Ecosystem Services Fellow

Madison, WI, US

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The Ecosystem Services Fellow will work closely with the Conservancy’s Wisconsin Chapter staff and local partners on ecosystem service analysis and research. Focus areas will include water quality and quantity, flood abatement and collateral ecosystem services as related to water conservation strategies. This is a one-year fellowship open to highly motivated recent graduates with, at a minimum, a bachelor’s from a degree program in environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, economics, natural resources sociology or related subjects. This fellowship will provide a well-rounded learning experience to help prepare them for future conservation careers, including a broad array of activities ranging from prairie restoration to fundraising and marketing. The position can be based in our Madison, Wisconsin or East Troy, Wisconsin office.


The Ecosystem Services Fellow will work closely with Wisconsin chapter staff, Nature Conservancy scientists and local, regional and global partners to analyze ecosystem services as related to conservation strategies. This work may involve quantitative modeling, developing and standardizing study designs and field methods, and/or conducting scientific reviews. The ideal candidate will have a background that could include applied economics, civil or environmental engineering, environmental or natural resources sociology, or environmental science. The exact details of the fellowship project will be a product of the successful candidate’s skill set, The Nature Conservancy’s strategic plans and activities, and collaboration with staff to define the project scope. The project emphasis will be on water quality and quantity, flood abatement, and collateral ecosystem services as related to water conservation strategies. The fellow will gain insight from staff working at World Office, other state chapters, and our Whole Systems programs to align our ecosystem service analyses with other TNC strategies and projects.


  • Potential projects (to be determined based on the match between the Fellow’s skillsets and strategies/projects of the Wisconsin chapter):
  • Develops a standard methodology and toolkit for conservation related ecosystem services analyses
  • Evaluates the impact of conserved lands on reducing flood risks.
  • Develops standardized monitoring and performance evaluation methods for treatment wetlands
  • Integrates socioeconomic factors into decision support systems.
  • Evaluates climate risk reduction strategies for industries and agriculture.
  • Evaluates water quality benefits from agricultural best management practices.
  • Performs duties under general supervision and established guidelines.
  • Prioritizes work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Makes day to day decisions within the scope of work assignments.
  • Consults with supervisor to address any issues that affect the work of others or the program as a whole.


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, economics, environmental sociology, or a related discipline.
  • Degree completed in the last 18 months.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, web browser).
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Master’s or PhD Degree in environmental science, civil or environmental engineering, economics, environmental sociology, or a related discipline.
  • Experience with quantitative modeling.
  • Time management skills.
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and evaluate information and adapt accordingly.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Knowledge of various ecosystem services.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


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Job Title: Ecosystem Services Fellow (Science Technician II)

Location: Wisconsin

Job ID: 45112

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time