Director of Conservation Science (55283)

at The Nature Conservancy in Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Job Description


Your science expertise, communication skills, ability to focus and deliver as a genuine and thoughtful leader, supervisor and team player will help address the global biodiversity and climate crises here in Wisconsin and far beyond.

Together, we will deploy science-based projects to achieve conservation outcomes while also informing, supporting and inspiring specific individuals and organizations to take action, and frequently, to change their practices. Ultimately, we seek to transform systems so that people and nature can thrive for the long-term. Scientists at The Nature Conservancy embody our core value of Tangible, Lasting Results.

The Wisconsin Director of Conservation Science is a leader in The Nature Conservancy's Wisconsin Business Unit, responsible for integrating an evidence-based, scientific approach for priority applied conservation and policy work. They play a lead role in shaping and implementing TNC's climate action and renewable energy approaches in Wisconsin and the Midwest. They work independently and on teams, with the discipline and perspective to apply expertise and resources selectively to advance top priorities. They ensure that work in Wisconsin integrates with TNC's Midwest Division, North American Region and Global science initiatives.

The Wisconsin Director of Conservation Science defines science priorities for TNC in Wisconsin and leads and manages a team to support and improve ongoing projects. They establish the Conservancy as a conservation science partner in the State, serving as the principal science contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, the academic community and the Wisconsin Board of Trustees.

The Director of Conservation Science develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify, resolve and communicate solutions and best practices to identified audiences. They develop scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks that address natural system needs and engage local communities for conservation outcomes. They co-create and facilitate complex and innovative solutions, working with Conservancy colleagues, government agencies, non-profit organizations and community members to benefit natural systems and people.

The Wisconsin Director of Conservation Science uses a multi-discipline approach to problem solving and manages an ecology-focused Science and Innovation Team that interfaces with staff, contractors and partners in disciplines including physical, atmospheric and climate sciences, renewable energy, social sciences, economics, technology and engineering.


If you are a highly collaborative leader with demonstrated standing in the scientific community and a proven track record of outcomes and guiding successful teams, we welcome your application. The Wisconsin Director of Conservation Science will have the opportunity to lead and grow The Nature Conservancy's applied science program capacity and identify opportunities for collaboration with a wide range of conservation partners working together to tackle the climate and biodiversity crises for the benefit of people and nature. This role will require your ongoing commitment to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in your work and the work of the organization.

A typical week will include projects like:

  • Co-creating and deploying climate adaptation and resiliency projects
  • Evaluating, implementing and communicating about an equitable clean energy transition, natural solutions for carbon capture and nature-based solutions to help adapt to climate change
  • Helping shape climate messages and coaching colleagues on strategic climate engagement
  • Partnering with colleagues and partners on science/academic grants and publications
  • Serving on advisory teams


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years' experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience communicating complex issues to non-scientists, including donors
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.


  • Expertise and knowledge of current trends and practices in Midwestern aquatic or terrestrial systems or climate change.
  • Ability to translate complex science concepts to non science audiences.
  • Experience with developing a diversity of collaborations with partners including diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We're proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $79,500-$97,100 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate's actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

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Job Posting: 1279242

Posted On: Jun 17, 2024

Updated On: Jul 17, 2024

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