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The Nature Conservancy Director of Conservation Science in Lansing, Michigan

WE'RE LOOKING FOR YOU

If you are a highly collaborative leader with demonstrated standing in the scientific community and a proven track record of outcomes and guiding successful teams, we welcome your application. The Wisconsin Director of Conservation Science will have the opportunity to lead and grow The Nature Conservancy's applied science program capacity and identify opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of conservation partners working together to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises for the benefit of people and nature. This role will require your ongoing commitment to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in your work and the work of the organization. A typical week will include projects like:

  • Co-creating and deploying climate adaptation and resiliency projects
  • Evaluating, implementing and communicating about an equitable clean energy transition, natural solutions for carbon capture and nature-based solutions to help nature and communities adapt to climate change
  • Helping shape climate messages and coaching colleagues on strategic climate engagement
  • Promoting the Conservancy's Resilient and Connected Network tool to select audiences
  • Helping draft TNC's public comments and positions on conservation priorities
  • Partnering with colleagues and partners on science/academic grants and publications
  • Serving on advisory teams such as Wisconsin Initiative on Climate Change Impacts
  • Determining the Conservancy's role in public agency planning efforts

WHAT YOU'LL BRING

  • BA/BS degree and 7 years' experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience communicating complex issues to non-scientists, including donors
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters or Ph.D. and 7-10 years' experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Expertise and knowledge of current trends and practices in Midwestern aquatic or terrestrial systems or climate change.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating, influencing, developing and implementing conservation science policy and plans.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages, including a track-record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience with developing a diversity of collaborations with a strong emphasis and proven experience with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Politically savvy.

WHAT WE BRING

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 a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers

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