Local recruitment: Director of Conservation Programs, New Mexico

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Santa Fe, NM, USA 🇺🇸

Who We Are:
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’s 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 myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

What We Can Achieve Together:
The Director of Conservation Programs provides leadership, technical and program support to the New Mexico business unit’s conservation operations. They serve as the principal contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the academic community. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation leader and/or partner on relevant and significant conservation issues, including but not limited to land and freshwater protection and restoration, forest health, climate change, supporting indigenous-led conservation, applied conservation science and land management. The Director is responsible for ensuring that the New Mexico business unit is aligned with, and contributing to, TNC’s global, North American, and Western Division conservation priorities. The Director works to ensure that there is equity in our conservation strategies and practices. The Director disseminates best practices and provides training and analyses to best implement organizational strategies and measures of success.

We’re Looking for You:
Over the course of almost 50 years of working in New Mexico, The Nature Conservancy has demonstrated that we can play a unique and critical role in shaping and implementing large-scale solutions to conserve the lands and water of the Land of Enchantment. In New Mexico we have protected more than 1.4 million acres of land. We have established ourselves as valued and credible partners and have developed strong skills in leveraging resources to achieve large-scale conservation outcomes. Moving forward we will continue to build on this legacy of conservation success and are looking for someone to take these successes to the next level. We recognize that for us to succeed in the rapidly changing ecological, social, political and climatic contexts, it will be crucial for us to develop new tools and skills, expand our focus on equity in conservation, and garner more resources to advance our projects and programs. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining our amazing team based in beautiful Santa Fe, NM.
What You’ll Bring:
• BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.
• Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
• Experience working with current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic regions.
• 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 influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
• Experience with financial management of a large program.

• Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• 10-12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
• Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
• Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
• Politically savvy.

What We Bring:
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. 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, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

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

How to Apply

Please apply to Job 53216 at www.nature.org/careers, or apply directly tinyurl.com/DirConservNM. Submit required cover letter and resume separately using the upload buttons.

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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 cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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 applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development