.
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At Re:wild, we are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and are taking steps to meet that commitment. We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities.

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