[ES_JOBS_NET] The Nature Conservancy Position: Water Resource Scientist

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Jun 27 09:06:39 MDT 2016

The Nature Conservancy Position: Water Resource Scientist (full-time)

Boston, Massachusetts
Search posting 44330 and click “Apply”

The Water Resource Scientist provides technical and scientific support for
aquatic conservation and restoration strategies across the spectrum of land
use, from wild to urban, in Massachusetts and regionally. The Scientist
will implement projects that provide multiple benefits to nature and
people, including community involvement and developing measures of success
relevant to ecosystem health and human well-being. This position will
include working to maintain the natural structure and function of
watersheds and estuaries; helping communities adapt to climate change and
improve resiliency using nature-based solutions; and protecting or
improving water quality from effects of nonpoint source pollution.

The Water Resource Scientist will work with local community members,
governments, engineering firms, and others to design and test the
effectiveness of nature-based approaches for protecting freshwater and
coastal resources, greening cities, reducing flooding and erosion, and
improving water quality and quantity. This position reports to the
Conservation Director for Rivers, Coasts and Oceans and works with program
staff to integrate aquatic priorities into project goals and multi-year
protection, restoration, and public policy strategies at multiple scales.
The Water Resource Scientist will apply his/her experience and training in
aquatic ecosystems to represent the Conservancy as a leader on multi-
disciplinary/multi-partner project teams. The Water Resource Scientist may
work with program directors throughout the Conservancy, particularly on
regional working teams developing both freshwater and integrated
freshwater/terrestrial/marine initiatives, as well as updating Whole System
plans. S/he will collaborate with and lead a variety of public and private
individuals, agencies, organizations and communities to implement
strategies, share information and advance the Conservancy’s mission.
Prepares grant applications, performs fieldwork, including ecosystem
assessment and monitoring, manages projects, and communicates results to a
variety of audiences.

Manage projects such as green infrastructure projects, river restoration,
and dam removal, develop and implement monitoring plans, and communicate
results - Work with Conservation Science team and other TNC staff to
integrate information from existing data sets, GIS data sets, technical
literature, and field assessments to assess threats to and, identify,
implement, monitor and measure strategies for aquatic systems and species.
- Lead and collaborate with a variety of public and private individuals,
agencies, organizations and communities to implement strategies; enable and
support municipalities and others to plan and implement conservation
strategies. - Initiate and coordinate survey and research work, including
the management of contracts with academic institutions and other
researchers, to answer key ecological and social/economic questions, e.g.,
cost benefit analyses - Represent TNC at public meetings and on committees
where technical input is required.  Review public agency management plans
and prepare public comments related to regulatory review of projects that
affect TNC priority areas. - Inform policy/government relations and
sustainable finance strategies to facilitate implementation of nature-based
solutions at large scales. - Write grant proposals for support from
government granting agencies and private foundations. May manage several
grants, contracts or requests for proposal. Track budgets for all projects.
- Lead and/or participate on regional and global teams related to aquatic
conservation - Attend and present at TNC and external science
meetings/workshops, as appropriate, to gain and disseminate knowledge and
data that will direct the Chapter's conservation efforts and assist
colleagues and partners. - May lead staff, interns or volunteers on a
project basis. - May require frequent travel and evening and weekend hours.

Graduate Degree in water science related field and 1 year of experience or
equivalent combination of education and experience. - Experience
collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data. -
Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people. -
Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite Software. - Experience
communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English. -
Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting
realistic deadlines and managing timeframes. - Valid US driver’s license.

Specialization in the ecology of freshwater and/or coastal ecosystems,
including urban settings, particularly desired. - Experience in engineering
and/or planning coastline and river protection projects, ecological
restoration, or storm water and water management projects. - Knowledge of
current trends in research in urban ecosystems and on recent practices in
the conservation of lands and waters within cities is a plus. - Experience
working across race, socio-economic class and language differences. -
Multi-lingual skills appreciated. - Experience in partnership development
(partners, community, government, etc.) - Experience in collaborating with
scientists and other conservation practitioners to complete assessments and
develop focused conservation priorities - Peer-reviewed publication record
and/or reports and presentations related to hydrology, water resource
engineering, water management, freshwater biodiversity or related topics -
Experience successfully leading teams linked by common purpose rather than
by lines of authority or supervisory structure to accomplish results. -
Excellent writing and presentation skills - Willingness to learn and
develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers,
management tools, and global affairs - May work in variable weather
conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically
demanding circumstances.

To apply to position number 44330, submit resume and cover letter as one
document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59
p.m. Eastern Time on July 5, 2016.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a
draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications
cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result
in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user
guide or contact appl... at tnc.org.

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 men and
women 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.
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