Applied Scientist-Lands, India

New Delhi, Delhi (IN)
Rs. 2,700,000 to Rs. 4,700,000 per annum, which includes salary, benefits and allowances
Apr 10, 2017
Jun 09, 2017
Job Level
Senior level
Employment Type
Contract, Full time
Salary Type


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact in more than 35 countries around the world and all 50 States of the United States of America. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity and we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

We aim to meet increasing demands for energy resources, water supply and food production with low environmental impact, and in a mindset where nature is seen as a critical input to these key human needs. We do this by engaging governments, the private sector and local communities to ensure that conservation is a critical outcome in economic development.   We have four inter-related areas of work: the first is focused on transforming how development occurs on ‘working’ lands, broadly including croplands, pasturelands and forests; the second is around influencing climate policy to include a much stronger recognition of the role of natural carbon storage in soils and vegetation; the third is to advance siting and mitigation practices where agricultural or energy development is occurring; and fourth, to empower communities and indigenous peoples to steward natural resources where they live.

We seek an Applied Scientist Consultant to provide technical and program expertise and support working as a consultant to our emerging work in India and serve as a principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community.  Over time, the Applied Scientist Consultant will help make the Conservancy a major conservation partner in India, define conservation priorities, lead and manage teams and participate as a team member in a global, matrixed organization. 

The scientist in this role uses advanced techniques, modification and practices to provide technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert (SME) for conservation initiatives in planning and other activities and measures of conservation success.  S/he formulates and conducts systematic problem area resolution of considerable scope and complexity. The Applied Scientist builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and collaborates with other scientists and institutions to enhance Conservancy practices. The person would have specific expertise in either landscape ecology, conservation biology, forestry, agriculture, or agro-forestry or could come from an economics background but with deep experience in these subject areas.

The Applied Scientist Consultant develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs, and engages local community support for local conservation efforts.  S/he negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, corporations, and local partners to conserve and protect natural communities and develops and implements conservation strategies.


  • Conceive, implement and lead strategic landscape initiatives.  At present, there are two existing initiatives, which are analytical, science-based and focused on the Central Indian landscape, across the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.  Scope and scale will broaden over time.
  • Be a technical liaison within and outside of the organization.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of partners to identify research needs, present technical concepts and support fieldwork.
  • Provide training for internal and external colleagues on ecological and conservation scientific principles.
  • Support program objectives by working in a complex matrix organization environment.             
  • Participate and/or lead a cross functional team.                          
  • Establish and maintain optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Manage grants, contracts, and writes requests for proposals.           
  • Interpret guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances for the program.
  • Provide a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and ensuring workflow.                                    
  • Frequently make independent strategic decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information and judgment.
  • Negotiate complex agreements in a political environment.                                                                                      
  • May eventually lead a small science team or lead/co-lead a whole system program.
  • Frequent travel domestically (35-40%) and four trips per year internationally; occasional evening and weekend hours.               
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.  


  • Master's Degree in science in related field such as economics, agriculture, landscape ecology, forestry or wildlife and 6 years of work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals as lead author.
  • Experience directing a major program of strategic importance and leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience with building relationships.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.                       
  • Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams.                                       
  • Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Flexibility and ability to apply science skill set to address an array of conservation issues.


  • PhD preferred and 3-5 years related work experience.
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications.
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions. 
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical means in English and Hindi; Tamil desirable.
  • Can-do attitude and an entrepreneurial attitude-no task is considered too big or small.
  • Team player.
  • Strong desire to apply science to make a difference on the ground and in policies and business practice.
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance. 
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Training experience.


  • Visit and apply online to Job #45334 or access the application directly by placing India Applied Scientist-Lands in your browser.  All resumes require a cover letter.  Both documents must be uploaded and submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system.  The application deadline is Midnight EST on May 5, 2017.  If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact and include the job opening ID.  Please do not send questions related to specific positions to this e-mail address as they will not be able to be answered.