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Land Protection Strategies Director

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88,000-103,000 depedent on experience and location

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Sep 6, 2022

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Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.


Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


What We Can Achieve Together:

The Land Protection Strategies Director is responsible for the overall planning, coordination, and implementation of a comprehensive program to protect land for nature, climate and people. They use the full range of protection tools, including gift, easement, purchase, innovative finance, conservation brokerage and cooperative projects with federal, state, tribal and local government, conservation organizations and other partners as appropriate As a leadership position in the Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota Chapter, the Land Protection Strategies Director sets and communicates vision for our land protection work, identifies and prioritizes projects that strengthen connections between our land protection and climate goals, and ensures equitable land protection outcomes. The Land Protection Strategies Director is responsible for building a team to achieve our land protection goals and representing the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with government agencies and advisory committees. They work closely and coordinate with a wide variety of Nature Conservancy staff, private individuals, indigenous nations, public entities, and corporations in support of conservation goals. They solicit and monitor government funding for land acquisition and assist in private fund raising as necessary. The Director is an expert in protection techniques and resources and advises the land protection team and government partners on the application of these tools for land conservation. They may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. The Land Protection Strategies Director serves on the Chapter’s Leadership Team and is supervised by the Assistant State Director. The preferred job location is Minneapolis, Minnesota, but is open to other Conservancy office locations within our tri-state region of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


We’re Looking for You:

Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy. You have found the solution and now you can purposefully make a difference every day!


By joining our Minnesota-North Dakota-South Dakota team, you will become part of a talented group of professionals that is a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet. We consist of a dedicated team leading the conservation effort on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together. The Conservancy is a global conservation leader and one of the top fundraising charities in the United States.


We’re looking for an individual with land protection and leadership experience who wants to make a difference for nature and people.


What You’ll Bring:

  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and at least 5 years’ experience in land conservation or planning, real estate, law, business, finance or related field.
  • Experience working with a wide range of people, such as landowners, tribal members, trustees and donors, land trusts, corporate executives, and government officials.
  • Experience negotiating and executing land transactions and agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience in developing and managing multiple projects and timelines.
  • Ability and experience setting, communicating, and executing on a conservation vision.

In addition, the following skills and/or experiences would be an asset for this role but are not required. For applicants without these, please view these as areas or skillsets where you may have opportunities for growth in the Land Protection Strategies Director role:

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
  • MA/MS/MBA degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law, or another related field of study.
  • Knowledge of current trends and strategies in land protection, including land for water and land for climate approaches.
  • Knowledge of “land back” approaches to convey land to indigenous communities or trusts and/or ensure equitable access to lands.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience in innovative strategies and finance for land protection, including carbon markets, climate mitigation, ecosystem services markets, wetland banking or others.

What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tabon


We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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