Director of Rivers and Lands

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The Nature Conservancy

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Boston, MA, United States

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30+ days ago


Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Massachusetts (actual work location flexible)


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. 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. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you.


The Massachusetts Director of Rivers and Lands has primary responsibility for ensuring the success of The Nature Conservancy’s engagement at the intersection of healthy freshwater, lands, and people, leading development and execution of strategies that help people and nature thrive. The Director develops key partnerships with public and private organizations and negotiates complex and innovative solutions in a social-ecological context. The position may work with programs throughout the Conservancy, particularly on regional working teams developing initiatives for freshwater and terrestrial habitat protection and climate mitigation and adaptation.


  • Defines strategic direction for Massachusetts Rivers and Lands Program. Aligns MA priorities with larger Conservancy priorities. Integrates Rivers and Lands Program with other Conservation programs, Development, and Operations.
  • Implements high-level conservation strategies including policy, place-based, and science-based methods and outcomes.
  • Connects science to strategy by cultivating inquiry and understanding of what conservation and social science is informing us about where and how we should work.
  • Inspire, guide and supervise a high-performing team of conservation professionals including staff, post-docs, interns and/or volunteers and maintain staff commitment, performance, and well-being.
  • Foster an open and inclusive environment and encourage team to be active participants in diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings, learning opportunities, and initiatives.
  • Collaborates with Conservancy scientists, government relations and conservation managers to further TNC conservation and public policy goals
  • Provides technical expertise on equitable conservation, aquatic and terrestrial resources and management to the Conservancy’s related divisional, regional and global programs and initiatives
  • Communicates complex conservation and climate issues to diverse (technical and non-technical) audiences; including professional presentations and media interviews.
  • Writes grant proposals, project reports, press releases, and peer reviewed publications.
  • Represents TNC at public meetings and on committees where technical and policy input is required; engage stakeholders.
  • Obtains grant funding and supports private fundraising.
  • Works in a complex matrix organization environment and leads cross functional teams.
  • Frequently makes independent, strategic decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information and judgment.


  • BA/BS degree in environmental or natural resource management, planning or related fields and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as nonprofit organizations, businesses, public agencies, tribes, donors, and/or volunteers.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
  • Experience in environmental or natural resource topics such as climate change, water policy, forest management, and coastal resilience.


  • Strong commitment to incorporating dimensions of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in conservation strategy and practice; Experience working across race, socio-economic class and language differences appreciated. Multi- lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Graduate degree in environmental or natural resource management, planning, sustainability science, or related discipline
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans including monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Understanding of the implications of climate change on urban and rural communities and, preferably, experience collaborating with communities on land use planning, watershed/coastal management, and/or climate adaptation.
  • Familiarity with best available social science and practices for community engagement and communication.
  • Experience with real estate and land acquisition and ability to structure and negotiate a deal.
  • Exposure to various economic sectors to appreciate the vastness of experience and expertise of others outside their field of interest, such as financial, health, manufacturing, technology, government, bioscience, education, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means.
  • Success in developing proposals for private, federal, and state funding.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


$96k- $111k (depends on the location of selected candidate)

TNC has eight different geographic tiers, utilizing competitive market data in establishing salary ranges. Each location where we work is assigned a geographic tier based upon the cost of hiring talent in that market and the salary ranges are adjusted accordingly.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


To apply for job ID 51509, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on June 10, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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