$150,000 - $160,000
December 26, 2023
USA (Washington, DC Metro Area preferred)
For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout North America. With an international network of more than 60 natural heritage programs across the United States and Canada (“the Network”), NatureServe is the leading source of information on rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. To protect threatened biodiversity, NatureServe works with over 1,000 conservation scientists to collect, aggregate, and standardize biodiversity information, providing comprehensive data to the public for strategic conservation efforts. NatureServe and the Network develop and manage data for over 100,000 species and ecosystems, answering fundamental questions about what exists, where it is found, and how it is doing.
NatureServe seeks a highly collaborative individual with a commitment to conservation and a desire to shape the future of NatureServe and biodiversity conservation in the United States and Canada, and beyond. The incumbent will be part of NatureServe’s leadership team as Chief Scientist. The person who assumes this role will provide strategic scientific leadership, represent NatureServe to scientific and philanthropic audiences, and generate significant revenue for NatureServe’s conservation science program.
NatureServe’s current strategic plan runs from 2022-2026. During this timeframe, NatureServe is building on decades of success with earned revenue to achieve a balanced model of financial sustainability that also generates significant philanthropic fundraising. The Chief Scientist will work closely with NatureServe’s Vice President for Data and Methods, as well as the Vice President for Technology and Partnerships, Executive Vice President for Programs, and Chief Advancement Officer to execute this plan.
NatureServe has a team of more than thirty applied scientists who collaborate to provide foundational information on North American biodiversity (including species and ecosystems) to guide conservation action. NatureServe scientists conduct endangered species assessments, develop predictive habitat models, classify and map ecosystems, conduct ecological integrity and climate change assessments, and synthesize information to develop biodiversity indicators, and identify conservation priorities. This also includes upscaling these approaches and techniques to conservation partners outside of North America and through NatureServe’s membership in global partnerships (e.g., Red List Partnership, NatureServe’s Biodiversity Indicators Program, etc.).
Along with the VP for Data and Methods, the Chief Scientist is responsible for guiding the strategic development and growth of a range of existing science programs, projects, and partnerships. They will work with other science leaders, our CEO, and our philanthropy team to bring in funding to support work in these areas while advancing NatureServe’s strategic goals. The Chief Scientist will oversee select funded projects in their area of expertise to ensure the scientific integrity of the work and cultivate relationships with funders. They are directly responsible for the oversight of our botany, zoology, and ecology teams; NatureServe’s Chief Zoologist, Chief Botanist, and Chief Ecologist will be direct reports.
The Chief Scientist also leads NatureServe in developing novel applications of NatureServe data to meet conservation needs. The incumbent will provide leadership to advance one or more emerging portfolios of interest, potentially including the use of Artificial Intelligence to advance biodiversity informatics including for conservation status assessment, corporate biodiversity impact reporting and accounting, biodiversity trend detection, climate change and distributions of species and ecosystems, and/or integration of remotely sensed and in situ information for conservation assessment and planning.
The incumbent will provide collaborative scientific leadership to the NatureServe Network, broker scientific partnerships, and represent NatureServe’s science to government, academic, donor, and public audiences.
This is a high profile position. The incumbent will represent a respected network of over 1,000 scientists and data managers working across North America and will directly influence the conservation of biodiversity at a continental scale.
Required Skills and Abilities
Preferred Skills and Experience
Essential Physical Requirements
$150,000 - $160,000
NatureServe offers employees a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the benefits visit: https://www.natureserve.org/careers
Remote, with Washington, D.C. Metro Area preferred.
Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.
NatureServe is an equal employment opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, citizenship status, disability status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression of an otherwise qualified individual, or membership in any other class protected by applicable law.
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