Program Officer (Education for Nature)

Washington, DC, US


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Program Officer, Education for Nature at our Washington, DC Office.


Russell E. Train Education for Nature Program (EFN) provides financial support to proven and potential conservation leaders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to gain the skills and knowledge they need to address the conservation challenges in their home countries. EFN supports conservationists to pursue graduate studies and attend short-term training courses, and provides small grants to organizations to train stakeholders and implement reforestation projects in WWF priority places. EFN seeks a Program Officer to develop and implement capacity development programs, manage grants, and engage in other core activities with a special focus on reforestation.


  • Contributes to the development and implementation of programs and projects focused on capacity development and reforestation in coordination with WWF-US HQ, field staff, and external experts.
  • Facilitates the promotion, recruitment and selection for various EFN grant and fellowship programs, with a special focus on reforestation.
  • Coordinates EFN’s Reforestation Practitioner Workshop in collaboration with regional training experts.
  • Awards and manages grants agreements for approximately 70 EFN grantees per year.
  • Researches and produces resources related to existing capacity development programs, offerings, and funding. Creates a usable database to search existing opportunities and contributes to a greater understanding of the status of capacity development activities worldwide.
  • Assists with preparation of fundraising proposals and reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required. A graduate degree in biodiversity conservation, natural resource management, environmental studies, or international education is preferred.  
  • Position requires two to four years of experience in biodiversity conservation, international education or a related field and understanding of international conservation issues.
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Ability to work on initiatives with multiple and competing priorities
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member with a wide range of individuals, possibly across cultures and time zones
  • Microsoft, Adobe, and GIS software skills a plus.
  • Ability to travel at least 10% of the time internationally.
  • Professional fluency in French, Portuguese or Spanish is preferred.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #17057
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.