Freshwater Restoration Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

New Haven, CT, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 52666

Location: Connecticut

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


New Haven, Connecticut, USA




The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. 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. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  or on Glassdoor.  

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a myriad of TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Freshwater Project Manager identifies, designs, plans, manages, and implements projects that advance the strategies of The Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut Chapter to restore aquatic ecosystem health, resilience, and connectivity, enhance community resilience to climate change, and prioritize equity and justice. They cultivate strong, collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local government, non-profit, and local community partners to identify and develop projects that advance freshwater ecosystem conservation and local community resilience, with a strong emphasis on integrating TNC’s values of equity and justice into the Chapter’s conservation portfolio.

Duties include securing funding, writing grant applications, and managing budgets, requests for proposals, contracts, and grants to support project implementation.  Project types include but are not limited to dam removal, culvert replacement, and restoration of instream, riparian, and floodplain habitats. The Freshwater Project Manager identifies and promotes project needs to partners and funding agencies and works closely with Chapter conservation and external affairs staff to demonstrate effective restoration strategies and methods, and to facilitate and promote local planning, policy, and financing frameworks that advance equitable, nature-based solutions. They may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. This is a four-year term position with the possibility to extend contingent on performance and available funding. This position in based out of the New Haven, CT office with a hybrid schedule. 


Want to help save the planet? Guided by science, TNC in Connecticut creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We work with communities and stakeholders to mitigate the impacts of climate change, increase the resilience of natural infrastructure, sustain biodiversity, and more equitably address disproportionate environmental impacts in underserved communities. From the Quiet Corner to Long Island Sound, the Connecticut Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Connecticut unique. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!


•  BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
•  Experience in designing, managing, and implementing freshwater restoration projects, and independently completing tasks in adherence to project timelines
•  Experience building and maintaining collaborative partnerships
•  Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers 
•  Valid driver’s license


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in, protecting the lands and waters on which all life depends. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world! 

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits through the Culture Tab on We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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.


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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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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

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 committing to being equitable across groups 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.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development