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Water Scientist

The Nature Conservancy, Portland, Oregon

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 02/05/2019

Have you ever dreamed of developing water science solutions to conservation challenges in freshwater, forest, desert and coastal geographies? Are you a stellar communicator who can seamlessly translate science findings to a broad range of stakeholders? Do you aspire to advance creative conservation science that will influence policy and contribute to creating a world where people and nature thrive? Our Water Scientist position could be the right career move for you!

As our Water Scientist, you develop and apply the scientific evidence base to guide The Nature Conservancy’s water related conservation strategies across Oregon. You’ll work with multiple teams of conservation practitioners and scientists, and provide technical and scientific leadership and support. In this role, you will be a leading voice for science within the Conservancy and with external partners and policy makers.

In case you’re not familiar, The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

As a leader in Oregon’s conservation community, our team of scientists and problem solvers protects and restores the iconic landscapes and inspiring locations that define our great state. From working to reduce the severity of fires in our forests and designing our clean water future to developing innovative technologies with fisherman and ranchers that sustainably protect both nature and livelihoods, The Nature Conservancy is building a future where people and nature thrive together.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
• Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience managing staff, project, workloads and finances under deadlines.
• Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.
• Record of serving as the primary author on peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
• Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.

Some desired knowledge, skills and experience that would be helpful:
• Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• PhD in water science related field (e.g., aquatic ecology, hydrology, fisheries) preferred and 4 years of experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Commitment to practical solutions to conservation challenges for nature and people. Experience designing and conducting applied studies to inform immediate and long-term conservation actions.
• Knowledge and experience with Pacific Northwest water related conservation issues. Including knowledge of climate change impacts on freshwater and estuarine systems and understanding of the prior appropriation system of western water law, TMDL policy, salmon recovery, and other Oregon water policies and programs.

The preferred hiring range for this position is $69,000-$74,200/year.

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Applications must be submitted by 8:59 PM PST on February 5, 2019 to be considered.

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 diverse people of all genders, 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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