Oceans Program Associate

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
CA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Program Associate will help manage core functions and processes for the California Oceans Program of the Conservancy.  The Associate coordinates grant management activities for public and private awards including preparation, submission, and management of grants, in partnership with Oceans Program staff and Development, Finance and Operations staffs. The Associate also helps facilitate annual planning, budgeting, and performance review cycles; administers contracts; manages and coordinates multiple core Program projects; conducts research to support priorities; facilitates team communications in multiple forms; and, serves as a liaison to other Program teams, and to other Conservancy departments such as External Affairs, Development, Marketing, Finance, and Operations. The Associate reports to the Director of the Oceans Program. 


The Ocean Program Associate:

  • Supports Ocean program leadership by leading the coordination of all aspects of the Ocean program functions in a way that helps the Oceans Team to maintain effectiveness, meet administrative and project deadlines, and ensure maximum conservation benefit across all projects. Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.  
  • Tracks and coordinates Program deliverables related to annual planning, budgeting, and performance management cycles
  • Coordinates the Program’s public and private fundraising activities including assisting in proposal development, writing, reporting, and tracking deadlines; serves as a key liaison to Development staff 
  • Assists with contract management for the Oceans Team efficiently and completely, and per SOP and TNC-CA guidelines. This includes interacting with external parties to develop contracts, as needed, managing contractors to ensure project success; and supporting developing and monitoring a contract tracker for the Oceans Team.
  • Facilitates communications within the Program and acts as a point of contact with key Conservancy staff across other Departments. Develops, facilitates, and leads communications for the team to improve connectivity within the team and externally to provide exposure and value to the Program’s successes.
  • Manages core Program projects; tracks deliverables for Program.
  • Conducts targeted research needed to further programmatic or fundraising goals.   
  • Schedules, plans and prepares for team meetings and external meetings, as appropriate; helps facilitate and provide needed follow-up; and tracks deliverables and deadlines.
  • In coordination with other departments, curates Program’s conservation documents and products to increase efficiency in fundraising and communications. 
  • Communicates with stakeholders, partners and public agency staff to advance the goals of the Program, as directed.
  • With other Program Associates, assists with broader Conservation Programs & Science department coordination, meeting execution, and general support. 


  • Supports Oceans Program leadership and staff to improve fundraising success for Program priorities.
  • Coordinates and in some cases leads research and writing tasks for both internal and external audiences.
  • Coordinates the work of cross-functional, cross-divisional teams towards a desired outcome.
  • Works closely with Program Associates in other Programs to continually improve support across Conservation Programs and increase efficiency; identifies and executes process improvements.
  • Works closely with operations and finance staff to complement support provided through those functions.
  • Supports Oceans Program staff in the development of strategic communication materials including communication plans and materials (e.g. briefs, messaging, talking points, video, web, social media content).
  • Plans, schedules, manages and helps facilitate team and partner meetings and events.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience managing and tracking multiple projects 


  • Master’s degree and 2 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation.
  • Knowledge of ocean conservation issues in California.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in communications and outreach including developing and/or managing the development of materials e.g., websites, brochures, factsheets, infographics, social media posts.
  • Basic understanding of The Nature Conservancy’s mission and its niche in the conservation field.
  • Skills in building and managing relationships with diverse partners, e.g., media, government officials, non-governmental organizations and scientists.


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