Careers at IRF

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF), a vibrant, global, wildlife conservation organization based in Strasburg, Virginia, seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as Operations Manager.

IRF seeks a responsible administrative professional to work part-time to assist the staff in the Strasburg, VA office and to perform a variety of administrative and operational tasks. Duties of the Operations Manager include providing support to our team, overseeing daily office needs, performing basic bookkeeping activities, and overseeing our organization’s general operational activities.
Operations Manager responsibilities include running weekly staff meetings, liaising with our finance team, financial management, CRM oversight, state non-profit registration, maintaining mailing lists, and managing IRF’s online shop. The ideal candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills and be able to organize their work using MS office and Google Suite. Candidates with prior bookkeeping and grant management experience preferred.


The Operations Manager should possess the following:

  • Ability to work both independently and with a team
  • Attention to detail and the ability to effectively multi-task in a deadline-driven atmosphere
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, and identify and resolve problems
  • High levels of integrity, autonomy, and self-motivation
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills

Professional Qualifications and Experience

  • 5 years’ experience in operations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and willingness to learn Google Suite
  • Bachelor’s degree

Personal Attributes:

  • Passionate commitment to the values and mission of IRF
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to move from ideas to action
  • Highest level of personal and professional integrity and quality standards; strong work ethic
  • Commitment to teamwork and partnership development
  • Creative, articulate, and diplomatic, with a healthy sense of humor

Compensation Compensations is competitive and commensurate with experience and skills. This is a 30-hour per week position based at our Strasburg, Virginia office.

How to Apply Interested candidates should email a resume and a cover letter explaining how their skills and background fit this to by February 8, 2019. Refer to IRF Operations Manager in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.

The International Rhino Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All correspondence will remain confidential.


The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) works to ensure the survival of the world’s rhino species through conservation and research. Founded in response to intense poaching of Zimbabwe’s black rhinos in the early 1990s, IRF’s commitment helped to reduce the threat and stabilize the population. To this day, IRF-supported conservation programs in Zimbabwe have secured 90% of the country’s rhinos. In five countries across two continents, IRF supports viable populations of the five remaining rhino species and the communities with which they coexist.

Throughout its almost 30-year history, IRF has funded and managed rhino conservation projects in Asia and Africa. IRF is governed by a 15-person board of directors, which meets once a year. IRF’s annual budget is approximately $5 million, with ten professional employees in four countries. IRF carries out most of its work with trusted partners in range countries, which allows it to remain lean. In 2017, 93% of IRF’s financial contributions went directly to field programs. The IRF has close ties to the zoo community, which generously supports much of its work. IRF’s core values of hard work, partnership, passion, and optimism are at the heart of everything the organization does.

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