Spatial Planning and Strategy Scientist, Global Science

The Nature Conservancy
The location for this position is flexible within countries where TNC is a legal and licensed operating entity
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This position will lead and collaborate on spatial planning and prioritization approaches across TNC, assuring there is integration of best available information and methods across science staff in global, regional, country and state teams. This role will provide technical and scientific leadership, coordination, service and training on topics such as spatial prioritization analyses, optimization, return-on-investment, trade-off analyses, and systematic conservation planning. We’re looking for someone who can serve as a spatial science leader and technical subject matter resource for real-world conservation initiatives. This position will work across interdisciplinary teams, conservation practitioners, scientists, leaders and other staff, as well as external partners, to provide scientific analysis and project support to apply rigorous spatial planning and prioritization approaches to advance TNC’s implementation of our conservation strategies. Communication, managing complex science projects, working with diverse teams, capacity-building, and fundraising experiences are key in this role. The Spatial Planning and Strategy Scientist Responsibilities & Scope include: • Provides strategic leadership, oversight, and implementation of spatial science initiatives to advance use cases and build capacity for systematic conservation planning and spatial action mapping, including but not limited to area-based protection and management, development by design, integrated land, freshwater and ocean planning, regenerative agriculture, and nature-based solutions. • Oversees training programs for internal and external colleagues, governments, and universities on best practice and state-of-the-art science to support conservation planning decisions, including but not limited to Marxan suite of tools. • Ensure that global and field-based projects utilize cutting edge spatial science to help address large-scale, complex problems by leveraging internal and external capacity, and systematic and thorough processes. • Fosters internal and external collaborations with TNC business units, universities and project partners around the world to create enabling conditions and to integrate spatial science processes into conservation delivery for diverse planning contexts. • Reports and communicates on project impact to TNC and project partners. • Responsible for team engagement, and direct-report performance and management. • Interprets guidelines, evaluates information, and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances for the spatial science program. • Maintains scientific credibility through applied research, peer reviewed publications, and communication to diverse audiences. • Self-motivated training so that skills remain current. • Works in a complex matrix organization environment. • Manages grants, contracts, or writes funding proposals. • Willingness to travel locally, regionally, and internationally as required to meet project and strategy needs.
• PhD and at least 3-5 years of related experience in applied spatial analysis and research, landscape ecology, geographical information science, or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data. • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals and technical reports. • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals. • Supervisory experience. • Experience complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners. • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people. • Expert knowledge of spatial planning and prioritization tools and their applications in real world problems and settings. • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical. • Fluency in English, written and spoken. Fluency in additional languages, particularly Spanish, is highly desired. • Proficient in Microsoft Office, ArcGIS/QGIS, Program R, python, and database management. • Robust quantitative and spatial analytic skills (e.g., prioritization/trade-off analyses, optimization, predictive modeling, decision-analysis, multivariate analysis, spatial mapping, species distribution modeling, risk assessment). • Experience in teaching or training concepts of systematic conservation planning and spatial action mapping for land, ocean, and freshwater conservation. • Experience with training and capacity building in Marxan, Zonation, and other spatial prioritization tools. • Recognized expertise in formulating and executing spatial prioritization analyses and spatial action planning that incorporates biodiversity, climate and socio-economic data. • Experience facilitating spatial planning process in more than one of academia, non-profit, private and government settings. • Experience with biodiversity and ecosystem inventory, monitoring, and data modeling. • Experience and eagerness to work in a trans-disciplinary manner, showing collaborative approaches and valuing knowledge plurality (natural sciences, social sciences, Indigenous and local knowledge). • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects in an unstructured environment. • Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate effectively in a remote team environment. • Professional network in conservation planning, spatial science, and decision science. • Multilingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. More information and to apply, please see:
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