Illinois River Project Office Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Lewistown, IL, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 53059

Location: Illinois

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


Lewistown, Illinios, USA

IL 403


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 Operations Program Coordinator will be responsible for performing multiple day-to-day administrative functions for  the Illinois River Program Office. They may be responsible for scheduling and coordinating logistics for special events and/or meetings, purchasing, central filing, mailroom operations, facility management, telecommunications, and/or reception. They may assist with the recruitment and training of program volunteers and may coordinate volunteer activities. In addition, the Coordinator may perform Information Systems, Human Resources, and Finance administrative tasks, including processing forms, preparing reports, and monitoring budgets.  They will use available systems and resources to maintain, track, and research data, and to produce and review reports. They will apply established processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness and to document program procedures for reference by staff. The Coordinator may handle inquiries about business unit activities and assist in the development of program materials and correspondence. They will coordinate activities with multiple variables, set realistic deadlines and manage the timeline. They will work cooperatively with Conservancy staff, providing information necessary to make decisions and solve problems. The Coordinator may communicate on behalf of their supervisor with internal and external sources, including staff, donors, vendors, and businesses in order to coordinate arrangements, convey information, and ensure successful execution of program. Coordinator will have opportunities to participate in, assist or lead outreach events/activities, assist with light duty indoor/outdoor maintenance and construction (mowing, ‘extra hand’ during projects), assist with light duty stewardship activities (e.g., prescribed fire, tree planting, herbicide application, seed collection), and assist with science activities (data recording, field observations). 


Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. We’re looking for someone to problem-solve and assist multiple departments!  
The ideal candidate should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and experience assisting in a variety of tasks. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team! 


  • Perform duties under general supervision and established guidelines;
  • Make day-to-day decisions within the scope of work assignments and prioritize work independently;
  • Identify routine problems and utilize existing resources for resolution, referring difficult questions and problems to supervisor;
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information;
  • May supervise volunteers, interns, and/or temporary staff;
  • Financial responsibility will include purchasing, processing invoices, contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget tracking;
  • Effectively engage and work with a diversity of people including Conservancy staff, partners and the public; 
  • Serve as a team member for assigned projects;
  • Be willing to travel including occasionally overnight, work overtime, and work evenings and weekends as needed; and 
  • Responsible for developing, delivering and collecting waivers for Lake Access, Waterfowl Hunting and other public programs as needed.  
  • Work environment could involve  some exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain


  • Combination of experience and education equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and 1-year experience; 
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading;
  • Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines;
  • Experience performing one or more administrative processes; and 
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Ability to analyze information for the purpose of preparing reports, coordinating activities, and solving problems;
  • Ability to write and edit written materials for use with program communications and special events;
  • Ability to manage email traffic, craft thorough responses or distribute as necessary;
  • Experience in MS Office, Word, Excel, Power Point and Access or similar database management skills;
  • Database skills, including managing and tracking data, and producing reports;
  • Excellent customer service skills;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Valuable team member willing to assist on a variety of tasks, projects, or unexpected duties to ensure timely completion and success of the overall effort;


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 a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on

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


To apply for job ID 53059, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on March 24, 2023. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator to match your military experience with our current job openings!

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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.

Salary Range for this position in Lewistown, IL is $22.64 – $24.05 per hour.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development