Marine Conservation Scientist, Nature Positive - 24081

WWF Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details N/A


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Marine Conservation Scientist, Nature Positive

Major Function

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations. The WWF-US Oceans team has developed a conservation strategy with a vision of enabling healthy oceans that not only benefit the planet and where people thrive, but also where societies are more prosperous and the world is more peaceful. The strategy takes an integrated approach to our oceans, combining place-based seascape conservation work with global scale markets, and blue finance, as well as looks to the future and the potential impacts that climate change will have on ocean health, peace, and security. The strategy has ambitious goals of making significant contributions towards a nature positive future - in which the loss of nature is halted and reversed by 2030 - including through seascapes and engagements with the public and private sectors. Nature positive is a concept that has gained momentum and interest, including through adoption in the Global Biodiversity Framework and by the private sector, and requires further scientific capacity to guide ocean stakeholders. WWF seeks a Marine Conservation Scientist: Nature Positive to conduct scientific analyses and develop actionable science-based recommendations for key target audiences.

Under the supervision of the Director of Nature Positive for Oceans, the Marine Conservation Scientist—Nature Positive will contribute to the development of scientific products needed for key stakeholders to credibly contribute to a nature-positive future. In addition, they will support engagements with seascapes to ensure that recommendations inform locally driven integrated efforts.


  • Supports the scientific development of the nature positive concept as applied to the ocean.
  • Reviews and synthesizes relevant literature, datasets, evidence, and knowledge and translates into non-technical language when appropriate.
  • Reviews and assesses indicators and datasets relevant to nature positive outcomes (biodiversity, people, and climate) for oceans.
  • Contributes to the development of science-based recommendations for external stakeholders.
  • Supports engagements with WWF-US Ocean team’s focal seascapes related to nature positive concept and science.
  • Builds/strengthens collaborations with academic, research, or evaluation experts.
  • Works collaboratively within the organization to translate and communicate relevant marine science into WWF police and practice.
  • Support coordination efforts and the communication of the work internally to ensure it informs programmatic work as well as externally to interested institutions, donors, partner organizations, and the general public through publications and presentations.
  • Builds marine science capacity within WWF conservation programs, including the understanding of concepts and indicators related to the nature positive goal.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must have 4+ years of Marine/Ocean experience AND a master’s degree (a PhD is desired - current students encouraged to apply).
    • Experience in international biodiversity conservation projects/conservation science (or related fields).
    • Experience in developing actionable scientific products and relating technical information for diverse audiences (e.g. policymakers, companies, etc) is strongly desired.
    • Experience related to offshore wind and/or other ocean-based industries is desired.
  • Strong analytical skills, including quantitative and/or qualitative, are required. Spatial analytical skills are desired.
  • Familiarity with biodiversity indicators and interdisciplinary methods and data is desired.
  • Experience engaging with Indigenous knowledge alongside scientific knowledge is a plus.
  • Strong communication skills, including orally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to work on initiatives with multiple and competing priorities.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member with a wide range of individuals, across cultures and time zones.
  • Fluent in English; additional language skills a plus.
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values:
    • COURAGE – We demonstrate courage through our actions, we work for change where it’s needed, and we inspire people and institutions to tackle the greatest threats to nature and the future of the planet, which is our home.
    • INTEGRITY – We live the principles we call on others to meet. We act with integrity, accountability and transparency, and we rely on facts and science to guide us and to ensure that we learn and evolve.
    • RESPECT – We honor the voices and knowledge of people and communities that we serve, and we work to secure their rights to a sustainable future.
    • COLLABORATION – We deliver impact at the scale of the challenges we face through the power of collective action and innovation.

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #24081
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.

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Category General / Stewardship, Marine Biology
Tags Climate Change