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Staff Scientist - Endangered Species

Portland OR

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!



The Center for Biological Diversity seeks a staff scientist to advocate for the conservation of endangered species. The position will involve working with a team of attorneys, communications specialists and advocates to protect endangered species across the United States.

Science is woven into our advocacy work and informs our legal strategies, policy advocacy, campaigning and public education. The scientist will pair science with advocacy to promote endangered species conservation initiatives and conduct scientific and factual research to support endangered species program campaigns and litigation. The position will also include policy advocacy and campaign activities that focus on conservation of endangered species and their habitats.


Main duties:

The position will require extensive scientific and policy writing, including preparing petitions to list species under the Endangered Species Act and writing comments on environmental review documents and other agency proposals.

Provide factual and research support and analysis for legal and campaign work in order to protect endangered species from the threats they face.

Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach and delivering effective statements to reporters to highlight risks to wildlife and the extinction crisis.

Communicate with decision-makers, the public, scientists and opinion leaders on endangered species issues through outreach and public speaking.

Build relationships with key scientists, coalition partners and community leaders.


Benefits Package:

Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.

Paid STD and LTD.

403(b) plan with opportunity for match.

Relaxed work atmosphere.

Salary is commensurate with experience.


Application process: Please apply via our website by submitting a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample as a single document. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

We are an equal opportunity employer.


Position Requirements

Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills desired:

Minimum two years of professional experience in science, law, public policy, campaigning or advocacy.

Completion of an advanced degree in a relevant scientific field such as environmental science, conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, wildlife biology, fisheries or other species related science.

Scientific literacy and familiarity with conservation biology literature is essential.

Familiarity with environmental law and policy preferred.

Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.

Excellent communication skills, including public speaking.

An ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Strong work ethic and time-management skills.

A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.



Posted May 19, 2020

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