Job Opening: Palau Program Manager

Island Conservation has a job opening for Palau Program Manager. 

Position Title: Palau Program Manager

Employment Type: Full Time Position

Purpose of the Role: To establish strong and functional partnerships and develop opportunities that lead to the implementation of invasive vertebrate eradication projects within Palau.

Reporting Lines: The position reports to a Project Director. The position may at times be responsible for direct reports.

Location: The Palau Program Manager will be stationed in Palau preferably in or close to Koror. The position will require travel within Palau and at times internationally.

Responsibilities: Key responsibilities of the Palau Program Manager include developing and maintaining partnerships and establishing the conditions necessary for implementation of Island Conservation’s invasive vertebrate eradication strategy. The Palau Program Manager will also help refine Island Conservation’s Palau strategy, identify new project opportunities, identify and solicit funding, and support Island Conservation staff in the planning and implementation of invasive vertebrate eradication projects in Palau.

A full set of responsibilities for this position are listed in Table 1 below.

Necessary Attributes for Position: The successful candidate must be self-motivated and be able to demonstrate a clear record of success working effectively with partners at all levels from government to the community as well as an ability to communicate clearly and think strategically. A demonstrated ability to realize productive and positive partner meetings is also key. A good knowledge and understanding of Palauan culture is essential. The position requires a strong commitment to Island Conservation’s mission, impeccable integrity, and a keen sense of humor.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent written and spoken Palauan and English language skills.
  • 5 to 10 years’ experience in developing and managing complex conservation projects involving multiple partners and stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, approachability, and willingness to listen to internal and external constituents and learn from their ideas.
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team, ability to solve problems with limited supervision, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Experience with supervision of staff.
  • Proficiency with MS Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Willingness and ability to spend time away from home.


  • A B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Environmental or Biological Sciences or equivalent experience.
  • Experience and knowledge of invasive species impacts, control and/or eradication.

To Apply:

Send cover letter, CV or resume and contact details for three referees to:

Please put Palau PGM 2016 and your last name in the email subject line. Send documents in MS Word format, label your cover letter combined with your CV as LastnameCV.doc.  No phone calls please. Thank you! Position open until filled. We will begin reviewing applications after August 15.

Featured photo: Seascape in Palau. Credit: Island Conservation

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. To date, we have successfully restored 60 islands worldwide, benefiting 1090 populations of 399 species and subspecies. Working together with local communities, government management agencies, and conservation organizations, we select islands that have the greatest potential for preventing the extinction of globally threatened species.

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