Conservation Specialist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Quito, Ecuador
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 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 Conservation Specialist develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas. 


The Conservation Specialist (CS) provides technical leadership and support to the Ecuador`s business unit and plans and directs preserve management programs and stewardship.  The CS addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process.  The Conservation  Specialist  develops and implements conservation strategies principally in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, in the context of community-based conservation projects, and employs a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.  The Conservation Specialist coordinates community support, ensures the maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages completion. The CS supervises and ensures the appropriate implementation of conservation, restoration and sustainable production activities implemented in the field by project partners and contractors. The CS would facilitate scientific information generation and knowledge management regarding freshwater biodiversity in the Amazon region.


  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Supervises technical, administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Plans and directs project activities, including managing budgets.
  • Coordinates with public officials and community groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and other possible regions.
  • Develops and contributes to implementation of territorial management plans with local governments and communities.
  • Coordinates scientific information generation and management about freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Promote alliances with local governments and non-government organizations to advance project objectives and leverage efforts.
  • Develop proposals to extend conservation strategies in the Andean Amazon and other regions in Ecuador.
  • Works with civil society organizations to strengthen their institutional capacity and sustainability.
  • Contributes to and systematizes information for project indicators that involves inputting necessary information to comply with project standards.
  • Organize discussion forums and workshops with various stakeholders regarding conservation, indigenous territorial management and development projects.
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, conservation of biodiversity or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, including government officials, indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, internal scientists.
  • Supervisory experience and projects formulation, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, ArcGis, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training.                   
  • Must have valid driver's license. 


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, conservation of biodiversity, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with indigenous organizations and local communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region is a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Intimate knowledge of politics, government policies and agencies, and non-government organizations, in particular in Ecuador, with respect to environmental affairs, indigenous interests and social development programs.
  • Knowledge of and employment of legal mechanisms that involve indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, and management of protected areas, in particular in Ecuador.
  • Knowledge of ecological land and water management principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.


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