Lead Scientist - Global Water

Employer The Nature Conservancy
Location All USA, All USA, United States
Employer website www.nature.org

Job Description

The Nature Conservancy seeks a Lead Scientist - Global Water. As the most senior scientist on freshwater issues at the Conservancy, this is a unique opportunity to shape and implement a vision for applied freshwater science and strengthen TNC's status as a global leader. The Lead Scientist will bring significant water resources/large scale water engineering background and help provide innovative solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

TNC’s Global Water community includes freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners, working across six continents. We collaborate with academia, governments, corporates, other NGOs and communities, and together we are making real progress. In 2017 our Murray-Darling Balanced Water Fund in Australia was awarded the Banskia Capital Award. Our work to help governments achieve energy needs while protecting rivers has been supported by new funding from the Inter-American Development Bank; and we have just launched China’s second Water Fund in Hangzhou – bringing the global total to 30.


The world faces pressing global challenges, from climate change to increasing food, energy and water demands. The Nature Conservancy believes we can meet these challenges and make progress towards a future that balances the needs of people and nature through major changes in decisions about natural resource management, economic development investments, and market systems. The Conservancy seeks a scientific thought leader with a proven record of success in water resource management to drive a high-impact global research agenda. The Lead Scientist, Global Water provides science technical and strategic leadership and is a senior subject matter expert for freshwater strategies and science for the entire organization. S/he will direct strategic science processes, fundraise for freshwater science work, and develop and maintain partnerships with external subject experts and institutions to strengthen strategic approaches and technical methods. As a member of the Science Cabinet, a collaborative group of the Conservancy’s top scientists, the Lead Scientist, Global Water will contribute topical expertise to cross-cutting science issues and represent the organization in professional conferences, university partnerships, and high-level global events around critical conservation issues.


The Lead Scientist, Global Water develops and monitors the implementation of a vision for applied Freshwater Science that is aligned with TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda Framework. They collaborate with the science community at large to enhance the freshwater conservation practices of TNC and others and continue to strengthen TNC’s status as a global leader in Freshwater Conservation Science. They guide development and dissemination of scientific methods, tools and guidelines for freshwater strategies, conduct original research and publish findings to add to the body of Freshwater Science knowledge and support of TNC organizational goals. S/he will drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in freshwater science as a foundation to addressing the world’s most pressing water resource challenges.

The Lead Scientist, Global Water will report to the Managing Director of Global Water, and will be an active collaborator with the Science Cabinet in the Office of the Chief Scientist – a collaborative group that brings top level thought leadership to the organization’s strategy leaders, establishes and advances critical science issues with the external academic and practitioner communities, and takes on joint research to address pressing trans-disciplinary issues in conservation.

Application Closing: 08 Apr 2018

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