Watershed Restoration Specialist

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Brunswick, ME, United States 🇺🇸

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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 Restoration Specialist advances the Conservancy’s river and stream connectivity priorities in Maine by supporting restoration planning, prioritization and monitoring, by coordinating outreach efforts with a diverse set of stakeholders, and by facilitating the implementation of high-priority restoration projects.



The Watershed Restoration Specialist provides technical leadership and support to the Maine chapter of The Nature Conservancy by planning, prioritizing, coordinating and implementing river and stream restoration projects at the watershed scale. Projects will primarily address barriers to aquatic organism passage, including road-stream crossings and tributary and main-stem dams, and may also include floodplain restoration. The Watershed Restoration Specialist will develop and implement strategies, employ a full range of restoration tools, and actively engage and coordinate a broad range of public and private partners, including NGOs, agencies, municipalities and large landowners. S/he will work to garner public support from local communities for restoration projects, assist in efforts to secure public and private funding, and support development of engaging communications materials. S/he will also foster cross-site learning within the state, region and broader conservation community.



  • Gains cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibilities will include managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.         
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.            
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.



  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience and/or course work in ecology, management, and restoration of freshwater ecosystems, and of the current trends and practices in conservation.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.  
  • Experience communicating effectively with a diversity of partners in government, non-profit and business organizations and with the general public.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines, managing timeframes and completing tasks independently.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Web Browsers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-related field and 5-7 years’ experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Specialization in habitat restoration, freshwater ecology and/or fisheries conservation is particularly desired. Experience with GIS software applications a plus.
  • •Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means and ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with the State of Maine and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting process a plus.
  • Experience designing, negotiating and managing contractual agreements.
  • Experience in community outreach and training



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.



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