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The Nature Conservancy Boulder, Colorado, United States
Oct 13, 2017
Full time
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Watershed Forest Manager directs the strategic planning to mitigate wildfire impacts to priority watersheds on public and private lands in Colorado. The position includes responsibility for integrating forest restoration and watershed protection goals, with the elements of the National Cohesive Strategy, to address forest restoration needs at the watershed scale. This is a cost-share position between the U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region and The Nature Conservancy in Colorado. The position will be managed and supervised by The Nature Conservancy and located in the Colorado Field Office in Boulder. Work objectives will be co-developed by the USFS and TNC. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Rocky Mountain Region have been working together for the last several years to develop and implement cross-boundary partnerships in critical watersheds along the Front Range of Colorado. These partnerships are focused on bringing multiple stakeholders together to accelerate forest restoration and reduce risks of wildfire for critical water infrastructure and wildland-urban interface communities. Current watersheds of shared focus include the Upper South Platte, Blue River, and Monument Creek. Activities underway in these watersheds includes landscape-scale analysis and prioritization, environmental planning, landowner outreach, community fire response coordination, and hazardous fuel removal on both public and private lands. The Watershed Forest Manager will focus on the following elements: Strategic Watershed Planning:    Facilitate watershed-level, collaborative, strategic planning with partners to prioritize landscape-scale, coordinated forest and watershed treatments for public and private lands; Water Fund Partnership Coordination:   Deploy the Water Fund governance structure, tools, and best practices to organize existing partnership efforts in the focus watersheds, working with partners to adapt the model to meet local needs and interests; Resource Analysis:   Identify resource needs and resolve capacity gaps for implementation of strategic projects, considering existing and new sources; Integrated Marketing, Outreach, & Engagement:   Develop innovative, comprehensive messaging and outreach materials to local, state, and national audiences; Strategic Partnerships Development: Identify opportunities for expanded participation and engagement of downstream beneficiaries, including strategic engagement of urban, water, and outdoor recreation stakeholders; and Participate in emerging watershed collaborative groups to scope strategic opportunities for future water funds, and provide expertise and support to export the water fund model and best practices. The Watershed Forest Manager will broaden the constituency in Colorado for nature-based solutions for water and economic security, including the Upper South Platte, Blue River, and Upper Monument Creek Watersheds. She/he will convene, facilitate and lead working groups to support the landscape restoration and freshwater strategies, and to develop, plan and fund projects to carry out the strategies. They will do so by providing meaningful ways for diverse partners and stakeholders to engage in the strategies and their implementation. As one of the members of TNC Colorado’s Forest & Fire Program, the Watershed Forest Manager will collaboratively develop and implement a landscape restoration strategy that integrates recreation, water, fire, forest and land management planning, along with climate change adaptation. This strategy will include analysis that describes the assets at risk and potential avoided costs for water users. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Build a broad coalition of partners, collaborators, supporters and funders including: government agencies, community groups, other conservation organizations, foundations, academic institutions, local businesses, and/or the public.  Develop a plan with clear milestones towards establishing Water Funds, or comprehensive watershed restoration, in the Upper South Platte (1st priority), plus the Blue River & Upper Monument Creek (exploratory) Watersheds.  May interact with and support the scoping and development of other TNC and USFS projects and programs (particularly water funds) throughout Colorado and North America. Mobilize stakeholder support through innovative outreach and marketing. Work with public and private funders to build additional support for the projects and program of work. Identify and facilitate key partnerships with public and private organizations and community leaders in order to effectively implement strategies and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. Engage a diverse group of people, including government officials, board of directors, government and legislative staff, partner organizations, and the public, to develop and implement collaborative, nature-based solutions. Facilitate meetings, groups in collaborative planning and implementation of shared USFS and TNC goals. Coordinate multiple projects with several variables, sets and meets deadlines, and manages grants, budgets and timelines. Resolve routine problems independently, and consult with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of unusual or complex problems. May act as a resource to others to solve problems. Initially supervises no staff but may help plan and direct the work of contractors, volunteers and interns. May occasionally work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree in natural resources or environmental science or policy or related field and 5 years’ experience in conservation projects for not-for-profit, government or conservation practice in a related field. Strong demonstrated verbal and written communication skills in English. Experience in designing, implementing and directing multiple projects and initiatives with strong organizational skills and attention to follow up. Experience facilitating diverse groups of professionals in different disciplines (e.g. scientists, policy, marketing, and philanthropy) to collaboratively achieve shared goals with tangible outcomes. Experience in partnership development and negotiations with diverse organizations (such as communities, government, utilities, non-profits, corporations, etc.); experience with high-level conservation, and policy contacts. Experience work ingbetween non-profit environmental organizations and federal land management agencies. This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employment will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Graduate degree in forestry, water resources, planning, ecology, or related natural resource field, and 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice. Experience working in or with local governments and/or community based organizations; demonstrated leadership ability in diverse community setting. Experience working in or with federal and/or state agencies that manage land or water; demonstrated ability to influence agency budgets, priorities, and projects. Knowledge of Colorado Front Range forest & fire issues and context.  