Conservation Impact Scientist

The Nature Conservancy

United States

Full time

Jul 3

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About the job


Arlington, Virginia, USA.

This location is flexible within the USA.

a Little About Us

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The Conservation Programs Team (CPT) in the Chief Conservation Office plays a critical role in supporting global conservation implementation by providing the frameworks, approaches, and tools for TNC to maximize its impact and achieve the organization’s 2030 goals. The CPT’s core program areas are strategy development, conservation portfolio management, and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL). The Conservation Impact Scientist is a key member of the MEL program, reporting to the Conservation Impact Lead who is responsible for TNC’s MEL framework.

Essential Functions

The MEL program is implementing two interrelated strategies to, first, overcome challenges to measuring impact and, second, apply lessons learned to advance systems and standards. The Conservation Impact Scientist will help implement the measuring impact strategy by providing scientific, technical, and project management support and leadership to priority projects. The Conservation Impact Scientist will help design priority projects to test key assumptions, verify progress, and evaluate impacts of specific conservation interventions, while also identifying or developing approaches and tools that can be used more broadly across TNC and the conservation sector.

Responsibilities And Scope

  • Support program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.
  • Partner with staff and external experts to design, develop, implement, or procure scientific and technical analyses, tools, and results.
  • Provide recommendations and key input on emerging practices, frameworks, and standards related to monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • May participate in and/or lead a cross functional team.
  • May manage a grant, contract or write a request for proposal.
  • Communicate and present technical concepts, data insights, and results to a wide range of internal and external audiences.
  • Support fundraising by providing materials and, as appropriate, meeting with donors.
  • Requires willingness and ability to travel up to 25% both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and evenings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in science related field and 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience generating, managing, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data, especially environmental and socioeconomic data.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams.
  • Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience engaging with and co-developing research questions, methods, analyses, or tools with users.
  • Experience with monitoring, impact evaluation, and related research methods or data science applications in the environmental field.
  • Strong knowledge of current and common scientific methods---especially in statistics---and software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to balance needs for scientific rigor and practical solutions.
  • Innovative scientist who brings new ideas, formulates useful questions for management, makes connections, adjusts to changing conditions.
  • Motivated by being part of an integrated team and by a service-oriented approach to supporting teams across a global organization.
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization, including with TNC partners.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • PhD and 1-3 experience considered.

How To Apply

To apply to position number 49870, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. The application deadline is 11:59pm EST on July 18, 2021.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

Seniority Level



  • Non-profit Organization Management  Environmental Services  Government Administration

Employment Type


Job Functions

  • Research  Analyst  Information Technology

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