Protect Land & Water Lead

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Santiago, Chile 🇨🇱


Santiago, Chile


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. 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. 

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The Protect Land & Water (PLW) Lead develops, manages, and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas. 

In a broader sense, the PLW Lead will be responsible for working with Chile conservation and science specialists to design and implement the Land and Water Protection strategy for TNC’s iconic places in Chile (Mediterranean, and Patagonia), they will be representing TNC in discussions of the National System of Protected Areas, leading TNC’s protection and restoration of wetlands and other water bodies and representing TNC in multi-stakeholders initiatives, among other responsibilities.They will share wisdom and lessons learned as part of TNC’s Global Protection community and may also play a role with other key global protection priorities in Latin America. The PLW Lead is supervised by the Conservation Director and works in close collaboration with other conservation leaders and their teams designing and implementing conservation initiatives. Their working address must be Santiago, Chile.The position is for a period of 18 months fixed term contract with the possibility of renewal for additional years.


The Protect Land & Water Lead provides management and technical leadership and support to the Chile Program and to the Latin America Region by planning, directing, and implementing protected area land and water conservation and restauration programs and projects.  In coordination with the Executive team and support from areas such as Policy, Development and Science, addresses critical threats to biodiversity assets, fosters cross-site learning among an international conservation community. They develop and implement conservation strategies and implements a variety of initiatives conservation tools to secure land and water protection and public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.  
Uses TNC code of conduct and competencies as a baseline to conduct their actions and be an example for others.


  • Lead the process securing TNC’s partnership in Fondo Naturaleza and Chile Water Funds
  • Design and implement the Land and Water Protection strategy for Chile, that plays to TNC’s strengths, supports the work of our partners, aligns with the TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda & definitions for iconic landscapes in Chile
  • Lead restauration and conservation projects in which TNC engages in each of the Iconic Places (Mediterranean and Patagonia)
  • Lead TNC’s protection and restauration of wetlands and other water bodies projects 
  • Coordinate with Latin America Regional staff working on regional and country-level protection strategies
  • Contribute to the fundraising developing proposals and actions plans for innovative strategies
  • Play a lead role in securing resources, support, and internal alignment to help advance the program
  • Develop innovative (financial) mechanisms for conservation
  • Provide for communications with Global TNC and Chile communications
  • Works closely with policy makers to advance conservation
  • Articulate and make TNC’s conservation actions known and visible
  • Identify opportunities for building new alliances as well as with other partners
  • Engages local community support for local conservation efforts
  • Manages conservation projects in Chile, prepare technical reports and supervises the adequate execution of field interventions 

Other duties:

  • Accompany processes of articulation of TNC projects with the public agencies in charge of conservation
  • Secure cooperation from entities outside TNC to accomplish program goals. Networks with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy
  • Financial responsibility within/managing a budget to complete projects, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets. May include working negotiating, and contracting with vendors        
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements 
  • Lead and manages team which supports and improves conservation efforts
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or   government agencies  
  • Experience negotiating
  • Experience in environmental policy and basic legal framework
  • Experience with management conservation practice and conservation science
  • Experience in water and lands conservation strategies
  • Experience in partnership development (partners, community, government, academy); political savvy 
  • Spanish and English verbal and written fluently
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Power point and Excel
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical and innovative problem-solving experience
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s)
  • Must have valid driver’s license
  • Have a complete COVID-19 vaccination scheme upon hiring


  • (Master’s degree preferably) 
  • 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated 
  • 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. 
  • Experience in ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation.
  • Experience in training    
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in Spanish and English


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.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


To apply for job ID 51253, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on April 6, 2022. 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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