Track record of taking initiative and desire to take on increasing independence and responsibility. Experience related to water supply or natural infrastructure including financial or economic analysis. Knowledge of fire ecology, economic valuation, and current trends in valuing nature and natural infrastructure policy and practice. Experience working in interdisciplinary teams. Experience preparing and presenting project proposals, negotiating, and/or working in partnership with other organizations in a collaborative and advisory capacity. Experience utilizing communication and presentation skills persuasively to diverse groups. Experience in, or strong familiarity with, international conservation strategies, projects or programs. Apply  prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, October 29 , 2017 Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Maine, United States
Oct 13, 2017
Part time
The Mitigation Program Manager is responsible for managing Maine’s In Lieu Fee Mitigation program for aquatic resources—the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (mnrcp.org)—and for advancing other opportunities to avoid, minimize and offset the ecological impacts of infrastructure development.  ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Mitigation Program Manager will have primary responsibility for overseeing all aspects of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) contract to administer the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program (MNRCP) on behalf of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The position will be responsible for managing the annual competitive grant process, including development of supporting materials and review tools, coordinating all correspondence with prospective applicants, and facilitating public meetings of the MNRCP Review Committee and Approval Committee. S/he will also be responsible for leading the process to develop, review and implement all required documents for approved compensation projects, including project agreements, project closings, management plans and restoration plans. The Mitigation Program Manager will manage all MNRCP program outreach, including electronic communications, press releases, website management, and speaking engagements, with particular emphasis on reaching new audiences and potential applicants in historically underrepresented parts of the state. S/he will be the primary point of contact for all public agency and non-profit partners engaged in the program, and will identify and advance opportunities to increase the capacity for compensatory mitigation in the state. S/he will coordinate a team of TNC staff in Maine and Boston and also work closely with other TNC-Maine teams (including conservation programs, science and external affairs), and with TNC’s North America mitigation team and Mitigation Learning Network.  RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Part-time (75%) role with potential to expand to full-time in the future based on opportunity and funding. Manages multi-disciplinary team of professional staff, contractors, volunteers and interns. Maintains optimal program performance standards within budget. Financial responsibility includes managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.          Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.             Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.   MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience negotiating complex agreements.   Supervisory experience. Excellent communication and presentation skills both in writing and verbally. Politically savvy and experienced in developing partnerships (particularly non-profits & government). Knowledge of current trends and issues in wetland and stream mitigation, restoration, monitoring, land and water conservation, and ecological land management. Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Web Browsers. Experience with principles of land acquisition.  PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated. 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners under deadlines while delivering quality results. Proficiency in developing and implementing monitoring protocols to evaluate mitigation project performance and success. Experience with Federal, State and local regulations, permits, and policies for stream and wetland mitigation. Demonstrated experience communicating effectively with the public, media and influential officials (especially governmental) and explaining conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences. Excellent ‘team player’ with a commitment to respecting team dynamics, and a strong ability to understand diverse perspectives, and synthesize multiple perspectives to achieve the best outcome. Proven ability to develop and facilitate productive, inclusive meetings and negotiate difficult conversations. Proven experience influencing without authority. Ability to learn, retain, and implement information quickly. ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION This is a part time (75%) position, working 26 hours per hour. Schedule is flexible. HOW TO APPLY To apply to position number 45816, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the TNC recruiting system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on November 15 , 2017. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Grove, IL, United States
Sep 27, 2017
Full time
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Ecosystem Restoration Scientist (ERS) will be the on-site lead for providing technical and scientific support for habitat management and restoration at Nachusa Grasslands, a 4,000-acre landscape of native and restored prairies, savannas, streams and wetlands in north-central Illinois. Nachusa Grasslands has emerged as the premier location for ecological restoration and management. The success of the project has also attracted significant scientific interest from faculty and students from numerous universities throughout the country as well as state and federal agencies. The ERS ensures that the most beneficial, applied science is conducted and that it is executed in a manner that maximizes its value to Nachusa Grasslands and TNC over the long term. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Ecosystem Restoration Scientist coordinates with external scientific partners, TNC staff, and stewardship volunteers to design and implement a high-impact research program that supports/enhances on-site management and restoration efforts while further developing Nachusa’s status as the premier site for tallgrass prairie restoration research.  