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 is seeking a research scientist with a recent Ph.D. to assist in research in the theory and practice of Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in an era of rapid climate change.


Project Objective:

Identify MPA design structures and management approaches that are explicitly designed to support ocean biodiversity conservation as ecosystems and species move in response to climate change and ocean acidification. Ensure a portfolio of MPAs are prepared for and address the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and human wellbeing, through advising on the design and implementation of those MPAs.

12-month appointment with a strong possibility for renewal.


  • The position is based at UCSB in Santa Barbara, California and requires travel when health safety permits.
  • Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences between CA and other CI regional offices may be necessary.



  • Recent doctoral graduate in marine sciences or related field
  • A climate-change-related thesis topic and strong publication record
  • Experience in using or implementing climate change ocean models or species models
  • Background in research relevant to climate change adaptation and vulnerability in marine or (ideally) MPA settings.
  • Fluency in at least one language other than English is preferred (Spanish, French, Portuguese) fluency in multiple languages is a strong asset


  • Some field experience, either ancillary to Ph.D. or postdoctoral research

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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