Data Scientist In Conservation - 21069

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Posted Date 8 months ago(6/9/2021 7:53 PM)
# of Openings


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Data Scientist In Conservation to join its Global Science team.


Major Function

Help WWF revolutionize the way we use data and technology to identify conservation opportunities and measure and monitor the impacts of our conservation efforts. The Data Scientist will work with the Global Science team and the WWF network to develop new ways to acquire and utilize environmental and socio-economic data including, but not restricted to WWF acquired data, government supplied data, commercially acquired data sets, and remotely sensed and in-situ spatial data. The Data Scientist in Conservation will be a data scientist with broad experience in data collection, organization, and synthesis, artificial intelligence (including machine learning), tool development and conservation or environmental workflows. Understanding of conservation issues on global and local scales is essential, as is experience working with multiple organizations to harmonize data and data management approaches. Knowledge of carbon accounting methods, environmental condition measurement, and large-scale socio-economic data will be useful. The key role of the data scientist is to help devise new methods for leveraging the data we have, and to develop methodologies for collecting and managing new data to help measure and achieve our conservation goals.


  • Co-develop data collection and utilization methodologies with WWF scientists and program managers.
  • Coordinate across multiple data collecting organizations, to harmonize approaches and data.
  • Support the development of data management protocols and policies.
  • Co-develop and implement impact monitoring pipelines.
  • Identify opportunities for application of new data management and analysis tools for the conservation context.
  • With support from a data analyst, perform analyses for select projects; applying advanced statistical and spatial analysis and programming as necessary to assess impacts and identify opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Skills and Abilities

  • 6 to 8 years professional experience or 3 to 5 years with an advanced degree in data science, computer science, environmental science (with a quantitative focus) or related field
  • Proven data science or computer science expertise
  • Proven expertise in a data science programming language such as Python or R
  • Experience with cloud-based technologies and machine learning approaches
  • Demonstrated experience with conservation, biodiversity or ecology projects
  • Strong project management skills with the ability to effectively prioritize and produce high quality work under time constraints.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills requiring knowing when to use courtesy, tact and/or diplomacy to effectively communicate with all constituents.
  • Ability to demonstrate integrity in deliverables, behavior, and demeanor
  • Proven ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a matrixed team environment
  • Ability to show respect for the organization, the work, the team, and self
  • Have the courage to make the hard decisions which will benefit the organization, team and work
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page,  Requisition #21069
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

**US-DC-Washington or San Francisco Bay Area preferred.


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. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.


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