Global Aquaculture Scientist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Various, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Arlington Virginia, USA. Location is flexible; Greater New York, Philadelphia areas, and Arlington, VA is preferred.




Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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 Global Aquaculture Scientist provides technical and scientific support and leadership for the Nature Conservancy’s Global Aquaculture Program.


The Global Aquaculture Scientist provides scientific support and leadership to advance the Nature Conservancy’s Global Aquaculture Program, a key strategy to advance The Conservancy’s global priority to provide food and water sustainably by the year 2050.  They develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to improve the sustainability of marine aquaculture, primarily related to the bivalve shellfish and seaweed sectors (the program’s restorative aquaculture portfolio).  They will develop global-level research products and peer-reviewed publications by conducting synthesis science and providing scientific guidance and support to field programs.   They will conduct scientific reviews of proposed aquaculture projects in reference to global standards. They will develop will work with the Global Lead to identify the science strategy and future science priorities to further the Conservancy’s aquaculture program.  They communicate scientific results, solutions, and best practices, within The Conservancy and to external stakeholders at meetings and conferences. They will manage or lead one or more grant and support grant writing.


  • Designs, coordinates, and executes aquaculture science projects.
  • Designs, develops, and delivers scientific tools, methods, data, and training to Conservancy programs and partners.
  • Generates globally-relevant scientific reports, publications, and communications documents on priority aquaculture science projects, related to the bivalve shellfish and seaweed sectors.
  • Works effectively within a team-based environment to make decisions and solve problems, based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Builds productive relationships with diverse internal and external stakeholders to accomplish scientific goals.
  • Manages multiple diverse, science projects or tasks at the same time over many geographic regions.
  • Effectively communicates scientific information by representing the Conservancy in internal and external meetings.
  • Identifies the ongoing science strategy, priorities, and needs in line with aquaculture program and organizational priorities.
  • Identifies funding opportunities and develops grant proposals in coordination with the Global Lead.
  • May manage one or more grant or contract.
  • Works to maintain optimal performance standards within a grant or budget, including working within/managing a budget to complete science projects.                     
  • Occasional travel domestically and internationally, evening and weekend hours may be required
  • Must work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Master's Degree in aquaculture science or closely related field (e.g. marine ecology or fisheries) and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.                  
  • Experience with scientific approaches and management measures to ensure sustainable bivalve shellfish, seaweed, and finfish aquaculture.
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.                                      
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.        
  • Experience preparing reports of findings. 
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals in marine aquaculture sustainability or a closely related field.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Experience producing quality scientific results under tight deadlines.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. 
  • Doctoral degree in marine aquaculture sustainability or closely related field (e.g. marine ecology or fisheries).
  • Five years of experience in aquaculture sustainability science or closely related applied sciences.
  • Experience designing, developing, and implementing a strategy for a scientific research program.
  • Demonstrated scientific expertise and publication track record on the ecological benefits (ecosystem services) of bivalve shellfish and seaweed aquaculture on surrounding marine ecosystems.
  • Demonstrated experience conducting global syntheses, analyses, or reviews, specifically related to the aquaculture sector.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing spatial-analytical products to inform marine aquaculture management or closely related fields.
  • Knowledge of statistical methods and spatial analytical techniques and software (e.g. R and ArcGIS)
  • Experience leading or managing one or more science projects,
  • Experience in grants management and strong program management skills, including results-based management approaches and budget management. 
  • Strong knowledge of aquaculture trends, science efforts, and needs within Asia-Pacific, Africa, Mexico and Northern Central America, and the United States.
  • Track record of successfully translating complex scientific findings to a general audience.
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and/or fundraising.
  • Established network of scientists conducting research in the field of marine aquaculture.


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