Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Bristol, FL, United States

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16 days ago


Bristol, FL, USA
FL 408


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The Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve Manager is part of the Stewardship and Field Programs (SAF) Department of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. The position is based at the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) in Bristol, FL. The 6,500-acre preserve is one of four campus preserves that the TNC Florida Chapter operates as part of the Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI). CCI is a state-wide center of excellence that focuses on supporting conservation through public outreach, conservation education/training, science/strategy, and land stewardship initiatives. These initiatives are delivered through on-the-ground programs at CCI preserves, virtual programs, and community engagement. ABRP is home to a number of rare resources including four steep head ravine systems and the plethora of locally endemic flora and fauna they host, including North America’s second rarest conifer - the Torreya tree (Torreya taxifolia), as well as the repatriated Eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon couperi). Furthermore, the team of professional stewards and managers based at ABRP serve as a critical link in a network of collaborative conservation lands that protect Florida's 1.5 million acres of conserved ecosystems in the Panhandle. TNC’s lands in northern Florida includes six smaller preserves, which like ABRP, require active land management through prescribed fire, control of invasive species, and habitat restoration to maintain their unique biodiversity. These preserves also provide an innovative research and instruction platform in service of TNC’s conservation strategies as well as scientific, public agency, and other partners. The Nature Conservancy emphasizes Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice principles (DEIJ) when recruiting and implementing its conservation work.


The Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve Manager provides leadership at ABRP and develops programs aligned with achieving CCI’s mission. They supervise the Conservation Land Manager. This position helps onsite visitors and neighboring communities understand the ecological and economic importance of protected areas and natural systems and The Nature Conservancy’s role in their conservation through outreach programming. They explain the importance of protecting and conserving flora, fauna, and the benefits to people. They work with the CCI Training & Education Coordinator and outreach staff to develop and implement education and training courses and materials. The ABRP Manager ensures that facilities maintenance needs are addressed and coordinates regular facility operations with the preserve staff. They identify and successfully obtain grant funding to support CCI programs at ABRP and provide TNC philanthropy and government relations staff with support as needed. This position reports to the Preserve Management Director.


Programmatic Management of Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (50%)

  • Works with ABRP staff and CCI team members across Florida to deliver focal initiatives (public outreach, education/training, science/strategy, and stewardship demonstration) through onsite, virtual, and community programs and events.
  • In coordination with staff, manages ABRP and the six other TNC preserves in northern Florida.
  • Coordinates visitor use and facilities requests with staff and delegates oversight as needed.
  • Coordinates with supervisor and SAF Field Program staff to support strategic conservation projects in the landscape surrounding ABRP.
  • Participates on prescribed fires as a fire team member.
  • Serves as a training and education instructor/speaker related to school field trips, training courses, and educational events/activities at ABRP, virtually, and in nearby communities.
  • Identifies and seeks public grant funding opportunities to support programmatic needs in coordination with supervisor and other CCI team members.
  • Works with the network of CCI Preserve Managers on collaborative programs in the across Florida, as well as sharing TNC resources and staff time for achieving operational needs.
  • Provides presentations to visiting groups, at offsite venues, and in professional meetings.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships in support of CCI and for the broader conservation work of The Nature Conservancy.
  • In coordination with SAF leadership and Chapter’s Philanthropy Department, assists in fundraising and cultivating relationships with northern Florida area residents and other donor relations as needed.
  • Serves as the contact for marketing and communications events at ABRP and works with TNC’s Marketing & Communication staff to promote and increase public awareness of TNC
  • Works with supervisor to accommodate government relations requests at ABRP.

Staff supervision (25%)

  • Supervises the Land Conservation Manager for the northern Florida region, and oversees volunteers and Interns programs
  • Works with Field Program Director on providing high level direction for the ABRP-based Ecosystem Restoration Team.
  • Provides indirect supervision of the Operations Coordinator associated with ABRP.
  • Supports and guides supervised staff in their work performance and professional development goals.
  • Works with supervised staff to develop annual objectives and goals and participates with them in TNC’s Performance Partnership process. Establishes clear directions and sets stretch objectives.
  • Develops a collaborative work environment to foster workforce safety, adaptive learning and teaching, teamwork, transparency, and accountability.
  • Facility management (15%)
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations and facility management of Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve.
  • Works with staff to identify priorities and solutions for facility upkeep that maximize safety, efficiency and mission impact.
  • In coordination with ABRP staff and the Operations Coordinator, develops an annual budget proposal for submission to SAF leadership.
  • Coordinates ABRP’s sustainability efforts, working towards reducing emissions and utilizing sustainable energy sources for all program facilities.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Frequently makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.

Supports SAF and other Florida Chapter Departments as needed (10%)

  • Participates as a team member with other staff across CCI to develop programs, ideas, and activities directed at the public, partners, and youth engagement.
  • Provides support to other Chapter priority initiatives as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.


  • Experience with land management/stewardship.
  • Experience with conservation education and public outreach.
  • Understanding and experience with building and facility maintenance requirements.
  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience, specifically English, Spanish.
  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policies and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Experience with the application of prescribed fire & ability to obtain or maintain a Firefighter Type 2 (FFT2) qualification in the National Wildfire Coordinating Group system.
  • Experience in fundraising.
  • Experience or familiarity with invasive species management, wetland restoration, or wildlife management.
  • Familiarity with the political and cultural environment of the region.
  • Demonstrated experience in MS Office, ArcGIS or other spatial analysis software, Word, and Excel. May require database management skills with the ability to produce reports.
  • Ability to make sound decisions on financial, conservation, and reporting issues.
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with scientists.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating effectively with public officials and the media.


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. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

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 nature.org/careers.

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


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 https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ 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.


To apply for job ID 51950, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on 9/2/2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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