Conservation Partnership Specialist - Part-Time

The Calgary Zoo is a conservation leader whose mission is to take and inspire action to sustain wildlife and wild places. As a not-for-profit charitable institution, all revenue is reinvested back into conservation activities at the zoo and around the world.

As an organization, we value effective and collaborative communication and honesty and integrity with an emphasis on customer focus, safety, and conservation. If you would like to be part of this team, we have the following part-time, permanent position available in our Conservation Research department:

Conservation Partnership Specialist

Part-Time (20 hours/week)


  • Drafting and negotiating partnerships agreements, MOUs, etc.
  • Regular communications and ongoing engagement with external partners.
  • Scouting and evaluation of new possible partnerships for conservation projects.
  • Management of and relationship building with internal/external partners.
  • Development of conservation partnership guidelines.
  • Vetting and responding to partnership requests.
  • Management of partner reporting schedules.
  • Identifying funding opportunities for partnership projects
  • Writing funding proposals and grant applications for partnership projects
  • Potential travel for site visits and partnership meetings.
  • Complies with the zoo’s health and safety program.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a BA, BSc or similar required.
  • A passion for nature conservation and community-based conservation
  • 5+ years of relevant experience required in sustainable development, conservation, relationship management, or related fields.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Good listener; compassionate and strong diplomacy skills.
  • Conflict resolution skills/negotiating skills.
  • Great organizational and time management skills.
  • Proven cultural sensitivity/multicultural exposure/international experience, especially in developing nations.
  • Excellent communication skills in a team environment.
  • Multilingualism is an asset.

Working conditions:

  • Extensive office work, involving long periods of sitting at computer workstations.
  • Occasional field work could involve such hazards as exposure to dangerous animals and insects and the risk of sunburn or frostbite, working with field equipment such as trucks or ATVs, and heavy lifting of field equipment.
  • Availability for occasional bouts of travel, including international travel (e.g. one or two 2-week trips to developing nations per year).

What the zoo has to offer:

  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Discounts on food, beverage, and merchandise.
  • A complimentary annual pass for you and your immediate family members.
  • A fun work environment and the opportunity to work in a park full of wild animals!

If you are a highly motivated and experienced individual, we invite you to apply no later than August 31, 2018.

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