Sustainable Agriculture Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Arlington, VA, United States

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5 days ago


Arlington, Virginia, USA

This position will work from the TNC Arlington office and have opportunities to work from home. Must be authorized to work in the United States.




The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. 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. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

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The Corporate Engagement team at TNC provides technical leadership to translate the value of nature and conservation into actionable, science-based strategies for businesses that can help solve environmental challenges. The Corporate Engagement team works hand-in-hand with private sector decision-makers to co-create solutions, drawing on TNC’s practical experience and expertise and the global scale of our network.

The Sustainable Agriculture Specialist (SAS) will provide scientific input for The Nature Conservancy’s collaborations with the private sector in agriculture. This person will contribute to ensuring that these collaborations are built and implemented on a foundation of robust science, clear and achievable goals, concrete assumptions, and accountability. The SAS will work closely with other scientists, corporate engagement specialists, and conservation teams throughout the Conservancy to align internal and external priorities, strategies, project design, action plans, and messaging with the best available science. The ideal candidate will bring knowledge of sustainable or regenerative agricultural systems and supply chains. The SAS will report to the Senior Scientist, Agriculture within the global Corporate Engagement team.

Salary range is $72,000-$75,000. Must be eligible to work in the United States.


In support of the collaborations with the private sector and to maximize the results to be obtained under these, the Sustainable Agriculture Specialist will analyze and synthesize scientific information/data related to the environmental impact and mitigation potential of sustainable and regenerative agriculture (i.e., for climate, water, and biodiversity outcomes). They will support the design and implementation of programs that create economic value while simultaneously addressing conservation needs by providing guidance and recommendations based on best available science to key internal and external audiences. They will advise on effective practices to achieve conservation and agronomic goals, particularly related to the technical implementation of conservation projects and strategies. They will be expected to compile and present written and oral reports for a variety of audiences with varying levels of technical expertise and cultural backgrounds. They will also be responsible for managing work streams, which includes ensuring deliverables are met, soliciting feedback from internal teams/subject matter experts, and solving problems both independently and as a core member of TNC’s Corporate Engagement Food & Water team. The SAS will be expected to adhere to the Conservancy’s rigorous scientific and corporate engagement principles and work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to produce quality conservation deliverables on-time and within budget.


  • Provide scientific input, analysis, and technical support to ensure programs and projects are built on a credible technical basis, including potential contributions to grants, contracts, or requests for proposals
  • Review and synthesize existing scientific literature to deliver conservation benefits in agricultural landscapes
  • Work with external and internal collaborators to design and implement corporate collaborations and programs in alignment with the Conservancy’s strategies
  • Participate in multi-organizational teams to develop and refine approaches to data collection
  • Develop and present written and oral communications for audiences with a broad range of technical expertise
  • Convene relevant stakeholders to scope the state of the science and establish shared understanding
  • Some travel anticipated; up to 25% of time (global and domestic)


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together.

We are a high functioning team who values collaboration, mutual respect, and curiosity. We're looking for a developing scientist to help us ensure our corporate partnerships are built on a foundation of robust science and accountability. If you are a scientist interested in creating impactful partnerships with corporations to deliver conservation benefits in agriculture, this job is for you!


  • Master's Degree in an agricultural and/or environmental science related field (e.g., agronomy, agroecology, agricultural and biological engineering, agricultural economics, natural resources, ecology, soil science, sustainability science/management, geography) and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating scientific data/information.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.


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 to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

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