Operations Manager

Earthwatch Institute

About the organization

For almost 50 years, Earthwatch has connected people from around the planet with world-class scientists to help change environmental policies, achieve critical conservation goals, and produce groundbreaking findings. We support real objective scientific fieldwork while connecting people to the environment in a personal and often profound way. Our participants contribute directly to urgent global environmental issues and have the adventure of a lifetime in the process.

Each and every staff member genuinely believes in our mission. The work we do isn’t just a job; it’s about ensuring a brighter future for our planet. We are passionate, committed to excellence, and supportive of one another - and we love science! Plus, we occasionally get to go out into the field to collect data and be a part of cutting edge hands-on field science.


The Operations Manager oversees business operations and supports the decision-making required to maximize sales, revenue, and customer satisfaction; reduces organizational costs; and improves efficiency through:

•project management of inventory (e.g. research projects) optimization and development timeline
•identifying and implementing systems for continuous improvement

As the ideal candidate, you excel at balancing competing priorities and facilitating business decisions that take into account a variety of variables and stakeholders, while pulling from substantive emotional intelligence to build and maintain strong relationships. You are adept at overcoming obstacles, enjoy identifying and removing sources of friction, and feel driven to improve staff day-to-day work experience. You seek opportunities to increase organizational efficiency, increase revenue, and reduce cost. Working alongside cross-departmental teams or working independently, you are ready to lead the research and implementation of policy updates, improved workflows, and new technology.

You’re skilled in project management and have the ability to develop and maintain an environment of trust, diversity, and inclusion within your team and among your colleagues.


•Bachelor’s degree in operations management, business administration, related fields, or equivalent experience
•2+ years’ proven experience in an operations management position
•Project Management experience
•Understanding of financial and budgeting processes and principles
•"Big picture" thinking skills to address top-level concerns and find the best path forward from the available data
•Ability to respond quickly to a shifting reality and adjust initiatives and priorities accordingly
•Ability to constructively challenge the status quo to improve business operations and mission delivery
•Emotional intelligence and strong relationship management skills
•Initiative and a strong work ethic to meet or exceed goals while maintaining accountability for actions
•Excellent attention to detail
•Advanced Microsoft Excel, proficiency with Microsoft Office products, and aptitude to learn new applications
•Experience with relational databases (CRMs), including building data queries

A plus:
•Knowledge of travel industry operations and business planning processes and systems
•Experience in a not-for-profit and international environment
•Experience with the following software: Abila, Paylocity, Microsoft Dynamics CRM
•Financial accounting literacy
•Strong data analytical skills
•Strong IT skills, including database development



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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