The Nature Conservancy Applied Scientist, Caribbean Division in United States


Coral Gables, Florida, USA is the preferred location. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica; and St. George’s, Grenada also considered. FL314


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The Applied Scientist provides technical and scientific support and leadership for conservation initiatives in the Caribbean Division, including multiple objective planning and priority setting. S/he will support priorities across the Division, dedicating approximately 50% of his/her time to the Caribbean’s Resilient Islands Program.


The Nature Conservancy has been awarded a €5 million grant to carry out the Resilient Islands (RI) Program (within The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division. The overall objective of the RI Program: Integrating Ecosystem- and Community-based Approaches to Enhance Climate Change Adaptation in the Caribbean. This program will focus activities to assist governments and communities in Grenada, Dominican Republic and Jamaica to incorporate ecosystem-based adaptation in their local-, national- and regional-scale decisions to prioritize and invest in approaches to reduce vulnerability and boost adaptive capacity to Climate Change. The outcomes of this effort will benefit up to tens of thousands of people by identifying priority areas for locally-tailored ecosystem- and community-based interventions (e.g., mangrove planting), implementing these interventions in 1-3 vulnerable communities per country and building coalitions of stakeholders at the regional scale to help direct funding for ecosystem based adaptation to the region.


Under the direction of the Caribbean Division’s Director of Climate Adaptation the Applied Scientist will collect, manage and synthesize data on nature and people. The Applied Scientist conducts scientific surveys and research, collates and, where appropriate, collects data, writes reports and develops proposals in order to develop, manage and oversee projects within the Caribbean Division. In support of the Resilient Islands Program, s/he will develop methodologies to effectively represent socio-ecological systems and help communicate and analyze complex ecological and socioeconomic patterns. S/he will prioritize areas for conservation, support the development of spatial information synthesis and mapping techniques, and collaborates with other scientists and institutions to enhance Conservancy practices.


The Applied Scientist will work closely with the Climate Adaption Director in the overall management and coordination of the RI science program, focused on developing tools and methodologies to examine role that natural assets (e.g. habitats) play in reducing social vulnerability and risks from natural disasters and climate change. S/he will serve as main point of contact for program leadership (Director of Climate Adaptation and Project manager) on science implementation for the RI project and will collaborate with a cross functional team. S/he will proactively facilitate communication within the RI science team and serve as a member of the RI project management team. The Applied Scientist will support proposal and grant writing, as well as develop and manage contracts. S/he will travel frequently to project sites and help design and facilitate workshops with partners and help collect new information. The Applied scientist will also support Divisional activities that relate to conservation planning, priority setting and spatial analysis. S/he must be a team player and have willingness to support a wide range of tasks.


  • Master's Degree in science related field and 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience leading and/or supporting peer reviewed publications in scientific journals
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and synthesizing socio-economic and ecological data
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals
  • Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams
  • 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 including geographically distant teams


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated. Fluency in Spanish is a plus
  • Strong computing skills
  • Knowledge of Ecosystem Based Adaptation Strategies and Climate adaptation
  • Management of large spatial data-bases
  • Experience working with humanitarian organizations
  • PhD and 1-3 experience considered
  • Experience organizing and facilitating workshops
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Training experience


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Job Title: Applied Scientist, Caribbean Division

Location: Florida

Job ID: 45540

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time