Associate Director for Land Conservation
Company: The Nature Conservancy
Posted on: September 14, 2020
Concord, New Hampshire, USA.
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation
organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which
all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative,
on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that
nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate
change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale,
providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more
sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity.
Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally
competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50
United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local
communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.
To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or
savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits,
flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We
also provide professional development opportunities and promote
from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and
inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both
within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Associate Director for Land Conservation will lead two key
areas of our work: (1) identifying and implementing a portfolio of
high-impact land protection projects that advance our conservation
priorities; and (2) serving as a land conservation subject-matter
expert as we develop and implement a suite of conservation
strategies that maximize the contribution of the New Hampshire
Chapter to the regional and global conservation priorities of The
As a key member of our conservation team, the Associate Director
for Land Conservation will deploy land protection and associated
tactics to help The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire materially
contribute towards our organizational conservation goals. She/he
will work closely with the Director of Conservation Programs to
identify, develop and complete a suite of high-impact land
protection and associated land conservation projects including
undertaking tasks such as landowner outreach, negotiation and
project development, project tracking, project budgeting, grant
writing, securing community support, project management, due
diligence, and project completion. She/he will also work as an
integral part of our New Hampshire chapter strategy teams to help
increase the pace and scale with which we are protecting priority
lands identified through TNC's regional science, and to identify
opportunities for using land protection as a tactic for advancing
other strategic priorities such as carbon sequestration,
maintaining water quality, and reducing the risk of flooding.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
Project Development & Management
- Conduct landowner outreach, identify land protection
opportunities, and develop the information needed to screen
opportunities based on our strategic priorities
- Develop project budgets including preliminary identification of
potential funding sources
- In collaboration with relevant TNC staff, identify and evaluate
the merits of a range of potential vehicles for long-term
protection including fee simple, conservation easement, and other
- Negotiate land protection project terms, contracts and, where
appropriate, develop conservation easement terms with landowners
- Identify public funding opportunities, develop and submit grant
applications, and work with TNC philanthropy staff to identify
private fundraising needs
- Follow TNC protocols to solicit, negotiate and contract with
vendors for appraisals, surveys, environmental hazard assessments,
and other due diligence associated with land protection
- Manage land protection projects to completion including TNC's
internal project review and database entry procedures
Strategy Development & Implementation
- Through participation in NH Chapter Strategy Teams, help to
identify the role of land protection as a tactic in meeting our
- Identify and help lead development of innovative land
conservation strategies and finance mechanisms such as utilizing
carbon markets and other ecosystem service payments.
- Serve as a land protection subject-matter expert in helping to
develop and implement conservation strategies that maximize the
contribution of the New Hampshire Chapter to the regional and
global conservation priorities of The Nature Conservancy
Strategic Resource Allocation
- Support the Director of Conservation Programs in deploying our
available resources to have maximum conservation impact including
tracking our portfolio of land protection opportunities,
identifying key deliverables/milestones, developing timelines to
allow management of multiple projects simultaneously, and
effectively communicating with NH Chapter staff
- Maintain and strengthen our land conservation partnerships to
increase the pace and scale with which we are helping others
protect priority landscapes
- BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation,
business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of
related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising
or other related experience.
- Experience negotiating complex agreements and demonstrated
ability to bring negotiations and projects to closure.
- Experience managing multiple projects and timelines
- Experience communicating with the public, including landowners
and community groups, both in writing and verbally.
- Experience working with computers using applications such as
Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
- Valid driver's license
- 3 or more years of experience negotiating real estate
- Experience with real estate transactions
- Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
- Experience drafting and interpreting conservation easement
- Ability to use ESRI GIS software to visualize spatial data
- Knowledge of conservation practices and conservation
- Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land
protection, and natural resource preservation.
- Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development
(partners, community, government).
- Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and
graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with
the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive
Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal
vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk
drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program
document available at www.nature.org/careers.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a
Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the
prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to position number 48973, submit resume (required) and
cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications
must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on
September 22, 2020.
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