Belize Conservation Director

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Belmopan, Belize 🇧🇿

Job ID: 52532

Location: Belize

Full/Part Time:

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Belmopán, Belize


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube   to hear stories from staff or visit  Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Conservation Director provides oversight to all conservation programs for the Belize Business Unit. They provide scientific leadership and support for TNC’s conservation planning work and establishes overall conservation priorities in Business Unit and ensures alignment with the Conservancy’s tri-national Selva Maya and Mesoamerican Reef Iconic Place Strategy. It’ s an inspirational leader who uses TNC’s code of conduct and competencies as a baseline to lead by example. Dedicates time to set expectations, guide, coach and develop staff knowing that being a great leader it’s as important as the technical knowledge.


The Belize Conservation Director provides leadership, technical and program support to the conservation program team.  They serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.  The Conservation Director supports the Belize Program Director to ensure that the key strategic projects, plans and conservation strategies in the country and iconic place are effectively implemented. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within area of responsibility, define conservation priorities in the area of responsibility, lead and manage a team, which supports and improves conservation efforts, and build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field.  The Conservation Director develops key partnerships with public & private organizations in order to identify and resolve issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices while applying a systems change approach. They negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government, non-government and private sector partners to conserve and protect natural communities and develop and implement conservation strategies.


  • Supervise all Belize conservation staff for the implementation of the Conservancy’s Global strategies including:
    • Tackle Climate Change
    • Provide Food and Water Sustainably
    • Protect Land and Water
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for program.
  • Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and context. 
  • Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.                                                                                      
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
  • Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.                
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.   

Strategic Planning, Communication and Reporting

  • With the support of the Executive Lead, ensure strategic alignment of all conservation work in Belize with the Conservancy’s 2030 Goals, the Latin America Region priorities and the Selva Maya and Mesoamerican Reef Iconic Place Strategy
  • Prepares the long, mid, and annual planning and define conservation priorities with the Belize Team.
  • Leads the Conservation team and support the strategic decisions regards long-term conservation outcomes and implementation of conservation activities based on aggregated outcomes and building teamwork towards them in Belize. 
  • Update annual work plans and budgets in collaboration with the Executive Lead
  • Provides input for aligning and maintaining strong communications and relationships with Regional and Global Units.
  • Incorporate Conservation by Design 2.0 multidisciplinary knowledge and systems change approaches, among other tools, to support the objectives of the Program.
  • Regularly reports to and keeps the Belize Program Director updated with the progress and implementation (challenges, issues, others) of the Conservation Programs.
  • In alignment with the conservation leaders, public policy and Marketing and Communication teams, supports the development of educational, promotional, and marketing materials in relation to projects objectives, accomplishments, and other topics relevant to the projects.  
  • In collaboration with the Belize Program Director, represents TNC in conservation related events in alignment with internal guidelines 

Financial Sustainability 

  • Make business decisions that are financially responsible, accountable, justifiable, and defensible in accordance with organization policies and procedures.
  • Make recommendations for modifications to the projects’ budgets.
  • Assume direct responsibility for managing the Conservation Programs budget by ensuring: 
    • Project funds are disbursed properly. 
    • Expenditure is in accordance with the work plans and donor agreements. 
    • Annual budget, proposal budgets and financial reports are developed and worked in close coordination with the finance department
    • Financial procedures/regulations are properly applied in the projects. 
  • In collaboration with the Executive Lead, establish and maintain relevant controls and feedback systems to monitor the execution and operation of the conservation programs and budgets.

Talent Management

  • Be an inspirational leader that guides people with example following TNC’s Values and competencies.
  • Understand and make TNC competencies a behavioral guide for him/herself and to lead the team.
  • Recruit and hire staff following TNC procedures.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Lead, coach, mentor, and develop staff, including overseeing new employee onboarding and supporting career development planning and opportunities.
  • Foster a spirit of teamwork and unity among the team allowing for disagreement over ideas, conflict and expeditious conflict resolution, and the appreciation of diversity as well as cohesiveness, support, and working effectively together.
  • Lead employees using TNC’s performance management and development process to encourage employee contribution and includes goal setting, feedback, and performance development planning.
  • Maintain transparent communication. Appropriately communicate organization information through department meetings, one-on-one meetings, and appropriate email, IM (Instant Messaging), and regular interpersonal communication.

Fundraising and Donor Cultivation

  • Helps to structure and carries out the Belize´s revenue plan and revenue strategy developed by the Belize Program Director, Finance and Development teams.
  • Leads and coordinates Belize´s conservation team with the support from the development and public policy team in preparing public and private financing proposals.
  • Ensure compliance of proposal with the Latin America Region and Global developed guidelines.
  • Engages with key donors as appropriate to the donor strategy (coming from the Development team).


  • In collaboration with the Executive Lead, plan appropriate time allocations for Belize staff, review Labor Distribution Report quarterly and assure changes are reported in an appropriate time frame


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.   
  • 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.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Spanish and/or Portuguese fluency
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English, Spanish and Belizean Creole.
  • Politically savvy.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on 

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


To apply for job ID 52532, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on November 30th, 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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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role while committing to closing the gender pay gap and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.