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New York, New York, USA


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 Cities Program in New York State builds strategies and initiatives to create a healthy, resilient and sustainable urban environment in cities across New York, with a significant focus on New York City. We work with government and non-government partners on key programmatic areas to tackle climate change, improve water quality in and around cities, promote nature and environmental solutions to enhance the quality of life, and reduce urban heat island and air pollution.


The Interdisciplinary Scientist provides technical and scientific support as a subject matter professional on interdisciplinary issues related to conservation in cities. They work as part of the NY division Cities Team, with an immediate focus on New York City and potential for future work to touch down in other cities across NYS. The Interdisciplinary Scientist employs qualitative and quantitative methods to help characterize various aspects of nature in cities, with an emphasis on human dimensions (e.g., how people experience, relate to, or benefit from nature, and what socioeconomic disparities exist in nature within cities). They provide technical and scientific support and leadership related to understanding, visualizing, and communicating about the social-ecological systems of cities in an applied context. Some examples of near-term initiatives that the Scientist may work on include: efforts to protect, maintain, and grow NYC’s urban forest; green roof analyses and legislation; and climate adaptation. This role will also have opportunities to work with other natural and social scientists at The Nature Conservancy in NY and contribute to relevant projects as appropriate


The Interdisciplinary Scientist leads on interpreting and communicating research for various audiences. They collaborate on research, data analysis and visualization related to cities as social-ecological systems, with an emphasis on informing on-the-ground conservation efforts and policy interventions that can benefit people and nature, particularly related to the urban forest and green roofs in New York City. Once established in the role, they may also lead research and analysis efforts in the aforementioned (or related) topic areas based on programmatic needs. This work involves communicating complex scientific information to multiple audiences, analysis and visualization of data, recording and managing scientific data, writing reports, contributing to or developing proposals, and advancing research and application of it. The Interdisciplinary Scientist may also coordinate and contribute to efforts with others within The Nature Conservancy, and external project partners.


  • Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.
  • 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.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to synthesize and communicate concepts and ideas across natural and social science disciplines
  • Experience conducting research and analysis related to human dimensions of natural resources
  • Experience with and/or training in common GIS and other data analysis/visualization tools (may include proprietary tools such as ArcGIS and SPSS, and free and open-source tools such as QGIS and R)
  • Experience with code-based data analysis and visualization workflow (for example, using R, Python, or SQL)
  • Experience in working with environmental equity and justice issues
  • Familiarity with landscape of social and environmental data of NYC
  • Familiarity with environmental and conservation issues in NYC
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals
  • Willingness to learn new tools and skills to advance applied research
  • Experience preparing clear and compelling products to communicate findings to a variety of audiences (e.g., technical reports, non-technical summaries, PowerPoint presentations, data visualizations)
  • Experience with community-based action research and/or community science
  • Experience collaborating with a wide variety of sectors and organizations
  • Ability to start and complete projects in a timely fashion
  • Experience juggling multiple projects, tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Comfortable and fluent in navigating city landscapes.


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.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The target salary range for this position located in NYC will be $85,000-$94,000 annually.


To apply for job ID 53056, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on March 26, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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