Wetland Ecologist

Jackson, TN, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Job #44557

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/about-us  to learn more.                                                   

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.






The Wetland Ecologist will work with individuals, groups, units of government, and partners in Tennessee to assist in the implementation of wetland conservation and restoration across the state but primarily in west Tennessee.  As a member of the conservation team, the individual participates in the development and coordination of conservation programs of the chapter.  This position is funded for three years and is located in Jackson, Tennessee.





The Wetland Ecologist will work independently and as part of a team to expand the scope and scale of restoration in Tennessee necessary to provide critical habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife, reduce flood risks, and improve water quality.  S/he will assist the Tennessee Easement Management Team to evaluate and rank applications for eligibility, review of possible Threatened and Endangered species, and environmental concerns.  The Wetland Ecologist will lead targeting and geographic prioritization of wetland easements, lead producer outreach efforts to encourage participation, and apply for extramural funding to support the easement program.  S/he will serve as technical lead in developing elements for the wetland restoration plans regarding herbaceous and forestry practices and serve as technical contact on the Compatible Use Agreement review team.





  • Identify potential wetland restoration sites and lead land owner outreach and recruitment efforts.
  • Develop a regional conservation plan and site-specific wetland conservation/restoration plans.
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development and completing required reports and monitoring in a timely, accurate fashion. 
  • Works with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to implement wetland conservation/restoration strategies. 
  • Secure external funding to support wetland conservation/restoration.
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments. 
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.





  • BA/BS degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with natural systems.                    
  • Experience in wetland management principles.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to present effectively and persuasively in one-on-one and group presentation settings.
  • Advanced experience writing, interpreting, and understanding technical program materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage projects and obtain grant funding.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to complete tasks with respect to timelines.
  • Experience supervising staff.                                                  
  • Experience operating and or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.  


  • Master’s Degree in wetland science or related field preferred with 1 – 2 years related experience in wetland conservation or restoration or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Experience developing conservation and management plans for wetland and riverine ecosystems.
  • Experience with wetland delineation including plant and hydric soil identification.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, watershed management and natural resource preservation, and ecological theory.
  • Experience obtaining grant funding.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, ArcGIS platform). 
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.





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