Desert Tortoise Program Manager

Conservation Science Partners

Truckee, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $62,500-$73,000
Deadline Dec 17, 2021
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Conservation Science Partners (CSP) is seeking a Program Manager to provide the coordination and stewardship needed for multiple research projects, associated technical expertise, and partner and client relations support, as part of a team of conservation biologists, ecologists, and social scientists working on efforts to conserve species and their habitats, primarily the Mojave desert tortoise.

Core Responsibilities and Skills: The Program Manager position brings technical and administrative capacity to a variety of projects (up to six or more), as well as direct and regular engagement and collaboration with core staff, clients, partners, contractors, and other project participants. Primary responsibilities are expected to include, but not limited to: 

  • Day-to-day development and/or management of complex workflows, budgets, and timelines — in collaboration with project leaders and administrative staff — to ensure sustained, timely, and measurable outcomes for all projects 
  • Coordination of new or emerging projects and initiatives, working with staff across the organization, as well as core clients, collaborators, and other partners, including the Bureau of Land Management, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of Defense, and US Geological Survey. 
  • Assist staff with successful project execution through regular measurement, learning, and evaluation, including assessments or management of workloads, timesheets, expenditures, agreement modifications, and associated communications with clients or other project partners
  • Use or deploy Asana, BigTime, or other stand-alone project management applications and tracking systems to increase efficiency and effectiveness at multiple organizational levels
  • Foster and maintain positive, respectful communications with clients, research collaborators, graduate students, interns, and project contractors
  • Developing or supporting manuscripts, reports, proposals, and professional presentations
  • Learning new methods and software for specific projects, as appropriate

Preferred Skills:

  • Research or management experience with Mojave desert tortoises, through field studies, computer modeling, or in other applied settings
  • Knowledge of federal contracting, reporting systems, and schedules (e.g., grantsolutions,,
  • Experience in supporting or facilitating groups of stakeholders with diverse management objectives in professional meetings and other settings
  • Working knowledge of common Geographic Information System (GIS) data formats and tools to download, process, map, and export such data; ability to prepare GIS and other spatial data layers, including metadata, and tabular data sources for use in mapping, reporting, and planning activities, using a variety of stand-alone tools or cloud-based platforms (e.g., Google Earth Engine, QGIS, ArcGIS)

Required Qualifications: BSc or MSc (or equivalent experience) in natural resource management, conservation or environmental science, or a related field AND 3-5 years of program management experience. 


Application deadline and expected start date: Priority will be given to complete applications received by December 17, 2021, with screening to begin soon thereafter; interviews in early January, and an ideal start date of no later than February 1, 2022. 

Location: This position is intended to be based in Truckee, CA, or Fort Collins, CO. Due to the ongoing, fluid situation with the risks of COVID-19 transmission, and CSP’s interest in reducing such risks, we will consider a remote work option. Ideally, if and when the risks are sufficiently reduced, and if the candidate and CSP staff are comfortable, we would like to revisit the location of this position. 

Compensation: The Program Manager salary range is $62,500-$73,000, depending on experience. We offer a comprehensive group medical, dental, and vision insurance package; retirement benefits; and professional growth and advancement opportunities. 

How to apply: Please email a cover letter explaining how your goals, skills, and experience fit the core responsibilities of the role and please also describe how your broader knowledge and experiences can contribute to our organizational culture and values. Include the names and contact information of at  least three relevant professional references, as well as your CV, and send to: . Please indicate DESERT TORTOISE PROGRAM MANAGER in the subject line. Your cover letter, reference list, and CV should be compiled and sent as a single PDF file. We sincerely appreciate all those expressing interest in this position. However, only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. 

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