Water Fund and Watershed Conservation Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Kingston, Jamaica 🇯🇲


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.


With nearly 8,000 square miles of coral reefs, over 1,400 species of fish and marine mammals, and over 40 million people dependent upon these natural resources, the Caribbean is a global priority for conservation.  TNC has been operating in the region for more than 40 years. The conservation efforts of TNC’s Caribbean Division span 16 countries from The Bahamas to the Eastern Caribbean. With a staff of more than 60, an annual operating budget of over $10M, the strategic priorities include: OCEANS: ensure a healthy, productive ocean that provides a source of livelihood and sustenance for people that depend on it, by creating managed areas and sustainable fishes that allow marine habitat and biodiversity to flourish. CLIMATE: Build resilience within communities against the impacts of climate change and protect the natural resources they depend on through nature-based solutions and CORAL REEFS: Restore and conserve coral reef habitat is to protect marine biodiversity and to help safeguard coastal communities against the impacts of climate change.


The Water Fund and Watershed Conservation Manager is responsible for the development and implementation of water fund initiatives in Jamaica and develops, manages, and advances watershed conservation, plans, and methods for the Jamaica Programme of the Caribbean Division of The Nature Conservancy.


The Water Fund and Watershed Conservation Manager for Jamaica is responsible for the development and implementation of water fund initiatives in Jamaica, within the context of the Coca Cola Foundation grant and the IDB-TNC Water Funds Partnership – Technical Cooperation. In addition, he or she provides technical leadership and support to the Jamaica Programme of the Caribbean Division by planning, directing and implementing watershed restoration, conservation management programs and stewardship. S/he identifies, assesses and addresses critical threats or potential risks to the water replenishment aspect of the restoration work. S/he verifies on-the-ground activities executed by implementing partners to assure compliance with goals and objectives. S/he oversees the conditions of restoration sites established in the Wagwater Watershed and makes recommendations to reorient processes and keep the programme on track.

This position reports to the Jamaica Programme Director
Hours: This is a full-time position

  • Supervise project management and goals achievement by multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff at partner organization.
  • Gain 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, 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, natural resources or hydrology degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or more than 10 years of equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Written and verbal fluency in English
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of the working areas
  • Experience using GPS and other GIS tools
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Valid driver license
  • Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Qualified to work in Jamaica
  • Ability to prepare complex technical reports on a regular basis and meet deadlines
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements. 
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • 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 Spanish

Term:  This position has an end date of January 31, 2021; an extension may be considered, but is not guaranteed.


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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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.