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Natural Climate Solutions Postdoctoral Researcher
The Nature Conservancy in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Date Posted 08/27/2020
Postdoctoral-Computer Science
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) Postdoctoral Researcher collects, synthesizes, manages, and analyzes data related to the protection, restoration, and improved management of forests, croplands, grasslands, and wetlands. The NCS Postdoctoral Researcher will help interpret and communicate the findings from these analyses for use in publications, presentations, and websites. Success in this role requires being savvy in a range of geospatial tools and analysis; working effectively independently and with others in a fast-paced, highly matrixed organization; and being responsive to shifting needs and priorities.

  • Identify data on the adoption of NCS and similar practices for use in estimating and projecting likely trajectories of NCS adoption.
  • Manage spatial, tabular, and other data, develop new datasets as necessary, and ensure access to collaborators.
  • Conduct geospatial and statistical analysis and provide rigorous interpretations of findings.
  • Collaboratively draft and edit reports and publications based on the data collected and analyzed

  • Master’s Degree in science related field and 1 year of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting data and preparing reports of findings.
  • Experience in land use change, forestry, and/or agriculture.
  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software (or other geospatial software) as related to responsibilities described above.
  • Experience collaborating on scientific publications.


  • Ability to answer research questions related to conservation strategies with creative and novel data sources and analysis methods.
  • Experience initiating and managing successful scientific collaborations with a wide range of academic and non-academic collaborators.
  • Experience coding with Python for large-scale GIS analyses.
  • Experience coding in R or equivalent computing language.
  • Ability to take initiative and drive results in an unstructured work environment.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated


To apply to position number 48958, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 21st 2020. If possible, please UPLOAD your materials in PDF format.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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