Amargosa River Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Amargosa Valley, NV, USA 🇺🇸

Las Vegas, NV, USA 🇺🇸


Amagosa Valley, Nevada,USA

or Las Vegas, Nevada USA



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The Amargosa River Project Manager contributes to the protection, restoration, and stewardship of key habitats, lands, and properties in the Amargosa River basin in Nevada and California.  They perform and participate in operations, maintenance, and restoration of TNC preserve properties and, where opportunities exist, on non-TNC lands. They represent TNC in the local community and with key partners and work to build support for the conservation of the Amargosa River ecosystem. They are responsible for preserve operations, including the maintenance, management, development, and coordination of conservation activities, and provides support to other TNC staff in areas such as community outreach and donor engagement, as needed. While this position’s activities are primarily focused on Oasis Valley, Nevada, they may be asked to contribute to other chapter priorities as needed.


The Amargosa River Project Manager recruits and leads work teams to ensure implementation of TNC’s priority objectives for conservation of the Amargosa River ecosystem. The Project Manager enlists and coordinates community support, implements preserve management plans, and helps facilitate protection, restoration and stewardship of key habitats and lands in the watershed.  Some restoration and stewardship activities may require securing local or state permits. They maintain preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, remove exotic species, monitor species, maintain tools and equipment, operate heavy machinery, and open and close preserves to the visiting public. They represent TNC within the community and with key partners. The Project Manager is on the staff of the Nevada Chapter of TNC, reporting to the Protection and Stewardship Strategy Director, but also will have activities in California in collaboration with TNC’s California Chapter.


  • May lead or monitor work covering a wide geographic area within the Amargosa River watershed in California and Nevada.
  • May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and assisting with meeting fundraising targets, including supporting grant applications.
  • Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the public to foster support for the Conservancy and its conservation objectives.
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgment.
  • 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.


  • BA/BS/AS Technical or vocational degree in science-related field 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in conduction ecological surveys and/or establishing monitoring protocols.
  • Experience in broad-based ecological land management principles.
  • Experience supervising volunteers.
  • Experience implementing restoration activities such as planting native vegetation and or removal of non-native invasive species.
  • Experience operating and/or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.
  • 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.
  • Experience building and maintaining strategic relationships and working closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • 1 – 2 years related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in and familiarity with U.S. southwestern deserts
  • Ability to identify plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land restoration, and natural resource management.
  • Ability/desire to communicate and engage with stakeholders in sometimes contentious situations where the conservation message can be delivered in a non-confrontational but effective means.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to making decisions and guiding activities.
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.
  • Training in wilderness safety and first aid.
  • Preference for experience applying for/managing grants (budget development, grant writing, budget/grant management, reporting).
  • Preference for experience securing local and state permits.
  • Strong preference for candidate who currently lives in the Oasis Valley area or is willing to relocate.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in teams and with others within and outside TNC.
  • Ability to communicate a positive and compelling vision for TNC’s conservation programs


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’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.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

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.


Beginning salary is $53,000.00 to $ 57,000.00 depending on experience.


To apply for job ID 50607, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 12/10/2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

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