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The Nature Conservancy Seeks Agriculture and Climate Scientist

February 26, 2021

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Agriculture and Climate Scientist          

Job Description:

The Agriculture and Climate Scientist will provide scientific support for global agriculture initiatives as well as projects in key geographies around the world.


Arlington, Virginia, USA

Location for this position is negotiable within countries where TNC has an already established office



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. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The Agriculture and Climate Scientist will provide scientific support for global agriculture initiatives as well as projects in key geographies around the world. They will work closely with scientific, strategy, and conservation teams throughout TNC to align best available science with TNC priorities, strategy, messaging, and on-the-groundwork. They will collaborate with external partners to build understanding at the nexus of climate and agriculture so that TNC can pursue science-backed opportunities to tackle climate change and provide food and water sustainably. They will be expected to compile and present written and oral reports for internal and external audiences with varying levels of technical expertise. The role will serve primary as a science and technical expert resource. The Agriculture and Climate Scientist will report to the Senior Scientist for Agriculture and Food Systems.


The Agriculture and Climate Scientist will synthesize, analyze, and generate data related to the climate mitigation potential of agriculture. They will support monitoring, data synthesis, data visualization, writing and sharing results with key audiences, and provide guidance on effective practices to achieve environmental and agronomic goals. They will advise internally and externally on technical implementation of conservation projects and strategy, adhering to TNC’s rigorous scientific and external engagement principles. Specific activities may include: synthesizing data to quantify the potential for agriculture to contribute to climate mitigation; synthesize data to understand regional variation in this potential, as well as benefits for other environmental and agronomic outcomes; work with and coordinate partnerships to generate new datasets based on spatial and biogeochemical modeling; contribute to developing and refining monitoring protocols to quantify the impact of agriculture on climate mitigation; and work with TNC regional teams to design and monitor project activities.


  • Review and synthesize existing scientific literature

  • Work with external and internal collaborators to develop new data products from regional to global scales

  • Participate in multi-organizational teams to develop and refine approaches to data collection

  • Provide technical support to conservation teams to deliver conservation benefits in agricultural landscapes

  • Provide science input, modeling, and analysis to ensure projects are built on a credible technical basis

  • Develop and present written and oral communications for audiences with a broad range of technical expertise

  • Convene relevant stakeholders to scope the state of the science and establish shared understanding

  • May lead staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis                      

  • May manage a grant, contract or request for proposal

  • Some travel anticipated; up to 25% of time (global and domestic)


  • Master’s degree in a science-related field (e.g., agronomy/agroecology, environmental sciences, soil science) and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated understanding and experience with principles and practices of sustainable agriculture, including soil health, climate mitigation, climate adaptation, nutrient management

  • Experience conducting applied research and analysis

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary groups, using interpersonal skills to build strong relationships with conservation teams, internal scientists, corporations, academics, and policy makers

  • Experience with communication skills, written, spoken and graphical


  • Commitment to principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

  • Ph.D. in a related field

  • Expertise in one or more research methods (e.g., biogeochemical modeling, spatial analysis/remote sensing, applied statistics/data science)

  • Experience developing systems for monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of impact of agricultural systems on climate, soil health, and environment

  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals

  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions

  • Multi-language skills and cross-cultural experience   

  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.


Job Family: Science

Job Number: 400006

Salary Grade: 7


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.



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