COSA Job opening: Conservation Ecologist (TNC-Colorado)

COSA community,

Applications are now being accepted for a full-time Conservation Ecologist position with the Colorado Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Here’s the direct link to the full job posting (job ID# 51181), and applications are due by 11:59 PM EST on 3/30/22. As links to TNC’s Careers site can be a bit buggy, you can also search for the job title and ID# if the link fails to work. I will also be at the CNHP Partners meeting in Fort Collins tomorrow (Friday, 3/11) and am open to discussing this opportunity in person.

Your Position With TNC: As a member of the Conservation Science and Planning Team within TNC’s Colorado Business Unit, the Conservation Ecologist is a creative and collaborative problem-solver who is motivated and energized by engaging in and supporting science-based, climate-resilient conservation of Colorado’s native species, habitats, and ecosystems. They provide technical and scientific support for land and water conservation projects, strategies, and plans by using expert knowledge, principles of conservation ecology, and science-based adaptive management frameworks. They also incorporate the latest scientific developments into the evolving evidence base for Colorado’s conservation efforts, collaborate strategically with a broad and inclusive scientific community, leverage results to advance key conservation initiatives, continuously expand their own skills and experience, and communicate effectively to diverse audiences.

Essential Functions: The Conservation Ecologist designs and conducts a wide variety of field and desktop ecological analyses and evaluations, leveraging results to advance key conservation initiatives. They lead and assist with conservation planning and prioritization, develop adaptive management and monitoring frameworks, and support strategic partnerships. They also serve on interdisciplinary teams; manage projects, external partners, and contractors; engage in science communication to diverse audiences; and, may supervise staff and volunteers depending on team structure and business needs. They also travel to field sites in Colorado and potentially outside of the state, with frequency determined by business need. Occasional overnight travel is expected.

Starting Salary Range: $79,500-$84,500/yr

This is an exciting opportunity to join the TNC-Colorado’s Conservation Science and Planning Team, and I’d appreciate your assistance with sharing this position widely so that we get a broad and diverse applicant pool.



Drew Rayburn, Ph.D. | Director of Conservation Science and Planning | The Nature Conservancy in Colorado | drew.rayburn | C: +1 530 723 3233