Antarctic Program Manager - WWF Australia - WaterCareer

First listed on: 26 November 2020

Antarctic Program Manager 

We are creating a world where people live in harmony with nature. Join us. Because together, anything is possible.

  • Join one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organisations
  • Workplace flexibility including monthly RDO
  • Pref Hobart location negot.
  • Full time 2 year contract

About the organisation

WWF’s global vision is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature. WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network, the world’s leading, independent conservation organisation.  We are active in over 100 countries and have close to 5 million supporters internationally. In Australia and throughout the oceanic region, we work with governments, businesses and communities so that people and nature can thrive within their fair share of the planet’s natural resources. 

WWF's mission is to halt the decline of threatened plants and animals and to support their recovery. We do this by addressing the threats that affect them using the best available science while working in partnership with communities, Indigenous groups, government and business.  The world is changing fast. Our wildlife and wild places face unprecedented challenges. The result is people yearn more for nature and are connected with each other like never before. We know that we can achieve more by partnering, sharing, empowering communities, forming alliances and building a movement for the environment. Working together is the answer. It is our goal to bring about this unified voice for nature.

About the role

WWF's Antarctic program covers one of WWF's Global Priority ecoregions.  This role develops, leads and manages the Antarctic Program by deploying high level strategic advocacy, policy development, and the management of domestic and international stakeholder relationships in support of the conservation of biodiversity in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean regions.  Key to this position is the ability to achieve outcomes through the provision of leadership to a diverse coalition of NGO's within CCAMLR and engaging more broadly with a network of policymakers, industry and science stakeholders with diverse positions on Antarctica and Southern Ocean issues.

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Advanced knowledge of, and high level experience in, marine and/or polar biodiversity conservation with understanding of sustainable fisheries management principles and practices.
  • High level skills and significant experience in translating science to policy and advocacy in both national and international contexts.
  • A track record of developing and promoting pragmatic solutions to complex problems at a strategic level.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with experience advocating to diverse senior stakeholders.
  • Experience leading a team of geographically dispersed professionals.
  • Ability to identify and develop opportunities for conservation projects with policy, communications and fundraising outcomes.
  • Advanced project management skills with a proven track record working autonomously and driving complex projects from inception to completion.
  • Contract and financial management skills.

Ideally, you will have experience in the application of biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries management practices in the context of work in Antarctica, Southern Ocean or Australia, with fluency in a language other than English (preferably Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, or French).  The ideal candidate will have an ability to work both autonomously and constructively within a team and be aligned with WWF’s vision, mission and I-KODE Values.

WWF values diversity and is building a workforce that reflects the community we serve. WWF is an equal opportunity employer and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, sex, sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTQIA+) community members, and people living with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Please see the job description for further details.  Applicants can apply via  Only those applicants applying online via the eRecruitment System will be considered.  Please name your PDF documents with last/first name & include: (1) a cover letter/statements against the selection criteria & (2) your resume (CV), including two referees. 

Closing Date: 9AM 21/12/2020