Coastal Nature Based Solutions Strategist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Brunswick, ME, United States

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24 days ago


Brunswick, Maine, USA


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Nature Conservancy seeks to restore ecological resilience of the Gulf of Maine and its coastal habitats by working collaboratively with partners to advance nature-based approaches to conservation and restoration along Maine’s coast. Our comprehensive suite of conservation strategies is designed to support climate resilience, improve ecosystem function, promote sustainable fisheries, transform ocean management, and support coastal communities in the Gulf of Maine.

Reporting to the Climate Adaptation Director, the Coastal Nature Based Solutions Strategist provides leadership for the development of a Nearshore Conservation Strategy that identifies the highest leverage opportunities to promote ecosystem function, climate resilience and risk reduction in coastal Maine. They will have an interdisciplinary background in ecology, conservation, or nearshore ecosystems functions with the ability to communicate complex scientific concepts to a broad audience to move theory to action. This is a grant funded position and is a two-year term limited position with benefits including, but not limited to, comprehensive medical, dental and vision, hybrid work options, and a flexible work schedule. The Nature Conservancy has a 35 hour work week.


The Coastal Nature Based Solutions Strategist provides leadership to the Maine Ocean Program and an interdisciplinary internal TNC team to develop a nearshore conservation strategy. As part of the strategy development, they will participate in internal and Statewide conversations on nearshore restoration and conservation of a broad array of habitats, and the co-benefits of these projects, including but not limited to biodiversity enhancement, climate risk reduction, and blue carbon sequestration potential. This position will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the current nearshore conservation landscape in Maine to develop a statewide strategy for costal habitat restoration reflective of TNC’s mission and values. This position will interact directly with State, Federal, Tribal, Municipal, and NGO partners to ensure this strategy provides benefits to communities.


Want to help save the planet? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, over 2,400,000 acres in Maine have been preserved for people and nature. The Maine Chapter is The Nature Conservancy's fourth oldest chapter, founded in 1956 by Rachel Carson and other leading Maine citizens concerned about the loss of wildlife habitat. TNC currently owns and manages some 300,000 acres in Maine, including the largest system of nature preserves in the state. From the mountains to the sea, the Maine Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Maine unique. This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!


  • BA/BS, and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.


  • Knowledge of coastal management conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, coastal management, and climate resilience.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% 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 on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000


To apply for job ID 52075, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on September 26, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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 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.

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