Ecosystem Services Post Doc Fellow

Santa Cruz, CA or Brisbane, Aus

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Type of opportunity: Post Doc Fellow, Full Time


Ecosystem services science draws from a diverse and previously disconnected disciplines that still curate largely separate evidence bases. The Ecosystem Services Post Doc Fellow will work with TNC in an effort to develop a standard method for defining causal chains that will allow the creation of an integrated socio-ecological evidence based for conservation national resources management and development.


  • Establish standards for defining ecosystem service related evidence chains and grading the evidence they contain.
  • Develop evidence chains for a key subset of conservation and naturel resource management strategies related to reducing deforestation.
  • Supports program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.
  • Lead a multi-disciplinary working group that includes individual from university, NGO’s major development foundations, forest industry partners and government agencies.
  • Must develop peer reviewed publications, processes and standards that will support immediate policy and strategy decisions.
  • May manage a grant, contract or write a request for proposal.
  • Interprets guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances for the program.
  • Provides a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and ensuring workflow.
  • May provides training for internal and external colleagues on ecological and conservation scientific principles.
  • Must work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Desired qualifications:

  • Graduate Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • PhD in science related field or related field with knowledge of ecosystem service science is preferred.
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Ability to review and synthesize diverse research.
  • Knowledge of forest management and conservation strategies.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Working knowledge and interest in evidence and its use in policy.
  • Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.


  • Strong knowledge of common software applications.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Training experience.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.

Start and end dates: The duration of this position as a projected end date of 1 year. (may have a potential for extension)

Link to more information: Announcement

How to apply: See Announcement Page Above

Application deadline: All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 2/4/16.