NCS Metrics Scientist at The Nature Conservancy

Posted in Other 14 days ago.

Type: Full Time
Location: Arlington, Virginia

Job Description:

Arlington, Virginia, USAThe preferred location for this position is Arlington, VA, USA but is negotiable for locations where TNC is an established NGO.#LI-REMOTE#LI-POST
The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world's toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.One of TNC's primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we'll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply - we'd love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, "you'll join for the mission, and you'll stay for the people."
Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) are land and water stewardship activities that generate measurable climate mitigation through the protection, improved management, or restoration of natural and working forests, wetlands, grasslands, and agricultural lands across the globe. The NCS Metrics Scientist plays a leadership role in providing technical and scientific support for the measurement and reporting of NCS mitigation within the Conservancy's conservation portfolio. They work as part of the NCS Science Team under the Global Tackle Climate Change strategy, reporting to the NCS Science Deputy Director. The NCS Metrics Scientist will coordinate with the organizational Conservation Programs Team and other key staff to develop and refine guidance and communicate and train Conservancy staff in the interpretation and application of that guidance to measure and report NCS mitigation towards the Conservancy's three billion metric tonnes CO2e/yr 2030 goal. This position will lead projects and support staff in reporting organizational metrics to monitor and evaluate project progress.
If you're looking for a career where you can find purpose, come join our Tackle Climate Change Team as the NCS Metrics Scientist. Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives, but you'll contribute to conservation goals through many networks! We're looking for a passionate, dedicated person to lead and support cross-functional initiatives across the globe. Communication and experience interpreting scientific information are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!The NCS Metrics Scientist's primary function is to identify opportunities for more effective integration of NCS accounting and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) principles into conservation planning, research, implementation, and reporting across the conservancy. NCS accounting guidance is based upon accounting principles developed by the NCS Science Team and partners (e.g. the NCS Handbook), and is regularly updated and integrated into subsequent NCS Science team and other TNC products. The Scientist will work with global, regional, state, and country Business Units (BUs), as well as external partners and experts, to provide the necessary technical support for setting NCS targets and objectives, evaluating NCS data sources, prioritizing investments in consideration of NCS, and developing monitoring and evaluation plans for tracking mitigation benefits in units of metric tonnes (t) of CO2e per year as well, as other metrics. This is likely to include operationalizing NCS accounting guidance, developing tools and/or processes to streamline the application of the guidance, connecting with Conservation by Design concepts, coaching project teams, or other efforts to gain widespread adoption of the guidance across TNC. They will advise the Naturebase team on measuring outcomes and translating NCS measures to other evaluation frameworks.The NCS Metrics Scientist will help teams adhere to NCS accounting principles such as additionality, permanence, and leakage and integrate strong program design fundamentals. They will respond to queries from BUs regarding NCS best practices and standards and support those BUs in integrating high-quality, rigorous NCS accounting. They play a critical role in connecting global teams to regional programs and identifying needed expertise in countries and regions to help ensure TNC is delivering on high quality NCS projects with meaningful mitigation benefits. They will lend their expertise to translate complex scientific models and methods into approaches understandable and usable by field programs across The Conservancy.The preferred location for this position is Arlington, VA, USA but is negotiable for locations where TNC is an established NGO. This is a term position with an anticipated end date of June 2024 with a possibility of extension.
Master's Degree in ecology, conservation science, social science, or science-related field and at least 4 years of experience in conservation or metrics-related fields, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience synthesizing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information. Experience preparing reports of findings. Experience leading or participating on cross-functional teams. Experience managing projects and coordinating the work of peers and partners. Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS PhD and 1-3 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. Applied experience with nature-based mitigation, environmental accounting, or similar topics. Training or experience in program design and/or monitoring, evaluation, and learning concepts. Strong team player who can build productive relationships and work collaboratively across the organization and with partners. Experience developing trainings and/or training others. Experience developing and implementing multiple, complex projects in an unstructured environment, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes. Experience synthesizing best practices; writing guidance documents with clear, accessible language; and developing customizable tools/templates. Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals. Strong knowledge of common analytical and/or project management software applications. Proven negotiation skills. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to work independently and collaboratively to creatively and proactively solve problems. Commitment to the goals and philosophy of The Nature Conservancy. Willingness to travel significantly, including internationally, and work under physically demanding remote rural conditions.
To apply for job ID 53447, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact 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 diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC's value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we're registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we're unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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