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Careers at NatureServe

Chief Scientist

NatureServe seeks a respected scientist in the field of biodiversity informatics to join the Executive Team as Chief Scientist, a Vice-President level role. Ideal candidates will be highly collaborative individuals with a commitment to conservation and a desire to help shape the future of an established but quickly growing organization. The individual who assumes this role will work closely with NatureServe’s Vice President for Data and Methods, as well as the Vice President for Technology and Partnerships, and report to the Executive Vice President for Programs.

The Chief Scientist is the senior leader of NatureServe's Science Applications department. In this capacity, they guide the strategic development and growth of science programs, projects, partnerships, and fundraising with the goal of providing the best available information to support conservation of species and ecosystems. The incumbent will broker scientific partnerships, provide scientific leadership with and to our Network, and promote and support innovative approaches for the development and management of scientific information, including the advancement of tools that facilitate the use of this information in land management and conservation planning. Working with other scientists and philanthropy, they will lead business development efforts and support fundraising to advance NatureServe’s strategic goals. They will provide thought leadership in conservation data collection, analysis, and application for NatureServe, the Network, and the broader biodiversity informatics and conservation community.

NatureServe’s Conservation Science team, which includes Science Applications and Data and Methods, develops scientific methods to support conservation data production and analyses. The team develops and maintains information on taxonomy, location and distribution, conservation status, and threats for plants, animals, and ecosystems. We apply this information through a range of projects to conduct endangered species assessments, predict species habitat and ranges now and in the future, classify and map ecosystems, assess the ecological integrity of specific places, and help society adapt to climate change, among other applications. Key staff positions within this department include a Chief Zoologist, Chief Botanist, and Chief Ecologist.

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