Nature-Based Solutions Engineer
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Nature-based Solutions Engineer

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.  


Conservation International leads an innovative international program focused on developing and implementing hybrid Green-Gray Infrastructure solutions for climate adaptation. The Nature-based Solutions Engineer will be central to advancing this green-gray initiative, providing specialized technical and programmatic guidance to projects restoring and conserving ecosystems alongside conventional engineering solutions as a climate adaptation strategy for people around the world.

This position will coordinate the development and strategic implementation of the Green-Gray program across the institution, build and support critical partnerships in science, industry, and conservation, and provide critical technical expertise, particularly to Conservation International's country programs. The Nature-based Solutions Engineer will be at the forefront of developing this new conservation and engineering approach for application globally.

The ideal candidate will come to the position with diverse engineering experiences, an appreciation of the immense potential of hybrid green-gray solutions to address climate change impacts across the globe, and a strong drive to use these approaches and experiences to build climate resilience and support adaptation for communities. The candidate will excel at written and spoken communication and embody a strong commitment to conservation and environmental concerns globally, particularly including the importance of healthy ecosystems for communities. The ideal applicant will have coastal, water, or other infrastructure engineering expertise and a working knowledge of conservation and environmental approaches and principles. The candidate will also ideally have experience working in developing countries, including with communities, governments, academic and industry partners. Additionally, the capacity to develop strong partnerships with a broad range of institutions and individuals is essential as the candidate will be a key contact for Green-Gray partnerships with industry companies, leading academic institutions, government agencies, and non-profits, including through the Global Green-Gray Community of Practice, led by Conservation International.

This position will be situated within the Blue Climate team in the Center for Oceans and will require a high level of interaction across multiple divisions and programs. The selected candidate may be based in any Conservation International office around the world and must be willing and able to work alternative hours as needed to support the needs of an organization working in more than 30 countries globally.


  • Coordinate development and strategic implementation of the Green-Gray program across the organization, including working closely with many of Conservation International’s 27 country programs to develop, fund, and implement a diverse portfolio of on-the-ground Green-Gray demonstration projects.
  • Act as a technical point-person for country offices on coastal and ocean climate change adaptation issues, including in the design and implementation of projects related to coastal resilience and adaptation, and as such, build and maintain strong working relationships with priority countries.
  • Manage a dynamic portfolio of projects and initiatives, including documentation and tracking of key requirements, activities, and deliverables, and associated scheduling, budgetary, and reporting requirements.
  • Maintain and expand key strategic green-gray partnerships including with industry-leading engineering and construction companies and globally recognized academic institutions, by providing needed technical input and capacity building.
  • Working with other staff, fundraise for implementation and expansion of the green-gray program through a diverse range of funding sources and cross-divisional and cross-programmatic efforts, including cultivation and management of key funder relationships, supporting the development of funding proposals, and preparing strategic fundraising and communication materials.
  • Contribute thought leadership to strategic initiatives, conferences, forums, and publications that elevate the visibility of Conversation International’s climate adaptation work.


  • Location flexible/worldwide
  • This position may require domestic and international travel 25% or more of employee time, sometimes in difficult travel conditions.



  • A curious mind with a passion for learning and a keen interest in conservation and environmental priorities, approaches, and strategies.
  • Outstanding written and spoken communication skills.
  • Bachelor's degree or up to four years of college-level work. 4-6 years related work experience.
  • Advanced understanding of coastal, marine, environmental, or related engineering principles and practices.
  • Proven ability to work well independently and coordinate with teams remotely.
  • Proven ability to deliver results while managing competing priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of climate change impacts on biodiversity and vulnerable communities.
  • Strong organizational and financial management skills.
  • Proven ability to build and support a variety of partnerships. Experience working with private companies and/or academic institutions preferred. 
  • Proven ability to lead, engage and collaborate with diverse teams and individuals across various disciplines, cultures, and backgrounds to achieve shared goals.
  • Experience writing for a broad variety of audiences, including academic, media, web blogs, funding proposals.


  • Experience working in developing countries.
  • Experience fundraising from a diverse range of funding sources.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, or Tagalog highly preferred.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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