Global Science Leaders - 17025


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 eight Global Science Leaders to advance the organization’s mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


We are hiring six individuals to shape an interdisciplinary research agenda for each of WWF’s global goals—Climate & Energy, Sustainable Food, Forests, Freshwater, Oceans and Wildlife Conservation. We are also hiring two individuals to build teams in Sustainability Science and Data Analytics & Technology. We seek candidates to advance a coordinated WWF effort that will deliver science for tangible biodiversity conservation results at a speed and scale commensurate with the trends of the world today. The Leaders will report directly to the WWF Chief Scientist and are key members of WWF’s Network Science Team.


Position Context


Never before has the planet faced environmental threats of the scale and urgency we see today. But we also find ourselves in a unique time of extraordinary opportunity for change. Following the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the climate agreement reached in Paris, humanity has committed to accelerate a transition toward a more sustainable, ecologically sound and habitable future. The pace and scale of this transition will dictate success or failure. As the largest conservation organization in the world, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is determined to capitalize on this momentum. So we are re-inventing our practice of conservation, pursuing measurable results and thought partnerships that help shift humanity to a more sustainable footing.


Success will require a team that energetically embraces the opportunity and risks to produce solutions to the world’s largest environmental problems at the intersection of science and practice.


Position responsibilities include


  • Works with leadership and colleagues to ensure that goals, strategies, and estimation of impact are grounded in, and informed by, the best available science, providing scientific and policy-relevant science expertise and promoting innovative research and synthesis of research
  • Conducts research in a conservation-relevant science discipline and publishes in high-profile journals for impact and stays abreast of the scientific literature and shares important findings with team staff
  • Manages and coordinates science staff and external collaborators for implementation of goal priorities
  • Disseminates of latest scientific knowledge across the network
  • Develops, analyzes and manages operating plans and grant budgets
  • Leads and supports fundraising efforts
  • Builds and maintains an extensive network of science professionals and partnerships – with key conservation NGOs, government agencies, academics, and other groups – for the purposes of science collaboration, research and to advance WWF’s priorities
  • Represents WWF to promote conservation goals, activities and thought leadership in conservation


Qualified candidates will possess critical competencies that include


  • Graduate degree with commensurate experience required; doctorate preferred
  • Broad knowledge of conservation and expertise in an area of science relevant to the goal
  • At least eight-12 years’ experience leading collaborative conservation research projects and integrating science into large-scale conservation strategies
  • Demonstrated experience leading and fundraising for major initiatives
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals across cultures and time zones
  • Extraordinary communication skills—written, oral, strategic; experience leveraging the full range of modern media to realize programmatic goals
  • Vision—the ability to think and act on a global scale
  • Proven ability in the development and management of partnerships and alliances


To apply:

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As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.

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