Director, Conservation Economics and Finance, California (Location: San Francisco, Sacramento, or Los Angeles preferred)

The Nature Conservancy

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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, 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 drives innovation in conservation by leveraging the multiple benefits nature can provide in addressing global challenges – challenges such as climate change and meeting the resource needs of a burgeoning human population. In California, the Conservancy advances transformative conservation strategies across the marine, terrestrial and freshwater realms, all with an aim of developing models of conservation solutions that can be scaled across and beyond the state. Because market-based approaches are often integral to those strategies, TNC seeks a scientific thought-leader in economics to lead and manage TNC-California’s Conservation Economics and Finance Department, a talented and high-performing team with expertise in economics, conservation finance, market design and impact investing. This team provides technical and transdisciplinary expertise that empowers broader multidisciplinary teams to develop and execute strategies that change markets, policy, practice, and governance related to a range of conservation issues. Core to this work is the identification and quantification of the myriad co-benefits of conservation and revealing opportunities to effect behavior change and conservation outcomes through market interventions. The Director of Conservation Economics and Finance also drives a high-impact research agenda and publishes findings to disseminate insights and advances about incentivizing and systemically securing nature protection by aligning environmental and economic interests. This position reports to the Director of Science in California.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in related scientific field (preferably behavioral economics, experimental economics, natural resource economics, development economics, or ecosystem service economics) and 8 years related experience in the design, execution, and communication of use-inspired economics or conservation practice, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience designing, implementing, and directing complex or multiple projects of strategic importance, including managing finances, supervising multidisciplinary professionals, and coordinating the work of partners while meeting deadlines.
Supervisory experience, including motivating, coaching, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
Experience conducting original research and publishing in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups, resource user, and/or government agencies.
Experience creating productive university partnerships.
Experience networking with high-level conservation contacts.
Experience and prior success in fundraising from both public and private sources, and cultivating and stewarding individual donors.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent negotiation and persuasion skills.

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 47538 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST May 24, 2019. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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  • Investing/Finance
  • Research/Data Analysis

Areas of impact

  • Environment