WANTED: Forest restoration scientist for global climate program (Arlington, VA)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks a Forest Restoration Scientist, who will synthesize and advance applied scientific research associated with global forest restoration efforts while providing technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert for conservation initiatives.

The Forest Restoration Scientist will contribute topical expertise to cross-cutting science issues for the organization, and represent the organization in communications with scientific, policy, and practitioner communities. The position reports to the Director of Forest Carbon Science on the Global Land’s team.

Global forest restoration could provide a major contribution to climate mitigation. The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is expanding capacity to design, implement, and measure the climate benefits of forest restoration initiatives around the globe. We seek an advanced applied scientist to lead in the identification of priority forest restoration opportunities, the design of restoration interventions, and the measurement of their climate mitigation outcomes. We anticipate that the focus of this position will be on reforestation; however, work will also extend to other forms of forest restoration such as improved forest management practices.

It is critical that TNC’s increasing engagement on climate smart forest restoration is informed by scientific disciplines including restoration ecology, carbon accounting, and conservation planning. Such initiatives may include release of natural forest regeneration and intensive site treatments necessary to re-initiate forest succession on degraded soils, potentially involving commercial plantation forestry. Such initiatives may include wetland forest systems but are expected to primarily involve forests on well-drained soils. Reforestation initiatives will include temperate, subtropical, and tropical climate domains.

Apply by: June 10, 2016

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