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Interdisciplinary Scientist

Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. 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. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.  

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

The Cities Program in New York State builds strategies and initiatives to create a healthy, resilient and sustainable urban environment in cities across New York, with a significant focus on New York City. We work with government and non-government partners on key programmatic areas to tackle climate change, improve water quality in and around cities, promote nature and environmental solutions to enhance the quality of life, and reduce urban heat island and air pollution.

What We Can Achieve Together:

The Interdisciplinary Scientist provides technical and scientific support as a subject matter professional on interdisciplinary issues related to conservation in cities. They work as part of the NY division Cities Team, with an immediate focus on New York City and potential for future work to touch down in other cities across NYS. The Interdisciplinary Scientist employs qualitative and quantitative methods to help characterize various aspects of nature in cities, with an emphasis on human dimensions (e.g., how people experience, relate to, or benefit from nature, and what socioeconomic disparities exist in nature within cities). They provide technical and scientific support and leadership related to understanding, visualizing, and communicating about the social-ecological systems of cities in an applied context. Some examples of near-term initiatives that the Scientist may work on include: efforts to protect, maintain, and grow NYC’s urban forest; green roof analyses and legislation; and climate adaptation. This role will also have opportunities to work with other natural and social scientists at The Nature Conservancy in NY and contribute to relevant projects as appropriate.

We’re Looking for You:

The Interdisciplinary Scientist leads on interpreting and communicating research for various audiences. They collaborate on research, data analysis and visualization related to cities as social-ecological systems, with an emphasis on informing on-the-ground conservation efforts and policy interventions that can benefit people and nature, particularly related to the urban forest and green roofs in New York City. Once established in the role, they may also lead research and analysis efforts in the aforementioned (or related) topic areas based on programmatic needs. This work involves communicating complex scientific information to multiple audiences, analysis and visualization of data, recording and managing scientific data, writing reports, contributing to or developing proposals, and advancing research and application of it. The Interdisciplinary Scientist may also coordinate and contribute to efforts with others within The Nature Conservancy, and external project partners.

 What You’ll Bring:

·   Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.          
·   Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.                    
·   Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.     
·   Experience preparing reports of findings.  
·   Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.

·   Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
·   Ability to synthesize and communicate concepts and ideas across natural and social science disciplines
·   Experience conducting research and analysis related to human dimensions of natural resources
·   Experience with and/or training in common GIS and other data analysis/visualization tools (may include proprietary tools such as ArcGIS and SPSS, and free and open-source tools such as QGIS and R)
·   Experience with code-based data analysis and visualization workflow (for example, using R, Python, or SQL)
·   Experience in working with environmental equity and justice issues
·   Familiarity with landscape of social and environmental data of NYC
·   Familiarity with environmental and conservation issues in NYC
·   Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals
·   Willingness to learn new tools and skills to advance applied research
·   Experience preparing clear and compelling products to communicate findings to a variety of audiences (e.g., technical reports, non-technical summaries, PowerPoint presentations, data visualizations)
·   Experience with community-based action research and/or community science
·   Experience collaborating with a wide variety of sectors and organizations
·   Ability to start and complete projects in a timely fashion
·   Experience juggling multiple projects, tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
·   Attention to detail.
·   Comfortable and fluent in navigating city landscapes.
What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world! 
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on 
We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!