Lost Species Officer

Re:wild protects and restores the wild. We have a singular and powerful focus: the wild as the most effective solution to the interconnected climate, biodiversity and human wellbeing crises. Founded by a group of renowned conservation scientists together with Leonardo DiCaprio, Re:wild is a force multiplier that brings together Indigenous peoples, local communities, influential leaders, nongovernmental organizations, governments, companies and the public to protect and rewild at the scale and speed we need.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The role of the Lost Species Officer is to manage the Lost Species project.

The Lost Species Officer will perform the following and other duties as assigned:

Manage the Lost Species project

  • Maintain, manage and regularly update the list of Lost Species in partnership with the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

  • Maintain open communication and collaboration internally around the Lost Species project.

  • Manage funds and grants associated with the Lost Species program.

  • Implement global outreach to find people and organizations excited to search for specific Lost Species.

  • Develop academic partnerships around research on Lost Species.

Manage partnerships for Lost Species

  • Identify partners to undertake lost species searches.

  • Support partners in fundraising for searches.

  • Manage partners through all stages of searches.

Support communications around Lost Species searches and other expeditions

  • Assist the Re:wild communications and marketing team on Lost Species communications, including press releases, blog posts, video scripts, social media, newsletters, website content and updates, lost species profiles, etc.

  • Work with communications team on logistics for reporters and videographers/photographers to go out on expeditions.

Fundraise for Re:wild’s exploration work

  • Develop fundraising proposals.

  • Collaborate with other parts of Re:wild to approach potential funders.


  • Commitment to and passion for Re:wild’s mission, vision, and values

  • Energetic, mission-driven, passionate about exploration

  • 3+ years of experience in conservation

  • Strong experience in organizing and implementing expeditions

  • Demonstrated fundraising ability

  • Strong communications and storytelling skills, including writing, correspondence, and public speaking

  • Demonstrated ability to work with local partners

  • Ability and interest to travel to remote field sites

  • Ability to work independently but also as part of a team

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Ability to speak other languages preferred


Salary based on experience


Date Posted
June 2022

About Us
At Re:wild, we work with partners, Indigenous people and communities in more than 90 countries to protect and restore the diversity of life on Earth. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and are taking steps to meet that commitment.  We encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, women, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

Send resume and cover letter to careers@rewild.org with subject line "Lost Species Officer."