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Director of Science

The Nature Conservancy

Brunswick ,  Maine

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. 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.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Maine team! This position will play a critical leadership role in using an evidence-based, scientific approach to inspire and guide the conservation strategies of The Nature Conservancy in Maine This position is central to ensuring that our conservation strategies are based on robust scientific grounding and have positive outcomes for nature and people.  

We are looking for a proven leader and problem solver to serve as a science facilitator and a subject matter expert to ensure conservation science and planning best practices are applied throughout TNC Maine’s work in forests, freshwater, oceans, and climate and with communities. Leading and managing a team of science and planning staff in Maine, the Director of Science will bring existing and cutting-edges science to address major conservation challenges. This person will be responsible for leading collaborative enterprises that create a body of scientific work that build on and expand how conservation is carried out for the benefit of nature and people in Maine and beyond. The Director of Science will help lead strategic planning to determine TNC Maine’s priorities, and will be responsible for fostering effective and innovative partnerships to develop and implement key projects. We appreciate collaborative approaches and encourage innovative ideas and recommendations. The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:


  • Master's Degree in science related field and 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex projects including project management skills, financial management, and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals, original science papers, and/or synthesis papers.


  • PhD. in ecology, biology, natural resources, or social sciences. 
  • Ability to engage in a wide range of conservation issues, analyze complex problems, rapidly build personal/team expertise on new issues, and develop strategic responses. 
  • Proven ability to leverage applied scientific concepts and technical innovations for broader impact.
  • Experience translating complex technical and scientific issues to a broad range of audiences and across platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and develop partnerships with a wide range of individuals that do not have a direct reporting relationship, including staff, partner organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, and other stakeholders. 
  • Proven experience as a team and project leader.
  • Experience with social sciences, particularly as it relates to the interrelationship between natural resource conservation and community health (social, economic and/or political).
  • Experience and/or publication history in one or more of the following areas: nature-based solutions, ecosystem services, or climate change adaptation.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising including writing proposals and interacting with public and private donors.

Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world.  Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses in order to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, then please visit to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 45145 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 21, 2017. Please note that the position will be located in Brunswick, Maine.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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