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Lower Wabash Project Director

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Southwest IN/Southeast IL


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Feb 28, 2022

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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 use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners to make a positive impact around the world in more than 70 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard.


The Nature Conservancy in Indiana has a long history of protecting some of Indiana’s best natural habitats, including its waterways. The Wabash River is the longest free-flowing river segment east of the Mississippi, drains over 33,000 square miles, provides drinking water to 72% of Indiana counties with its tributaries, and sustains the economy of the state. Hoosiers need a healthy Wabash River, and so do our native plants and animals. To improve and protect the Wabash River watershed, the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy has developed proactive partnerships that have protected over 100,000 acres of floodplains and supports efforts to make Indiana the epicenter of improved soil health.


The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is seeking a Lower Wabash Project Director to lead and support programs in southwest Indiana to protect an additional 15,000 acres of floodplains and enhance 50% of row crop acres with improved in-field and edge-of-field practices. The Project Director works with the Indiana Freshwater Team to develop, manage, influence, and advance conservation programs; on-the-ground projects; diverse partnerships; and science-based agriculture conservation methods.


The Lower Wabash Project Director is responsible for managing the implementation of conservation strategies and activities in southwest Indiana as identified in the Indiana Chapter Strategic Plan, including the recently awarded Lower Wabash Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership grant. The Project Director represents The Nature Conservancy in the watershed and works closely with landowners; agri-business; farmers; county, state, and federal agency staff; university researchers; and other non-profits to achieve measurable results in hydrologic restoration; reduced nutrient concentrations and decreased sedimentation into the Wabash River and its tributaries; as well as improved habitat through facilitation of on-the-ground work that will lead to large scale conservation results.


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years related experience (or equivalent combination); a background in agriculture and conservation programs that address water quality; and knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation. They should be well organized to manage multiple projects, independently, under deadlines while delivering quality results; and communicate clearly with the ability to collaborate, develop partnerships, and explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.


The position is field based with a home office located in the Lower Wabash/Southwest Indiana/Southeast Illinois focal territory. Frequent travel within the focal territory for project implementation and partner meetings is expected, as well as occasional travel to Indianapolis and out-of-state for broader coordination and trainings that will not to exceed 10% of time. This is a full-time position that includes a competitive benefits package and compensation range that begins at $55,400 and is commensurate with experience.


For a complete position description, qualifications, and to apply, visit and search keyword “Indiana”. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EDT, March 18, 2022.


The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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