Job Opportunity: Marine Spatial Scientist at WWF-US

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Oceans program is seeking applicants for a joint position with the National Geographic Society (NGS) Geographic Visualization Lab to lead on coastal ecosystem spatial analyses. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. 

Date published: 2019/03/14

Location: Washington D.C. (WWF-US HQ)

Job Type: Limited term for one year


This position, which is based in Washington D.C., will provide analytic support to characterize (social and ecological) key coastal regions to prioritize appropriate conservation interventions with an emphasis on coral reefs and mangroves. It also will interface with a suite of initiatives and products related to the Allen Coral Atlas (“the Atlas”). The Atlas is developing cutting-edge technology to, for the first time, create an accurate mosaic view of coral reefs from high resolution and frequent satellite images of reefs, with the goal of enhancing reef conservation.


  • Under the supervision of the Director of Marine Science of WWF, leads the planning, coordination, communication, and implementation of program activities to integrate marine science into conservation planning and practice. Conducts research and analysis, provides technical assistance to WWF field programs, and develops and delivers capacity-building resources and activities.
  • Working with the Director of Field Engagement at NGS, conducts research and analysis, provides technical assistance to verify the Atlas using field data, and develops and delivers capacity-building resources and activities.
  • Communicates the nature and results of the work internally, to partner organizations, and other scientists through presentations, technical reports, and publications.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Education/Experience: A Master’s Degree is required. A Ph.D. in marine science or related discipline is preferred. Position requires 3 - 5 years demonstrated experience and/or education in marine ecology and/or conservation, and/or data science, spatial analysis, and machine learning. Experience in coral reef ecosystems and working internationally and with coalitions and diverse and matrixed teams preferred.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent research and writing skills, with the ability to communicate to a variety of audiences
  • Strong spatial analytic skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Working knowledge of GIS, python, and R. Familiarity with remote sensing and GIS, data visualization technology and approaches, digital integration, machine learning algorithms, and others.
  • Experience in tropical coastal ecosystem processes, conservation planning; social science is desirable. Familiarity with coral reef ecology, conservation or protected area management, and policymaking.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills and good cross-cultural sensitivity, with ability to work with individuals in other countries and across organizations. Experience working in international developing country contexts preferred.
  • Strong project management skills. Ability to manage multiple diverse work streams with attention to detail while balancing competing priorities, meeting deadlines and delivering quality results.
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Fluent English; additional language skills a plus

To Apply

Visit the original posting on the WWF-US Careers page. 


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