Impact Analyst (RAY Fellow)

POSITION TITLE: Impact Analyst (RAY Fellow)

DEPARTMENT/PROGRAM: Conservation Programs Team

REPORTS TO: Tommy Sheridan, Conservation Network Manager

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time

LOCATION: San Francisco Bay Area or New York City preferred, but option for remote locations.



In an effort to make the conservation and clean energy fields more equitable and accessible, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.


Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) mission is to protect endangered wildlife by supporting a network of world-class conservationists who ensure wildlife and people coexist and thrive. WCN intends to ease any barriers that impact community-based conservation organizations by improving conservationists’ access to fundraising, marketing, non-profit management, well-being, and other resources to do their job. Our small, but nimble, team of around ~35 staff is rapidly growing its global impact, having helped fundraise over $50 million USD for wildlife conservation in 2023.

WCN’s dedicated and diverse team values the people and relationships behind conservation as much as the science and strategy to save wildlife. As an international organization, one of WCN’s core values is that diverse perspectives and experiences are strengths to be harnessed. WCN believes international conservation is most impactful when led at the local level, with particular attention to support those who have historically been underrepresented and/or historically marginalized in the conservation sector.

WCN is currently looking for a collaborative, impact-driven, and detail-oriented professional to join the Conservation Programs team as an Impact Analyst. The Programs Team is an international team with diverse backgrounds and approaches to conservation in different contexts. The Impact Analyst’s role would be to bring WCN’s different approaches and metrics together under a shared language of clear impact .


WCN’s Impact Analyst will design, coordinate, and implement a system to gather and evaluate data to illustrate WCN’s impact and improve our global conservation strategy. This evidence of impact will also help improve WCN’s fundraising, marketing, and advocacy needs.


  • Refine WCN’s impact metrics by identifying similarities and synthesizing data across existing programmatic data sets, including both financial and statistical measures of impact.
  • Gather new data in a user-friendly, meaningful, efficient, digestible, and long-lasting format through an appropriate centralized software platform(s).
  • Aggregate impact metrics into thematic categories to create a high-level view of WCN efforts across the organization;
  • Prepare accurate and timely reports to promote WCN’s impact to supporters and document progress against key performance indicators;
  • Stay informed of trends in trust-based philanthropy practices for impact assessment and incorporate these approaches into WCN’s systems as appropriate.


In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

  • Actively communicating and building community with RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
  • Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
  • Attending monthly professional development webinars, training, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills as scheduled.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) in their 2nd year with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
  • Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

  • A 3-day Orientation Retreat in late Summer 2024.
  • A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in Fall 2025.


Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

  • Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Be no more than 3 years out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by July 2024 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).
  • Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy.
  • Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.


  • US Citizen or Green card holder.
  • Fluency in English. Bonus points for additional language skills.
  • A college degree by the time of employment preferably in a conservation-related field, such as, but not limited to, environmental science, social science, political science, biology.
  • Comfortable with a team-oriented, collaborative culture, but also able to work efficiently on assigned tasks independently after receiving guidelines or instructions from peers.
  • Bonus point for being highly organized, with a strong attention to detail.
  • Comfortable communicating and relaying data both verbally and in writing in a concise and compelling manner.
  • Familiarity with Google Workspace (Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides).
  • Bonus points for Salesforce or similar customer relationship management (CRM) tool experience.
  • Interest in data collection, management, analysis, and visual reporting , or using data organizational tools, such as AirTable.
  • Interest and desire to grow with WCN’s Core Values of impact, integrity, community, service, & collaboration.


This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after July 15, 2024.


The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities. Compensation is expected to be in the range of $60,000-$70,000 based on qualifications, experience, and regional cost of living. In addition, benefits include: medical, dental, vision insurance contributions, chiropractic/acupuncture, mental health coverage, basic life insurance, AD&D, Health FSA and Dependent care (pre-tax payroll dollars), 401k plan with 5% match, employee’s contribution up to 5% of employee’s salary, 11 paid holidays with 1 paid floating holiday, 15 days of paid vacation in the first year (+1 day per year worked), paid sick leave, and an employee discount program.


To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

  1. Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website:
  2. Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, and one short answer response.

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than April 5, 2024. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required.

If you have questions please see RAY’s FAQ page and any further questions about the application process can be submitted to

WCN is committed to the principles of being an equal opportunity employer (EOE). WCN’s organizational policies, practices, programs, activities and decisions regarding employment are not based on a person’s race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, parental status, housing status, or other protected status, in accordance with applicable law. Black, Indigenous, people of color, women, individuals identifying with the LGBTQIA+ community, or members of other underrepresented groups in the conservation sector are strongly encouraged to apply.