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NBS Biodiversity Advisor Job at Shell – Den Haag

The Role

Where you fit in

This role is part of the Shell Renewables and Energy Solutions (RES) team with a specific focus on managing ecology and biodiversity in the RES portfolio. Key focus area will be supporting Shell’s Nature-based Solutions (NBS) business.

What’s the role?

The NBS Biodiversity Advisor position plays a lead role in driving the overall environmental culture throughout Shell RES and NBS, with a specific focus on biodiversity and nature conservation, needed for responsible and sustainable growth of the NBS business. Primary focus of this role is the implementation of Shell’s ‘Respecting Nature’ strategy across NBS, of which biodiversity is a key component.

The NBS Biodiversity Advisor will also be responsible for supporting projects with due diligence and implementation of the biodiversity requirements across the NBS portfolio, including fulfillment of the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard or its equivalent, and positioning CCB as a key driver for the NBS business. Specific focus of this role will also be on operationalizing of Shell’s Net Positive Impact (NPI) commitments in its NBS business.

Major responsibilities and accountabilities:
Lead Biodiversity expertise in NBS projects and operations

Assist NBS with further advancement and implementation of the environmental strategy and policy, with specific focus on biodiversity and ecology

Use deep-technical knowledge to identify and prioritize ecological knowledge gaps in NBS and identifies opportunities to fill gaps through collaboration with developers or Shell-only initiatives

Responsible for implementation of Shell’s Respecting Nature biodiversity commitments on deforestation and Net Positive Impact

Identify opportunities to achieve NPI in NBS projects and collaborate on methodologies and metrics to measure success of these efforts

Coordinate external and internal collaborations and partnerships on biodiversity and ecology across NBS, which involves scoping of NBS priorities, manages a number of these efforts and communicate and disseminate information and knowledge originating from these efforts

Represent the Projects Team with government environmental agencies and stakeholders, as needed

Identify and manage environmental/biodiversity contractors and quality assure deliverables


The NBS Biodiversity Advisor will manage several workstreams such as project execution support, biodiversity risk assessment and mitigation, identification and implementation of best management practices and standards setting, development of biodiversity positions for NBS, and managing or engaging in collaborative efforts and communication such as in biodiversity research. The position is responsible for managing partnerships to develop technologies and methodologies to measure, mitigate and monitor biodiversity in NBS. Furthermore, there is a responsibility for helping projects with deal delivery by developing biodiversity monitoring and mitigation plans in NBS.

This position includes partnering with relevant stakeholders to manage biodiversity and ecological issues through collaborating on environmental studies and R&D, development of best management practices and regional advocacy. There is a responsibility to provide value-added deliverables (e.g., tools, techniques, guides, training materials) in terms of content, clarity, and practicality of solutions to drive the Respecting Nature strategy.

What we need from you

The successful candidate will have advanced knowledge relevant to managing biodiversity and ecology, preferably in the NBS space.

To be successful in this role, the candidate will need to demonstrate the following required skills and experience:

Masters or PhD in Environment Science, Biology, Ecology, or relevant field

Significant working experience in managing biodiversity and ecology in projects, including experience in NBS business such as conservation management or biodiversity studies

Experience in identification, development and implementation of best management practices, environmental management processes, and policies in complex organizations

Performance driven with interest to excel in the NBS sector

Strong interpersonal skills for effective stakeholder management and liaison with different internal and external teams

Ability to communicate effectively across all operational levels of the organization and present ecological topics to project and partner staff and contractors

Project management skills as this position will be responsible for leading a range of different complex internal and external projects and partnerships

Ability to transfer knowledge to project and partner staff and contractors

The successful candidate will have a thorough understanding of:

Effects of NBS activities on biodiversity, including an overview of the state of the science, mitigation measures to reduce impacts, monitoring technologies and ongoing monitoring and research efforts, including new methodologies such as eDNA to measure reforestation and other NBS activities.

Impact assessment processes and methodologies, including development of biodiversity monitoring studies to determine effectiveness of measures.

Biodiversity mitigation hierarchy as well as experience in implementation of the hierarchy largely in terrestrial, and wetland or marine, environments.

Concept of NPI on biodiversity and complexities around operationalizing NPI largely in terrestrial, and some wetland/marine environments, including identification of compensation or offsetting activities.

Existing NBS (e.g. conservation management, forestry, regenerative agriculture) regulatory regimes and frameworks.

Understanding of existing carbon credit certification schemes (e.g. VCS/CCB)

Company Description

Shell Nederland BV is a platform for international collaboration, with Shell offering direct employment to around ten thousand people in the Netherlands alone, including roughly 2,800 non-Dutch employees from around 80 countries. Diversity is key at Shell Nederland, and our employees reflect the innovation that stems from a diverse workforce. By joining Shell Nederland, you will benefit from an unrivalled industry-leading development programme that will see you tap into a pool of expert knowledge that will help propel your career. Shell Nederland is the holding company of most Shell companies operating in the Netherlands. Shell Nederland also has an advisory and coordinating role in numerous areas.

An innovative place to work

There’s never been a more exciting time to work at Shell.

Join us and you’ll be adding your talent and imagination to a business with the ambition to shape the future – whether by investing in oil, gas and renewable energy to meet demand, exploring new ways to store energy, or developing technology that helps the world to use energy more efficiently, everyone at Shell does their part.

An inclusive place to work

To power progress, we need to attract and develop the brightest minds and make sure every voice is heard. Here are just some of the ways we are nurturing an inclusive environment – one where you can express your ideas, extend your skills, and reach your potential.

We’re creating a space where people with disabilities can excel through transparent recruitment process, workplace adjustments and ongoing support in their roles. Feel free to let us know about your circumstances when you apply, and we’ll take it from there.

We’re closing the gender gap – whether that’s through action on equal pay or by enabling more women to reach senior roles in engineering and technology.

We’re striving to be a pioneer of an inclusive and diverse workplace, promoting equality for employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

We consider ourselves a flexible employer and want to support you finding the right balance. We encourage you to discuss this with us in your application.

A rewarding place to work

Combine our creative, collaborative environment and global operations with an impressive range of benefits and joining Shell becomes an inspired career choice.

We’re huge advocates for career development. We’ll encourage you to try new roles and experience new settings. By pushing people to reach their potential, we frequently help them find skills they never knew they had, or make career moves they never thought possible.


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Company Location:  Den Haag

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