Forest Watershed Recovery Specialist

MN, United States 🇺🇸

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit 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 Forest Watershed Recovery Specialist develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas in Minnesota. Location will be negotiable, could be Minneapolis, Duluth or elsewhere. Much of the work will take place in East Central and Northern Minnesota. Frequent travel will be required.


The Forest Watershed Recovery specialist provides leadership and coordination for joint forest-water projects in the Chapter’s Forest and Freshwater programs, primarily through planning and coordinating forest conservation strategies. The position addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among the conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process. The position develops and implements conservation strategies and employs a full range of restoration and protection tools and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. Specifically, this position has three main responsibilities: 1) Co-coordinating the Upper Mississippi Basin Assessment and Restoration Partnership, a unique and growing partnership between TNC and the Chippewa National Forest. 2) Coordinating the development of Minnesota forest recovery priorities and documentation, including coordinating the work of technical experts and contractors, and engaging partners. 3) Coordinating the TNC’s engagement in ongoing forest-water projects in the St. Croix River Watershed.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.

  • Experience building relationships and working closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.

  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

  • Experience managing forest restoration, enhancement and protection projects.

  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.

  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.

  • Strong proficiency in GIS and conservation planning concepts.

  • Strong understanding of forest watershed ecology.

  • Experience applying science to decision-making and guide activities.

  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.

  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles and ecological silviculture practices.

  • Experience with grant writing.

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.

  • Knowledge and experience with United States Forest Service rules, processes, and procedures, particularly as they pertain to forest planning, Stewardship Agreements and other funding mechanisms


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