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Marine Conservation Scientist, Monitoring and Evaluation - 23041

World Wildlife Fund, Inc.
Washington D.C.
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Conservation science
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  World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Marine Conservation Scientist: Monitoring and Evaluation.




Major Function


Across the Chilean Seascape, WWF-US is collaborating with diverse rights holders on locally-determined efforts that promote sustainable livelihoods, nature-based economies, inclusive conservation, and improved governance of marine and fisheries resources.


Under the supervision of the Director of Marine Science, the Marine Conservation Scientist will plan and implement overarching monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) framework for WWF's marine activities across the Chilean Seascape. This future framework will evaluate the impact of multiple interventions (i.e. fisheries, area-based conservation, market-based) across the seascape, as well as to measure both ecological and social outcomes.


In addition to the work in Chile, the Marine Conservation Scientist will conduct research and analysis to support the implementation of the WWF-US Oceans MEL program, working across oceans subteams to track progress, outcomes, and impacts across projects. They will support the communication of the work internally to ensure it informs programmatic work as well as externally to interested institutions, donors, partner organizations, and the general public through publications and presentations.


This position is preferably based in the WWF-US Washington, DC office. Remote candidates will be considered.





  • Works with WWF-US, WWF-Chile, and relevant stakeholders (Indigenous Peoples, fishers, government agencies, local research institutions, etc.) to co-design cross-cutting monitoring, evaluation, and learning plan to measure the impact of WWF's work across the Chilean Seascape. This includes:
    • Developing a participatory framework/methodology for community-managed marine areas.
    • Tracking the management and governance of fisheries, aquaculture, etc. across the seascape.
    • Monitoring social and ecological conservation impacts of interventions in fisheries, aquaculture, OECMs, and marine protected areas.
  • Conduct an inventory of existing MEL tools and identify researchers and institutions to support this MEL work. Build/strengthen local partnerships with academic, research, or evaluation experts.
  • Develop communications outreach for MEL products to facilitate decision-making and learning. This includes mapping out audiences, policy engagement, and other opportunities to inform adaptive management. Represent WWF-US for internal and external audiences.
  • Provides technical support and coordination of this interdisciplinary monitoring and evaluation plan. This includes oversight and support of project personnel, grantees, consultants, and others to facilitate coordination, communication, and regular reporting.
  • Builds marine science capacity within WWF conservation programs, including how to design, implement, conduct, analyze, and communicate MEL.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

  A Master's Degree is required. A Ph.D. in marine natural or social science or related discipline is highly desired. The position requires four years of experience in international biodiversity conservation projects/conservation science (or related fields). Strong analytical skills; quantitative skills. Spatial analytical skills are highly desired. Experience in monitoring and evaluation of conservation impact and interdisciplinary methods and data. Experience designing participatory monitoring and evaluation processes. Experience including Indigenous knowledge alongside scientific knowledge in research or MEL is a plus. Experience in marine spatial planning is a plus. Excellent organizational skills. Strong project management skills. Ability to work on initiatives with multiple and competing priorities. Ability to work effectively as a team member with a wide range of individuals, across cultures and time zones. Fluent English; Proficiency in Spanish a plus. 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. Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement. Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.  


WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.




To Apply:


  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #23041 Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone



As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.



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