Natural Climate Solutions Forester – Arlington

Natural Climate Solutions Forester
The Nature Conservancy

(To apply, visit and look for job posting 48679.)

The NCS Forester will be a member of the Global Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Science Team, which is embedded within the Tackle Climate
Change Business Unit. The position is supervised by the NCS Science Team Lead. The position will work closely with other teams, including the
Global Forestry and Wood Products team. The NCS Science team advances TNC’s mission by conducting cutting-edge applied science on all
NCS that integrate positive biodiversity and people outcomes, with a focus on forests. Our research informs the design and measurement of
strategies that are reaching the ground and changing policies and behavior at large scales. The NCS Forester provides technical and scientific
support and leadership around various NCS pathways, including Improved Natural Forest Management: which measures the climate benefits of
management practices in native forests. The NCS forester will also conduct assessments on the impacts (e.g. climate, environmental, etc.) of
increasing mass timber on forests in key wood supply regions in the United States.
This is a full-time, 1- year position with the intention that the funding term will be extended, dependent on funding and other factors.


The NCS Forester will offer technical and science strategic leadership for the Tackle Climate Change Global Priority, and drives efforts to
establish TNC as a global leader in ecologically well-designed forestry interventions. S/he coordinates engagements, builds networks, and
provides guidance and support across projects, TNC field programs and partners. S/he conducts original research, manages cross-cutting
collaborations, publishes findings and communicates to diverse audiences in support of TNC organizational goals.


Candidates will ideally have a core scientific base in forestry and forest ecology, and additional experience in and/or exposure to related fields,
including carbon measurement, conservation planning, and analysis of field and remotely-sensed data. Additional responsibilities may include:
• Leading applied research on forestry and carbon sequestration, particularly as related to improved natural forest management initiatives.
• Both leading and contributing to project teams in support of major applied science initiatives/projects.
• Placing special emphasis on research and synthesis that advances the evidence base for understanding effectiveness of conservation
strategies in improving climate, biodiversity and human well-being outcomes.
• Conducting field work, often in remote forest locations under variable weather conditions, in hazardous terrain, and under physically
demanding circumstances.
• Providing advice and training for internal and external colleagues on forestry and conservation science principles.
• Reviewing and synthesizing relevant scientific literature into technical and non-technical papers and memos, donor reports, oral
presentation of results to technical and non-technical parties.
• Communicating findings and best practices in high-level international fora and peer reviewed publications.
• Providing critical, evidence-based input into Improved Natural Forest Management as a strategy for the Tackle Climate Change
Business Unit.
• Leading efforts to translate findings and best available science into regionally or sector-appropriate guidelines, tools, and/or best practice
for the organization and the broader conservation community.
• Enlisting academic scientists in research on challenges of interest to the organization
• Carrying out some project management duties, such as managing consultants, and work planning
• Collaborating with an array of TNC colleagues at the Global, regional and state level
• Supporting fundraising efforts.


• Master’s Degree in science related field and 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
• Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
• Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.

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 all genders with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. 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, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.
• Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams.
• Experience managing complex projects, including the financial aspects and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
• Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.

Additional Information:

Contact Name: Peter Ellis
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 3015415837

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