Ocean Recovery Scientist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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12 days ago


California, USA

Location flexible within the state of California




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.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Ocean Recovery Scientist provides technical and scientific leadership for marine habitat restoration and species recovery projects. They work closely with The Nature Conservancy staff and local partners to advance community-based marine and coastal restoration in California and selected geographies throughout the Pacific. They convene stakeholders, practitioners, agencies, academics and other key partners to support regional collaborations and scaled restoration efforts. The Ocean Recovery Scientist designs and leads key science and monitoring initiatives to advance marine habitat restoration and species recovery and measure conservation success. They lead, design, and conduct scientific surveys and research, record data, write reports and proposals in order to administer and coordinate conservation and restoration programs within the California Oceans Program. They must be able to work utilizing SCUBA, as well as in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find purpose, come join the California Oceans Team at The Nature Conservancy as an Ocean Recovery Scientist. We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to persuasively represent The Nature Conservancy externally as a marine and coastal species and habitat expert. You will serve as a lead technical adviser, informing actions and strategies with the California Oceans Program by developing innovative and impactful scientific products to advance our mission, particularly around applied marine habitat restoration and species recovery work. You will work collaboratively within a matrixed, multi-disciplinary team, while building strategic partnerships with community stakeholders, academics, agencies, NGOs, and other key partners. Strong communication skills, experience interpreting scientific information, and an entrepreneurial spirit are key in this role. Join TNC and apply today!


  • Master's Degree in ocean science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in coastal restoration research and implementation.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience directing a scientific research program, including designing and leading the implementation of ecological field studies.
  • Experience building collaborations with peers, partners, government agencies, NGOs, academics, etc.
  • Communication skills experience; written, spoken and graphical.
  • Documented experience and comfortability conducting marine science or fieldwork-related activities underwater

Desired Qualifications

  • Ph.D. and 3-5 years related work experience
  • Strong knowledge of common statistical and/or GIS software applications.
  • Experience implementing on-the-ground habitat restoration projects of strategic importance, including pre- and post-restoration monitoring.
  • Demonstrated experience diagnosing complex problems and identifying solutions.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience managing a budget to ensure sound financial performance.
  • Experience working with state and/or federal agencies and managing public grants
  • Demonstrated success working with diverse constituents and communities
  • American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) diving certificate.


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 nature.org/careers.

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


To apply for job ID 52160, please submit your resume and cover letter as a single PDF document online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 8:59 PM PT on Wed, Oct 5, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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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