Postdoctoral Associate, Land Thresholds

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Postdoctoral Associate, Land Thresholds
Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.
Seeking an opportunity to work with leading scientists and practitioners from leading conservation non-profits, academic institutions, and industry? Join Conservation International and collaborators as a postdoc with the Science-Based Targets Network (SBTN) Land Hub!
The SBTN Land Hub is developing methods for companies to set Science Based Targets (SBTs) for land. The Land Hub is one component of the SBTN (, a collaboration of organizations developing the methods and tools needed for Science-Based Targets for Nature. The Land Thresholds postdoc will support the work of the SBTN Land Hub by assessing how corporate responses intended to avoid, reduce, restore, and regenerate land relate to indicators of land change (such as primary productivity and land use/cover change) and may be constrained by ecological thresholds/tipping points. A key part of this work will be developing locally relevant thresholds through a place-based, participatory process, and testing how these thresholds relate to those developed at broader (for example regional-global) scales.
This position will be based at Conservation International in the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science. Through innovative partnerships, advanced analysis, and rigorous work on the ground (and in the water) around the world, the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science at Conservation International develops solutions that support decision-makers in making effective choices about nature and human well-being. This position will work closely with members of the Land Hub (including collaborators from co-lead The World Wildlife Fund, as well as from The Nature Conservancy, the World Resources Institute, the Earth Commission of the Global Commons Alliance, the Food and Land Use Coalition, and the Global Land Programme).
We are looking for independent thinking and a team player passionate about conducting research with a direct path to application and potential for global impact. This is a 2-year fixed-term position with the possibility of an extension.

  • Working with collaborators from within the Science-Based Targets Network (SBTN), partner organizations of the SBTN and the broader Global Commons Alliance to assess how corporate responses intended to avoid, reduce, restore, and regenerate land relate to indicators of land change (such as primary productivity and land use/cover change) and thresholds/tipping points.
  • Developing methodologies to downscale global and regionalized thresholds (e.g., RLE) in support of science-based target setting for land-based commodities and sectors.
  • Conducting literature reviews from scientific journals, grey literature, and reports.
  • Conducting background research and identifying and obtaining secondary data where needed for analyses.
  • Supporting the preparation of methods documents and scientific publications on project results (both as lead and as a contributor).
  • Coordinating work with other SBTN partners.


  • This position is based in Conservation lnternational's office in Crystal City, Arlington, VA., work may be performed in a remote location.
  • Work is performed in a typical office environment.
  • Flexibility to travel as needed.
  • Our Arlington, VA office is officially open. Guidance on hybrid or remote work schedules will be discussed during the interview process. For positions based in Hawaii and Seattle, further guidance will be provided in those offices during the interview process.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. Effective January 4, 2022, new hires will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a government-approved vaccine as a condition for employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.


  • Ph.D. in biology, ecology, geography, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with literature on ecological thresholds and tipping points, and interest in working across spatial scales from landscape to global.
  • 4-6 years of work experience in scientific research, including working with interdisciplinary teams spread across multiple institutions.
  • Established publication record in scientific literature on topics related to ecological thresholds, and/or tipping points, preferably including work at landscape scales.
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment and across cultures as well as within and across organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in R, Stata, pandas, or a similar data analysis/statistics platform, including working with spatial datasets within these platforms.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and equity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment.


  • Familiarity with monitoring indicators of land change (such as land cover, soil carbon, erosion, and NPP) using in-situ data or remote sensing.
  • Experience in multi-stakeholder engagement.
  • Working knowledge of GIS and remote sensing.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE
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Job Type: Full-time