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Conservation Action Analyst
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Job Duties and Responsibilities:
- Utilize behavioral science concepts and theories to support and grow the Houston Zoo’s Take Action programs
- Facilitate the identification of human behaviors related to wildlife threats relevant to our community and ambassador animals
- Research the barriers and benefits linked to identified behaviors
- Assist in developing strategies to engage our Zoo community in identified behaviors
- Support pilot strategies that lead to broad-scale program implementation and evaluation
- Grow and track conservation training opportunities to support and grow the Houston Zoo’s mission
- Facilitate communications with partners that offer staff conservation training opportunities that align with the Zoo’s needs.
- Assist in developing strategies to have staff understand how to share their training experiences
- Remains current with trends and best practices of behavioral sciences, conservation, research, and evaluation through literature, professional development, and networking with other professionals.
Communication and collaboration:
- Enjoys engaging with diverse stakeholders, works proactively to problem-solve with Zoo staff, creates and shares reports
- Assist with the creation and implementation of Take Action procedures and protocols to guide the Zoo’s behaviors change progress.Facilitate and maintain staff conservation training opportunities.
- Provide all HZI staff with knowledge and skills to understand behavior change processes and importance through inclusive project strategies, technical assistance, reporting strategies and direct trainings. Structure conservation training opportunity processes to ensure that staff understand their role in saving animals in the wild.
- Synthesize the products of behavior change research, communicate results, recommendations, and trends to department management and staff
- Uses information gathered to help inform future decisions in regards to Take Action program and activities.
- Shares research findings and successes internally and externally
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in behavioral sciences, conservation psychology, social marketing, conservation biology, environmental education, evaluation, or related field; a sufficient amount of on-the-job experience or related field experience in this area of expertise
- Minimum of two years’ experience working in the behavioral sciences, conservation psychology, or other related field
- Experience researching, developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating behavior change programs
- Experience practicing the theory of planned behavior and/or community-based social marketing techniques