Global Science Research Fellow

Washington, DC, US


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Global Science Research Fellow at our Washington, DC office (other locations may be considered). WWF’s half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science; it informs and underpins everything we do. The scientific rigor we bring to our work is unmatched in the nonprofit conservation sector. Building on this legacy, WWF is recruiting a Global Science Research Fellow to help advance the organization’s mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature. The Global Science Research Fellow will help shape and implement an interdisciplinary research agenda and apply it to accelerate WWF’s goals in Climate & Energy, Food, Forests, Freshwater, Oceans and Wildlife. The Global Science Research Fellow will support the Global Science Team and experts in finance, markets, policy and practice to advance a coordinated effort that will deliver science and technology for tangible conservation impacts. The Global Science Research Fellow reports directly to the WWF Chief Scientist.


  • Provides executive-level research and analysis support
  • Works with Chief Scientist to conduct innovative research and to synthesize research that delivers practice- and policy-relevant information
  • Stays abreast of relevant scientific literature and shares important findings with team
  • Conducts and supports colleagues in conducting research, analyses and synthesis, providing compelling written and visual information to convey key results
  • Serves as a radar function to identify opportunities and emerging science issues
  • Supports high quality distribution of research and analysis across the global science team, though learning and knowledge management channels
  • Supports development of proposals and reports
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • A PhD obtained within the last 5 years  in a discipline in environmental science or related field (a must)
  • Considerable research and analytical experience required, preferably in an environmental discipline
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant, current research methods are a must
  • Experience in science communications and proposal writing preferred
  • Strong leadership, project management skills, and excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, visual and interpersonal communications skills in English
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a decentralized network with a culturally diverse and international team

** This is a one-year, term-limited position with a possibility for renewal.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #18043  
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.