Peatland Scientist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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20 days ago


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

and Flexible to work in a home office near Minneapolis.


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 Peatland Scientist (PS) will join a team of conservation and climate professionals dedicated to the protection, management and restoration of peatlands in northern Minnesota. This position is key to answering some of the highest priority questions around the ability of restored temperate peatlands to sequester and store carbon, and to continue serving as carbon sinks as opposed to carbon sources over the long term. In addition to working closely with Nature Conservancy colleagues in Minnesota, the PS will network with a variety of Conservancy staff members from around the world where peatland restoration is occurring for carbon benefits. The Peatland Scientist (PS) provides technical and scientific leadership and support for a research initiative to quantify carbon dioxide and methane fluxes, measure water tables, and assess vegetation in Northern Minnesota peatlands. They may supervise and manage one or more seasonal science technicians and/or interns. This position has a 1-year term.


The Peatland Scientist leads the collection, management and analysis of data for peatland field research in Minnesota. They design and install greenhouse gas measurement chambers, and oversee the completion of a successful field season April- September 2023. The PS will train field technicians in conducting scientific surveys and field research. The PS is responsible for analyzing data at the end of the field season, writing a summary report(s) and co-authoring peer-reviewed articles as appropriate. In addition, they will share and communicate methods and results with Conservancy colleagues—including our Natural Climate Solutions Prototyping Team, and collaborators from other research organizations and institutions. The PS must be able to get to the field sites in Northeastern Minnesota, and must be able to walk in muddy or wet conditions carrying equipment. Office space can be provided in Minneapolis, with flexibility to work from a home office elsewhere in Minnesota. The salary range for this position is 66,600 to 79,040 depending on qualifications and office location.

If you have experience synthesizing scientific data, leading field studies, and strong communication skills - look no further! The Nature Conservancy may be the place for you. We’re looking for someone who can provide leadership for conservation initiatives. Apply today and find a career where you can find meaning and purpose.


  • Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing staff, project, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting and communicating scientific information.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.


  • Experience with one or more of the following: 1) peatland vegetation and water table monitoring; 2) greenhouse gas measurements and monitoring; 3) data management, synthesis, and analysis of hydrology, vegetation, or greenhouse gas datasets.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Training experience.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with temperate peatlands and/or related ecosystems.


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.


The salary range for this position is $66,600 to $79,040 depending on qualifications and office location. This is a one year position.


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