The ERS will oversee scientific surveys of endangered, threatened and unique plant and animal species at Nachusa Grasslands, collect and manage long-term monitoring data, and will be responsible for tracking and evaluating the results of multiyear research projects.  S/he will report findings throughout the relevant science community by publishing in peer-reviewed journals, attending conferences, workshops, etc. While essential functions of the ERS are focused on science, s/he will also assist with prescribed fire, bison management, events, and engage with volunteer stewards, donors, neighbors, and the general public. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE • Supports TNC science goals and Nachusa Grasslands program objectives through design and implementation of scientific experiments to benefit stewardship efforts on site and abroad. • Assists with the development of adaptive management plans, conceptual models and designs of restoration and management strategies. • Administers and enhances Nachusa Science program.                                 • Maintains electronic data bases for scientific tools, biodiversity data, field services and training for staff and partners.                                  • Provides fieldwork and logistical support for research, project development and monitoring.        • May lead staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis.                       • Writing grants, the management of grants, contracts and requests for proposals.                       • Assist with prescribed fire, bison management and other preserve functions.  • Willing to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.   MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • Graduate Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience and deep skillset in experimental design and implementation, statistical analyses, synthesizing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information.         • Strong knowledge with statistical software applications. • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.  • Experience preparing reports of findings.  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS •     PhD Degree in science related field such as Plant Biology or Ecology and 1-3 years of experience.   •     Strong botanical skills. •     Strong knowledge of common software applications. •     Proven interpersonal skills. •     Teaching experience. •     A willingness to learn other taxa besides the focus of MS and PhD research. All applications must be submitted in the TNS recruiting system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, November 17 , 2017. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Honolulu, HI, United States
Sep 27, 2017
Full time
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Preserve and Research Station Manager for the Palmyra Program who is a collaborative leader with strong technical skills, the interpersonal savvy to build and maintain effective relationships with partners, and proven ability to remotely manage people and facilities in a challenging environment. The Preserve and Research Station Manager is based in The Nature Conservancy’s Honolulu office, and is responsible for ensuring that all operations at the research station and in the preserve, are conducted in a safe and efficient manner, and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. The Preserve and Research Station Manager is responsible for oversight and management of all the Conservancy's station facilities and equipment at Palmyra, including buildings, research facilities, aircraft runway, renewable energy system, food storage and preparation facilities, fuel farm and lodging facilities. The Preserve and Research Station Manager rotates between Honolulu and Palmyra with three to four months in Honolulu and three to four months at Palmyra.  When at Palmyra, this position oversees TNC’s research station and preserve facilities in addition to supervising TNC research station staff and volunteers. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Continually Ensuring continuity of operations and facility management by Palmyra program staff on the atoll; Working with program staff to develop and ensure all station standard operating procedures, protocols and guidelines are up to date, organized and properly implemented; Lead research station logistics, emphasizing provisioning and packing the aircraft; Maintaining a positive, collaborative relationship with USFWS and PARC through regular interaction and up to date reporting of project plans and station operations; While in Honolulu Working closely with the Sustainability Director and Hawai‘i human resources manager to participate in staff and volunteer selection Project management; overseeing purchases, invoice payments and expense reimbursements, and tracking expenditures according to the approved budget; Orders and tracks all supplies and equipment traveling to/from Palmyra via the Palmyra Program’s logistics pathway Ensuring all TNC station staff have applicable and up-to-date training and certifications While at Palmyra Monitors renewable energy hybrid microgrid consisting of solar P.V., battery storage, back up diesel generator and wind turbine generator Identifying and prioritizing maintenance needs and inventories, and implementing long-term maintenance and facilities plan for the research station; acts as primary liaison with TNC Honolulu staff on operations, staffing and volunteer issues  Providing a clear example of collaborative leadership for all island staff; Oversees positive community interaction and positive staff morale; Developing and cultivating professional skills in station staff, volunteers, interns, and fellows Responsible for safety of all people using the research station and accessing the preserve: determining and enforcing adequate safety protocols related to research station operations, visitor use of equipment and facilities, and communication with researchers and staff in the field; serve as lead medical first responder during emergencies. Facilitates and supports research projects through collaboration with visiting scientists and application of scientific principles. Provides orientation, safety and other training for all visitors, employees and volunteers. Hosts TNC cultivation trips and oversees associated diving, fishing, kayaking, and snorkeling trips. Coordinates, and supervises unloading of cargo shipments coming to Palmyra by airplane and ship. Records galley and maintenance activities. Analyzes records of field station operations to improve efficiency. