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Global Oceans Lead Scientist - 22130

The World Aquaculture Society
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
Jul 4, 2022

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Academic / Research, Nonprofit
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States 20037 Full Time DOE
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Global Oceans Lead Scientist.

Major Function

WWF'shalf-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science; itinforms and underpins everything we do. Science advances a coordinatedWWF effort that delivers science for tangible conservation resulting inthe speed and scale commensurate with the trends of the world today.Lead scientists report directly to the WWF Chief Scientist, are keymembers of WWF's Network Science Team and have a dotted line to one ofWWF's thematic Practices.

TheGlobal Oceans Lead Scientist (Lead Scientist) provides the scientificleadership for WWF's Oceans Practice. The Lead Scientist is an importantpartner to the Chief Scientist and the Oceans Practice across our WWFNetwork, providing thought leadership, scientific analysis in support ofgoal and strategy development, and the management of internal andexternal science talent to support the Global Oceans team in advancingWWF's ambitious agenda. The Lead Scientist will serve as a member of theWWF Global Science Leadership Team, providing expertise and support forinterdisciplinary analyses to advance cross-functional strategies. Thisis an opportunity for a dynamic, strategic thinker who is passionateabout conservation and has demonstrated success in leading rigorousscientific research with partners to support issues related to oceanconservation.


Neverbefore has humankind faced threats to the environment of the scale andurgency we see today. As we begin to emerge from the coronaviruspandemic, we find ourselves in a time of extraordinary opportunity forchange. With a growing recognition of the deep connections betweenclimate stability, the health of natural systems, and human well-being,we find ourselves at an inflection point where governments, the privatesector, and civil society are moving from commitments to mitigateclimate change, restore nature, and secure human health to all-outexecution to make it happen. As the largest conservation organization inthe world, WWF is determined to capitalize on this moment. So we arere-inventing our practice of conservation to seize the opportunity,pursuing measurable results and thought partnerships that help shifthumanity to a more sustainable footing. WWF is applying the bestavailable natural and social science to strategies across sectors toensure the information required to enable a just transition to a moreresilient, equitable and sustainable planet can stick. The pace andscale of this transition will dictate success or failure for nature,climate change, and sustainable development. Success requires a teamwith intellectual depth that energetically embraces the opportunity andrisks to innovate, attempt, and adapt sustainability solutions withefficiency at the intersection of science and practice.


Position responsibilities include
  • Workswith leadership and colleagues to ensure that goals, strategies, andassessments of impact are grounded in, and informed by, the bestavailable natural and social science, providing scientific andpolicy-relevant expertise and promoting innovative research andsynthesis of research
  • Conductsand supports colleagues in conducting research in aconservation-relevant science discipline, publishes in high-profilejournals for impact, stays abreast of the scientific literature, andshares important findings with team staff
  • Reviews,synthesizes, and disseminates the most relevant scientific knowledgeacross the WWF network and externally, and in coordination withknowledge management leads
  • Workswith the Director of Conservation Evidence to develop monitoring andevaluation frameworks for WWF's Ocean conservation strategies
  • Buildsand maintains an extensive network of science professionals andpartnerships - with key conservation NGOs, government agencies,academics, and other groups - for the purposes of research, sciencecollaboration, and strategy development
  • Travelsinternationally on a frequent basis to represent WWF at high-levelmeetings, workshops, conferences, and for the purposes of site visitsand/or field-based research
  • Represents WWF to promote conservation goals, activities, and thought leadership in conservation
  • Leadsand supports science and fundraising efforts, in collaboration withscience and practice staff, to support the WWF Network's Oceans Practice
  • Manages, coordinates, and supports science staff and external collaborators for implementation of priorities
  • Other duties as assigned


  • 12+years with an advanced degree in a natural or social science disciplinein a conservation-relevant field with a strong emphasis on oceanconservation and management, including but not limited to area-basedprotection and management or rights-based management
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and produce high-quality work under time constraints
  • Excellent organizational and project leadership skills
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment
  • Excellentinterpersonal skills requiring knowing when to use courtesy, tactand/or diplomacy to effectively communicate with all constituents
  • Ability to operate with independence, under pressure, to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Ability to lead by persuasion, build consensus, and think creatively
  • Ability to demonstrate integrity in deliverables, behavior, and demeanor
  • Ability to show respect for the organization, the work, the team, and self
  • Have the courage to make the hard decisions which will benefit the organization, team and work
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF's core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomesother points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different andcontrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.

Location flexible

To Apply:
  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page , Requisition #22130
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF willnot discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race,color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, geneticinformation, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression,disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity andinclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.
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Contact InformationWWF Washington, DC


Post Date: 5/25/2022 5:08:56 PM
Closing Date: 6/25/2022 12:00:00 AM
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