[ES_JOBS_NET] The Nature Conservancy Director of Science, Brunswick, Maine

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Mon Feb 27 22:41:20 MST 2017

*Position Description*

Director of Science, Brunswick, Maine (ME)
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*Job Summary*

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to
make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in more than
60 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your
neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to
conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.


The Director of Science plays a critical leadership role in using an
evidence-based, scientific approach to inspire and guide the conservation
strategies of The Nature Conservancy in Maine. To accomplish this, s/he
deploys strategic planning skills, uses existing and innovative solutions,
establishes collaborative multi-disciplinary partnerships, supervises
staff, and works through cross-functional teams to build on and expand how
science and conservation are conducted in Maine and beyond. This position
is central to ensuring that our conservation strategies are based on robust
scientific grounding and have positive outcomes for nature and people


The Director of Science serves as TNC Maine’s lead on conservation science
and planning. Leading and managing a team of science and planning staff in
Maine, s/he coordinates with other scientists across and outside the
Conservancy to inform the conservation vision for our work in Maine and
beyond. Working closely with the Director of Conservation Programs, s/he
also deploys strategic thinking and planning skills and a collaborative,
science-based approach to guide TNC Maine’s applied conservation and policy
work for forests, freshwater, oceans and climate. The Director applies
existing and cutting-edge solutions to major conservation challenges and is
responsible for leading collaborative enterprises that create a body of
scientific work that build on and expand how conservation is carried out
for the benefit of nature and people in Maine and beyond. S/he ensures that
all science staff are contributing actively and positively to achieving
results aligned with TNC Maine and regional priorities, and empowers the
team to do science and share learnings widely with a diversity of
audiences. S/he also works with the team to cultivate partnerships to
increase the visibility and impact of our conservation science work, and
builds support for local, regional, and global conservation efforts. S/he
collaborates with other scientists and institutions to enhance conservation
practices in general and for the Conservancy in particular.


   - Master's Degree in science related field and 4 years of experience or
   equivalent combination of education and experience.
   - Experience managing complex projects including project management
   skills, financial management, and coordinating the work of peers and
   - Supervisory experience.
   - Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
   - Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or
   environmental data.
   - Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals, original
   science papers, and/or synthesis papers.


   - Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experiences
   are appreciated.
   - Ph.D. in ecology, biology, natural resources, or social sciences.
   - Ability to engage in a wide range of conservation issues, analyze
   complex problems, rapidly build personal/team expertise on new issues, and
   develop strategic responses or solutions.
   - Proven ability to leverage applied scientific concepts and technical
   innovations for broader impact.
   - Strong written, visual, and verbal communication skills and experience
   translating complex technical and scientific issues to a broad range of
   audiences and across platforms (e.g. in-person presentations, journals,
   social media).
   - Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and develop partnerships
   with a wide range of individuals that do not have a direct reporting
   relationship, including staff, partner organizations, government agencies,
   academic institutions, and other stakeholders.
   - Proven experience as a team and project leader.
   - Experience with social sciences, particularly as it relates to the
   interrelationship between natural resource conservation and community
   health (social, economic and/or political).
   - Experience and/or publication history in one or more of the following
   areas: nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, or climate change
   - General understanding of policy, government processes, laws and
   regulations as they relate to habitat and species protection, land and
   natural resource use, and/or energy and infrastructure.
   - Demonstrated success in fundraising including writing proposals and
   interacting with public and private donors.
   - Proven negotiation skills.


To apply to position number 45145, submit resume (required) and cover
letter separately using the upload buttons. *All applications must be
submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 21, 2017.*

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a
draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications
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in your application being disqualified from consideration.

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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 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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