Listed in Corporate Social Responsibility
- Arlington, VA
The Natural Capital Finance Advisor brings sophisticated expertise at the interface of science, business and finance, and policy to the design and implementation of the Conservancy’s priority conservation strategies.
The Natural Capital Finance Advisor will primarily focus on advancing the Center for Sustainability Science’s initiative on “Increasing Investment in Natural Infrastructure,” which aims to apply conservation science evidence to identify and support investment opportunities in natural infrastructure (ecosystems that can provide services – e.g., marshes absorbing storm surge – in addition to or instead of traditional engineered technology like seawalls) for the benefit of communities, investors, and the environment. The Natural Capital Finance Advisor will play a key role in translating the Conservancy’s science into application by companies, investors, and policymakers. The finance and insurance sector, for example, is increasingly recognizing its increased exposure in the face of climate change, and seeks to better understand the value of natural infrastructure as a potential risk mitigant.
A critical next step in mainstreaming the inclusion of natural infrastructure in both private and public sector decision-making is identifying scalable investment strategies that draw on return on investment in natural capital. The Natural Capital Finance Advisor will help enable private and public sector decision-makers to value and invest in nature-based solutions, including by modeling cash flows, avoided costs, and non-cash benefit streams. Examples could include assessing asset performance data collection of a wetland restoration project, in tandem with a manmade breakwater, to provide measurable storm and flood protection to coastal infrastructure, and working with finance and risk assessment partners (such as insurers) to develop scalable ecosystem investment strategies. Research will include assessing practices, screening tools, and reviewing existing value streams derived from natural infrastructure investments.
To do this, the Natural Capital Finance Advisor needs to have the ability to translate information and work across disciplines – collaborating with scientists, finance experts, and decision-makers across the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Ideal candidates will have a resume and background that shows the following:
- Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of experience in a private sector environment, such as management consulting, investment banking, corporate or project finance (preferred), or with a leading conservation organization or government entity, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience developing and implementing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
- Experience leading and managing large scale projects, including working with both internal and external stakeholders to deliver outcomes on time.
- Experience in scientific research and/or significant coursework in ecological and environmental sciences.
- Experience building financial models and performing valuation analysis using Microsoft Excel.
Apply here: Nature Conservancy