Senior Manager (Water Resources)

Hancock Natural Resource Group

Turlock, CA, United States 🇺🇸

Home-Based / Remote

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Job Description

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) founded in 1985, is a registered investment adviser and wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock/Manulife Financial Corporation. HNRG is based in Boston, Massachusetts and is comprised of two core businesses; Hancock Timber Resource Group (HTRG) which develops and manages timberland investments and Hancock Agricultural Investment Group (HAIG) which develops and manages farmland investments. HNRG develops and manages diversified agricultural and timberland portfolios for a global client base. As of September 30, 2020, HNRG managed $14.1 billion of timberland and farmland, comprising approximately 5.9 million acres located in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Chile.

HNRG creates value through the sustainable management of natural resource investments. Through the five pillars of its Sustainability and Responsible Investing (SRI) platform (Ecosystem Resiliency, Watershed Protection, Climate Stability, People Empowerment, and Community Prosperity), HNRG integrates environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors throughout all aspects of its investment decision-making and property management. HNRG’s impacts in 2020 include managing 100% of our eligible timberland investments to third-party sustainability standards and earning the first farmland certification under the new Leading Harvest Farmland Management Standard. Over the past five years our forests and farms have removed an average of 2.9 million metric tons of CO2 annually, and since our founding in 1985 we have planted over 1.2 billion trees.


The Senior Manager, Water Resources (United States) is responsible for developing and implementing HNRG’s water strategy in the United States. The role is primarily responsible for developing water investment strategies, as well as overseeing operational water policies and projects, and strategic regional water policy engagement. The role has a particular focus on the western United States regions of HNRG’s farmland operations (California and Pacific Northwest) and other north American regions as required.

Reporting to the Associate Director, Global Water Resources, the role will work closely with the global water team, ensuring that the United States water strategy is aligned with the HNRG Global Water Strategy. The position will also be expected to work closely with all relevant teams at HNRG (e.g. property management, investment and client management teams).


  • Responsible for developing and implementing HNRG’s water investment and operational strategy in the United States – with a particular focus on HNRG’s western regions of farmland operations (California and Pacific Northwest)
  • Proactively drive innovation and champion institutional grade water investment strategy and operational water management practices across HNRG’s United States farmland platform (existing and growth regions)
  • Represent HNRG in strategic regional water policy and industry dialogues, as well as monitor and support on-ground water policy participation in collaboration with HNRG’s policy and property management teams
  • Provide subject matter expertise and guidance to HNRG’s investment and strategy committees in relation to strategy, property acquisitions and dispositions
  • Provide support to HNRG’s investment and portfolio management functions to clearly and confidently communicate water management activities, strategy, risk and opportunity
  • Actively and closely work with HNRG’s global water team to ensure that the United States water strategy is aligned with the HNRG Global Water Strategy
  • Partner with the HNRG sustainability and Sustainable Responsible Investing (SRI) teams to identify and enable strategic projects related to water management
  • Provide management duties across a matrixed team – responsible for directly supervising HNRG’s United States water team
  • Report to and work closely with the Associate Director, Global Water Resources to drive shared water strategy objectives and goals
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in water, agriculture (agribusiness or sciences), environmental science, business, economics or related field is desirable
  • Must have demonstrated experience in agriculture/agribusiness, natural resource investment management and/or water investment, operational, policy or consulting experience
  • Experience participating in and understanding of water investment fundamentals, water markets and irrigation water transactions is highly desirable
  • Experience with California water regulations and markets is desirable
  • Experience in corporate and investment governance – including reporting to senior management, and managing internal and external stakeholder interests
  • Ability to work at all levels in an organization, have excellent relationship building skills, and be a team player
  • A high standard of written and oral communication
  • High level computer literacy, particularly with excel and reporting software
  • Ability to effectively operate without direct supervision


  • California or Pacific Northwest location preferred but will consider other western locations for excellent candidate
  • Flexible on fulltime-remote or HNRG west coast office (Turlock, CA or Vancouver, WA)
  • Frequent travel in the western United States, national domestic and international travel as required.

Hancock Natural Resource Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries are committed to maintaining a work environment that is free from the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol. As a result, all current and perspective Hancock employees are subject to be drug and alcohol tested in accordance with the Policy and applicable law.

Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) is committed to being an equal opportunity employer.  The Company is committed to employ, train, promote and compensate individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability without regard to race, color, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, veteran or marital status.


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About John Hancock and Manulife

John Hancock is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife globally, including Canada, Asia and Europe. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were CAD$1.3 trillion (US$1.1 trillion) as of June 30, 2021. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports more than 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, and education savings plans. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at

Manulife is an Equal Opportunity Employer

At Manulife/John Hancock, we embrace our diversity. We strive to attract, develop and retain a workforce that is as diverse as the customers we serve and to foster an inclusive work environment that embraces the strength of cultures and individuals. We are committed to fair recruitment, retention, advancement and compensation, and we administer all of our practices and programs without discrimination on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or religious beliefs, creed, sex (including pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions), sexual orientation, genetic characteristics, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, family status, disability, or any other ground protected by applicable law. 

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