Amazon Freshwater Fisheries Conservation Scientist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Job ID: 52739

Location: All International

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The location of this position is flexible within countries that TNC has an established office and can hire with a strong preference for Brazil, Peru, or Colombia. No immigration or relocation assistance is available for this position.




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 Global Freshwater Community-Based Conservation team is developing and implementing strategies to protect and manage freshwater fisheries and freshwater biodiversity by working with Indigenous people and local communities. The Amazon Freshwater Fisheries Scientist will be part of this team and provide technical and programmatic support and leadership for freshwater fisheries and biodiversity programs and projects across The Nature Conservancy, with an emphasis on the Amazon Basin. They will report to the Director of Freshwater Community-Based Conservation and will work with staff in global, regional, and country-based programs to support freshwater community-based fisheries, aquatic biodiversity assessments, freshwater fisheries management, and monitoring and reporting.


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.

The Amazon Freshwater Fisheries Scientist will support multiple field programs in their development of freshwater fisheries programs, including the deployment of freshwater conservation plans. They will adapt existing tools in the freshwater and marine realms to support local project and support adaptive management though the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation programs. This scientist position will support the global team in promoting the importance of fisheries and freshwater biodiversity protection and conservation in international fora and develop and cultivate relationships with partners and stakeholders. 

The Amazon Freshwater Fisheries Scientist will provide the following (1) technical support to fisheries management projects (especially community-based fisheries) with an emphasis on the Amazon Basin, including developing and managing program objectives, strategies, assessment techniques, and measures; (2) scientific surveys and research, including recording data, writing reports, publishing results, and developing proposals; (3) collect and manage data for species targeted in fisheries and endangered, threatened and special aquatic species; (4) analyze species, habitat, and ecosystem priorities and assess data to prioritize areas for conservation; and (5) adapt existing fisheries tools and methods for use in local contexts and projects.

The Amazon Freshwater Fisheries Scientist will be an active member of the Provide Food & Water and Water Security teams. They will work across business units within the Conservancy and work closely with staff primarily in the Latin America region, as well as specific country programs within that region, including Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. The Amazon Freshwater Fisheries Scientist will provide thought leadership on opportunities for and barriers to freshwater fisheries conservation globally. Because this is a cross-boundary position, the ideal candidate will be able to work in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. This position involves domestic and international travel, up to 20% of the time, depending on COVID-19 restrictions, and the ideal candidate must be comfortable working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. 

The location of this position is flexible within countries that TNC has an established office and can hire with a strong preference for Brazil, Peru, or Colombia. No immigration or relocation assistance is available for this position.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of English, Spanish, and Portuguese
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines
  • Experience developing and implementing training workshops
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience negotiating


  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working in the Amazon in fisheries or fish ecology
  • Multi-cultural and cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing fisheries conservation plans
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in relevant languages
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field
  • Knowledge of fisheries regulations and agencies
  • Analytical skills including analysis and manipulation of freshwater fisheries and/or biodiversity data
  • Project management experience
  • Supervisory experience
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications including GIS and statistical packages
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet 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.

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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.






IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development