• Data and Technology Global Lead Scientist - 18076

    Job Locations US-CA-San Francisco
    Posted Date 4 months ago(4 months ago)
    # of Openings
  • Overview

    World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Data and Technology Global Lead Scientist based in the San Francisco area (other locations might be considered). WWF’s half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science; it informs and underpins everything we do. The scientific rigor we bring to our work is unmatched in the nonprofit conservation sector. Building on this legacy, WWF is recruiting a team of Global Science Leaders to advance the organization’s mission to build a future where people live in harmony with nature.


    We are hiring scientists to shape an interdisciplinary research agenda and apply it to accelerate WWF’s goals in Climate & Energy, Food, Forests, Freshwater, Oceans and Wildlife. The Global Science Team works closely with experts in finance, markets, policy and practice to advance a coordinated effort that will deliver science and technology for tangible conservation results at a speed and scale commensurate with the trends that undermine them. The Global Science Leads report directly to the WWF Chief Scientist and are key members of WWF’s Network Science and Practice Team.


    As the Data and Technology Lead Scientist (Lead Scientist), you'll use your expertise and professional network to applying existing or new technologies to generate solutions for resolving the most critical environmental challenges of our time. As part of the Global Science Team, you the bridge technical and conservation practice worlds as you identify technologies from a wide range of sectors for their creative application to the global conservation agenda. You will lead matrix teams of internal and external partners to break down complex problems into manageable steps to drive conservation outcomes. As an expert on the science team, you will be part of shaping a definitive role for creative technology and data analyses into the core of the conservation community.


    Position Context

    Never before has the planet faced environmental threats of the scale and urgency we see today. But we also find ourselves in a unique time of extraordinary opportunity for change. Following the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals and the climate agreement reached in Paris, humanity has committed to accelerate a transition toward a more sustainable, ecologically sound and habitable future. The pace and scale of this transition will dictate success or failure. As the largest conservation organization in the world, World Wildlife Fund is determined to capitalize on this momentum, no matter how great the challenges. So we are re-inventing our practice of conservation, pursuing measurable results and thought partnerships that help shift humanity to a more sustainable footing.  Success will require a team that energetically embraces the opportunity and risks to produce solutions to the world’s largest environmental problems at the intersection of science and practice.



    Position responsibilities include

    • Conducts and supports colleagues identifying the opportunities for technology interventions, manages internal and external experts to deliver on the development of the ideas and publishes findings in high-profile outlets for impact
    • Stays abreast of the technological advances and shares important findings with team
    • Disseminates latest technological knowledge across the WWF network and externally, and in coordination with knowledge management leads
    • Works with manager of the WWF Technology Council to advise WWF on trends in emerging technology that could have application to conservation
    • Builds and maintains an extensive network of technology professionals and partnerships to activate to advance WWF’s priorities
    • Build WWF’s capacity to work effectively in the fast-paced technology in a time of change
    • Represents WWF and promotes our technology leadership in conservation
    • Travels internationally on a frequent basis to represent WWF at meetings, workshops, conferences, and for the purposes of site visits and/or field-based research


    Qualified candidates will possess critical competencies that include

    • Graduate degree in computer science or similar technical degree needed
    • At least 10 years’ experience leading collaborative technology teams in the design and launch of innovative and disruptive products;
    • Broad knowledge and expertise in product management involving big data analysis, machine learning, remote sensing and integrated systems design;
    • Ability to work effectively with individuals across cultures and time zones;
    • Extraordinary written, oral and strategic communication skills;
    • Leadership, vision and creative thinking;
    • Demonstrated ability to listen, learn quickly and adapt pro-actively to a challenge; and
    • Experience in applying technology to achieve environmental and/or social outcomes a big plus.
    • Must be able to travel between 30-50%


    To Apply:

    • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #18076 
    • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

    As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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