Human Resources Manager Posted Mar 29
Island Conservation , Santa Cruz, CA
POSITION TITLE: Human Resources (HR) Manager
Santa Cruz, CA, Full Time

Island Conservation (IC), a global leader in the conservation of threatened island biodiversity, is working to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands. In collaboration with regional partners, IC designs and implements conservation projects which ensure native species protection and demonstrate cutting-edge invasive species removal techniques. IC also supports on-the-ground research to optimize the success of invasive vertebrate removal. Our mission is focused and our conservation outcomes are tangible and measureable. Since its founding in 1994, IC’s conservation efforts have saved 399 species from extinction. IC is based in Santa Cruz, California with projects and/or offices in Hawaii, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Chile, and Galapagos, Ecuador. For more information, please visit

The HR Manager will join the small central administrative team at IC, based in Santa Cruz, California. We are looking for a high-energy HR professional with strong generalist knowledge across a variety of functions including benefits, payroll, compliance, recruitment and retention, compensation, onboarding, talent management, coaching, and conflict management. This position offers an opportunity to have impact at a high-performing non-profit. The HR Manager will play a key role in helping building IC team capacity, and this is a role that offers significant opportunities to grow an HR knowledge base.

• Support employee-oriented organizational culture that emphasizes high performance, collaboration, and field safety.
• Perform all activities necessary to process payrolls in multiple locations and countries.
• Administer benefits including processing enrollments and terminations and ensuring accurate record keeping and proper deductions.
• Manage the recruitment and hiring process for employees, volunteers and interns across IC’s geographies.
• Conduct exit interviews and analyze data, making recommendations to Chief Operating Officer (COO) for continuous improvement in employee attraction and retention.
• With assistance from COO, conduct annual wage analysis, re-write job descriptions as required and monitor performance appraisal program.
• Assist with the development of policies and procedures with regard to employee relations that serve multiple locations and countries. Partner with COO to communicate HR company policies, procedures, programs and laws.
• Manage various insurance processes, including sourcing and binding policies for all places where we work. This includes workers compensation, business insurance, and evacuation insurance.
• Initiate or maintain national, regional, and/or state business status and compliance in all countries where we work.
• Serve as Island Conservation primary point of contact for remote field staff in cases of emergency and/or evacuation.
• Support employee relations practices necessary to establish a positive employer-employee relationship and promote a high level of employee morale and motivation.
• Serve as a coach and talent manager (e.g., designing and delivering employee training programs, maintaining current job descriptions)

To be a strong fit for this opportunity, a candidate will have:
• Three to five plus years of progressive human resources experience in a generalist role.
• A foundation and strong knowledge in multiple functional areas of HR.
• General knowledge of employment laws and practices.
• Excellent computer skills in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel and demonstrated skill in database management and record keeping.
• Familiarity with payroll systems (e.g., Spring Ahead).
• Excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Evidence of the practice of a high level of confidentiality.
• Excellent organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Ability to both work independently and take direction from others, the ability to solve problems with limited supervision, and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
• A bachelor’s degree in human resources, business, or a related field.
• Proven ability to manage organizational change constructively and sensitively.

• Foreign language fluency (Spanish, French).
• Knowledge of complex environmental issues.
• Experience with HR issues and policies outside the United States.

We desire a start date as soon as is feasible; however, the position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found.

Island Conservation is an equal opportunity employer. Island Conservation offers a salary and benefits package that is competitive with other international not-for-profit conservation organizations.
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Interested candidates should prepare an application as one PDF that includes the following: a cover letter, CV, two references, and salary expectations. Please label your application as LastnameCV-HR.pdf

Email your application to at Blue Earth Consultants, a Division of ERG, who is coordinating the recruitment process. Please include IC HR Manager 2018 in the subject line. We will be reviewing candidates starting April 6, 2018 and continue to accept applications until the position is filled.