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Nature Conservatory Adaptation Capacity Research Specialist 53405 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania




Arlington, Virginia, USA

The location of this position is flexible to all locations where The Nature Conservancy is registered to do business. Arlington, VA is where TNC\'s headquaters is located.






The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground 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 and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC\'s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we\'ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply - we\'d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, \"you\'ll join for the mission, and you\'ll stay for the people.\"




Climate change is altering ecosystems and putting people and communities at risk at an alarming rate. The Nature Conservancy has set organization-wide goals to help people adapt to climate change using nature-based approaches. The Provide Food and Water Team is focused on increasing food and water security for people while improving ecosystem health. As one of TNC\'s principles when working on adaptation, leadership and capacity building should be part of our investments to create lasting results.

The Adaptation Capacity Research Specialist will assist The Nature Conservancy\'s Provide Food and Water team gather and synthesize data in order to inform decisions and provide resources to practitioners working to build leadership and capacity in the communities where they work. Projects can be done virtually or from a Nature Conservancy office (TBD). This is a short-term position, starting approximately in June and continuing into September. This position may be extended or can end early depending on the needs of the team.

  • Research current literature on leadership and capacity-strengthening efforts, focusing where possible on examples within agricultural development, conservation programs, and systems change investments in the context of a rapidly changing climate.
  • Summarize findings on the types of leadership and capacity strengthening programs used, for what purpose, relationship (or not) to other programmatic activities, outcomes or value achieved, and case study examples. The focus will be on Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC\'s).
  • Create a bibliography and database of resources regarding experts, institutions, and funders that are involved in adaptation leadership and capacity-building programs.


  • Work with project leads both internal to TNC and within external partners to develop a workplan and will proactively work with project leads to identify challenges, compile findings, and provide suggestions for further exploration.
  • Carry out independent literature review of relevant studies and resources that help answer key questions posed by the project team.
  • May work with a small group of staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis to carry out interviews, surveys and collate results.
  • Write a final report of fin ings and deliver final products




Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in and where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We\'re looking for someone with Experience with systematic literature reviews to answer key questions, creating metadata, and interview methodologies. The candidate should have strong communication and collaboration skills. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!




  • Bachelor\'s Degree in a science-related field, including social sciences, and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience conducting desk research, synthesizing data, formulating insights and conclusions, and writing reports.


  • Academic or subsequent experience with behavioral science, economics, organizational development, leadership development and/or sustainable development
  • Experience in program evaluation and/or programmatic Cost-Benefit Analysis a plus
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • Master\'s level education and research experience a plus
  • Experience with systematic literature reviews to answer key questions, creating metadata, and interview methodologies.
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and evaluate information and adapt accordingly
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment
  • Time management skills
  • Passion for creating a more nature-positive and climate-resilient world




Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We\'re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.




To apply for job ID 53405, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@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 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,