Fellow - Green-Gray Infrastructure
|Location:||United States- Arlington, VA|
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FELLOW GREEN-GRAY INFRASTRUCTURE
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 launching an innovative, new, international program focused on developing and implementing hybrid Green-Grey solutions for climate adaptation. This program will be a first of its kind, combining a strong conservation focus with engineering expertise to provide solutions to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. The increasing intensity and frequency of extreme weather has forced population centers across the globe to focus resources on climate adaptation. In addressing numerous impacts of climate change, decision-makers now face a range of alternative planning options from “hard” or “grey” engineering solutions to natural “green” ecosystem-based approaches. These options are often presented as exclusive alternatives – for example, either a seawall or a wetland can provide protection against flooding from rising sea level. However, different approaches bring varying challenges and benefits, and in many cases a green-grey combination may be the solution most able to provide long-term climate resilience and cost-effectiveness. By selectively combining elements of traditional “grey” engineering with conservation and restoration of critical ecosystems or “green” infrastructure, CI is developing the next generation of climate adaptation approaches that simultaneously ensure effective climate change resilience while also maximizing the broad spectrum of ecosystem services so critical to communities.
The new Green-Grey program will bridge CI's Blue Climate Program, Oceans Center, Moore Center for Science, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business and Country Programs to create the science, solutions, partnerships, and field examples needed to bring this innovative approach to the world’s most vulnerable communities. The Green-Grey fellow will be the focal point for this program. The fellow will coordinate development and strategic implementation of the Green-Grey program across CI, build and support critical partnerships in science, industry and conservation, provide critical technical expertise and support across CI, particularly to CI's field programs, and lead the day-to-day operations of the program. The Green-Grey fellow will be at the forefront of developing this new conservation and engineering approach for application globally.
CI is seeking a unique individual to fill the role of Green-Grey Fellow. The fellow will come to the position with an appreciation of the immense potential of hybrid green-grey solutions to address climate change impacts across the globe, and a strong drive to use these approaches to build climate resilience and support adaptation for communities. The fellow will embody a strong commitment to conservation and environmental concerns globally, particularly including the importance of healthy ecosystems for communities. The ideal applicant will have coastal, water or other infrastructure engineering expertise and also have a solid working knowledge of conservation and environmental approaches and principles. The fellow will also ideally have experience working in less developed countries, including with communities, governments, academic and industry partners. Additionally, the capacity to develop strong partnerships with a broad range of institutions and individuals is essential as the fellow will be a key contact for the Green-Grey partnerships with industry companies, leading academic institutions, government agencies and non-profits.
Conservation International is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, females, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of CI to afford equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. CI offers reasonable accommodation in the employment process for individuals with disabilities. If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. If you require an application accommodation due to a disability, please e-mail your request to email@example.com and include "accommodation" in the subject line.
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