Vacancy Announcement "Marine Science Senior Coordinator"

 The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of experts exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. WCS Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially in supporting the Government of Indonesia (GoI) to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia, through its cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (MoEF). WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on landscape/seascape conservation, species conservation actions and engaging local communities.

WCS Indonesia’s approach is defined by the five core WCS Global components of Protect, Discover, Inspire and Leverage, and Build. This structure was developed as part of WCS 2020 to reflect the importance of combining scientific research with broader public awareness and engagement with decision makers. The basis of all of our work is to provide scientific data to the Government of Indonesia. Our teams of marine biologists, fisheries scientists, and socioeconomic specialists inform project design with baseline surveys. Regular monitoring of resources informs all subsequent decision making.


The role will oversee WCS Indonesia’s fisheries and marine science initiatives to ensure that conservation programs are informed by sound data and grounded in the latest scientific principles and engage with international initiatives on fisheries and marine sciences, including socio-economics studies. The WCS Indonesia Marine Program has a firm foundation in coral reef ecological monitoring. As the WCS Indonesia Program has grown

this work has expanded to socio-economic monitoring and fisheries science. The Marine Science Sr. Coordinator will support these efforts directly or indirectly in close coordination with the entire marine team and other science-related units in WCS Indonesia and WCS global.


Management and leadership

  • Provide leadership on developing science strategies that coordinate applied science with WCS Indonesia’s marine program strategy; 
  • Oversee WCS Indonesia Marine Program databases and coordinate with WCS Marine Knowledge Management staff to develop and implement data management protocols and backups; 
  • Coordinate with WCS Marine Knowledge Management staff on marine program science communications, including managing report generation and quality control, conference and symposium participation, etc.; 
  • Develop project proposals, by compiling information, documenting lessons from projects, developing future strategies, and sharing and discussing ideas and concept notes with the Marine Program Advisors; 
  • Oversee the compilation of the Unit’s inputs into donor reports and other donor updates, ensuring quality control.


  • Provide high-level technical support and inputs into the design, coordination, and implementation of WCS ecological, fisheries, and socio-economic monitoring programs including annual and inter-annual work planning; 
  • Develop research partnerships within WCS’s global network and externally, both in Indonesia and internationally; 
  • Provide technical and supervisory support to the staff and students of WCS Indonesia Program’s Research Fellowship Program alongside other staff of the WCS Indonesia Science Unit; 
  • Identify opportunities and coordinate training and capacity building for science staff in consultation with the WCS Indonesia Science Unit; 
  • Provide technical and facilitating support to meetings, seminars, workshops and management bodies and formally represent WCS as necessary in such meetings, workshops, and conferences; 
  • Write and publish research findings and scientific papers in close coordination with line manager on a regular basis and close coordination/communication with Indonesia government in accordance with the regulation on research permit, including policy papers and technical reports; 
  • Support communications needs as requested by the communication teams of WCS Indonesia and WCS Global Programs; 
  • Provide financial management support to staff within the Marine Science Unit, including budget review and financial sign off for project expenditures; 
  • Conduct annual employee reviews with staff of the Marine Science Unit; 
  • Provide inputs regarding the vision and strategy for WCS Indonesia. Participate as a member of WCS-IP to plan, implement, monitor, and periodically update WCS’ strategic approach to conservation in Indonesia; 
  • Undertake other related duties to support the program, as assigned by the line manager.

Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCS-IP is a flexible organization, staff members are expected to undertake any other tasks that are allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR.


This senior position in WCS Indonesia will be based in Bogor, with regular travel to project sites. The ideal candidate will have:

  • A passion for conservation
  • High levels of motivation and professionalism 
  • At least 5 - 10 years experience in marine conservation science programs 
  • A PhD (with 3-5 years of experience) or MSc (with 10 years of experience) in marine science, fisheries, conservation biology, or a related field 
  • Proven ability to plan and implement marine conservation science programs and manage associated budgets 
  • Good interpersonal skills to deal with a diverse group of contacts, and ability to be a team player 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in both Indonesian and English are essential
Based in:            Bogor
Reports to:          Senior Program Manager for Marine Conservation and National Policy

For more detailed information about Wildlife Conservation Society – Indonesia Program, the position and how to apply, please visit our website at:

When you are interested on the above position and consider that you possess the necessary qualification, please submit your job application consisting of updated curriculum vitae, expected salary, three professional references and a cover letter explaining your interest towards this work and/or this organization to
Please fill the “subject” column of the e-mails in this format "Marine Science Senior Coordinator_(name of candidate)"

                                                          August 26th, 2021