Lead Soil Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

Virtual, United State 

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Type of opportunity: Full-time

Duties: The Lead Scientist will offer technical and science strategic leadership for the Conservancy’s Global Lands program on issues of improved crop and rangeland management including soil management, agriculture-soil-climate interactions, sustainable intensification, climate-smart agriculture, multi-functional landscapes, and food systems analysis and planning. S/he will drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in the application of soil sciences to conservation challenges including the global climate challenge. S/he conducts original research, publishes findings and communicates to diverse audiences to add to the evidence base for conservation strategies in support of TNC organizational goals.

  • Fosters risk taking and innovation to strengthen the use of soil sciences within the organization.
  • Leads project teams and/or staff in support of a major science initiative or project.
  • Places special emphasis on research and synthesis that advances the evidence base for understanding effectiveness of major conservation strategies in improving biodiversity and human well-being.
  • Communicates findings and best practices in high-level international forums and peer reviewed publications, and cultivates an external presence in coordination with TNC Communications team as an expert and leader in relevant disciplines
  • Provides critical, evidence-based thought leadership, advising on and influencing the creation and execution of major strategies for the Global Lands Program.
  • Leads efforts to translate findings and best available science into regionally or sectorally-appropriate guidelines, tools, and/or best practice for the organization and the broader conservation community
  • Enlists academic scientists in research on challenges of interest to the organization
  • Identifies, cultivates and solicits major donors and grant opportunities in support of program activities.
  • Plans, organizes and directs project programs.
  • Develops work plans and project budgets.
  • Travels 30% or more globally.

 Desired qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree in related scientific field (including soil microbiology, agronomy, biogeochemistry, climatology, pedology, edaphology, rangeland management), plus 10 years related experience in the design, execution and communication of use-inspired soil science.
  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Established connections and/or collaborations with prominent soil scientific research and practitioner groups and individuals
  • Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in relevant discipline.
  • Extensive record of premier publications in top-notch peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Experience translating science across traditional disciplinary boundaries and into pragmatic conservation and/or natural resource management decisions.
  • Fundraising experience (with foundations, government agencies, and individuals) for broad programs and projects.
  • Experience creating or functioning within university partnerships.
  • Experience with networking in the scientific community.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Experience with decision making with legal, financial and reputational results and consequences.

Link to more information: Download the job announcement and apply online.