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Now Hiring: Chief, Combating Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Strategy and Partnerships Branch


Chief, Combating Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) Strategy & Partnerships Branch, Division of International Conservation, International Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior


The incumbent serves as Chief of the CWT Strategy & Partnerships Branch. The Branch is a strategic, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary team that works closely with partners to advance evidence-based approaches to combat animal and plant trafficking globally. The Branch Chief will lead and support the team to achieve its three strategic priorities: (i) conserve key species threatened by trafficking through the Branch’s new Species Conservation Catalyst Fund; (ii) address the human dimensions of trafficking by supporting the integration of sound social science; and (iii) support capacity building to strengthen the implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES). This is an exciting and unique opportunity to lead a strong team dedicated to meaningful, innovative, and enduring conservation efforts.


As Branch Chief, your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Serve in a supervisory capacity for at least six full-time, including Program Officers and Social Scientists. The majority of the Branch’s staff are based remotely.

  2. Maintain strong trust and collaboration within the Branch, including through valuing multi-disciplinary expertise, transparent decision-making, direct communication, empowered autonomy, and brave leadership.

  3. Provide oversight of activities related to developing and implementing policies to combat wildlife trafficking, including the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking.

  4. Cultivate long-term strategic partnerships with internal and external partners to advance the Branch’s conservation mission, identify new opportunities, and amplify the Branch’s work.

  5. Serve as an authoritative technical advisor on the biological and social science of wildlife trafficking, such as by applying expertise on the biological and human dimensions of complex conservation issues to inform program staff and senior leadership decisions.

  6. Support the Branch’s efforts to meet the regulatory requirements of a multi-million dollar competitive financial assistance program and implement provisions of agreements, statutes, and treaties.

  7. Formulate, manage, and track annual budgets and other operational needs critical to maintaining daily Branch functions and support on-the-ground conservation programming.

Salary (Pay Scale and Grade)

$126,233 – $164,102 per year (GS-14)


The USFWS International Affairs program is based at the USFWS Headquarters in Falls Church, VA. This position is remote eligible and the location may be negotiated after the candidate is selected.

Deadline to Apply

September 21, 2022

For all U.S. Citizens

For existing Federal employees – Competitive service

Thank you for your interest in this opening and please share widely.

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