Conservation Senior Fellow

Arlington, VA, US


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. 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 Senior Conservation Fellow will serve in an advisory role within the Global Lands Strategy program and will inform the Conservancy’s thinking around the likely agricultural implications of large-scale infrastructure investments. S/he will have the ability to identify landscapes likely to experience significant expansion of planted area, predict in general terms where that expansion will occur, and what the landscape-scale implications would likely be. The Senior Fellow will provide expertise to the Conservancy in terms of the development of decision support systems and tools that would be used to influence the investments made by industry.

*This position will be part-time (20 hours per week on average) and will be limited to a 2 year term although an extension is possible. *

The Nature Conservancy is a leading global conservation organization working to make a positive impact in all fifty United States and more than 35 countries around the world. 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 and we are committed to a globally diverse workforce.

The Global Lands team operates at the intersection of global development and environmental challenges. World population growth and rising incomes are driving rapid increases in the consumption of food, fiber and energy, which in turn are contributing to climate change and straining the natural systems on which all life depends. Important opportunities are available to sustainably supply the growing demand for commodities such as beef, soy, palm oil and timber products by making better use of already degraded land for agricultural expansion, significantly boosting productivity, and adopting improved forest management practices. The Nature Conservancy has a unique opportunity to apply our decades of experience working globally to solve environmental challenges and to transform how the world plans and uses landscapes, for the benefit of nature, people and the climate. Visit here to learn more about the TNC Global Lands team.


The Senior Conservation Fellow will work at a global scale, analyzing crop geographies, actual and potential, at both global and national levels, with the intent of identifying areas likely to experience significant expansion of planted area. His/her expertise will allow him/her to serve as an advisor to the Conservancy’s global strategy groups, helping to inform the support systems and tools we develop to influence the investments in additional croplands. The Fellow will be expected to spend a significant proportion of his/her time working with the Africa region to refine and implement its agricultural strategy, with a focus on East Africa (Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia). His/her work in East Africa will focus on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and on helping small farmers move into supply chains.

S/he advises colleagues on active strategy management and develops key topical expertise beyond general strategy, supporting cross-functional or cross-boundary strategy development and management. S/he will provide input on issues that lend themselves to being more effectively coordinated across the Conservancy’s global portfolio, instead of “locally”, and will help with specific global projects as mutually agreed upon. This position will be supervised by the Global Agricultural Lead within the Global Lands team.


  • Creates competitive strategies and plans locally and organization wide.
  • Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Incorporates cross disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Coordinates the work of other professionals, inside and outside of the organization.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Resource Management or related and at least 7 years of related experience or equivalent combination in a private sector setting relevant to agribusiness, .
  • Experience leading and managing complex projects and strategic initiatives. International work experience.
  • Proven analytical and project management skills and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Experience developing end products with software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, cloud and web based tools such as SharePoint, WebEx/conferencing software, Skype, Google Hangouts, and DropBox.


  • Direct proven experience in the agribusiness industry, with access to executive-level professionals in the industry.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall Global Land’s team outcomes, goals, strategies, and plans.
  • Experience developing business plans or major strategy assessments, particularly with conservation forms of valuation, deal structuring, negotiations support, financial modeling and analysis, business planning.
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental and international affairs.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs.
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization, including with senior management, and with Conservancy partners.


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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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Job Title: Conservation Senior Fellow

Location: Virginia

Job ID: 44456

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Part-Time