Applied Economist/Social Scientist I (ICR)

The Nature Conservancy
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Mar 30, 2021
Apr 28, 2021
Position Type
Programs, Other Programs
Employment Type
Full Time


Location is negotiable anywhere TNC operates.

About Us

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.


Position Summary

The Scientist provides technical and scientific support to teams across the Nature Conservancy as a subject matter professional on economic and social issues related to environmental conservation. S/he/they is a member of the Global Science Business Unit and works collaboratively on questions of strategic importance to the Nature Conservancy. S/he/they has research experience in topics such as environment and development economics, behavioral economics and human dimensions of conservation.  The position is open to social scientists with research interests in issues relevant to the Nature Conservancy (forests and biodiversity, water, climate change, livelihoods etc.).

Minimum Qualifications

  • Recent Ph.D. in development, environmental or behavioral economics or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Experience designing and implementing socio-economic and behavioral research and collecting data through field surveys.
  • Experience in benefit-cost analyses.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Research experience in low and middle-income countries.


 Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge on valuation techniques and other social science tools applicable to the field of conservation.
  • Spatial analyses.
  • Knowledge of and interest in behavior science.
  • Experience writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience managing smaller projects including financial aspects and coordinating the work of peers and partners.         


How to Apply

To view the full position description and apply, please visit Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please visit our career center for a full list of all our open positions globally – new positions are posted often!

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