Associate, Center for Behavior & the Environment

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Position Overview

Rare is a fast-growing, international conservation organization with partners in 50+ countries.  We believe that virtually all of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges share one thing in common: in order solve them, people are going to have to start behaving differently. Rare is launching an exciting new initiative, the Center for Human Behavior & the Environment, to build the field of behavioral design for conservation, translate the science of human behavior into real-world conservation practice, and train a global network of conservationists to become the next generation of behavioral designers and strategists. The initiative is entering its piloting and planning phase, during which we will develop and pilot a set of new tools and training products, launch a global prize competition to identify bright spots in behavioral design for conservation, and bring together experts and practitioners in a series of key convenings.


Rare is looking for an exceptional candidate to join this new team based in our U.S. headquarters. Reporting to the Director of the Center for Behavior & the Environment, and collaborating with a multitude of staff and partners, the Associate will lead significant areas of work related to the above and support development of a broader strategy. We are looking for someone passionate about translating science into practice and eager to hit the ground running. This person is a compassionate and down-to-earth do-er capable of communicating effectively with both scientists in the lab and practitioners in the field.


Note: The deadline for application submissions is September 30th.


Specifically, the Associate, Center for Behavior & the Environment will contribute and exercise independent judgment in the following areas:

  1. Building the field of behavioral design for conservation
  • The Associate will lead all aspects of the Center’s newsletter, including designing and editing content, and managing and growing subscriptions. S/he will write content for the Center website/blog and will work with partners and experts to source content
  • S/he will support strategic convenings as needed on programming, execution, coordination (3-4 in first year). S/he will be the primary liaison with the expert network/faculty for engagement in convenings
  • Working closely with both the Director and the lead of Solution Search, s/he will support the development and execution of Solution Search: Inspiring conservation through behavioral design, a global prize competition sourcing bright spots in behavioral design for the environment
  1. Translating science into practice through the academic-practitioner nexus
  • The Associate will liaise with counterparts on Rare program/country teams (fisheries, watersheds, agriculture) and researchers on opportunities for low-cost, high-leverage experiments and training. S/he will manage research collaborations, providing technical support, data analysis and writing as needed.
  • S/he will support execution of the Center’s new institutional partnerships, including collaboration with a network of experts and researchers and strategic engagement with students.
  • S/he will manage and coordinate the expert network and “faculty”, and will design a strategy for working with undergraduate and graduate students.
  1. High-impact training and delivery
  • The Associate will lead development of a diagnostic tool to assess partner needs and develop behavioral design strategies on an on-demand basis.
  • S/he will collaborate with the Director and training consultant to support development of a new ‘behavioral design for conservation’ short course methodology and curriculum.
  1. Management and operations
  • The Associate will support the development of a multi-year (3-5 years) implementation strategy and business plan
  • As needed, s/he will support fundraising and other internal and external communications needs. S/he may lead development of proposals or comms pieces, as opportunities arise
  • S/he will be an active participant in the Behavior Change Strategic Operating Team, a cross-functional team comprising Rare’s enterprise-level behavior change portfolio


Experience and Education

  • 3-5 years’ experience (or equivalent education) in the social and behavioral sciences (e.g., behavioral economics, psychology, anthropology, neuroscience), natural resources, education, journalism or related field;
  • Strong grounding in social and behavioral sciences and a keen interest in human motivation and decision-making, common pool resource problems, and natural resources conservation;
  • Experience working with researchers, possibly including experimental design, data analysis, and publishing;
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including ability to convey expertise to both experts and laypeople alike;
  • A team-oriented perspective with a healthy dose of self-guidance and initiative;
  • An ability to bring critical thinking skills, creativity, and laughter to the work place;
  • Adaptability and a willingness to be proactive and entrepreneurial in an evolving project.

Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply; EOE/M/F/D/V


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