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Ecosystems Services Science Manager

Arlington VA

Job ID:  47624


Founded in 1951, 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. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit 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.



The Ecosystem Services Science Manager (ES Science Manager) oversees all aspects of management, science & technical leadership, and community relations for ecosystem services which include Mapping Ocean Wealth, Coastal Resilience, and other related projects in Ocean Planning and Mapping. This position reports to the Dir. of Global Ocean Planning & Mapping, supports Global Ocean team conservation priorities for Ocean Protection and other related priorities under the TNC Shared Conservation Agenda. The preferred location for this position is at our World Office located in Arlington, Virginia (VA) but negotiable within an already established TNC office. No relocation or Visa assistance is available for this position.



The ES Science Manager joins the Global Ocean team to manage marine and coastal ecosystem services in support of the ‘Ocean Protection’ priority strategy including Mapping Ocean Wealth and Coastal Resilience. S/He works closely with Conservancy staff and external partners to advance ecosystem services at local and global scales and inform coastal and marine conservation efforts towards ocean conservation goals. S/he strengthens the role of the Conservancy as a major conservation partner in this field including advancing the use of ecosystem services for ocean planning and protection, and nature to build resilience in at-risk coastal communities. This role entails implementing short and long-term visions to advance ecosystem services in marine conservation including innovative applications for new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and leveraging sources of “big data”. S/He leads and manages a team, fundraises, and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity for marine and coastal ecosystem services across the Conservancy. They support Global Oceans by serving as a technical and subject matter expert for ecosystem services within TNC and with external partners, including leading advisory teams. S/He advises and supports TNC communications, marketing and philanthropy staff on issues related to marine and coastal ecosystem services and helps ensure that TNC’s internal and external communications accurately reflect the conservation goals and Ocean Protection priority. The ES Science Manager develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address needs, and engages community support in global regions for local conservation efforts. They negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and other global stakeholders to conserve and protect natural communities and develop and implement conservation strategies.



Provides leadership for ecosystem services at local and global scales to inform and support current and future needs for global oceans and TNC program conservation priorities including marine spatial planning, marine protected areas, ocean governance, fisheries, climate change and nature-based solutions.

Supervises program staff and coordinates with other TNC staff working on priority strategies and key project deliverables in national and regional programs.

Provides subject matter expertise for marine ecosystem services and coastal resilience.

Provides leadership and management of communications materials including fact sheets, websites, media, peer-review publications, reports.

Negotiates and manages contracts including tracking of consultancies and deliverables.

Leads fundraising for ecosystem services within the Global Oceans team and coordinates fundraising with priority regional projects.

Communicates, promotes and aligns with other global oceans priority projects and other technology at TNC

Provides leadership for advisory teams and external partnerships/collaborations

Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget for several grants (public and private).

Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for program.

Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and context.

Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.

Travel up to 30% domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.

May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.



BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.

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.



Master’s degree in marine biology, environmental sciences, or related field preferred.

At least 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.

At least 3-5 years in project management with complex, multi-disciplinary teams.

At least 2 years’ experience with Geographic Information Systems, preferred.

Demonstrated success in influencing, developing and implementing conservation projects, policy or plans.

Experience using and developing conservation decision support tools or systems.

Experience managing websites and online data portals.

Familiarity with TNC’s and Mapping Ocean Wealth ( decision support tool platforms, preferred.

Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.

Knowledge of industry trends in innovative geospatial technologies and global trends in marine ecosystem services for coastal and marine conservation.

Experience in marine spatial planning and marine protected areas, preferred.

Familiarity with marine conservation opportunities and challenges in Africa, Canada, Eastern Caribbean, Indonesia, Pacific Islands and United States.

Excellent communication skills for scientific and non-scientific audiences via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.

Politically savvy and understanding of political sensitivities for ocean planning.

Publication record preferred.

Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.



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Posted May 8, 2019

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