Deputy Director of Habitat Protection

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Starting salary range is mid $50s to mid $60’s per year plus benefits.



Application Deadline



1101 West River Parkway
United States


About Us


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 70 countries, all 50 United States, and your community. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity, therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.


Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Chapter team. 


Your Position with TNC


The Nature Conservancy’s MN, ND, SD chapter seeks an experienced Deputy Director of Habitat Protection to work closely with the Director of Habitat Protection to ensure excellence in the daily administration and execution of core habitat protection programs in MN, ND, and SD. You would join a team of nine other real estate professionals who cover the third largest geography of all TNC US state-based programs. We work closely with partners and field staff to implement a wide variety of conservation programs throughout our three-states’ grasslands, forests, and freshwater systems. Our real estate team is annually deploying approximately $3m - $5m in transactional work, higher in some years.


As the Deputy Director you will need to travel frequently, up to 25% time, sometimes for extended periods, on short notice. This is a full-time regular position with benefits.


Minimum Qualifications


·        Bachelor's Degree law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·        Experience negotiating complex agreements. 

·        Supervisory experience.

·        Fluency in English both spoken and written.

·        Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers

·        Experience with principles of land acquisition.     


Preferred Qualifications


·        Cross cultural and multilingual skills appreciated.

·        Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.

·        Proven experience completing fee title and conservation easement acquisitions.

·        Demonstrated experience and ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, including rural landowners, the public, corporate executives, volunteers, staff of governmental agencies, and scientists in both written and verbal communications.

·        An unwavering attention to detail complemented by an ability to keep focused on the big picture.

·        A relentless drive for excellence.

·        Well-developed project management skills.

·        Master’s degree in a related field.

·        Knowledge of habitat types in MN, ND, and SD


Starting salary range is mid $50s to mid $60’s per year plus benefits.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, including paid vacation, sick and holidays, a 401K retirement savings plan, health and dental insurance plus more, then please visit to learn more and read the full position description. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 46679 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 6, 2018.


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 people of all genders, 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.