Environmental Economist

Environmental Economist


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Environmental Economist manages and advances conservation and Climate Change projects, plans and methods and provides technical and scientific support to link economic studies to the conservation work that is happening on the ground in the geographic scope of the Micronesia Program.  The Environmental Economist will lead efforts to establish climate change adaptation priorities and sustainable finance mechanisms at conservation sites. 


The Environmental Economist  supports the implementation of the Conservancy’s conservation  strategies within the geographic scope of the Micronesia Program. He/she focuses on providing scientific and economic advice on climate change, cost benefit analysis of ecosystem based adaptation and natural resource based livelihood opportunities. The Environmental Economist helps develop tools and methodologies to examine role that natural assets (e.g. habitats) play in reducing social vulnerability and risks from natural disasters and climate change as well as risk analysis of development of livelihoods. He/she conducts research and analyzes, manage and synthesize data on nature and people, makes recommendations, and leads the efforts to implement climate change adaptation plans and integrate sustainable livelihoods into our conservation strategies. The Environmental Economist collaborates with the field staff, Conservancy senior management, and partner organizations to bring sophisticated environmental, financial, and economic expertise to the design and implementation of conservation strategies. He/she provides scientific support to local jurisdictions on natural resource management and climate change adaptation, implementation, planning and evaluation and will liaise with governments and outside entities on economic valuation studies.


  • Provide technical expertise for linking ecological and economic strategies and data, including through advice related to setting up and using information from risk analysis, cost-benefit and economic valuation studies. 
  • Delivers tools, biodiversity data, field services and training to staff and partners, including policy makers at different governmental levels.       
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.         
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.            
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context                  
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.  Frequent travel and long hours.


  • Master Degree in related field and at least 3 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and synthesizing socio-economic and ecological data
  • Experience with stakeholder engagement, natural resource management and climate change adaptation.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people including geographically distant teams


  • Working experience in the Micronesia and or Pacific region.
  • Ability to work in diverse cultures and communities
  • Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
  • Working experience in interdisciplinary teams 
  • Experience with designing, implementing diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization.  Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Adaptable to changing circumstances. Able to interpret guidelines, evaluate information, and modify workplans quickly and appropriately.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to meet deadlines and to deliver high quality products.
  • Ability to deliver practical, adaptable products and services and attention to detail.
  • Strong knowledge on ecological and social dimensions of the natural resource management


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