Applied Scientist (Freshwater)

New Delhi, India 🇮🇳


New Delhi, India (IN) AA100


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact in more than 35 countries around the world and all 50 States of the United States of America. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity and we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.


We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mindset where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and local communities to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development. As the crucial link to all life, water supplies are stretched between what communities need – agriculture, energy, human health – and what nature can afford to give.

We seek an Applied Scientist to provide technical and program expertise and support working as a consultant to our emerging freshwater work in India and serve as a principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community. Over time, the Applied Scientist Consultant will help make the Conservancy a major conservation partner in India, define conservation priorities, lead and manage teams and participate as a team member in a global, matrixed organization.

The person in this role utilizes advanced techniques, modification and practices to provide technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert (SME) for conservation initiatives in conservation action planning (CAP), other activities and measures of conservation success (MOS). S/he formulates and conducts systematic problem area resolution of considerable scope and complexity. The Applied Scientist builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and collaborates with other scientists and institutions to enhance Conservancy practices. We seek someone with specific expertise in water management, water policy, watershed protection and/or water infrastructure.

The Applied Scientist Consultant develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs, and engages local community support for local conservation efforts. S/he negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, corporations, and local partners to conserve and protect natural communities and develops and implements conservation strategies.


  • Conceive and implement strategic initiatives
  • Acts as a technical liaison within and outside of the organization
  • Collaborates with a wide range of partners to identify research needs, present technical concepts and support fieldwork.
  • Provides training for internal and external colleagues on ecological and conservation scientific principles.
  • Supports program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.
  • Participate and/or lead a cross functional team.
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Manage grants, contracts, and writes requests for proposals.
  • Interprets guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances for the program.
  • Provides a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and ensuring workflow.
  • Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and judgment.
  • Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
  • Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Master’s Degree in science in related field such as economic, agricultural or forestry or wildlife fields and 6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals as lead author
  • Experience directing a major program of strategic importance and leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience with building relationships.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams.
  • Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Flexibility and ability to apply science skill set to address an array of conservation issues.


  • PhD preferred and 3-5 years related experience considered.
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications.
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical means in English and Hindi.
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Training experience.


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Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women 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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Position Title: Consultant Applied Scientist-Freshwater

Job ID: 44267

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Location: All International