Wildlife Trafficking Advisor

Wildlife Trafficking Advisor

Full Time

Job ID: R0045692

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 Wildlife Trafficking Advisor

  For more than 60 years, PAE has tackled the world’s toughest challenges to deliver agile and steadfast solutions to the U.S. government and its allies. With more than 20,000 employees on all seven continents and in more than 70 countries, PAE delivers a broad range of operational support services to meet the critical needs of our clients. Our headquarters is in Falls Church, Virginia. 

PAE is supporting the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in providing specialized training, advisory and mentoring services to host nations under the Criminal Division’s International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program (ICITAP).  https://www.justice.gov/criminal-icitap   ICITAP is a cornerstone of America’s global strategy for combating transnational crime, terrorism, countering trafficking in persons, establishing rule of law and enhancing human rights in developing countries.  PAE is the contract service provider to the DOJ ICITAP and Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT) programs.   

PAE is seeking a Wildlife Trafficking Advisor (WTA) to join our team and work designated host-country site(s) to support the ICITAP contract.  The WTA serves as a Law Enforcement Trainer.  This is an On Call/Temporary position.  There are opportunities around the world.  The duties and responsibilities listed below are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.  


  • Best approaches developing investigative, interdiction and enforcement teams focused on Counter Wildlife Trafficking (CWT) enforcement; 
  • Criminal enterprise techniques of wildlife and environmental trafficking networks; 
  • Typical global, regional and local financial techniques used by criminal wildlife and environmental trafficking networks; 
  • Typical smuggling and concealment techniques used by criminal wildlife and environmental trafficking networks; 
  • Local, national, regional and global impact of transnational illegal wildlife trafficking networks and the destabilizing affect these criminal enterprises have on local and national economies; 
  • Lawful information collection, analysis and intelligence utilization related to illegal wildlife trafficking for public education, prevention, interdiction and criminal prosecution; 
  • Establishing, securing and sustaining CWT investigations case management processes; 
  • Developing, conducting, and monitoring CWT related train-the-trainer programs that effectively transfer knowledge, skills and abilities embedding sustainable capabilities; 
  • CWT evidentiary identification, development, preservation and admissibility under local and international rules of criminal and evidentiary procedure;  
  • Development of CWT investigative unit staffing, training, policies, administration, implementation, budgeting, logistics, interoperability and sustainability. 
  • The CWT-LEA may represent DOJ/ICITAP in meetings with the U.S. government agency officials, senior foreign officials and others.  While the CWT-LEA is one of DOJ/ICITAP’s prime contractor representatives on the topic of law enforcement HUMINT, the HUMINT-LEA is NOT a US government official.   
  • Facilitating meetings; leading working groups; developing reports and specialized papers;  
  • Reviewing and editing policies; manuals and Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs);  
  • Conducting briefings; and, active participation in advising officials.   
  • Work will be performed at designated host-country site(s).   


  • Minimum Acceptable Experience Level:  
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
  • Minimum of 15 years of conservation and wildlife law enforcement experience, with most of the relevant experience in state or federal law enforcement agencies with primary investigative jurisdiction over environmental and wildlife crimes 
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in conducting multi-jurisdictional (interstate or international) wildlife crimes investigations some involving complex criminal cases 
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive supervisory conservation and wildlife law enforcement experience with responsibility over CWT or environmental crimes investigative units, task forces or teams 
  • Demonstrated experience in training, advising or mentoring foreign criminal justice officials 
  • Experience operating in austere and resource-strained environments; 
  • Previous work experience in austere, resource-strained, and/or harsh environmental conditions 
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Public Trust certification from the U.S. DOJ 
  • Knowledge of principles and processes involved in supporting contract responsibilities at an overseas facility. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment that requires handling multiple tasks at a given time and rapidly adapting to changing priorities and schedules. 
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity with an international perspective. 
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills. 
  • Computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Word and Excel. 
  • Ability to become an active and functioning member of a team. 
  • Ability to be innovative and be an agent for change. 
  • Expert communication skills to facilitate and disseminate information. 
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, conservation, forestry, international relations or related fields from a U.S. Department of Education recognized institution 
  • Security Vetting: Already possess a US Government issued security clearance or be able to obtain a favorable US Government clearance is required for the position. Must maintain eligibility at the required certification or clearance level for the duration of the contract. Must be able to obtain a Public Trust Waiver – Moderate. 
  • Language Skills: Satisfactory English proficiency to meet job requirements and to adhere and comply with safety, health, and security measures. 
  • Citizenship: Must be able to legally work in the United States without sponsorship. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Government issued security clearance. Possession of a valid U.S. Passport. 
  • Medical: Successfully complete medical fit for duty. 


  • Foreign language proficiencies, in addition to English, are preferred 
  • Master’s degree to above in criminal justice, economics, international relations, a forensic science, conservation, forestry or related fields from a U.S. Department of Education recognized institution 
  • Experience in South Asia, Africa or Southeast Asia or other global wildlife trafficking areas with demonstrated understanding of diverse regional cultures and customs 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international wildlife and environmental laws, UN Resolutions and trade regulations 

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

Disclaimer: PAE will never request payment for acquiring a job or electronic transfer of funds to complete the process of hiring. If you receive a request to make an electronic fund transfer, please notify your Point of Contact in PAE immediately. 

PAE is a drug-free workplace. 

 PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

Andy Norris, Operations Support Specialist