Watershed Conservation Specialist

Monterrey, Mexico 🇲🇽


Monterrey, Mexico – This position will work out of a home office.


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/about-us  to learn more.                                                   

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 Watershed Conservation Specialist plans, develops, manages and supervises the implementation of conservation projects, plans and methods for Monterrey. 


The Watershed Conservation Specialist provides technical leadership and support to México and Northern Central America’s Water Security team by planning, directing and implementing field conservation projects and stewardship in support for watershed conservation in Monterrey.  She/he develops and implements with local partners, conservation strategies, employs a full range of protection tools and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. The Watershed Conservation Specialist will be under a term limited hire for one year, with the possibility to be extended to an indefinite duration, depending on results, and available budget.

  • Manages watershed, ecosystems, plant communities and soil conservation projects, in the Area of Maximum Impact of the Monterrey Metropolitan Water Fund (FAMM).
  • Supervises the adequate implementation of field interventions resulting from the FAMM’s strategic plans
  • Gains cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.       
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.          
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment sometimes requiring research to fill information gaps.
  • BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 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.
  • Hold a real estate license (if required).               
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition.          
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.


  • Knowledge on conservation and ecological restoration, methods of erosion control, revegetation and reforestation practices
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience using Geographical Information System software
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Experience in conservation and ecological restoration, methods of erosion control, revegetation and reforestation practices
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Field experience in ecological conservation and restoration practices preferably in Nuevo León landscapes
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and Spanish.
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with water managers and policy makers.
  • Understanding of water policy and understanding of different water management institutions in Monterrey (e.g. water supply, irrigation)
  • Field work experience, especially in Monterrey or in the State of Nuevo León
  • Tech savvy

To apply to position number 44318, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 23, 2016.

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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 men and women 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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.