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in facilities or operations management, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience interacting with scientists and knowledge of scientific principles and research methods, or work experience in natural resource management. Demonstrated ability to remotely manage staff in an inclusive and empowering manner that ensures safe and efficient operations of facilities and equipment. Demonstrated interest in sustainability engineering, or providing innovative solutions to complex problems Experience effectively managing multiple complex projects under high-stress situations. Experience managing complicated budgets, workloads, transportation, and logistics. Proficiency in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to keep track of calendars, financial data, and other information.  Experience communicating directions or tasks and collaborating with a team of professionals to ensure that goals are met and projects accomplished on time and on budget. Cumulative 1 year experience working in a confined community such as aboard a ship, field camp, or remote field station. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills. Ability to make sound decisions on legal, financial, operational and reporting issues. Recognized ability to develop collaborative work products and embraced solutions. Ability to communicate effectively and work closely with staff, scientists, managers and partners. Knowledge of current trends and practices in science and conservation management. Experience in providing applicable training and job skills to meet program needs. Demonstrated ability to manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means. ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai‘i, Palmyra Atoll is one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth.  Palmyra Atoll has 580 acres of emergent land with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands and is a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge out to 12 miles offshore and a Marine National Monument out to 50 miles. The Nature Conservancy owns 230 acres of land and manages this property as the Palmyra Atoll Preserve in partnership with the USFWS.  The Nature Conservancy owns and operates a research station on the preserve and the station supports research by the world-renowned institutions making up the Palmyra Atoll Research Consortium (PARC).   Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com
The Nature Conservancy Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Sep 27, 2017
Full time
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Coastal Resilience Specialist provides technical and policy expertise, leadership to a complex team of regional partners, and project management for advancing and developing TNC’s New England coastal resilience program and strategies.  S/He represents the Conservancy on multi-disciplinary/multi-partner project teams and collaborates with a variety of public and private individuals, agencies, organizations and communities to implement strategies. The Coastal Resilience Specialist communicates and shares information effectively to a variety of different audiences and works primarily with Conservancy staff in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New England region, but occasionally with other national and global TNC staff working on coastal resilience issues. This is a grant-funded position to end in September 2020 (extension may be possible based on need and funding). RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Work with TNC conservation staff to manage and advance coastal resilience strategies in New England. Provide leadership to TNC staff and partners in implementation of nature-based coastal infrastructure projects, monitoring effectiveness and impacts, and communicating results. Lead development of standardized New England-wide nature-based infrastructure monitoring metrics/protocols and regulatory guidance. Lead outreach efforts to coastal property owners, local/state/federal regulators, engineering/construction firms, academics and the general public related to coastal resilience and nature-based solutions. Manage grant-funded project work including coordination with multi-partner project team, budget tracking, compliance with reporting requirements, and all associated grants management tasks. Work with TNC conservation staff to integrate urban and freshwater nature-based solution strategies with coastal and nearshore work. Represent TNC at public meetings and on committees where technical input is required.  Review public agency management plans and prepare public comments related to regulatory review of projects that affect TNC priority areas. Inform policy and government relations strategies related to coastal watershed work. Attend and present at TNC and external meetings/workshops, as appropriate to gain and disseminate knowledge and data that will assist colleagues and partners. Support efforts to secure funding from government granting agencies and private foundations. May manage several grants, contracts, or requests for proposal.  Support private fundraising and communications for program goals. May lead staff, interns, and/or volunteers on a project basis. May require frequent travel and evening and weekend hours. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS in natural resources management, policy, economics, or marine science, and 5 years of experience in natural resource management or related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience creating and negotiating complex partnerships. Project management skills and experience. Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally. Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, Web browsers, etc. Familiarity with principles of climate change science, physical coastal processes, coastal and nearshore land use and policy, and nature-based coastal infrastructure.   DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Advanced degree in natural resources management, policy, economics or marine science. Cross cultural; multi-cultural; multi-lingual skills, background or experience a plus Knowledge of current trends and practices in climate change adaptation/planning, nature-based coastal infrastructure, coastal conservation, and habitat restoration techniques. Direct experience working with state and/or federal coastal resource managers in New England. Experience developing and implementing monitoring metrics and protocols, regulatory guidance, and best management practices. Experience with federal grant management. Experience successfully leading teams linked by common purpose rather than by lines of authority or supervisory structure to accomplish results. Excellent writing and presentation skills. Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs. Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences. Ability to complete tasks independently and with respect to timeline(s). All applications must be submitted in the TNS recruiting system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 24 , 2017 Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com