Conservation Field/Co-Existence Manager

About the Position

Please note: A Cover letter and a resume of no more than 2 pages are required for this role to better consider your application.

The Conservation Field and Co-Existence Manager will advance Oakland Zoo’s mission by expanding and deepening our field conservation initiatives. Conservation projects will focus on human-wildlife conflict and co-existence solutions, as well as climate change and habitat loss for California native predator species.  Capacity to expand into global predator initiatives with a focus on African lions and chimpanzees will also be explored. Joining the Conservation Team, the primary responsibilities are establishing and implementing plans to conserve species such as gray wolves and mountain lions through alliance building, co-existence project expansion and creation, research-based conservation programs, community action, and behavior change strategies.

Travel: This position will be a combination of in-office and remote work. Some California travel will be required in the Bay Area and Northern California in order to collaborate with partners and programs.




Vice President, Conservation



$34.61 - $36.05

Application Deadline:


Oakland Zoo offers a comprehensive benefits package, including Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Flexible spending account, Retirement plan, Paid time off, Employee Assistance Program, and A Family Zoo Membership.


Essential Job Duties

Wildlife Conservation and Co-Existence Program Management:

Conservation Leadership:

Who You Are

This position will play to individual strengths. Interested candidates are invited to expand on our position description and emphasize individual attributes, passions and ideas to demonstrate what Oakland Zoo would gain from their leadership.

Oakland Zoo does not expect every applicant to have every skill and qualification listed here and will consider the combination of formal education, training, and practical experience of each applicant. We are committed to supporting the career development of our employees. A strong candidate who is interested in growing and learning in this role will possess at least 75% of the following qualifications. If this is you, then we strongly encourage you to apply. 

Would be nice to have:

Required Education

Knowledge, Skills, and Qualities

May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.

Who We Are

The Oakland Zoo (managed by The Conservation Society of California) is an award-winning facility stretching 100 acres and overlooking the city of Oakland atop the hills of beautiful Knowland Park. Our mission: Oakland Zoo deepens connection with animals, saves wildlife, and inspires champions for the natural world. As an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), The Zoo is part of the largest conservation organization in the nation. Our employees take PRIDE in our values of being Positive, Respectful, Inquisitive, Driven and Effective members of a team who places the care of our animals, stewardship of the natural environment, and the experience of our guests at the forefront of all that we do.

Oakland Zoo’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

We believe that all people should have safe access to the Zoo and culturally relevant and responsive experiences with our staff, programs, and curriculum. The Oakland Zoo is also striving to create an equitable and inclusive internal culture where all staff members feel represented and valued for their identities and lived experiences. We examine how power, bias, race and other aspects of identity impact our organization. We work to build a culture of continuous learning and improvement toward a vision of equity and belonging for all staff. We are looking for team members who can actively join us in this process. We are committed to reflecting the diverse community in which we exist and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ identifying folks, and women to apply.

Equal Opportunity Employment

The Conservation Society of California is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status or other characteristics protected by law. The Conservation Society of California also promotes respect for all people and will not tolerate harassment based on any of these characteristics.