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Director of Nature Positive for Oceans - 23075

WWF Washington, DC
Washington D.C. 20037 United States
Closing date
Feb 9, 2023

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Conservation science
Climate Change
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  World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Director of Nature Positive for Oceans.




Major Function


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading international conservation organizations, seeks a Director of Nature Positive to lead the WWF Oceans team efforts to develop and implement systems to better measure and track progress of interventions and outcomes in support of Nature Positive Seascapes and Business. This position will also be fundamental to advance real-world projects on nature-positive business – providing pathways and technical guidance for how this would be achieved and contribute to Nature Positive Seascapes. In addition, this role would help oversee efforts to implement coordinated monitoring and evaluation across priority Nature Positive seascapes to ensure we are linking collective knowledge and impacts across places we work. This is an exciting opportunity to take a truly collaborative, integrated approach, working across a diverse oceans team.





  • Leading efforts on implementation of Nature Positive measurement framework in both seascapes and business
  • Thought leadership to develop strategies and practice to inform conservation actions that will contribute to Nature Positive Seascapes and Business; this includes contribution to proposals, on-going projects, speaking engagements, etc. Close collaboration with our Area-Based Conservation and Ocean Markets & Finance teams.
  • Support Oceans Market and Blue Finance Team in engagement with targeted industry sectors (i.e., wind farms, port development/coastal development operations, shipping) by developing and executing Nature Positive Business pilots considering for spatial management approaches, nature based solutions, and strategies to achieve net positive impacts on biodiversity, people, & climate.
  • Engage with the Blue Finance team to align nature positive business pilots to long-term innovative, blended financing mechanisms and/other financing opportunities to ensure adequate blended financing for long term impact in the seascape and opportunities for scaling work in other target seascapes.
  • Act as advisor to the development of the SBTN Oceans Hub workstreams for marine renewables, coastal development, and shipping when launched incorporating learnings from the Nature Positive Business pilots
  • Engage collaboratively with other WWF US Goal Teams and working groups (ie. Infrastructure team, aquaculture and seaweed team, and seafood jurisdictional approach team) and WWF global working groups (ie. Orsted Biodiversity and Nature Positive working group) to develop pilots that consider for contribution and align across other needed WWF areas of work.
  • Serve as part of the core engagement team for private sector and financial institution meetings on Nature Positive Business and Blue Finance as technical lead for Nature Positive work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
    • Position requires at least 10 years of experience supporting design, implementation, and measurement in support of international biodiversity conservation projects (or related fields).
    • A Master’s degree is required. Ph.D. in a marine-related discipline is highly desired.
    • Familiarity with ocean zoning factors, trade-offs, and public processes for spatial planning
    • Experience with Blue Economy stakeholder engagement that brings various ocean resource users together, and knowledge of conflict drivers and trade-offs factor
    • Knowledge of international conservation organizations, bodies, and conventions (i.e. FAO, CBD)
    • Strong project management skills as well as excellent organizational skills.
    • Strong communication skills to a variety of audiences, including scientific writing, proposal developments, scientific presentations; presentations to private sectors, donors, etc.
    • 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
    • Must be willing to travel up to 20% of the time, national and international, for meetings to private sector offices and on the water projects in country as needed to develop projects and present to stakeholders.
    • 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.
    Please Note:


    • This is a 2-year Limited-Term position, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and additional funding
    • we are looking to fill this position as quickly as possible; applications will be reviewed as soon as they are received
    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 #23075 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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