Marine Species Conservation Coordinator – Global Center for Species Survival at the Indianapolis Zoo

Posted: 15 June 2022   |   Full-Time   | Indianapolis, United States 


The Indianapolis Zoo is a national leader of animal conservation and is an AZA accredited institution.  Located on a 64-acre campus in the heart of vibrant downtown Indianapolis, the State’s capitol, the Indianapolis Zoo is one of the largest privately funded zoos in the United States. Known as “The Crossroads of America”, Indianapolis is in close proximity to Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Detroit, Columbus, and Nashville. 

The Indianapolis Zoo and the IUCN Species Survival Commission have partnered to create the Global Center for Species Survival, operated from within the Indianapolis Zoo. The Global Center for Species Survival houses a multicultural team of full-time staff employed by the Indianapolis Zoo who are dedicated to support the missions of the Indianapolis Zoo and the SSC.  Work will be primarily performed on-site at the Indianapolis Zoo Global Center for Species Survival office, but travel may be required.

The Global Center for Species Survival Staff Team provides critical training, capacity and coordination support to further mobilize the species conservation efforts of IUCN SSC Network of experts alongside wider partner and key stakeholder communities. Seven Conservation Coordinators (each assigned to a specific taxon or realm) comprise part of the Global Center for Species Survival Staff Team. 

We are currently seeking a Marine Species Conservation Coordinator to complete our team. This position is open and available to all candidates worldwide. International candidates must be able to acquire a work visa. Fluency in English a requirement of all positions.  Fluency in other languages is desired.

The Marine Species Conservation Coordinator will focus on assessing, planning and mobilizing policy and action for marine species conservation around the world.


Supporting Coordination of SSC Marine Specialist Groups

  • Maintains and continues to build high quality relationships with each of the SSC Marine Specialist Groups to assist with the delivery of their key objectives and identification of priority opportunities for marine species conservation.
  • With guidance from Chairs of the Marine Specialist Groups, encourages and motivates the SSC Marine and SSC Groups to advance global species conservation efforts around the SSC Species Conservation Cycle (Assess-Plan-Act), with a specific focus on the “Plan” and “Act”.
  • Gathers and integrates knowledge and expertise into creating strategic proposals for approval, launching projects/initiatives, developing calls for action on specific species issues, coordinating behavior change campaigns (in collaboration with the Behavior Change Coordinator), and assisting in species-specific IUCN Resolutions and Recommendations.
  • Contributes to and reviews formal, programmatic and communication documents as required, including periodic outcome and planning reporting to the SSC for the annual SSC Data process.
  • Ensures good communication and fosters collaboration and coordination between SSC Marine Specialist Groups, the GCSS and wider Indianapolis Zoo, the SSC Chair’s Office, the IUCN Global Species Program and key partners to ensure a cohesive and collegial approach in relation to all species related work.
  • Bolsters collaboration across the SSC network and the constituent parts of IUCN, governments, non-profit conservation organizations, accredited zoo and aquarium communities and the wider conservation community to maximize the relevance and conservation impact of activities and joint projects for marine conservation.
  • Attends, and where possible helps coordinate, Specialist Group meetings.
  • Engages with conservation campaigns targeted at species requiring urgent conservation attention, mobilizing relevant experts, appropriate communication and behavior change efforts and, support collaborations with other NGOs and governments to deliver action to prevent imminent extinctions.

Strategically expanding, growing and diversifying the SSC network for marine species and ecosystems:

  • Works with the SSC Marine Species Specialist Group Chairs and the Marine Conservation Committee to identify gaps in expertise by taxa and/or region and guide proponents through the formal process for establishing new groups, review drafts, coordinate wider review and final sign-off with the Steering Committee.
  • Identifies issues within SSC Specialist Groups (or complaints directly received) that require mediation or resolution. Refer such issues to the SSC Chair’s Office.
  • Builds relationships with existing training programs, e.g., CLP, EDGE Fellows, Durrell Academy, to encourage emerging talent to integrate into the SSC network.
  • Actively supports the SSC Marine Specialist Group Chairs to improve diversity across SSC network in gender, nationality, ethnicity, age, disciplinary background, profession and other attributes that might enhance those groups’ effectiveness.

