Land and Water Conservation Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Boulder, CO, 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 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 Land and Water Conservation Coordinator performs and participates in land protection and management including, but not limited to preserve and conservation easement monitoring, ecological monitoring, facilities maintenance, database management, administrative support and outreach. A primary function will be to supervise a group of seasonal staff to conduct stewardship activities. This is a two-year term position based in Boulder, Colorado. Significant travel is required during the field season (2-5 days per week, April – October) to properties located across Colorado.


The Land and Water Conservation Coordinator will be responsible for conducting monitoring on preserves and easements for ecological and compliance purposes, managing land protection and stewardship databases and providing team coordination and support. The Coordinator will supervise and coordinate a group of seasonal staff focused on stewardship activities and will serve as a point of contact for the Land and Water Protection program, including fielding internal and external inquiries and screening potential projects. The Land and Water Conservation Coordinator will ensure collection of accurate monitoring and research data in the field, including use of GPS and GIS software; implementation of property management plans, assembling and analyzing data; producing maps and reports; and completion of other activities aimed to build program and community support. This position may assist with maintaining preserve infrastructure, tools, and equipment, including vehicles.

  • Supervises seasonal staff working on projects in a wide geographic area, with responsibility for training, development, quality control and conflict resolution.
  • Implements collection of ecological monitoring data in the field.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, and negotiating and contracting with vendors.  
  • Interacts and build effective relationships with diverse groups, including land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for the Conservancy and accomplish conservation and stewardship goals.
  • Coordinates with Conservation, Science and Outreach staff to ensure consistent stewardship of preserves and easements.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Maintains records related to land and water transactions, including quarterly land transaction financial verification
  • Schedules and provides administrative support for team meetings and retreats
  • Responds to internal and external requests for project information
  • Responds to all cold call inquires for the team.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Travel within Colorado; evening and weekend hours.
  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ work in natural resource management
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.  
  • Relationship building skills to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training.                   
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record. 
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Ability and willingness to apply the best available scientific research to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, natural resource preservation, and ecological monitoring.
  • Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to drive 4-wheel drive vehicles or pickup trucks on two track and rough roads in remote locations.
  • Experience collecting data in the field, including using GPS and GIS, analyzing data, and producing reports.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Office Suite software and Web browsers.
  • This is a two-year term position.
  • Housing is provided for work-related travel only.  
  • A vehicle is provided for all work-related transportation needs.

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

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.