Director of Conservation Science

Palo Alto, California
Aug 30, 2017
Oct 29, 2017
Job Level
Mid level, Senior level
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type


POST’s Director of Conservation Science (Director) collaborates with internal and external stakeholders, partners, and experts to co-develop a shared conservation vision for POST’s program areas and for the region as a whole.  The Director works collaboratively with his or her POST colleagues to achieve successful conservation outcomes by co-developing strategic priorities and helping make decisions that are based on sound conservation science standards and are aligned with POST’s values, vision, and mission. The Director serves as POST’s primary spokesperson on conservation science-based issues and POST’s overall conservation science strategy.


Conservation Science Consulting (40% of time)

The primary goal of this position is to help incorporate or infuse current conservation science and scientific rigor into POST’s strategies, operations, and communications.   The Director serves POST as our conservation science authority by providing advice and support to the Vice-President of Land, President, Board, and staff on science-based matters. The Director works closely with the Directors of Land Programs (Transactions and Stewardship) and their teams to co-develop long-term strategies, incorporate scientific investigations, and provide science-based analysis and recommendations to help meet POST’s programmatic objectives.  The Director also works with POST’s Senior Manager of Institutional Giving to provide science-based assistance with the preparation of proposals for financial support for POST.   

Conservation Science Spokesperson (20%)

The Director works closely with POST’s Marketing and Advancement teams as a collaborator, reference, and as a principal spokesperson for POST utilizing science to help connect POST’s work with its increasingly diverse community. The Director performs public speaking and written communication duties, serves on panels or boards for partners or affiliates, and ensures that POST’s engagement with the public, its partners and affiliates, donors and other funding sources, political entities, and other stakeholders is respected and supported by sound science-based rationales.

Conservation Science Project Management (15% of time)

The Director leads specific projects and initiatives that provide POST with new science-based capabilities to accomplish its major objectives. This includes working closely with POST’s GIS Analyst who will have up to 30% of his or her time available to help provide data collection, analysis, and recommendations for specific projects. 

Conservation Science Community Relationship and Scholarship (15% of time)

The Director maintains a high level of specialized knowledge as POST’s dedicated conservation science professional, keeps up with trends and cutting edge research in the field, and maintains a public profile as a credible representative and thought leader on conservation science matters related to POST’s work. The Director maintains professional relationships and may publish collaboratively with counterparts in other resource conservation organizations and with conservation scientists in academic institutions. 

Conservation Science Partner Relationships (10% of time)

The Director cultivates relationships with landowners, community leaders, donors, conservation buyers, public agencies, and other sources of land and funding.  The Director explores opportunities for and develops partnerships with relevant outside organizations to further POST’s strategic goals and mission.


  • Minimum five years of professional experience in increasingly responsible positions directly related to science-based natural resource conservation and management.
  • Demonstrated mastery of the resource management planning process, including science-based resource and threat analysis, assessment of opportunities and constraints, and development, implementation and monitoring of long-term conservation and stewardship strategies
  • Experience in working with a Board of Directors and all levels of a non-profit organization
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders toward mutually beneficial outcomes including project and program managers who must balance the incorporation of conservation science into their work while maintaining project schedules, budgets, and partnerships
  • Results-oriented contributor with a proven track record of implementing innovative and thoughtful programs that deliver desired outcomes. Demonstrated project management experience is highly desirable.
  • Superior written and oral communications, interpersonal and presentation skills; ability to effectively represent POST programs in public forums and inspire donors and stakeholders.
  • Superior leadership skills in effectively initiating new projects, research, and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively persuade and motivate others in a “responsibility but without authority” work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically, creatively, and collaboratively.
  • Highest personal and professional integrity
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local land use laws and regulations is preferred.
  • Graduate degree in natural resources or a related field required; PhD. preferred.


  • Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 20 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone.
  • Must be able to hike and drive vehicles over rough terrain.
  • This position requires evening and weekend work.


Please submit a resume and cover letter to the following link: