Freshwater Program Manager

The Nature Conservancy

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.

Your Position with TNC
The Freshwater Program Manager (FPM) defines water conservation priorities and long-term strategies consistent with the Conservancy’s global Shared Conservation Agenda and the New Mexico Freshwater Roadmap. The FPM builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field, develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical and policy issues. The position widely communicates solutions, best practices and policy needs to diverse stakeholders and constituencies, establishing the Conservancy as a leader in water conservation in New Mexico. The FPM uses innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address natural system needs; engages local community and governments in planning and implementing local conservation projects; and applies complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, legislators, Tribes, traditional communities and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and build water security.

• BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in freshwater science, practice or policy (e.g. aquatic ecology, hydrology, water resources planning, water management, water law, government relations, or other related fields) or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
• Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.

• Master’s degree or other post-graduate degree or certification such as J.D. or P.E.
• Spanish-speaking and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
• 5-7 years’ experience in freshwater science, practice, policy or related conservation fields or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation practice, policy and plans.
• Knowledge of current trends in freshwater and other conservation practices.
• Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field.
• Communicates clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
• Demonstrated experience in fundraising.
• Political savvy.
• Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.

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