Ecosystem Services Analyst

, NY, US


The work location is negotiable. NY304


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 Science Technician II works closely with other staff to research primary and secondary scientific literature about the types and magnitude of the benefits that flow from nature to support people’s well-being paying particular attention to who benefits (and who is harmed) by conservation strategies that generate ecosystem services. This position can be full time or part time for a total about 140 hours. The work location of this position is negotiable.


The Science Technician II will use academic and grey literature to create a framework that helps synthesize and summarize the literature about ecosystem services particularly from land-based conservation strategies. S/he will categorize the type of benefit that flows from nature, the aspects of people’s well-being supported by that benefit, and the community type (if applicable) that benefits more or less form the service flow. Essentially s/he will do a meta-analysis of existing ecosystem services literature to help colleagues determine which services are most like to be generated by which conservation strategies and how the benefit flows and value of those services varies between human communities.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities for this job. In addition, there may be expectations for work outside of the local business unit.


  • Thorough literature searches on ecosystem services generated by land conservation strategies, in particular
  • Method for summarizing literature and categorizing ecosystem services
  • Working with other staff to determine the service flows that are best understood and most likely to be generated
  • Maintenance of an annotated bibliography of the literature read and researched
  • Assessing, through literature, if and how different groups of people benefit differently from ecosystem services
  • Ideally the candidate will also be able to understand the data needs associated with incorporating these services into GIS to be able to provide support to the project GIS analyst.


  • Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.


  • Knowledge and experience with ecosystem services
  • Experience in literature reviews, searching and reading academic and grey literature, and summarizing papers
  • Experience with databases or tools for organizing large amounts of information
  • Highly organized and effective communicator
  • Ability to write and communicate effectively in English
  • Experience writing papers and reports summarizing information
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment
  • Familiarity with GIS and data for GIS analyses
  • Time management skills


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Job Title: Ecosystem Services Analyst

Location: New York State

Job ID: 44338

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time