Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining The Nature Conservancy team as our Sr. Scientist, Agriculture and Food Systems. This position will be the science lead for a major collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and a large agricultural corporation. The person in this role will provide scientific and technical input and oversight into both global initiatives and projects in key geographies around the world, including North America, Latin America, China, and Africa.
The Senior Scientist will play several key roles in the collaboration. The person in this role will be on point for ensuring the collaboration is built on a foundation of robust, consistent, and transparent science. This includes:
designing metrics and tools to drive better agricultural and environmental outcomes
providing scientific input and review in the design of regional projects
researching and speaking to complex issues (e.g. pesticides, GMOs, regulatory incentives and restrictions, trade-offs between desired outcomes, etc.)
brainstorming and creative thinking around novel opportunities in sustainable agriculture.
In addition to having an agricultural science background, critical thinking skills, and being able to quickly research emerging issues, the person in this role will also require excellent communication and collaboration skills to apply their findings within the collaboration and be an external spokesperson for the work. The person in this role will work with teams across the Conservancy, including other scientists and conservation staff, corporate engagement staff as well as developing and managing external research partnerships.
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 65 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Through collaborations with an extensive network of partners around the world, we are poised to take action on the most complex challenges facing our planet. Our place based projects in 69 countries serve as living laboratories where new ideas to protect nature are tested and perfected. We engage businesses and governments in delivering on-the-ground results, proving that these innovations can transform how all sectors of society value and use natural resources. And, by empowering stakeholders with solutions that work, we inspire the kind of action that brings lasting prosperity for people and nature around the globe. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, then please visit http://www.nature.org/careers to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 46117 by 11:59pm ET on February 28th 2018.
Please note that the position will be based in one of the following 3 locations: Arlington, Virginia, London or Berlin, Germany.
Master's Degree in agricultural science-related field (e.g. agronomy / plant and crop sciences, agricultural engineering, environmental toxicology, etc.) and 6 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
Experience with building relationships, including with the private sector.
Excellent team player with experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using influence and interpersonal skills, listening, diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships with corporations, partners, donors, volunteers, and all levels of staff.
Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions.
Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical.
International experience required.
Expertise desired in agricultural regulatory frameworks, business / corporate environment, pesticides, integrated pest management, GMOs and other novel forms of crops, economics, and ecosystem services.
Experience working with diverse sets of stakeholders.
Experience with GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and information systems.
PhD preferred and 3-5 years related experience considered.
Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.
Multi-language skills (especially Swahili, Spanish, or Mandarin). Multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated
Commitment to the mission and values of The Nature Conservancy, although no prior experience in environmental conservation is required