Center for Biological Diversity
  • 12-Sep-2017 to 11-Nov-2017 (MST)
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is currently looking for a full-time Scientist and Advocate for our Environmental Health Program. This position is ideally located in Portland, Ore., or Oakland, Calif., with other locations to be considered.


General position overview:


This position will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a strong scientific background and dedicated expertise in conservation biology, entomology, applied ecology, ecotoxicology and/or (a) related field(s). The position also requires excellent research and writing skills, advocacy experience in campaign or organizing work, a strong desire to be a voice for the voiceless and an excellent work ethic. The new scientist and advocate for the environmental health program will help us fight the harmful effects of pollution on wildlife, focusing on toxic pesticides and protecting pollinators.


Specific tasks will include researching the status of imperiled insects, plants and wildlife; drafting scientific documents to help win them legal protections; fighting threats from government agencies seeking to weaken environmental protections; drafting reports; providing expertise and support for staff; and working with the media to raise awareness and drive the national discussion about key environmental health issues, including pollinators and pesticides.


Main duties:

  • Research and analyze population trends of pollinator species.
  • Draft scientific documents to help gain protection for imperiled species.
  • Fight the rollback of legally mandated processes to protect people and wildlife from toxics.
  • Expose undue industry influence over federal regulatory agencies charged with protecting human health, imperiled species and the environment from pesticides.
  • Draft reports for the Environmental Health Program.
  • Provide general scientific expertise and support for the Center's programmatic staff.
  • Work with media to raise awareness and drive the national discussion about key environmental health issues, especially pollinators and pesticides.
  • Identify and carry out opportunities to protect imperiled species from the threats they face.      
  • Build relationships with key scientists outside the Center.
  • Utilize media campaigns to highlight threats to imperiled wildlife.


Essential qualities, qualifications, and skills:

  • Completion of a master's degree and/or a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field such as conservation biology, entomology, applied ecology or ecotoxicology. Candidates with exceptional related experience or master's degrees in other highly relevant fields will be considered.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with issues regarding pesticides and pollinators.
  • Excellent research, analytical and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, including public-speaking skills.
  • The ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A strong work ethic and good time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.
  • The characteristics of a dynamic and confident self-starter who can work effectively both independently and with a team.
  • The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • A solid working knowledge of environmental issues and politics.
  • Experience and/or interest in working with the media.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects on both long- and short-term timelines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts.
  • A passion for the Center's work, and for the work of our Environmental Health Program in particular.


Application process:

Please apply online by submitting a cover letter, a resume, a writing sample and three to five references with your application. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Benefits Package:

  • Paid generous medical, dental and vision plan.
  • Paid short- and long-term disability leave.
  • 403(b) plan with opportunity for match.
  • Relaxed work atmosphere.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

Center for Biological Diversity
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