Conservation Practitioner (Northern Caribbean Program)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Nassau, The Bahamas 🇧🇸

OFFICE LOCATION

Nassau, Bahamas

A LITTLE ABOUT US

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. 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. 

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Conservation Practitioner develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods and provides technical leadership for the Northern Caribbean Program (The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos).  

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Practitioner (CP) provides technical leadership and support for the Program’s marine (and other) conservation projects, including but not limited to: sustainable fisheries, coral conservation marine protected area and climate initiatives; by implementing strategies to address critical threats to natural systems and individual species; fostering cross-site learning among the conservation community and coordinating local community support. The CP coordinates multiple projects, by developing project packages, setting deadlines, managing project completion and maintaining project records. The CP manages (collects, assembles and analyzes) conservation and various types of data, and prepares technical reports. The CP also participates in conservation planning and stakeholder meetings and conducts fisheries and coral monitoring and assessments, in the field or through document surveys, interviews with fishers, scientists and government representatives. Work will be conducted both in the field (scientific surveys, scuba diving, etc.) and will also be based in an office setting. The position reports to the Northern Caribbean Program Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Supervises technical, administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development. 
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Participates in dive-related operations and maintains dive equipment. 
  • Performs fieldwork, including field monitoring, surveys and assessments. 
  • May also be required to travel frequently.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.  
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, scientists. 
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • PADI Open Water Rescue with the ability and willingness to advance diving skills to a minimum of PADI Rescue Diver
  • Experience in training.                   
  • Must have valid driver’s license.  

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Knowledge of the Bahamian marine environment and knowledge of current trends and practices in marine conservation in The Bahamas and Caribbean region. 
  • Basic knowledge of practices in climate mitigation and adaptation, coral conversation and restoration and knowledge of corals species and coral monitoring preferred
  • Ability and willingness to learn scientific diving and successfully enroll in The Nature’s Conservancy Scientific Diving Program
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation and natural resource preservation.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Project management experience
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated; Commitment to incorporating dimension of diversity, equity, and inclusion in interactions with others.

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

APPLY NOW

To apply for job ID 50424, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on October 31, 2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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