IT Manager 

Brief Overview of Wildlife Works 

Wildlife Works is an innovative wildlife conservation company that implements market-based initiatives to protect the planet’s threatened wilderness and endangered wildlife. The company was founded on the premise that if we want wildlife in our world, we have to make it work for local communities who share their environment.  In partnership with forest communities, Wildlife Works’ conservation projects provide safe havens for endangered species while supporting local jobs and reducing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually through the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) marketplace. Recognized as a leader in the REDD+ sector, Wildlife Works is the first company to achieve verification under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB). 

Job Summary

Wildlife Works is a unique rapidly growing wildlife conservation company, with several project offices around the world, and is looking for an IT Manager as its first dedicated IT hire. The role will involve systems selection and integration working with regional experts from within the various functions of the company. Duties for the position include:

  • initial and ongoing benchmarking, evaluation and understanding our requirements;

  • assessment of fitness for purpose of various solutions;

  • purchasing and negotiation of contracts with suppliers where appropriate;

  • integration of a disparate range of administrative and technical software products; some cloud-based, some local and some handheld applications across the company, including best-fit integration with existing software investments where possible.

 

The IT Manager will initially report to the Head of Finance and Administration. This position can be based in Burlington, Vermont or Chapel Hill, N.C.. The position requires a passionate and adaptable individual with excellent communication skills, who can work in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment to support our international REDD+ projects. Salary and benefits will be market competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s level of experience.

 

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • General Duties: This position carries the primary responsibility of managing and delivering IT solutions and results in pursuit of successful carbon offset projects globally.

  • Management: You will manage a small, high-travel team of dedicated IT professionals to oversee deployment of approved software and hardware solutions in our corporate offices in California and Vermont, and our global locations, initially in Kenya, DRC, Cambodia, Indonesia, Panama and Colombia, but within the next three years in India, Brazil, Cameroon, Zambia and possibly other international locations.

  • Field Applications: The company has implemented several niche applications in support of its conservation work in one or more locations that need to be evaluated in the context of expansion into new projects in new countries. Examples include Wrike for project management, Sensing Clues for wildlife ranger team support. You will be also responsible for evaluating design, usability and information quality for new field-based solutions (eg mobile biodiversity monitoring apps, GPS-based solutions, etc) as needed.

  • Connectivity: You will be responsible for maintaining connectivity broadly for the company, including setup and maintenance of internet access solutions in remote foreign locations, support for applications in low-bandwidth regions, procurement, and maintenance in locations with limited hardware / software availability. You will be responsible for maintaining connectivity across multiple time-zones.

  • Support: You will be responsible for supporting the company’s productivity needs by both administering current and recommending new solutions for email, calendaring, virtual meetings and conferences, software installation and configuration and hardware purchase and configuration. You will also perform network administration tasks as needed.

 

Qualifications

The candidate should have broad experience in IT Management over widely distributed networks, including strong experience with environmental applications, network design for areas with limited internet access and a penchant for hybrid solutions.

  • The candidate will ideally possess a degree in IT / technology management or a related field, preferably with an interest in and / or knowledge of forest and biodiversity conservation.

  • Minimum five years relevant work experience in IT / technology management. Experience with field monitoring and measuring software is a plus.

  • The company has historically managed finance on Quickbooks online, but have already planned a migration to Sage for financial accounting, possibly purchasing and inventory management. Familiarity with Sage implementation for a medium sized company with international operations is a highly desirable qualification for this role.

  • The company relies heavily on environmental software. Experience configuring and managing GIS and remote sensing applications is a plus.

  • Experience with field / handheld monitoring solutions, database administration and cloud implementation (e.g. AWS, Azure) is strongly desired.

  • Demonstrated ability with:

    • Implementation of project strategies and adaptation as opportunities/circumstances unfold.

    • Motivation of staff, management of contractors/vendors, and support for other departments.

    • Delivering results on time and on budget.

    • Advanced technical skills, especially with networked productivity solutions, cloud implementation and asynchronous field software solutions.

    • Forest inventory and biodiversity monitoring techniques. Practical knowledge of industry-standard forestry / monitoring equipment is also desired.

  • Collaborative and team-oriented: Frequent interaction with US corporate headquarters, Wildlife Works’ regional offices, and WWC staff and partners from around the world.

  • Willingness to work in tropical countries, particularly in Central Africa, the Amazon and Southeast Asia.

  • Adept communication skills, organized, thorough and detail oriented. Ability to prioritize manage multi-faceted workload independently and regularly meet project deadlines. Ability to thrive in a culturally diverse, dynamic growth environment.

  • Written and spoken fluency in English is required. Written and/or spoken fluency in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Bahasa Indonesia is a plus.

  • Legal authorization to work in the United States. Preference given to candidates located in Burlington, VT or the Chapel Hill, NC area.

 

To apply: 

Send C.V. and cover letter to usjobs at wildlifeworks . com or contact us.

WWC is an equal opportunity employer and employment shall be based on merit, qualifications, and competence.  Employment decisions shall be made without regard to an applicant’s gender, race, color, age, sexual orientation, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, medical condition, marital status, or physical and mental handicap as a bona fide occupational disqualification, as required by state and federal law. This policy governs all areas of employment, including promotion, assignment, and discharge.

Posting shall remain open until filled.