China Wildlife Analyst

2017-07-28

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is an international environmental organization, combining the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of nearly 500 scientists, lawyers, policy advocates, and other professionals across the globe to advance policy solutions for the planet and its people around the world. NRDC works in countries including the United States, China, India, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and the EU.  

NRDC’s China Program is at the forefront of supporting China’s efforts on energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate change and environmental protection. We are proud to have collaborated with many academic, governmental, and non-governmental partners around the country to help accelerate these efforts. 

Since NRDC’s founding in 1970, protecting natural land and resources, including wildlife, has been one of our core program areas. NRDC works around the world to conserve imperiled wildlife and the habitat and ecosystems on which they rely. The Land & Wildlife Program works internationally to safeguard endangered species from unsustainable international trade, poaching, trafficking and consumption.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a China Wildlife Analyst to work with the Land & Wildlife Program and the China Program in our Beijing office.

This Analyst works closely with the Wildlife team to develop strategies and project plans to advance wildlife conservation efforts within China, the United States, and internationally, with a focus on China. The Analyst works with U.S., Chinese, and international partners to push for increased Chinese leadership in global wildlife conservation, particularly as it relates to the species imperiled by the international wildlife trade. The Analyst works with both China and U.S.-based team members and reports to the China Wildlife Conservation Director and the Director of the China Program’s Environmental Law Project.

Primary job responsibilities include:

Develop expertise on China’s wildlife laws, regulations, and practices and identify opportunities to enhance Chinese leadership in these areas;

Meet regularly with U.S., Chinese, and international officials to provide NRDC’s perspective on wildlife trade issues and, ideally, develop joint efforts to conserve wildlife;

Advocate in furtherance of NRDC’s wildlife trade goals with government officials, scientists, and others from various countries at international meetings such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES);

Develop and write reports for NRDC analyzing Chinese law, policies, and practices concerning wildlife;

Help organize and attend relevant meetings, symposia, and conferences;

Help convene NGOs working on wildlife trade in China and build NRDC partnerships and collaborations with such NGOs; and

Develop fact sheets, blogs, and other materials on wildlife trade in Chinese and translate documents from Chinese to English and from English to Chinese, as needed.

Other related duties assigned by the team.

Qualifications:

Advanced degree in a relevant field such as law, economics, or conservation biology;

minimum 3-5 years of relevant work experience;

Knowledge of wildlife conservation, particularly wildlife trade and trafficking issues;

Ability to research and recommend solutions to conservation problems;

Experience working with Chinese government agencies;

Ability to communicate effectively with various stakeholders (government, research institutes, other NGOs, industry);

Bi-lingual in Chinese and English, with excellent English oral and written skills; 

Excellent public speaking skills; and 

Ability to work independently and as part of the Wildlife Trade Initiative team, with flexibility in taking international calls at odd hours.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion.  We are equal opportunity employers. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment.  Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. 

To apply, please visit www.nrdc.org/jobs and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting.  

Applications will be accepted until filled. 

For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org and www.nrdc.cn  


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