Verde River Agricultural Project Coordinator

Camp Verde, AZ, US


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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 Nature Conservancy in Arizona seeks a Verde River Agricultural Project Coordinator to support the Conservancy’s ongoing work with the agricultural community to implement innovative strategies that encourage responsible water stewardship. This position would focus on developing, managing, and advancing infrastructure projects with agricultural partners within the Verde Valley that conserve water and/or enhance flows in the river. This position is a three-year term position, and is anticipated to end at the conclusion of this period unless extended.


This position provides outreach, planning, and project management and implementation support for water infrastructure projects in the Verde Valley.  S/he manages landowner relations, collaborates with a broad array of partners to build community support, implements project plans, and manages budgets. S/he will be expected to manage multiple projects to completion, meet deadlines, and manage budgets.


  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with agricultural water users and land owners in the Verde Valley to enable the implementation of priority infrastructure projects.
  • Financial responsibility includes working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development. 
  • Networks with diverse groups, including conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy. 
  • Works under minimal and distant supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments. 
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Ensure contracts are executed and paid in a timely manner.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management, or project management, or engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing budgets, deadlines and deliverables for projects. 
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.                  
  • Must have valid driver’s license. 


  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management or project management, or engineering, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Relationship building skills to work closely a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, contracting engineers.
  • Knowledge of irrigation systems and other agricultural operations.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

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

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.


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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.

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