Postdoctoral Fellow (Eleanor J. Sterling Conservation Fellow)
New York, NY 
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Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow (Eleanor J. Sterling Conservation Fellow)
Department Biodiversity - 022
Position Summary
The American Museum of Natural History invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow, with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) within the Science division.

The CBC works to transform knowledge from multiple sources and perspectives into conservation action through three focal areas:
  • Applied biodiversity research that is linked to conservation action or outcomes,
  • Capacity development for conservation,
  • And convening and connecting of multiple audiences and actors for conservation problem-solving.

The Center draws on multiple strands of knowledge and engages diverse communities of expertise when approaching complex conservation challenges, and is committed to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity in the field of conservation. As it enters its fourth decade, the Center seeks to further develop and deepen partnerships with other scientific work occurring at the Museum, support decision-making under climate change, and work towards conservation and climate resilience in our city and region, as well as globally.

This postdoctoral position is a benefits-eligible two-year position with the possibility of a one-year renewal. The position is named in honor of Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling, former CBC Director and later Chief Conservation Scientist. Dr. Sterling led interdisciplinary, participatory, and collaborative research on the links between biodiversity and people and mentored a new and diverse generation of conservation scientists. Dr. Sterling drove the conservation arena to be more inclusive, and hence stronger. In keeping with this, the Sterling Conservation Fellow will be expected to lead conservation research that is interdisciplinary and builds bridges across the natural and social sciences and advances inclusive and participatory approaches in conservation.

Applicants with any research focus relevant to biodiversity conservation are encouraged to apply. This may include, but is not restricted to patterns of global change, conservation strategies, climate change impacts and adaptation, biocultural conservation, or coupled human-natural systems. Applicants who use natural history collections for forward-looking work on the biodiversity and climate crises, and those leading work at the intersection of conservation, climate change and human wellbeing are especially encouraged to apply.

The Sterling Conservation Fellow will participate in team-based strategizing and evaluation within the Center. This includes cross-cutting CBC initiatives, including the Inclusive Conservation Community Initiative, which focuses on the recruitment, achievement, and success of historically underrepresented groups in the conservation workforce. Therefore, we especially encourage applications from candidates whose experience in research, teaching, service, or other areas has prepared them to work towards our commitment to diversity and inclusion in conservation.

The expected salary for the Sterling Postdoctoral Fellow is $67,905/annual. The AMNH offers an extensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our dedicated and diverse community.

Pay will be determined based on several factors. The hiring range for the position at commencement is based on the type of work and the scope of responsibilities. The salary and placement offered is based on a number of individualized factors, including, but not limited to, skills, knowledge, training, education, credentials, areas of specialization and depth and scope of experience.
Required Qualifications
  • Ph. D. in the social or natural sciences and proven interest in integrating biological and social science perspectives to advance effective, inclusive biodiversity conservation research and action.
  • A vibrant research program, evidenced through either published research products (or a strong pipeline of upcoming publications), or significant contributions to conservation outcomes.
  • Proven organizational and project management skills, and the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with research fundraising processes, including grant writing.
Physical Demands
Category Full-Time/Term
Total Number of Scheduled Hours Per Pay Period 35
Union Status Non-Union
FLSA Exempt
Expected Salary Minimum $67,095/annual
Expected Salary Maximum $67,095/annual
EEO Statement
The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. The Museum does not discriminate with respect to employment, or admission or access to Museum facilities, programs or activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, gender (including sexual harassment), sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, pregnancy and lactation accommodations, alienage or citizenship status, current or former participation in the uniformed services, status as a veteran, caregiver, pre-employment marijuana testing, sexual and reproductive health decisions, salary history, national or ethnic origin, height, weight, or on account of any other basis prohibited by applicable City, State, or Federal law. Additional protections are afforded in employment based on arrest or conviction record, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking and sex offenses, unemployment status, and credit history, in each case to the extent provided by law.
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Posting Number GS711P
Open Date 10/25/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
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  1. Letter of Recommendation

The American Museum of Natural History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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