Land Protection Specialist & Information Manager
A LITTLE ABOUT US
Founded in 1951, 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. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.orq or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Land Protection Specialist & Information Manager develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods to advance The Nature Conservancy in Georgia’s goal of conserving critical lands, while providing document and data management support for protection transactions. This position works from the Atlanta, Georgia office.
The Land Protection Specialist & Information Manager provides technical leadership and support to a business unit and plans and directs aspects of land protection projects. The Land Protection Specialist & Information Manager develops and implements conservation strategies and employs a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. Specific duties include managing the real estate due-diligence process; preparing and managing the project approval process; managing information and administrative requirements of land protection projects and conservation easement and fee land monitoring; developing and analyzing strategies for land protection transactions, including partnerships, government and private grants, and finances; and assisting the Director of Land Protection with landowner outreach and negotiation.
RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE
- Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
- Supervises technical, administrative and professional staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
- Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
- May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
- Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
- Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
- Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
- Experience negotiating and managing contracts.
- Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
- Experience using ArcGIS.
- Experience managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
- Must have valid driver's license.
- Experience managing staff or volunteers.
- 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
- Ability to communicate and work closely with scientists, attorneys, finance managers, and grants specialists.
- Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.
- Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
- Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.