Environmental Social Scientist - Field Museum

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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 peoples’ 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.