Freshwater Scientist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Tucson, AZ, US


Tucson, Arizona USA

Tucson, AZ is preferred location; however, will consider other areas in and around Phoenix. 


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The  Freshwater Scientist provides technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter resource (SMR) for conservation initiatives in surface and groundwater hydrology including monitoring and/or modeling studies, geomorphology, climate, watershed and aquatic and riparian habitat resource management, and measures of conservation success (MOS).


Based in Tucson (preferred; however, will consider areas in and around Phoenix), the Freshwater Scientist advises Arizona’s water program, stewardship and protection programs and other conservation and policy programs and initiatives at statewide and regional scales including the Colorado River Program on the application of hydrological concepts/models and the design of conservation initiatives and monitoring programs. They may lead or oversee scientific investigations, reports, presentations, publications, and funding proposals.  Position also collaborates with other scientists and institutions to enhance Conservancy practices


  • Support program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.             
  • May participate and/or lead a cross functional team.                          
  • May manage grants, contracts or write requests for proposal.           
  • Interpret guidelines, evaluate information and modify processes to adapt to changing circumstances for the program.
  • Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and ensuring workflow.                                     
  • Provide training for internal and external colleagues on hydrologic, ecological and conservation scientific principles. 
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Master’s Degree in hydrologic science, ecology/biology. conservation, environmental management or related field and 4 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing, interpreting, preparing and presenting statistical or environmental data.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience with common software applications: word documents; spreadsheets, presentations, statistics, and GIS.                     
  • 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.
  • Occasionally lift 25 pounds.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.
  •  PhD and 1-3 years’ experience considered.
  •  Proven negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  •  Experience with predictive hydrological/ecological models, and regional hydrologic monitoring programs.
  •  Attention to detail.
  •  Training experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  •  Experience working independently.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


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