Freshwater Protection Spatial Analyst

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)





#Open until filled 

(Flexible Location)


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 Freshwater Protection Spatial Analyst will promote the development and implementation of a key global strategy at TNC: Durable Freshwater Protection (DFP). The Analyst will directly support Global DFP leadership by assisting with and/or managing priority projects and serving as a technical resource on DFP in the areas of conservation planning, stakeholder engagement, data development, spatial analysis, and measurement. They will liaise with other TNC staff, notably field colleagues and other Global Protect colleagues working on the Nature Bond and Enduring Earth: Project Finance for Permanence initiatives, as well as external actors as applicable, to help drive the implementation of the DFP strategy and associated projects in the places where TNC works. Their primary focus will be on delivery of freshwater spatial analysis and conservation planning for specific projects around the world; they may also support development of global or regional datasets, indices, tools, and measurement approaches. Additionally, they may assist TNC communications, marketing, and philanthropy staff with spatial analysis and mapping. This position is likely to involve domestic and international travel of 25% or more.


This is an exciting decade to be a part of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as we galvanize momentum to 
address the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change. This urgency is particularly pronounced 
when it comes to rivers, lakes, and wetlands.  Globally, monitored freshwater populations have declined by an average of 83% since 1970, we’ve lost 64% of the world’s wetlands since 1900, and only 37% of the world’s longest rivers remain unimpeded and free flowing. Add to this mix the implications of climate change, with patterns of precipitation becoming more unpredictable and regionally dryer or wetter, exacerbating pre-existing patterns of water abundance and insecurity. In response, TNC has set an audacious goal of conserving 1 million kilo meters of river systems and 30 million hectares of lakes and wetlands by 2030. New and improved protections for freshwater ecosystems will be a key part of achieving that goal. The Durable Freshwater Protection team, through influencing global policy and practice, providing technical support to regional colleagues and partners, and developing guidance and resources for DFP implementation around the world, is working to help elevate and scale protections to bend the curve of freshwater biodiversity loss. 

This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization! The location for this position is flexible and includes anywhere The Nature Conservancy has permission to work. No relocation, immigration or sponsorship is available with this position. Other team members are located in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Colorado. The position sits within the Global Protect Oceans, Lands, and Waters team and reports to the Global Durable Freshwater Protection Scientist. 


•    Master’s Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.                    
•    Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.                                        
•    Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.          
•    Experience preparing reports of findings.   
•    Demonstrated technical writing skills.
•    Experience working and communicating with people from a wide range of backgrounds, occupations or cultures.
•    Experience with conservation planning.
•    Experience with GIS software, developing spatial data, and spatial analysis in a freshwater context.

•    Familiarity with well-established planning approaches (e.g., Open Standards, Conservation by Design) and using spatial planning tools or techniques (e.g., Marxan, Zonation, ILP).
•    Experience with programming languages for spatial data analysis (e.g., R, Python).
•    Experience with spatial analysis of hydrographic data (river networks and watersheds).
•    Familiarity with integrating future climate scenarios and modeling data, and ecosystem service model data, into project work streams.
•    Familiarity with commonly used hydrological modeling software (e.g., SWAT, WEAP, HEC-RAS, MOD-FLOW).
•    Experience or interest in integration of freshwater, terrestrial, and marine conservation planning efforts.

•    Familiarity with global datasets strongly preferred and/or analysis of remote sensing data.
•    Familiarity with ecohydrology or fluvial geomorphology a plus.
•    Fluency in English; ability to write and speak in a language other than English is highly desirable (Spanish or Portuguese preferred).
•    Experience with stakeholder engagement activities (e.g., workshops, communications) strongly desired
•    Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized and collaborative organization. Possesses strong interpersonal skills, political savvy, and self-motivation. Must be a team player.
•    Ability to work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary context.
•    Ability to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment and meet time-sensitive deadlines. 
•    International experience working in conservation, in NGOs or the public sector.


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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