Europe Renewable Energy Scientist – The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Brussels

Europe Renewable Energy Scientist – The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Brussels

WHO WE ARE: The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Brussels

The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures.

From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work.

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Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


Europe is one of our three global priority geographies to advance renewable energy transition in a nature- positive way. The Nature Conservancy’s Europe Program is recruiting a Renewable Energy Scientist to work with an interdisciplinary team to study how to accelerate the transition to clean energy and a low- carbon economy, transforming how energy is generated, transmitted, and used – with a low-impact siting perspective. 

Europe Renewable Energy Scientist will provide technical and scientific support to the Europe Renewable Energy team. This position will be part of The Nature Conservancy’s project that seeks to develop tools that identify areas where renewable energy and transmission systems present the fewest conflicts with wildlife, natural habitats and local communities to achieve ambitious climate and biodiversity goals.

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Europe Renewable Energy Scientist will be the technical lead for a set of multistakeholder projects aimed at advancing TNC’s renewable energy siting strategy across Europe. They will collect, process and manage data for the development of renewable energy siting assessments, model optimal locations for renewable energy deployment in Europe to accelerate the energy transition, and train our technical staff and partners in Europe.

Europe Renewable Energy Scientist will conduct scientific surveys, data analysis, provide models and maps, write reports, develop proposals and present our methodology and findings. They will act as the key focal point between our global scientific expertise and local partners and engage them creatively to resolve data availability and other technical assignments while developing local, national or regional renewable energy siting assessments.

Main responsibilities: Europe Renewable Energy Scientist – The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Brussels

• Coordinate technical and scientific aspects of the renewable energy siting strategy in Europe.
• Collect and manage data for renewable energy siting in Europe.
• Deliver tools and analysis (data, models, maps) that identify strategies for and areas where renewable energy and transmission systems present the fewest conflicts with wildlife, natural habitats and local communities.

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• Conduct training for staff and partners.
• Write reports and prepare presentations to explain complex models and maps (renewable energy siting, species sensitivity mapping) to different audience including practitioners and policy makers.
• Support project development and monitoring; they may develop and manage grants, contracts orrequests for proposal.
• Travels occasionally across Europe and internationally

The Nature Conservancy supports the rapid deployment of renewable energy to help mitigate climate change and works to minimize the impact of energy development on biodiversity and ecosystem services. 

This position provides technical and scientific support and leadership as a subject matter expert for our strategies to influence renewable energy deployment. This is a full-time position with an indefinite term contract. The place of work is one of the TNC Europe offices in Brussels, Berlin or London. Flexible working arrangements are possible. No relocation or immigration assistance is offered with this position.

WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU: Europe Renewable Energy Scientist – The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Brussels

Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on- the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. If you have experience synthesizing scientific data, preparing reports, and strong analytical skills – look no further!

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The Nature Conservancy may be the place for you. We’re looking for someone who can provide leadership for renewable energy siting in Europe and support our conservation initiatives. Apply today and find a career where you can find meaning and purpose. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

WHAT YOU’LL BRING: Europe Renewable Energy Scientist – The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Brussels

  • Master’s Degree in energy, environment or similar science-related field and 4 years ofexperience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems software and Remote Sensing (e.g., ENVI,ERDAS, ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Engine).
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Experience in fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience in leading or participating on cross functional teams.
  • Experience in managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Experience in engagement with stakeholders / governmental and non-governmental institutions, experts and academia.
  • Experience in inter-sectoral dialogues, and working with interdisciplinary, cross-functional teams.
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken, and graphical means in English


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • A PhD in technical or natural sciences and 1-3 years of experience considered.
  • Experience in environmental and/or social impacts of wind and solar technologies and their respective mitigation measures.
  • Knowledge of European energy dynamics
  • Background in statistical analysis software (R, Matlab, SAS); experience in programming languages for spatial data analysis is a strong asset (Python, IDL, EML).
  • Familiarity with spatial techniques, landscape pattern analysis and experience applying those in a real- world setting.
  • Familiarity with regional datasets and analysis of remote sensing data.
  • Proven negotiation skills and experience as a trainer.
  • A strong background and interest in issues related to energy and society, sustainable energy planning and development, renewable energy policy and advocacy, climate and environmental justice, and/or resilience is a plus.
  • Familiarity with land use (land cover modelling and future projections) and nature protection policy and legislative framework (EU/specific country) strongly desired.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on 

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.




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