Groundwater Scientist – The Nature Conservancy

California (Negotiable)


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

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The Groundwater Scientist provides technical and scientific leadership to manage groundwater sustainably in California. Because many of California’s rivers, wetlands and springs depend upon sufficient groundwater levels, the Groundwater Scientist will have an important role demonstrating the importance of the interconnection of groundwater with surface water. They will help advance an understanding of how sustainable groundwater management can help meet environmental flow criteria and ecosystem needs in rivers. The Groundwater Scientist will be the lead groundwater expert, working with ecologists, conservation practitioners, policy experts and others on teams developing science to inform policies, regulations, and on-the-ground projects that integrate groundwater and surface water management to protect freshwater ecosystems. In addition, the Groundwater Scientist will provide thought-leadership and technical review of projects focused on groundwater recharge and developing or applying analytical models to evaluate relationships between groundwater pumping and streamflow depletion.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find purpose, come join the California Water Team at The Nature Conservancy as a Groundwater Scientist. We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to help establish the Conservancy as a leading partner in sustainable water management. You will provide scientific expertise to multidisciplinary teams and partner initiatives developing and implementing strategies for achieving conservation outcomes via the integration of groundwater and surface water management in California. You will advance the science needed to improve groundwater management for riverine and groundwater dependent ecosystems, through independent and collaborative cutting-edge research. You will identify key groundwater management challenges and develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address those challenges. You will develop, lead, and leverage a network of internal and external partners – including federal and state agencies, academic institutions, water districts, and other scientists – to develop the science, research, and technology to advance the Conservancy’s groundwater conservation strategies and objectives. Strong communication skills, experience interpreting scientific information and an entrepreneurial spirit are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Master’s Degree in hydrogeology or related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience with manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting groundwater models
  • Knowledge and experience in groundwater management to achieve ecological outcomes
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people


  • PhD and at least 3 years experience
  • Experience working on California groundwater issues
  • Established relationships with key water agencies and professionals
  • Ability to navigate complex social, economic and political landscapes
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated

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