Civil - Coastal / Oceans / Ports / Rivers, Civil - Environmental, Civil - Urban and Community Planning, Civil Engineering
4 Year Degree
Conservation International leads an innovative international program focused on developing and implementing hybrid Green-Gray Infrastructure solutions for climate adaptation. The Nature-based Solutions Engineer will be central to advancing this green-gray initiative, providing specialized technical and programmatic guidance to projects restoring and conserving ecosystems alongside conventional engineering solutions as a climate adaptation strategy for people around the world.
This position will coordinate the development and strategic implementation of the Green-Gray program across the institution, build and support critical partnerships in science, industry and conservation, and provide critical technical expertise, particularly to Conservation International's country programs. The Nature-based Solutions Engineer will be at the forefront of developing this new conservation and engineering approach for application globally.
The ideal candidate will come to the position with diverse engineering experiences, an appreciation of the immense potential of hybrid green-gray solutions to address climate change impacts across the globe, and a strong drive to use these approaches and experiences to build climate resilience and support adaptation for communities. The candidate will excel at written and spoken communication and embody a strong commitment to conservation and environmental concerns globally, particularly including the importance of healthy ecosystems for communities. The ideal applicant will have coastal, water or other infrastructure engineering expertise and a working knowledge of conservation and environmental approaches and principles. The candidate will also ideally have experience working in developing countries, including with communities, governments, academic and industry partners. Additionally, the capacity to develop strong partnerships with a broad range of institutions and individuals is essential as the candidate will be a key contact for Green-Gray partnerships with industry companies, leading academic institutions, government agencies and non-profits, including through the Global Green-Gray Community of Practice, led by Conservation International.
This position will be situated within the Blue Climate team in the Center for Oceans and will require a high level of interaction across multiple divisions and programs. The selected candidate may be based in any Conservation International office around the world and must be willing and able to work alternative hours as needed to support the needs of an organization working in more than 30 countries globally.
Coordinate development and strategic implementation of the Green-Gray program across the organization, including working closely with many of Conservation International’s 27 country programs to develop, fund and implement a diverse portfolio of on-the-ground Green-Gray demonstration projects;
Act as a technical point-person for country offices on coastal and ocean climate change adaptation issues, including in the design and implementation of projects related to coastal resilience and adaptation, and as such, build and maintain strong working relationships with priority countries;
Manage a dynamic portfolio of projects and initiatives, including documentation and tracking of key requirements, activities, and deliverables, and associated scheduling, budgetary, and reporting requirements;
Maintain and expand key strategic green-gray partnerships including with industry leading engineering and construction companies and globally recognized academic institutions, by providing needed technical input and capacity building;
Working with other staff, fundraise for implementation and expansion of the green-gray program through a diverse range of funding sources and cross-divisional and cross-programmatic efforts, including cultivation and management of key funder relationships, supporting the development of funding proposals, and preparing strategic fundraising and communication materials; and
Contribute thought leadership to strategic initiatives, conferences, forums, and publications that elevate the visibility of Conversation International’s climate adaptation work
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Conservation International
Founded in 1987, Conservation International works to spotlight and secure the critical benefits that nature provides to humanity. Since our inception, we have helped to protect more than 6 million square kilometers of land and sea across more than 70 countries. Currently with more than 1,000 staff working through offices in 29 countries, and with 2,000 partner organizations worldwide, our reach is truly global. Our careful stewardship of contributions and our emphasis on programmatic impact have allowed us to consistently earn the highest ratings for efficiency, effectiveness, and transparency from watchdog groups such as Charity Navigator.
CI’s green-gray infrastructure program incorporates ecosystem restoration and conservation into climate adaptation-focused infrastructure projects to maximize benefits to nature for the well-being of humanity. CI’s unique and valuable experience with ecosystem conservation and restoration, community co-design, and stakeholder leadership allows us to advise and lead green-gray initiatives around the world in collaboration with local, regional and national governments and engineering partners. In addition to our leadership of the Global Green...-Gray Infrastructure Community of Practice, CI is a leader in green-gray infrastructure design and implementation in vulnerable coastal communities.