Environmental Social Scientist - Field Museum


The Keller Science and Action Center at The Field Museum seeks an experienced social scientist with a background in conservation and community-based development to join an interdisciplinary team committed to translating science into action for conservation and improved quality of life for forest dwellers in the Andes-Amazon region. The team combines research with sustained partner engagement to build a programmatic approach to linking conservation and wellbeing.

Our approach to conservation puts human well-being at the center, leveraging local peoplesā€™ cultural, social, environmental, and organizational assets to maximize their quality of life while achieving environmental objectives. Over the past decade, we have developed an approach to participatory conservation and well-being through quality of life planning with communities in the Peruvian Amazon. We are currently building a program to work with in-country partners to scale our approaches and secure long-term institutional support. The qualified candidate will play a central role in strengthening and expanding this program to other countries in the region, contributing creatively, intellectually, and substantively to our methods, vision, strategy, and future directions.

This is a 3 year term position and involves travel to South America, likely close to 20-30% of the year.