Applied Climate Modeling Scientist, Global Science

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Arlington, Virginia, USA

The work location for this position is flexible within locations where The Nature Conservancy has an established office. The headquarters of TNC is located in Arlington, Virginia.





The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to tackle the twin crises of climate and biodiversity. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges in pursuit of 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. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you.


We are looking for an Applied Climate Modeling Scientist to lead in curating, developing, and integrating climate data and climate projections into our scientific and conservation work across the Conservancy. The ideal candidate will have a track record of research, publication, and application of climate data and projections to climate adaptation and resilience planning across multiple sectors and geographies; be familiar with the latest global climate models, regional climate models, statistical downscaling techniques, and associated datasets; be experienced in quantitative analyses and modeling; and enjoy working across a variety of geographic regions and applications.

The Applied Climate Modeling Scientist will provide technical and scientific leadership, coordination, and training on topics including the appropriate use and application of climate data (observational, reanalysis, global climate model and high-resolution downscaled data) in the design and evaluation of conservation and climate adaptation and resilience strategies across many different environments (e.g. grasslands, croplands, forests, cities, oceans) as needed by TNC and partners, including the integration of quantitative climate projections into spatial planning tools. Their work will directly contribute to the Global Spatial Science agenda and the One Conservancy Science Plan, which are investing in climate adaptation methods, tools, and approaches across the organization to achieve TNC’s 2030 Goals for people and nature.


Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC, we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in and where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone who can serve as a climate science leader and technical subject matter resource for diverse conservation initiatives. Communication, managing complex science projects, working with diverse teams, and capacity building are key in this role.

The Applied Climate Modeling Scientist will represent the Conservancy as a science leader on multidisciplinary/multi-partner project teams that require climate data or modeling inputs related to conservation, adaptation, and climate resilience. They will ensure that the latest methods, tools, and learning as well as cutting-edge data, modeling and analysis approaches are coordinated and implemented across the Conservancy. They will lead and support the timely development of peer-reviewed publications that report on these analyses. Together with TNC colleagues, they will work to demonstrate and communicate that nature-based solutions are an integral component of a human-centered approach to climate resilience, keeping both people and nature safer in an uncertain future.

The Applied Climate Modeling Scientist Responsibilities & Scope include:

  • Providing strategic leadership, oversight, and implementation of climate data and high-resolution projections across the Conservancy.
  • Helping to develop training programs for non-specialist internal and external programs and colleagues on best practice and state-of-the-art climate science to support adaptation planning decisions.
  • Ensuring that global and field-based projects utilize appropriate climate data and projections to ensure climate resilience.
  • Fostering internal and external collaborations with TNC business units, universities, and project partners around the world to integrate climate data and projections into diverse planning contexts.
  • Managing and writing grants, contracts, or funding proposals.
  • Maintaining scientific credibility through applied research, peer reviewed publications, and communication to diverse audiences.
  • Reporting and communicating on project impact to TNC and project partners.
  • Managing projects and direct reports.
  • Being self-motivated in ongoing learning so that skills remain current.
  • Working in a complex matrix organization environment.
  • Being willing to travel between two to seven weeks per year locally, regionally, and internationally as required to meet project and strategy needs. We prioritize virtual engagement but recognize that some projects may require travel.


  • A minimum of a master’s degree in a science-related field and at least 6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fluency in R, NetCDF, MATLAB, Python, and/or other relevant computing programs and languages
  • Experienced in analyzing, interpreting and applying observational climate data, global model projections, and scenarios.
  • Experience in the development and application of high-resolution climate projections from dynamical and/or empirical statistical downscaling models to climate impact assessments and climate adaptation and resilience planning across a broad range of sectors and geographies.
  • Experience in identifying the most appropriate climate inputs, including observations and model projections, for use in projects that span a broad range of sectors, resources and geographies.
  • Record of peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and technical reports that include quantitative analysis of climate data and/or climate projections.
  • Experience writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical.
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken.


  • PhD and several years of related experience in climate modeling and the application of climate data and projections to assess climate impacts and vulnerability.
  • Experience integrating climate data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) based tools, such as ArcGIS and ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, GRASS, and other similar tools.
  • Experience with climate resilience and adaptation planning in more than one of academia, non-profit, private and government settings.
  • Experience in teaching or developing training materials and workshops related to helping non-experts understand climate modeling, vulnerability assessments and/or adaptation planning concepts.
  • Experience and eagerness to work in a transdisciplinary environment, developing collaborative approaches and valuing knowledge plurality (natural sciences, social sciences, Indigenous and local knowledge).
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully develop and implement complex projects, including budgets and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Independent and self-motivated with the ability to participate effectively in a remote team environment.
  • Professional network in climate adaptation science and sectoral impacts analysis.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Multilingual skills and multicultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received, and the position will remain open until filled.

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Due to this position’s location being flexible within countries where The Nature Conservancy is a registered NGO and has an already established office, we are unable to provide an accurate salary range as our salary ranges are based on geographic locations. However, if you provide your city, state/province, and country in your cover letter we will inform you of the salary range for this position based on your location if you are selected to proceed into the initial selection round.

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 people of diverse 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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