Aquaculture Spatial Scientist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Job ID: 52706

Location: All International

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


Arlington, Virginia, USA

The location of this position is flexible within countries that TNC has an established office. No immigration or relocation assistance is available for this position. Arlington, VA is TNC’s headquarters.


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The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Aquaculture Spatial Scientist provides technical and scientific support for science-based conservation initiatives in The Nature Conservancy’s Global Aquaculture Program, with an emphasis on delivering analyses and decision-making tools to support siting industry activities sustainably. They will conduct aquaculture siting and suitability analyses in marine and freshwater ecosystems across all sectors of the aquaculture industry and support effective use of these analyses through development and implementation of reports, publications, communication materials and tools that can be used by industry and government. This role will collect and manage aquatic ecosystem, industry, and social data from a wide range of sources and databases, including remotely sensed as well as field data. Working collaboratively with other programs in The Nature Conservancy and external partners, they process this data using ArcGIS and other software as required, to generate unique datasets that assist interpretation of the suitability of aquaculture at local, regional and national scales.

The Aquaculture Spatial Scientist will also contribute to delivering a broader range of science-based projects in the program, including desktop synthesizes of ecosystem services associated with aquaculture, the development of methods to integrate spatial and ecological data sets, and the preparation of scientific publications. They may travel, including internationally and remotely, to visit project sites, support collection or ground-truthing of data, meet with partners, and present the results of their work.

This position reports to the Global Aquaculture Scientist in The Nature Conservancy’s Global Aquaculture Program. Additionally, this is a term-limited position (18 months with the possibility of an extension).


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated problem-solver.

We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to provide high-impact science outcomes from our Global Aquaculture Program, which is part of the Global Provide Food and Water Business Unit. An understanding of the environmental challenges associated with aquaculture and the importance of implementing sustainability guidelines, including siting aquaculture in appropriate places and conditions, analytical skills, creative thinking, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment are key in this role. You’ll have exposure to a broad range of science work associated with conservation and food systems as well as ongoing opportunities to engage with aquaculture, agriculture and climate scientists, sustainability professionals, and local governments and communities in a range of geographies.

The location of this position is flexible within countries that TNC has an established office. No immigration or relocation assistance is available for this position.

Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Master’s Degree in science related field and 1 year of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analysing, and interpreting scientific and spatial data associated with aquatic environments.
  • Experience working with Arc GIS and other spatial assessment tools and software.
  • Experience managing and archiving spatial datasets and metadata.
  • Experience preparing written reports of findings.
  • Experience synthesizing and communicating complex, science-based information to a broad audience in an engaging way.
  • Experience working with a diversity of organizations and individuals to share knowledge.
  • Experience with project management, working on multiple projects in a program, and working to fixed deadlines.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on 

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.





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