• Senior Associate, Conservation Science

    Location US-DC-Washington
    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/3/2018 3:51 PM)
    Job ID
    Program-Research & Science
    The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Overview

    The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.

    We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.

    Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.

    With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.

    The Research and Science Portfolio at The Pew Charitable Trusts
    The research and science portfolio includes both programmatic, functional, and outreach elements. It spans all of Pew’s programmatic work with a focus on advancing quality research and science and deploying research expertise to further the goals of ongoing projects. The portfolio reviews the design of new research projects across the institution to ensure they are high-quality, unbiased, and methodologically sound. The programmatic elements of the portfolio include specific projects related to biomedical science, environmental science, fiscal federalism, and Philadelphia public policy research. In addition, research and science has a role in communicating timely, accurate information on state issues to the general public as the Pew daily news publication, Stateline, is part of our organization. The portfolio also includes an operational aspect working to ensure effective management systems across the program department and coordinating with key partners across the institution.


    Project overview
    The conservation science (CS) program works to generate and synthesize scientific research that informs conservation policy and frames solutions to global environmental challenges. The CS team enhances the scientific foundation of Pew’s environmental work by providing centralized technical expertise, developing research projects, and identifying new scientific results relevant to Pew’s existing and emerging conservation interests. Integrating the results of peer-reviewed research into public policy and campaign strategy development are significant components of the program’s work.

    Position overview
    The senior associate serves as a liaison to staff in Pew’s environmental portfolios – Americas and international - and Pew’s strategy team on issues relating to economics and conservation finance and will support the development of economics initiatives that inform new and existing project strategies. In addition to providing high-level expertise across a wide range of topics to project and strategy teams, the senior associate also plays a key role supporting CS’s collaboration with Pew policy staff to develop, fund, and manage a broad array of economics research projects. Tasks include: contributing relevant information about Pew environment campaigns and strategies to CS staff; collaborating on research design with senior CS staff, external contractors, and grantees; serving as a key contributor to research projects in economics under the supervision of senior CS staff; and contributing to policy outreach efforts for funded research.

    This position, located in Pew’s Washington, D.C. office, reports to the project director and has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.


    • Participate in the strategic development of Pew’s environmental economics efforts and contribute to cross-cutting initiatives among environmental programs.
    • Develop and maintain wide-ranging knowledge of pertinent research in economics and conservation finance and in-depth understanding of conservation policy to place research results in appropriate contexts.
    • Provide technical expertise to Pew’s campaigns and strategy team with a focus on identifying economic research that informs policy goals and promotes technical engagement.
    • Serve as a liaison between economic researchers and Pew, recruiting outside experts as necessary.
    • Coordinate the exchange of information between Pew campaigns, strategy staff, and conservation science staff. Maintain familiarity with campaign objectives and research relevant to campaign work.
    • Collaborate broadly with Pew environmental campaign and strategy staff to identify needs and priorities for economic research within environmental initiatives. Under the supervision of senior staff, develop effective research proposals and work plans in coordination with external economists that address relevant policy and/or strategy needs within suitable timeframes and budgets. Assist in the development of research plans, grants, and contracts to ensure scientific work plans are accurately translated into project agreements.
    • Help manage a portfolio of research projects. Duties include: collaborating on research design, tracking project deliverables and deadlines, ensuring coordination of activities with Pew policy and CS staff, and identifying emerging communications opportunities as needed.
    • Conduct desktop research projects in economics and conservation finance, including reviews and meta-analyses.
    • Review and coordinate the communication of economic analysis and conservation implications of CS-supported economics research.
    • Participate in and contribute to conservation science meetings, workshops, and other events. Assist with other tasks as requested.


    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in natural resource economics or a related field strongly preferred. Knowledge of conservation financing approaches a plus.
    • Minimum of four years of relevant professional experience in environmental economics and environmental policy issues is required. Specific knowledge of and experience with resource management and/or conservation policy is strongly preferred.
    • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with Pew staff, consultants, partners, grantees, and others. Operates as a key contributor in a highly collaborative environment.
    • Experience working in a technical role within an advocacy organization or policy institution is highly desirable, as is experience developing and managing research projects in economics.
    • Demonstrated analytical skills. Political awareness, with a non-partisan perspective and approach. Experience with state, national, and/or intergovernmental institutions preferred.
    • Demonstrated problem-solving skills. Strong ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time, and remain attentive to detail.
    • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including ease in communicating complex concepts in a clear, effective manner.
    • Recognized ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization and attention to detail. Ability to make decisions and operate effectively in uncertain or changing situations.


    Occasional domestic and international travel for conferences and meetings.

    Total Rewards
    We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance.


    The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.



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