Freshwater Science Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Chester, NJ, United States

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27 days ago


Chester & Northern NJ



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

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The Freshwater Science Specialist is a three-year term position (with potential for 1-year extension) that will lead the New Jersey Chapter’s its 10-year Measures and Monitoring program and it’s floodplain reforestation stewardship efforts by working closely with the Freshwater Team and other TNC staff, partners, and funders to assess water quality and project monitoring results. The Freshwater Science Specialist will collect, manage and analyze field data, create relevant reports and communicate findings to a variety of audiences and stakeholder groups.
The Freshwater Science Specialist will help increase the scientific rigor of restoration work and monitoring by providing support with study design. This position will apply in-depth knowledge of river restoration practices (e.g., dam removal) and fish population needs to influence new and existing partnerships and relevant policies or regulations that affect river, aquatic species and fish population health data collection, management, and analysis. They will work to increase public and private support for TNC conservation priorities, communicate with and engage diverse communities in our work and foster cross-state learning and research development opportunities. The opportunity to participate in science-based monitoring efforts as well as hands-on management and restoration activities gives this position an attractive blend of science and leadership responsibilities. This position will be a mix of field, office and remote work. Office located in Chester, NJ.


The Freshwater Science Specialist will support NJ’s Freshwater Team to gather, analyze and synthesize water quality and project monitoring data and lead the Chapter’s watershed-wide floodplain reforestation stewardship efforts. This position will be responsible for leading the Paulins Kill water quality monitoring program, including scientific data collection, management, analysis, reporting and publications. They will disseminate results, create annual summary reports, and evaluate monitoring plans to document changes in river health and ensure documentation of the long-term benefits of our restoration efforts (reforestation, dam removal, wetland restoration) to water quality and wildlife habitat, and ultimately of project success. The Freshwater Science Specialist will work with the Paulins Kill Watershed Coordinator to develop their water quality monitoring and tree planting stewardship skills. Additionally, they will expand and accelerate current achievements by overseeing restoration and restoration monitoring efforts in northern NJ, as well as coordinate monitoring projects statewide: setting deadlines and managing partner relationships, facilitating work groups, helping to coordinate community engagement, and communicating results to a variety of audiences.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in science related field and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience conducting surveys, recording data and writing project reports.
  • Experience using common software applications such as word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience with stream sampling and scientific data collection methods.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural or freshwater resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Advanced degree or background in hydrology or water resource management, with a strong understanding of ecology and environmental processes and at least 1 year related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing excellent working and cooperative relationships with diverse groups, including, state/local/federal agencies, non-profit partners, the academic community, donors, board members, landowners and the general public
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecology and stream restoration principals, with significant demonstrated on-the-ground restoration experience.
  • Familiarity with current trends and practices in water quality monitoring to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems including demonstrated experience with stream monitoring and monitoring restoration project effectiveness.
  • Experience following Rapid Bioassessment Protocols and macroinvertebrate data collection techniques.
  • Professional experience with continuous instream monitoring equipment; HOBO logger, Hach multiparameter probes or similar devices, as well as proficient with water quality instruments (e.g. YSI probes, turbidimeter, Hach flow meters).
  • Thorough understanding of R and R Studio programs and a strong interest in publishing research findings to document and assess river health, restoration and conservation success.
  • Project management experience and ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines(s).
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and in an organized fashion with very strong attention to detail.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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