Local recruitment: NSW Oceans Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Sydney, NSW, AU


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. 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 grounded in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

The Nature Conservancy first commenced operations in Australia in 2002. Since that time TNC Australia has grown significantly and now conducts projects in all mainland Australian states and territories. Our work focuses on three main biogeographical zones – the Outback (including work with many Indigenous Traditional Owner groups supporting their efforts to manage their country for its cultural and conservation values); our Oceans (including our extensive shellfish reef building program across the bays and estuaries of southern Australia), and the Southern Murray-Darling Basin (including innovative water funds and property management), To learn more about our work in Australia visit www.natureaustralia.org.au or follow us on facebook.com/TNC Australia.


The NSW Oceans Coordinator, is responsible for executing TNC’s Oceans strategy in NSW, including the implementation of a substantial conservation project in the Sydney Region. The position reports to the Operations Manager, East Coast, Australia Program and will be part of an exciting national marine team working to restore Australia’s most imperiled marine ecosystems.

The NSW Oceans Coordinator will require extensive project management skills, excel in a responsive, dynamic and flexible working environment and bring technical skills or industry and stakeholder knowledge, complementing those of the Conservancy’s Marine Program. We are looking for someone with exceptional leadership skills who is not afraid to innovate and find new, positive solutions to marine conservation that benefit both people and nature.


The NSW Oceans Coordinator will be the primary person responsible for the delivery of a substantial conservation project which includes shellfish reef restoration in the Botany Bay, in addition to overseeing other restoration projects in coastal NSW. The NSW Oceans Coordinator will lead the development and coordination strategic regional partnerships with government, industry and community stakeholders. The position is responsible for project management, technical and scientific support, leadership as a subject matter expert in marine conservation, including restoration and public promotion of TNC’s conservation work. The NSW Oceans Coordinator integrates science with practice and policy to deliver robust conservation outcomes for the unique marine and coastal waterways of NSW. They develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the conservation needs, engage community, private sector and government support and negotiate complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect marine ecosystems.


  • Works with a wide range of partners to develop and execute restoration projects targeted at expanding protection and restoration of critical marine habitats in strategically selected bays and estuaries across New South Wales.
  • Oversees the implementation of on-ground coastal restoration projects, with an initial focus on implementing a significant project in Botany Bay and providing support for projects in Port Stephens and Sapphire Coast.
  • Communicates TNC and partner-led science and practice to diverse audiences such as government, donors, NGOs, Traditional Owners, fishers, academics and community groups.
  • Provides scientific and technical guidance, project coordination and support to project staff.
  • Develops partnerships with government agencies, private industry, universities, Traditional Owners and community groups to advance the conservation and research priorities of the Australian Oceans Program.
  • Leads and assists with peer-reviewed publications, presentations, grant proposals and project reporting.
  • Must be able to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Manages contracts, budgets and reporting for funding grants and contractors.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance including leading a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience in partnership and business development with non-profit partners, community groups and government agencies.
  • Experience building and maintaining relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience negotiating with complex stakeholders.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.


  • PhD preferred and 5-7 years related experience.
  • Experience in either aquaculture, coastal engineering or maritime construction.
  • Experience in GIS mapping and environmental modelling.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in developing and implementing conservation strategies that result in tangible, on-ground outcomes for communities.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Ability to diagnose complex problems and identify solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, spoken and graphical.
  • Ability to operate within budget guidelines to ensure sound financial performance.
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
  • Politically savvy – have the ‘political skills that ensure productive relationships and the ability to maximize and leverage relationships in order to achieve organizational, team, and individual goals.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.


  • This is a two year salaried contract, with potential for extension

  • The position requires flexibility in working hours.

  • Only applicants who are currently eligible to work in Australia will be considered. The Nature Conservancy will not provide support for working visas or residency for this position.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’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.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

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.


Salary Range: AUD $92,880.00 per annum to AUD $116,100 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) plus 9.5% superannuation; plus benefits.


To apply to position number #49527, email resume (required) and cover letter to Claire Black at [email protected] Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled.

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