Environmental Flows Project Associate

Mt. Shasta, CA, United States 🇺🇸


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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 Environmental Flows Project Associate supports TNC’s Environmental Flows initiative, focused on developing the chapter’s Water Transaction Programs and building nature-friendly water markets in California.


The Environmental Flows Project Associate supports TNC’s Environmental Flows initiative, focused on developing the chapter’s Water Transaction Programs and building nature-friendly water markets in California. The geographic emphasis of this position will initially be the Shasta River, but will broaden in the future to also include support for TNC’s water transactions/markets strategies elsewhere in the state.


The Environmental Flows Project Associate will report to the Environmental Flows/Shasta Project Director. The functions of this position include the following:

  1. Shasta Water Transactions
  2. Supports TNC’s Shasta River Water Transaction Program (Shasta WTP) – including supporting the Environmental Flows/Shasta Project Director in the execution of water agreements, leading landowner outreach, and coordinating monitoring for effectiveness and compliance.
  3. Supports analysis of market-mechanisms available to expand Shasta WTP, and then helps senior staff expand the program into other previously identified priority conservation areas.
  4. Supports the development of California Water Code §1707 petitions in the Shasta and other watersheds to ensure that water is dedicated instream for the benefit of fish and wildlife – leads landowner outreach, and provides support for petitions.
  5. Supports Little Shasta project obligations, focused on water transactions to benefit salmon.
  6. Water Markets/Transactions beyond Shasta
  7. Supports development of a set of provisions for nature-friendly water markets, and export to key stakeholders.
  8. Participates in meetings to coordinate water transactions work with TNC North America and TNC Global business units.
  9. Supports water transactions, water market development, and streamlining of permitting processe
  10. Other tasks
  11. Supports the Environmental Flows/Shasta Project Director in developing and implementing strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.
  12. Supports the Environmental Flows/Shasta Project Director in developing reports to funders on our WTPs, and in developing proposals to private and public funding sources to support our WTPs.
  13. Coordinates community support for TNC’s Shasta WTP and other efforts.
  14. Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  15. Works within specified budget to complete projects, negotiates and contracts with vendors, and assists with budget development and fundraising.
  16. Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.


  • BA/BS and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Experience leading and managing teams to achieve conservation goals;
  • Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results;
  • Experience using common software applications such as MS Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.;
  • Experience interpreting guidelines, evaluates information, and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances;
  • Expeirence resolving routine issues independently, consulting with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of complex and unusual problems;


  • BA/BS and 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Ability to thrive while working in a geographically dispersed organization
  • Familiarity with principles of water markets, water transactions, and the processes governing water transactions in California;
  • Ability and willingness to apply critical-thinking to decision-making and guide activities;
  • Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., landowners, media, government officials, scientists;
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation;
  • Works independently, coordinates multiple projects simultaneously, sets deadlines, and manages completion of tasks in a timely fashion; and
  • Has excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English


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Job Title: Environmental Flows Project Associate

Location: California

Job ID: 44360

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time