Science Fellow

The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 72 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our commitment to diversity it a core value; we are committed to a globally diverse, culturally competent, and inclusive workforce. Visit to learn more.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Science Team! This position will help the Science Team tackle the scientific uncertainties around the Conservancy’s priority conservation strategies in Forests, Freshwater and Grasslands, with an emphasis on emerging issues in grassland ecology and climate adaptation. The Fellow will have the opportunity to help lead working groups around science needs for climate adaptation emerging from the Chapter’s 2020 Conservation Science Summit. This position will add capacity to the Science Team while also providing professional development opportunities for the Fellow.

We seek a Science Fellow who will bring new perspectives and experiences to our team of scientists. The Science Fellow will work alongside a science team with expertise in grassland, forest, and freshwater ecology to bring new evidence to bear on conservation science and practice. The successful candidate will benefit from professional development opportunities, such as networking with Conservancy and partner scientists and applying their expertise to ongoing conservation science projects and learning new techniques and skills.

The successful candidate will assist in many aspects of conservation science, including communicating science, conservation planning, managing data, and traditional field research and monitoring projects. During the 18- month position, the Science Fellow will substantially contribute to projects related to sustainable grazing, water quality, forest management, and climate adaptation within the context of these issues. The Science Fellow will have the opportunity to lead field crews and expand their experience with data management and analysis. This position requires a valid driver’s license and a good driving record. The position is full-time and will run for 18 months, starting in spring of 2021 and ending in fall of 2022. The salary for this position is $45,500 annually, in addition to a robust benefits package. The preferred location for the position is Glyndon, Minnesota with some flexibility in location.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in science related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with GIS software and data to create maps

  • Experience conducting surveys, recording data and writing project reports.

  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting scientific data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

  • Strong field skills, especially in plant identification, and ability to lead and conduct fieldwork.

  • Working knowledge of computer technology and common software applications, such as ArcGIS, program R and the Microsoft office suite, including Access, and some experience with spatial ecology analyses.

  • Master’s Degree in science related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Clearly written, spoken and graphical communication in English.

  • Ability to work independently and/or with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to communicate science concepts and projects clearly to a general audience.

  • Experience with data collection and analysis related to human dimensions and/or economic concepts that intersect with natural resources.

Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, then please visit to learn more.

Submit your cover letter, resume, and 3 references for position number 49220 by 11:59 ET on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021 to be considered.

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 all genders, 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.