Staff or Senior Scientist – Endangered Species Program
Full time position // Portland, OR, Other Locations Negotiable
General position overview:
The Center for Biological Diversity, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of imperiled plants, animals and wild places, seeks a staff or senior scientist to advocate for the conservation of endangered species. The position will involve working with a team of attorneys, communications specialists and advocates to protect endangered species across the United States.
Science is woven into our advocacy work and informs our legal strategies, policy advocacy, campaigning and public education. The scientist will pair science with advocacy to promote endangered species conservation initiatives and conduct scientific and factual research to support endangered species program campaigns and litigation. The position will also include policy advocacy and campaign activities that focus on conservation of endangered species and their habitats.
The position will require extensive scientific and policy writing, including preparing petitions to list species under the Endangered Species Act and writing comments on environmental review documents and other agency proposals.
Provide factual and research support and analysis for legal and campaign work in order to protect endangered species from the threats they face.
Media advocacy, including writing press releases, media outreach and delivering effective statements to reporters to highlight risks to wildlife and the extinction crisis.
Communicate with decision-makers, the public, scientists and opinion leaders on endangered species issues through outreach and public speaking.
Build relationships with key scientists, coalition partners and community leaders.
Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills desired:
Minimum two years of professional experience in science, law, public policy, campaigning or advocacy.
Completion of an advanced degree in a relevant scientific field such as conservation biology, ecology, environmental studies, wildlife biology, fisheries or other species related science.
Scientific literacy and familiarity with conservation biology literature is essential.
Familiarity with environmental law and policy preferred.
Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
Excellent communication skills, including public speaking.
An ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
Strong work ethic and time-management skills.
A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.
Salary is commensurate with experience. The Center offers an excellent benefits package, including employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and disability insurance and a 403(b) retirement savings plan with employer match.
The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, diversity both in the workplace and the world. We believe there is not only an intrinsic link between protecting the diversity of the Earth's cultures, languages, plants and animals, but between that work and having a staff diverse in gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please submit a cover letter, resume, references, and a writing sample. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.
We are an equal opportunity employer.