Senior Associate, Biodiversity Conservation

The Senior Associate will serve as the technical lead for our Biodiversity Conservation program. The aim of this program is to empower philanthropists and foundations to deploy dollars strategically and synergistically in order to strengthen biodiversity conservation initiatives around the world. This program includes state of the science analysis, assembly and support of scientific advisory groups, facilitation of scientific retreats, and the development of Giving Smarter Guides – which provides comprehensive, digestible information that helps philanthropists and foundations evaluate both research and policy efforts, as well as funding opportunities in relationship to the state of the science and key unmet needs in the field.


A successful candidate will able to:

  • Comprehensively assess the state of the science in a number of areas related to biodiversity conservation, ecology, and environmental science as a whole in the context of emerging themes, connections among different ideas and insights, and where there may be unnecessary silos;
  • Demonstrate facility to understand and evaluate successful conservation and conservation education activities, measured through biodiversity, financial, and certification targets;
  • Demonstrate impeccable attention to detail and cross-cultural sensitivity in working with international collaborators;
  • Support activities of a scientific advisory boards and other key stakeholder groups, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
  • Represent the Milken Institute within the broader scientific community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events;
  • Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, researchers, advisors, etc.
  • Contribute to communications efforts to building awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with CSP



  • PhD or Master’s degree (preferred), as well as exemplary individuals with Bachelor’s degrees, and certifications and/or licensure, as appropriate, in the fields of Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Management, Sustainability, etc.;
  • Scientific writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
  • Facility in navigating and translating information from scientific literature, scientific conferences, relevant policy and guidance documents, and other research resources;
  • Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it;
  • Highly adaptable intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new / unfamiliar areas of science and technology;
  • Experience with conservation strategy design is a plus;
  • Familiarity with research administration, grant evaluation, and/or innovative philanthropy funding models is a plus;
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.


About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a globally engaged, publicly supported, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington, D.C. and Singapore. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. The Milken Institute offers an excellent benefit package including medical/dental, LTD, Life, Flex Spending Program, 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan, and company gym. E.O.E.

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