Ocean Career: Senior Ocean Scientist at The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive.

Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, inclusive approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world.

The California Chapter is TNC’s largest state program with around 230 employees working statewide in various positions to achieve our conservation mission – from financial analysts to on-the-ground ecologists. We are currently engaged in more than two dozen large-scale conservation projects with the goal of developing and testing ideas to increase the pace, scale, and effectiveness of conservation. Over the past six decades, we have protected more than 1.2 million acres of land, 5,000 miles of streams, and 3.8 million acres of ocean habitat in waters off the California coast. The California Chapter believes that we are most effective when our staff live and work embedded in the lands and communities our work serves to conserve. For this reason, and to reduce our carbon footprint when meeting in person, all of our current and future staff live in California, including those in a home office.

What We Can Achieve Together

The Senior Ocean Scientist leads and manages a diverse portfolio of applied ocean conservation science initiatives in California and the Pacific. These initiatives are directly tied to solution development, policy change, and implementation pathways spearheaded by the CA Oceans Program, and may include, but are not limited to, restoration and recovery of key habitats and species, fisheries science and management, mitigation of ocean and land-based sources of plastic pollution and waste streams, market-based incentive mechanisms to achieve conservation outcomes, and the protection and restoration of island ecosystems.

The Senior Ocean Scientist works with the Oceans Team to identify key conservation science issues and develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address ocean conservation challenges. They develop, lead, and leverage a network of internal and external partners, scientists, collaborators, and students to develop an ocean science enterprise that advances the goals and objectives of the CA Oceans Program. They lead multi-disciplinary teams, write proposals, manage grants and contracts, conduct field research, manage data, submit peer-reviewed publications and reports, and communicate ocean science to broad audiences.

What You’ll Bring

  • Master's Degree in science related field and 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in marine science and conservation.
  • Experience directing a marine science or conservation project of strategic importance and working with a multi-disciplinary team to deliver a set of outcomes.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience with communication skills, written, spoken and graphical.

Application deadline: October 18, 2022
Location: Position is negotiable withing the state of California

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