Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy

This is a unique opportunity to make a mark in Alaska as part of a global conservation effort. The Director of Conservation works with partners and the Alaska Board of Trustees and directs staff to advance a strategic conservation agenda in Alaska’s globally significant ecosystems, aligned with The Nature Conservancy’s global and regional priorities. The Director of Conservation works as part of a leadership team and oversees ~15 staff and a $2 million conservation program budget. The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, a casual work environment, and professional development opportunities. S/he will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, celebrates innovation, values collaborative approaches, and seeks lasting conservation results.

The Director of Conservation oversees all aspects of conservation planning, applied science, land protection and stewardship and community and partner relations for the Alaska Program of The Nature Conservancy. Provides scientific leadership and support for TNC’s conservation planning work and establishes overall conservation priorities within the context of the strategic plan for Alaska. Supplies strategy, technical and program support to Conservancy field operations. S/he serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community. Serves as a core member of the Alaska Leadership Team. The Director of Conservation also assists the State Director in representing Alaska issues in regional and global programs of The Nature Conservancy.

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • Building the Conservancy’s reputation as a major conservation player within Alaska and TNC
  • Providing strategic guidance to Alaska Chapter conservation staff 
  • Defining conservation priorities for the Alaska Program 
  • Leading and managing teams focused on those priorities * Building strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field Serves as a member of the Chapter’s Senior Management Team and helps set strategic direction and provides senior management for the Chapter 
  • Developing key partnerships with diverse interests and public & private organizations to address key conservation challenges * Developing innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs
  • Engaging local community support for local conservation efforts
  • Negotiating complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities
  • Plays a role in public and private fundraising programs for the Alaska Chapter and TNC globally 
  • Represent the Chapter in key internal TNC initiatives and programs


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience with aspects of fundraising including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Experience in partnership development (partners, community, government, etc.).
  • Supervisory experience.


  • 7-10 years experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising on behalf of Chapter and global priorities.
  • Motivating team members, setting goals, and leading efforts.
  • Delivering practical, adaptable products and services to customers.
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental affairs.
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Demonstrated success as an inspirational manager who has successfully motivated staff to achieve and sustain excellence.  Demonstrated leadership and visionary qualities and able to work effectively with and through others in a decentralized and geographically dispersed organization.
  • Extensive networking with high-level conservation contacts; political savvy.
  • Proven interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills.


The Alaska Director of Conservation may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions may:

  • require occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • present occasional possibility of injury
  • require long hours in isolated settings

This position may also:

  • require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally 
  • require evening and weekend hours


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.


To apply to position number 41385, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 6, 2013.

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