Blue Carbon Project Manager

Conservation International (CI)

Arlington, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Singapore 🇸🇬

Seattle, WA, USA 🇺🇸

Colombia 🇨🇴

Blue Carbon Project Manager

Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.  


Conservation International (CI) is a global leader in using nature-based solutions to combat climate change. Over the last decade, CI has developed a comprehensive program focused on the conservation and restoration of blue carbon ecosystems (mangroves, salt marshes, and seagrasses) based on their mitigation and adaptation value. CI is rapidly expanding its portfolio of Blue Carbon initiatives with the goal of incentivizing the conservation and restoration of blue carbon ecosystems at scale through carbon-related finance, sustainable production, and improved human well-being.

CI’s Blue Carbon Project Manager will oversee aspects of the day to day running and success of the Blue Carbon Program’s body of work, including assisting with the development of work plans and budgets, managing contracts and contractors, tracking and reporting on deliverables, and assisting in grant writing and reporting. The Project Manager will ensure project results meet high-quality standards and project deliverables are completed on time and within budget. They establish the project work plan including staffing and capacity building needs. Not responsible for directly supervising others but may lead small ad-hoc teams and act as a technical resource to others. Duties are performed under general direction.

The Manager will work in close collaboration with all of CI’s country programs, other teams within the Center for Natural Climate Solutions, the Center for Oceans, Moore Center for Science, Conservation Finance Division, Center for Communities and Conservation, and others across CI as well as external partners to ensure successful completion and maximum integration of marine climate change projects at CI.


  • Oversee the overall implementation and ensure effective project management of the Blue Carbon Program’s activities including work plan development, budget monitoring, operational logistic support, procurement, and reporting.
  • Monitor project progress, provide technical advice on the project’s management and periodic progress and metric reports.
  • Responsible for maintaining and updating the Blue Carbon Pipeline with new information as it becomes available and ensuring alignment of the Blue Carbon Pipeline with efforts to track projects related to natural climate solutions across the institution
  • Identify trends and corrective actions to resolve problems and ensure future project efficiencies. Help identify tools, resources, and training that will facilitate project success.
  • Ensure partner/stakeholder/donor standards and interests are represented and incorporated into project deliverables and ensure compliance with CI policies, funding agreements, and local requirements.
  • Manage the preparation of reporting summaries and project narratives. Collaborate with finance, operations, and development staff on project reporting.
  • Promote information sharing including assist in managing workshops, developing fact sheets, presentations, statistics, and related communication materials.  
  • Represent the organization externally and serve as a trusted point of contact for CI.
  • Support program financial sustainability by identifying funding opportunities and contribute to fundraising efforts.
  • Perform additional related duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • Provide additional support to the Blue Carbon Senior Director in her role as CI representative to the Global Mangrove Alliance, specifically assisting with the management of the Implementation Working Group and Coordination Team.
  • Contribute thought leadership and provide management assistance to CI’s Blue Carbon Network Team
  • Collaborate with the rest of the blue carbon program across the institution to support cross-regional thinking, knowledge sharing, and delivery at best in class products.
  • Review and copy edit documents as needed
  • Manage scheduling and set up important calls/meetings related to blue carbon project development.


  • Does not have direct supervisory authority but provides feedback on team member and/or contract/partner staff and support personnel performance.
  • Act as a technical or subject matter expert to peers and other staff. 
  • Responsible for managing some public or private funds, monitoring results, and recommending follow-up action.


  • Based in Arlington VA, preferred but open to Seattle, WA, Singapore, and Columbia. 
  • Periodic travel to project sites (20% of your time), sometimes in difficult conditions.  
  • Ability to work outside the normal work schedule to meet project deadlines.



  • Bachelor’s Degree or up to four years of college-level work, with two or more years of project or program management experience.
  • 4 to 6 years of proven experience in developing work plans and budgets, preferably in the conservation, NGO, advocacy, or related for-profit arena.
  • Ability to diagnose problems quickly and identify solutions.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills.
  • Strong organization and time management skills.
  • Team player and able to work effectively with diverse groups in a multicultural environment.
  • Solid written and verbal communication skills. Proficient in written and spoken English.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, multitask, set priorities, and deliver quality results.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities and under general supervision. 
  • Fluent in one of CI’s core languages, preferably Spanish or French.
  • International experience and working across all time zones.
  • Must be organized, self-motivated, and work well with minimal oversight.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

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Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent, and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration, and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering, and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous, and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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