Sustainable Fisheries Ecologist

The Nature Conservancy

About Us

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.

Position Summary

Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I help?” or “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy. You have found the solution and now you can pointedly make a difference every day!

By joining our New York team, you will become part of a group that is a force to be reckoned with; a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet. We are making a difference every day through our boots on the ground conservation work, voices in public policy advocacy, and teaching minds in local cities and communities. Our science community consists of a group of a women and men who are leading the industry on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together.

The Sustainable Fisheries Ecologist will play a key role in the development, management, and advancement of the Great Lakes conservation program; focused on system resilience and adaptation, with an emphasis on the restoration of native forage fish in the Lakes Ontario and Erie.

We are looking for a proven leader and problem solver with excellent people skills and experience building effective partnerships. The successful candidate will provide technical leadership and support relating to sustainable fisheries for the New York, Ohio, and Great Lakes Programs. They build partnerships with supporting organizations, affective stakeholders, and the public to advance holistic solutions for addressing sustainable fisheries impacts. This position requires in-depth knowledge of fisheries management and work experience. We appreciate collaborate approaches and encourage innovative ideas and recommendations.

Desired Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:
• BA/BS, environmental, social science or community planning degree and 5 years’ experience in science, conservation practice, or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience developing and building partnerships and relationships (community, government, academia).
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills; adept at explaining conservation concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects.
• Experience using applications such as Microsoft Office suite.

How to Apply

If you are interested in doing work you can believe in, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, please visit and search for job ID # 47834 in the keyword search. Applications must be made online. Submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on August 8, 2019, to be considered. The location for this position is Rochester, New York.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of diverse people of all genders, backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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  • Environment