Reporting to: Executive Director of Advocacy, Policy, and Science
Mission of Position: The Director of Science, Climate & Stewardship provides leadership and primary oversight of science-related initiatives across all of the organization’s program areas. As the leader of the science program, the Director will serve as the primary ambassador and communicator of science topics to internal and external audiences. The Director manages a conservation science team that is responsible for a complex portfolio. Primary duties include: ecological restoration planning, natural resource stewardship and restoration on Scenic Hudson lands, technical assistance to land conservation and park management staff, ecological restoration projects, and review of development proposals. The Director is also involved in policy and advocacy efforts for conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, and regional climate change and climate resiliency response in the Hudson Valley and New York State.
Land Stewardship Coordinator
- M.S (research) in Ecology, Conservation Biology or related field required. PhD preferred.
- At least five years of relevant professional experience with a conservation organization or environmental agency required (academic institution position with a demonstrated applied conservation component may substitute for a portion).
- Prior programmatic experience and/or publication history in one or more of the following topics: climate change adaptation or resiliency, systematic conservation planning, ecological restoration, spatial analysis, land stewardship.
- Ability to engage on a wide range of conservation-related issues, rapidly build personal/team expertise on new topics and issues, and develop strategic responses.
- Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills and experience translating complex technical and scientific issues in a manner that is understandable, approachable, and relevant to a broad range of audiences.
- Must be self-directed and have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of staff, partner organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders.
- Familiarity with land use planning/reviewing or stewarding conservation easements desirable.
- Understanding of environmental policy, government processes and environmental laws and regulations as they relate to impact on habitat and species protection, land use, and/or energy and infrastructure also desired.
- Must share a commitment to the mission and programs of Scenic Hudson.
- Previous supervision experience preferred. Must be able to carry 20lbs. over rough terrain in sometimes-inclement weather conditions. Must have valid driver’s license and own car for travel within the region. Occasional evening and weekend work required.
Scenic Hudson preserves land and farms and creates parks that connect people with the inspirational power of the Hudson River, while fighting threats to the river and natural resources that are the foundation of the valley’s prosperity.
Our work is guided by our vision for the region:
The Hudson Valley is a community of informed and engaged citizens working to make the region a model of vibrant riverfront cities and towns linked by inviting parks and trails, beautiful and resilient landscapes, and productive farms.
We focus on three themes—Promoting Regional Identity, Building Community and Strengthening Resiliency. Lands we protected will enhance recreation, keep our air and water clean, and help wildlife adapt to rising sea levels. Partnerships to restore long-neglected natural and cultural assets will help revitalize downtown neighborhoods. And our expertise in siting renewable energy and promoting natural climate solutions positions the region to be a model for confronting climate change.
We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
1. Strategic conservation planning and research: The Director will develop and manage targeted research and planning initiatives that inform Scenic Hudson’s land protection priorities and advance Scenic Hudson’s investments in regional conservation frameworks. The Director and staff will support the continued implementation and refinement of the Hudson Valley Conservation Strategy, and related conservation planning efforts.
2. Climate change initiatives: Scenic Hudson is a regional leader in creating science and planning tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation. The Director will provide leadership in shaping and implementing the North East Carbon Alliance and Scenic Hudson’s response to climate change, including creating mitigation strategies (such as smart renewable energy siting and natural climate solutions, and adaptation strategies (such as collaborating with partners on engagements with riverfront communities to develop adaptations to flood risks).
3. Natural resource stewardship on Scenic Hudson parks and reserves: Scenic Hudson has created or enhanced 40 parks and preserves across the valley. The Director manages Scenic Hudson staff responsible for habitat management and restoration, ecological monitoring, and ecological stewardship planning and ensures that our practices are informed by sound science and best practices. The Director will implement a focus on stewardship and restoration that enhances climate resilience and carbon sequestration.
4. Integrate Scenic Hudson’s efforts into regional efforts to protect and restore biodiversity and ecosystems: Scenic Hudson has a strong commitment to maintaining its institutional presence and capacity in biodiversity protection, collaborating with regional and state partners in large-scale efforts to protect and restore ecosystems, as well as ensuring that its advocacy and land conservation efforts are informed by the best-available science. The Director will represent Scenic Hudson in several ongoing partnerships, continue advisory roles to state agencies, and look for new opportunities to advance Scenic Hudson’s mission within the regional context.
5. Land use and project-based impact review: The Director will provide scientific review and support for Scenic Hudson’s engagement on a range of proposed infrastructure, development and environmental remediation projects within the region. The director will coordinate examination of potential impacts on biodiversity, landscape connectivity, climate resilience, and other environmental risks. The Science team’s findings and recommendations will help inform Scenic Hudson’s position on these projects.
6. Grant Proposals and Fundraising: The Director provides support to the development team in preparation of grant proposal and participate in Scenic Hudson fundraising events.
7. Science Board Committee: The Director will lead a committee of Scenic Hudson board members and scientific advisors, with the goal of informing the larger board of directors of the team’s work, identifying potential partners and collaborators, and providing general guidance to the Science Team’s work. The committee meets 3-4 times a year.
Compensation: Full Time, with competitive salary and benefits
Scenic Hudson is an Equal Opportunity Employer promoting cultural diversity and excellence. We are committed to the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and strive to serve all of the people of the Hudson Valley by evaluating our projects, strategic initiatives and outcomes through that lens.