Puerto Rico Program Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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San Juan, Puerto Rico. Position may require working from a home office.


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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.


With nearly 8,000 square miles of coral reefs, over 1,400 species of fish and marine mammals, and over 40 million people dependent upon these natural resources, the Caribbean is a global priority for conservation.  The Nature Conservancy has been operating in the region for more than 40 years. The conservation efforts of the Conservancy’s Caribbean Division span 16 countries and is supported and implemented by a staff of 60. The Division’s strategic priorities include: OCEANS: ensure a healthy, productive ocean that provides a source of livelihood and sustenance for people that depend on it, by creating marine managed areas and sustainable fisheries that allow marine habitat and biodiversity to flourish; CLIMATE: Build resilience within communities against the impacts of climate change and protect the natural resources they depend on through nature-based solutions; and CORAL REEFS: Restore and conserve coral reef habitat is to protect marine biodiversity and to help safeguard coastal communities against the impacts of climate change.    


The Puerto Rico Program Manager develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas. Serves as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community within Puerto Rico. 


The Puerto Rico Program Manager provides technical leadership and support to establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner in Puerto Rico. Within the area of responsibility, defines marine biodiversity conservation priorities and long-term fisheries strategies, builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best coastal-marine and fisheries practices. S/he develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engages local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiates complex and innovative solutions to reduce overfishing and unsustainable practices with government agencies and fishermen associations to conserve and protect coastal and marine natural communities. A major responsibility of the Puerto Rico Program Manager is to oversee the final two years of execution of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Partnership Cooperative Agreement (CRCP) in Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rico Program Manager reports to the Greater Antilles Program Director and works closely with other colleagues across The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division.



  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.  
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.         
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.            
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field
  • Develops key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best fisheries practices
  • Participate in development of innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address coastal and marine ecosystem needs in Puerto Rico
  • Engages local community support for local conservation efforts
  • Participate in development and implementation of fisheries strategies

Project Lead Responsibilities for PR NOAA CRCP/TNC Cooperative Agreement

  • Manage overall implementation and timely completion of deliverables included in the PR NOAA CRCP grant
  • Manage budget and direct spending, support contracts or purchasing related to award implementation 
  • Complete bi-annual progress reports
  • Attend quarterly check in calls and required follow up with NOAA liaison and PR DNRE, 
  • Complete draft and review of accomplishments report including success stories, annually 
  • Work with Partnership Manager to develop and submit any requests for changes in scope of grant funded projects or re-budgeting
  • Complete quarterly check-ins and required follow up with Partnership Manager
  • Complete monthly budget reviews with grants specialist
  • Attend and present on-site progress at bi-annual webinars with other partnership sites
  • Support development of future funding opportunities with NOAA CRCP


  • BA/BS Degree and 5 years' experience in science, conservation, or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.  
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Real estate license (if required).                
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition.           
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated 
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation. 
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and Spanish.


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.


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