Global Climate & Energy Lead Scientist
The World Wildlife Fund
WWF’s half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science; it informs and underpins everything we do. The scientific rigor we bring to our work is unmatched in the nonprofit conservation sector. Building on this legacy, WWF is recruiting eight Global Science Leaders to advance the organization’s mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature.
We are hiring six individuals to shape an interdisciplinary research agenda for each of WWF’s global goals—Climate & Energy, Sustainable Food, Forests, Freshwater, Oceans and Wildlife Conservation. We are also hiring two individuals to build teams in Sustainability Science and Data Analytics & Technology. We seek candidates to advance a coordinated WWF effort that will deliver science for tangible biodiversity conservation results at a speed and scale commensurate with the trends of the world today. The Leaders will report directly to the WWF Chief Scientist and are key members of WWF’s Network Science Team.
The Global Climate & Energy Lead Scientist (Lead Scientist) will provide the scientific leadership for WWF’s Global Climate & Energy Practice. The Lead Scientist will be a key partner to the Chief Scientist and the Climate and Energy Practice Lead, providing thought leadership, science direction for goal setting, scientific analysis in support of strategy development and the management of internal and external science talent to support the Global Climate & Energy team in advancing their ambitious agenda. The Lead Scientist will serve as a member of the WWF Global Science Leadership Team to provide expertise and support for interdisciplinary analyses to advance cross-functional strategies. This is an unparalleled opportunity for a dynamic, strategic thinker who is passionate about WWF's mission and has had demonstrated success in leading rigorous scientific research to support issues related to the mitigation, adaptation and risks associated with climate change.
Never before has the planet faced environmental threats of the scale and urgency we see today. But we also find ourselves in a unique time of extraordinary opportunity for change. Following the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the climate agreement reached in Paris, humanity has committed to accelerate a transition toward a more sustainable, ecologically sound and habitable future. The pace and scale of this transition will dictate success or failure. As the largest conservation organization in the world, World Wildlife Fund is determined to capitalize on this momentum. So we are re-inventing our practice of conservation, pursuing measurable results and thought partnerships that help shift humanity to a more sustainable footing.
Success will require a team that energetically embraces the opportunity and risks to produce solutions to the world’s largest environmental problems at the intersection of science and practice.
Qualified candidates will possess critical competencies that include:
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