Forest Natural Climate Solutions Analyst

The Nature Conservancy

Arlington, Virginia

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive

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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

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Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) NCS Science team is expanding our capacity to conduct rigorous scientific investigations of the impacts of land management on the carbon cycle, biodiversity, natural resource production, and human wellbeing. The Forest Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Analyst provides technical and scientific support for a large, interconnected NCS research program. The Forest NCS Analyst will work within a highly collaborative, driven, multidimensional scientific team at the forefront of NCS Science. They will be involved in all aspects of our research, and will have the opportunity to lead projects and publish results as lead author. The Forest NCS Analyst will be supervised by the Global Director of Climate Science and will work at the direction of the NCS Forester.

This position is funded for two and a half years and it is anticipated that the position will end at that time. An extension may be possible based on needs and funding availability.

This position will ideally be located in the Portland, ME or Arlington, VA TNC office. Other US and non-US locations will be considered where TNC has an already established office.

The Forest NCS Analyst works collaboratively within the NCS Science Team to collect, process and analyze data, build remote sensing and ecological models, interpret and synthesize results, draft and publish journal articles, and disseminate key results to field teams and partners. They will work primarily on topics related to Natural Climate Solutions in a forestry and agroforestry context. Their work will focus largely on geospatial analysis of forestry data, statistical analysis of agroforestry and forest inventory data, and reading and synthesizing scientific literature. The Forest NCS Analyst will lead writing and publication of at least one scientific journal article and assist in the production of reports and presentations to disseminate their work. The ideal candidate will be a savvy geospatial analyst, familiar with ArcGIS and comfortable leading GIS analyses; a competent statistician and experienced coder, preferably in R; and a committed and passionate team player.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • Master's Degree in natural resources or geospatial science related field and at least 1 year of experience in a professional, scientific setting or equivalent combination of education and
  • Experience in forestry, reforestation, agroforestry, and/or other forest-related land
  • Experience in all aspects of the scientific process:
    • Collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific
    • Reading, analyzing, and synthesizing scientific
    • Preparing reports of findings for stakeholders with varying degrees of scientific
  • Experience using GIS, e.g. ArcGIS or QGIS, to complete advanced geospatial
  • Experience using code driven analytical tools, e.g. R or Python, to manipulate and analyze tabular
  • Strong written and verbal communications

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