Conservation Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy in Ohio

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

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Your Position with TNC

The Conservation Coordinator works with the Community and Conservation Specialist and the Mitigation Coordinator on a variety of projects. They will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, celebrates innovation, values collaborative approaches, and seeks lasting conservation results.

The Ohio Community Outreach Program focuses on engaging communities in conservation, stewardship, education, outreach, and other nature-based programs. The Conservation Coordinator assists the Conservation and Community Specialist with meeting coordination, data management, administrative, and other support to conservation staff working toward the achievement of our Strategic Plan. They also promote and support all volunteer and community engagement programs and activities by administration and management of program paperwork, assisting with program communications, and leading events across Ohio.

The Nature Conservancy’s Ohio Mitigation Program (OMP) utilizes mitigation funds to locate and develop stream and wetland restoration projects throughout the state of Ohio. The Conservation Coordinator assists the Mitigation Coordinator and other OMP staff with report writing, property protection and acquisition, marketing and outreach, operations support, administration and tracking of credit sales, database updates, and administration of project review processes.

Essential Functions

The Conservation Coordinator will manage conservation data, participate in conservation planning, develop materials for internal project review and approval, respond to landowner inquiries, and maintain manual project records. May include collecting, assembling and analyzing various types of data, in the field or through document surveys, producing maps using GIS software, processing invoices, and assisting with the production of reports. They will help raise the organization’s profile through select and strategic venues and partnerships and inspire people to want to learn more and engage with the organization in meaningful ways. The Conservation Coordinator works under the supervision of the Community and Conservation Specialist, and collaboratively with OMP staff, other TNC conservation staff, the Army Corps, Ohio EPA and other organizations and individuals as needed in carrying out duties. Work will be generally based in an office setting, with some opportunity for field work.

Responsibilities and Scope

Ohio Mitigation Program Coordination (45%) – Provide support for the mitigation program

  • Handle inquiries on credit availability and completes initial credit request paperwork and research.
  • Coordinate internal approval processes for projects and credit sales.
  • Work with TNC real estate staff to write baseline reports and yearly monitoring reports.
  • Work with TNC financial staff to process invoices and track budget expenditures.
  • Input data into project management databases.
  • Update the OMP website and develop marketing and outreach materials such as pamphlets, articles, and ArcGIS Story Maps.
  • Assist with other administrative tasks for the mitigation program as needed.

Conservation and Community Outreach (45%) – Facilitate community engagement and support conservation programs

  • Maintain and administer sensitive program paperwork and confidential volunteer information.
  • Lead on-site community engagement such as visitor hiking, stewardship field days, recreational use, and other outreach programs.
  • Assist with aspects of a volunteer program including recruiting, orienting, reporting, volunteer appreciation, training, and enrichment opportunities.
  • Develop informational/educational materials for engagement opportunities and host virtual events as requested.
  • General administrative support for various conservation initiatives and programs.
  • Assist in management of conservation data and strategic plan progress via tracking tools.

General & Administrative Duties (10%)

  • Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • Maintain field equipment and vehicles.
  • Attend programmatic and business unit meetings.
  • Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct work of volunteers or interns.
  • May assist with program budget preparation and monitoring.
  • Makes day to day decision as delegated by the supervisor.

Other Responsibilities

  • Willingness to travel and work select evenings and/or weekends, as needed.
  • Willingness to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field and 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite with proficiency in Excel.
  • Experience handling standard business communications.

Desired Qualifications

  • 4 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources and work independently.
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail.
  • Experience with coordinating and leading outreach and nature-based events.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
  • Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases and create reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse partners and communities such as: consultants, government agencies, legal staff, youth, volunteers, and other partners.
  • Experience using ArcGIS, ESRI Products, and Google Earth Pro.
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

What We Bring

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

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