Stewardship Coordinator

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The Nature Conservancy

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Chester, NJ, United States

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21 days ago


Chester, New Jersey, USA

Morris County



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 Stewardship Coordinator provides technical leadership and directs preserve management and stewardship on preserve areas frequented by the visiting public, coordinates programs to engage local communities, maintains preserve infrastructure and manages external contractors to accomplish the NJ Chapter’s accessibility and land management goals in northern NJ. This position will require strategic thinking, good communication and planning skills as well as the ability to work well with a team to establish and expand stewardship and outreach efforts. Duties will include management planning for TNC preserves, coordinating with conservation partners; leading volunteer work teams to conduct habitat enhancement and infrastructure repairs on TNC preserves and other protected lands throughout northern New Jersey. There will also be an emphasis with this position to build relationships with Indigenous and local communities and with our Cities Program to advance greening efforts in and around our preserves. Core responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the development of strategies and projects to advance the NJ Chapter’s preserve accessibility and land management goals.
  • Building cooperative relationships and collaborate with diverse groups, including preserve visitors, local communities, conservation partners, government agencies and donors to guide preserve management and programming at TNC preserves.
  • Manage TNC preserves for public accessibility and habitat management and advance similar initiatives on other preserved lands in NJ.
  • Working directly with our marketing team to leverage digital communications to engage target audiences on our flagship preserves.
  • Working with NJ’s Indigenous Communities to increase their use, and access to TNC lands and waters
  • Working in collaboration with our Cities Program staff to implement conservation work on preserves and in cities to advance NJ Chapter’s Equitable Conservation goals.
  • Performing tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Stewardship Coordinator! Not only will you fulfil conservation objectives in the beautiful state of New Jersey, but you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks. Housing wtih reduced rent is available on site.

We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person for this position in our Chapter and work within our Division. Communication, collaboration, creativity and the ability to deliver results are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience handling multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience in ecological land management principles.
  • Experience with various types of equipment including but not limited to work trucks, tractors, trailers, chainsaws and herbicide handling.
  • Must have valid driver's license.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in park design and implementation of visitor accessibility infrastructure.
  • Familiarity with city greening efforts.
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities
  • Experience working with the public and local communities
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Experience operating and/or repairing various types of equipment and machinery.


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.


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.


To apply for job ID 52435, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, November 28, 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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