Communication and Education

In partnership with the IZS Conservation Education Department, the IZS Communications Department and the SSC and GSP Communication Officer(s):

  • Coordinates, implements and evaluates how the GCSS can engage with the public on issues relating to marine conservation, including locally through the zoo and globally through the development of resources, including social media communications, blogs and podcasts, graphics, and other emerging communication techniques.
  • Assists in active and regular content development and acquirement by the GCSS including video, images, audio and other media types. Assist in the organization and management of these assets.

Internal Integration

  • Ensures relevant strategic priorities and opportunities relating to marine species conservation are communicated and appropriately integrated into the Indianapolis Zoo’s conservation strategy through consultation with the Zoo’s conservation committee and relating to selection of awardees of annual conservation grants, and, as needed, involvement with the Indianapolis Prize.

Required education, skills, and professional work experience

  • Minimum Bachelor level degree in biology, ecology, zoology, natural resources management or related field.
  • Broad knowledge of international biodiversity and conservation issues relating to marine species.
  • Demonstrated experience and a good understanding of the practical aspects of biodiversity conservation actions, endangered species protections and policy especially relating marine species.
  • Well-developed organizational skills included demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities, and ability to work independently to complete tasks within assigned time frames.
  • Working knowledge of the IUCN SSC, and with leaders and stakeholders in marine species conservation.
  • Minimum of 5 years related work experience.
  • Strong skills in project management, planning and project implementation.
  • Experience with international projects and supporting new initiatives.
  • Ability to effectively manage teams to deliver results.
  • International stakeholder management experience, multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience desirable.
  • Experience in fundraising and / or demonstrated success in proposal writing.
  •  Excellent people relationship management skills, ability to work as part of a team, with respect for and sensitivity to multi-cultural approaches
  • Advanced and competent user of standard word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and database software and electronic communication technology (e.g. e-mail, Skype, WhatsApp, conference calls, etc.). Working knowledge of social media and mobile apps.
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities.
  • Experience with administration including attention to detail and numerical ability

Physical Demands

The Indianapolis Zoo follows all local, state and federal employment laws. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else and guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.

The following working conditions are common for this position:

  1. This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, position. Some weekend or evening hours may apply due to position demands and meetings with international agencies.
  2. Repetitive motion and exposure to office computer systems; must have the ability to operate a computer and other office productivity machinery such as but limited to, computer printer, scanner, copy machine, and calculator.
  3. Predominantly indoor environmental conditions, although there is some exposure to outdoor environmental conditions, which include inclement weather, cold and hot temperatures, and humidity.
  4. Must follow Universal Protection Precautions and Blood-borne Pathogens Guidelines. Possible exposure (Category C employee) to human blood-borne pathogens.
  5. Ability to detect, assess, identify, and observe surroundings to make sound judgments, along with the ability to communicate verbally, comprehend and decipher information accurately, using a telephone.
  6. Position requires the ability to move from one area to another frequently.


Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of pre-employment testing including a criminal history and driving record check, and a drug test. The Indianapolis Zoo is requiring all Zoo employees and volunteers to be Covid-19 vaccinated unless individuals require a medical or religious belief accommodation. If hired, vaccination must be completed prior to first working day or accommodation request must be approved prior to first working day. 

The Indianapolis Zoo offers a competitive benefits package to all eligible (full-time/ 40 hr./ week) employees.  Benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance; 403(b) Retirement Plan, generous Paid Time Off (PTO), Immediate Paid Holidays, and a complimentary Zoo membership for employees.

To Apply

  • Interested candidates must complete an online Zoo application by the July 11, 2022, application deadline. This application can be found on the Zoo’s website at:
  • To be eligible, applicants MUST include curriculum vitae, cover letter, and salary requirements.
  • Please note, the Zoo reserves the right to remove this job posting at any time, even prior to the stated application deadline above.

The Indianapolis Zoo is proud to be a Drug-Free/ Smoke-Free/ Child Safe/ Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) Work Environment.

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