Peatland Scientist

The Nature Conservancy

Job ID Number  52486
Salary Range: 66,600 to 79,040
Status: Salaried, 1-year position
Location: Minneapolis, flexible

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.”

What We Can Achieve Together:

The Peatland Scientist (PS) will join a team of conservation and climate professionals dedicated to the protection, management and restoration of peatlands in northern Minnesota. This position is key to answering some of the highest priority questions around the ability of restored temperate peatlands to sequester and store carbon, and to continue serving as carbon sinks as opposed to carbon sources over the long term. In addition to working closely with Nature Conservancy colleagues in Minnesota, the PS will network with a variety of Conservancy staff members from around the world where peatland restoration is occurring for carbon benefits. The Peatland Scientist (PS) provides technical and scientific leadership and support for a research initiative to quantify carbon dioxide and methane fluxes, measure water tables, and assess vegetation in Northern Minnesota peatlands. They may supervise and manage one or more seasonal science technicians and/or interns. This position has a 1-year term.

We’re Looking for You:

The Peatland Scientist leads the collection, management and analysis of data for peatland field research in Minnesota. They design and install greenhouse gas measurement chambers, and oversee the completion of a successful field season April- September 2023.  The PS will train field technicians in conducting scientific surveys and field research. The PS is responsible for analyzing data at the end of the field season, writing a summary report(s) and co-authoring peer-reviewed articles as appropriate. In addition, they will share and communicate methods and results with Conservancy colleagues—including our Natural Climate Solutions Prototyping Team, and collaborators from other research organizations and institutions. The PS must be able to get to the field sites in Northeastern Minnesota, and must be able to walk in muddy or wet conditions carrying equipment. Office space can be provided in Minneapolis, with flexibility to work from a home office elsewhere in Minnesota. The salary range for this position is 66,600 to 79,040 depending on qualifications and office location.

If you have experience synthesizing scientific data, leading field studies, and strong communication skills – look no further! The Nature Conservancy may be the place for you. We’re looking for someone who can provide leadership for conservation initiatives. Apply today and find a career where you can find meaning and purpose.

What You’ll Bring:

  • Master’s Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing staff, project, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.


  • Experience with one or more of the following: 1) peatland vegetation and water table monitoring; 2) greenhouse gas measurements and monitoring; 3) data management, synthesis, and analysis of hydrology, vegetation, or greenhouse gas datasets.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Training experience.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with temperate peatlands and/or related ecosystems.

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!

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

Our Competencies:


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 cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line

To apply: visit and search ”52486”. Applications are due Wednesday, November 30th, 2022 at 11:59pm. Contact with questions.