Protection/Land Strategies Director I

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



114 South Washington Street
United States


About Us

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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


Position Summary

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Maryland Chapter’s Conservation Team! Our work is focused on two areas where our outcomes can have the greatest impact for the residents of Maryland/DC protecting clean water and tackling climate change. Our efforts span the region, from western Maryland's Central Appalachian forests to our nation's capital and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay. The Protection/Land Strategies Director coordinates and implements a comprehensive program to protect natural areas as habitat for plants, animals and natural communities and to advance the Maryland/DC chapter’s goals for climate change resilience and clean water. Working with private and public landowners, s/he uses the full range of protection tools, including purchase, gift, easement, lease, registry, conservation brokerage, cooperative projects and assists. Partners may include federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations and others. The Protection/Land Strategies Director is also responsible for implementing and achieving the Conservancy’s internal conservation priorities by representing the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with government agencies and advisory committees. S/he assists in securing public and private funds for land protection, researches land ownership information for tracts identified as potential acquisition projects and prepares project packages as appropriate. S/he responds to protection inquiries and screens potential protection projects.



·       BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience.

·       Experience in managing multiple projects and timelines.

·       Experience negotiating complex agreements.                    

·       Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).

·       Experience working with computers, including Microsoft Office suite, GIS and database management.



·       3 to 5 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, researching and writing grants and other related experience.

·       Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.

·       Experience with GIS.

·       Attention to detail.

·       Strong people skills to quickly establish productive relationships with individual landowners and local community by interacting with others in ways that build rapport and trust.

·       Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government).                                                                                                                         

·       Ability to complete tasks independently within desired timeframe.

·       Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

·       Knowledge of state and federal conservation programs and funding opportunities strongly preferred.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job ID# 47048 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on December 2nd, 2018. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.