Eastern Washington Community Relations Manager

Posted by
The Nature Conservancy
Cle Elum, WA
Published 26 days ago

About Us

 Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. 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. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.

Position Summary

The Eastern WA Community Relations Manager is a member of the Dry Forest Health and Community Resilience Team with primary responsibilities focused on working with local communities, partners and leaders to build trust and plan for, design, and implement projects that reflect a broad-suite of community needs, such as climate resilience, habitat conservation, forest health, recreation, economic development, and health and safety.

Relationship Building, Facilitation & Communications (30%)

This position will advance relationships with partners and collaborative groups to address critical threats to forest and aquatic systems, species, and foster learning among our internal and external conservation community. They will coordinate community support for projects that help our lands and communities adapt to a changing climate. They participate in and may facilitate collaborative workshops with diverse stakeholder groups including partners across government agencies, nonprofits, and community leaders with a desired outcome of identifying, developing, and implementing permanent land protection and restoration strategies. This position will manage community relations around TNC owned and managed land, land management activities and climate adaptation strategies to build ecosystem and community resilience. Build strategic relationships focused on communities disproportionately impacted by climate-related natural resource events.

Project Management & Problem Solving (30%)

Develop and implement conservation strategies using a Highly Effective Teams model and build support for public and private funding for TNC conservation priorities, particularly those implementing or seeking to implement projects that will permanently protect TNC managed land, and increase forest and community resilience to the impacts of climate change. Assist with TNC owned and managed preserve areas frequented by the visiting public. Participate in collaborative working groups to help prioritize and coordinate priority cross-boundary restoration projects, and report on progress and track results. The portfolio of work may change over time, and yet all will be geared to address Eastern WA forests, water quality, livability and climate change impacts, with a focus on solutions that carefully balance conservation and community benefits.

Grants and Contracts Management (20%)

Manage government grants and associated contracts. They will be responsible for ensuring funding is responsibly used to meet the outcomes described in government grants. Establish and maintain relationships with funding agencies and follow TNC’s internal procedures for management of government grants.

Other functions (20%)

Support colleagues in bringing facilitation and subject matter expertise to workshops, trainings, and fundraising (donor meetings and field trips) as well as limited support to other chapter conservation priorities.


Desired Skills & Experience

  • BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, public policy, environmental law or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience dealing with upper management and political leaders persuasively.
  • Experience working as part of a team and with external partners including, agencies, tribes, elected officials and community partners.
  • Experience writing and securing grants.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Office Suite and Web browsers, etc.
  • Experience working with local governments and local project partners.
  • May need to travel within Washington State.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one prior to beginning the position.


How to Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 49555 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST April 21, 2021. 

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Please visit our career center for a full list of all our open positions globally. New opportunities are posted daily!

About Us

 Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    2-Year Degree Required


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Cle Elum, WA
Associated Location
Cle Elum, WA

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