Climate Adaptation Program Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Concord, NH, United States

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19 days ago


Concord, New Hampshire, USA


Hybrid work location Home Office and Concord, New Hampshire Office, USA


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The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire seeks an accomplished conservation professional to serve as its Climate Adaptation Program Manager. The Climate Adaptation Program Manager provides technical, scientific, and policy leadership and support to help communities across New Hampshire adapt to climate change using nature-based solutions that advance connectivity, adaptation, and resiliency. As part of the New Hampshire team, the Climate Adaptation Program Manager is primarily externally-focused, and works with state/federal agencies, local communities, and stakeholders to co-develop and implement equitable nature-based solutions in high-priority areas statewide, that provide multiple benefits to nature and people at a pace and scale that matches the urgency of climate change, and develops measures of success relevant to ecosystem health and human well-being.

The Climate Adaptation Program Manager is a member of the chapter’s Conservation team and is supervised by the Director of Conservation Strategy.


The Climate Adaptation Program Manager (CAPM) advances the science and best practices of climate adaptation through development and implementation of strategies that protect and restore ecological integrity and connectivity, reduce climate risks to people and nature, and promote community wellbeing. The CAPM will work with partners at the intersection of science, policy and public finance to develop, fund, and implement place-based projects, and develop holistic ecosystem management approaches for climate resilience, water resource and wildlife connectivity outcomes. The CAPM will initiate, build and maintain relationships with state agencies (environmental, transportation, wildlife and public health), municipalities, academia, industry, and NGO partners to work towards shared adaptation goals. The CAPM position will work with both traditional and non-traditional partners to incorporate nature-based solutions into conservation planning efforts, transportation and infrastructure projects, and hazard mitigation, development/re-development, and climate resilience projects.

The CAPM will work to demonstrate and communicate that nature-based solutions are an integral and necessary component of risk-mitigation and adaptation as the state and its municipalities improve infrastructure in response to the effects of climate change, to build resiliency for people and nature. The CAPM will work closely and in-tandem with NH’s freshwater program, and both lead and assist with project management and fulfillment in coastal, freshwater and upland ecosystems. The CAPM will represent the TNC as a leader on multi- disciplinary/multi-partner project teams to design and test the effectiveness of nature-based approaches for improving connectivity, reducing flooding and erosion, and improving water quality and quantity. The CAPM may work with programs throughout TNC, particularly on regional working teams developing initiatives for habitat protection and climate adaptation. The CAPM identifies and prepares grant applications, performs fieldwork, including ecosystem assessment and monitoring, manages projects and budgets, and communicates results to a variety of audiences.

What the CAPM will do:

  • Leads development and implementation of NH’s climate adaptation program including the overall strategy, projects that advance our goals, annual plans and budget.
  • Works closely with the External Affairs team to connect climate adaptation projects to improving public policy and changing business-as-usual practices, to strengthen the role of TNC as a leading adaptation partner, and to develop partnerships with federal and state agencies, municipalities, conservation groups, academic institutions, and other stakeholders. Convenes, leads and collaborates with those partners to enable and support their capacity and ability to plan and implement equitable conservation and adaptation strategies.
  • Initiates and coordinates on research efforts with academic partners to answer key ecological and social/economic questions regarding the impact of our work, including exploring sustainable public finance mechanisms.
  • Develops, manages and scales nature-based solutions projects in partnership with state agencies and municipal partners (e.g. tidal crossings, culvert replacements, improved wildlife crossing design)
  • Develops project ideas and work methods using innovative approaches that leverage and build upon TNC’s institutional history of adaptation success, including the use of creative methods of problem-solving, spotting emerging opportunities, new funding mechanisms, and various means of leveraging and scaling work.
  • Represents TNC at public meetings and on committees where technical input is required and communicates complex conservation issues to diverse (technical and non-technical) audiences.
  • Facilitates capacity building for communities and partners related to adaptation and resilience strategy and develops tools, reports, presentations and assessments for communicating our engagement.
  • Responsible for ensuring that public funds are raised to meet program needs. Maintains optimal program performance standards within budget. Writes grant proposals for support from government granting agencies and private foundations. May manage several grants, contracts or requests for proposal. Administers grants and other funding sources (incoming and outgoing) and coordinates with grant recipients to ensure adherence to relevant TNC SOPs and any pertinent federal and/or state requirements.
  • Frequently makes independent, strategic decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • May supervise TNC staff, contractors, seasonal employees, volunteers and interns.
  • Works in a complex matrix organization environment and leads cross functional teams at multiple scales.
  • Serves on external TNC climate adaptation working groups and committees consistent with expertise.
  • Communicates our work with internal and external audiences, including staff, Trustees, donors, members, partners, and
  • public officials. Frequently travels throughout NH, sometimes evening and weekend hours.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Environmental Science, Climate Science, Natural Resources, Estuarine/Marine Science, Freshwater Science, Sustainability Science or related field and 3-5 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with principles and project management of nature-based solutions
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, interpreting and communicating scientific data.
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.


  • Strong interpersonal communication and presentation skills to diverse internal and external audiences.
  • Experience in design/engineering of infrastructure projects, ecological restoration, or stormwater and water management projects.
  • Knowledge of federal and state agencies and programs that interface with and fund climate adaptation programs and projects.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in climate adaptation, climate resilience, nature-based solutions and related disciplines.
  • 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.
  • Experience in partnership development with government agencies, non-profit partners, and community groups.
  • Experienced in project management planning and techniques, including elaborating clear workplans, managing to deadlines.
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Experience quantifying the economic benefits of conservation, and the role of ecosystems in protecting societies from flooding hazards and climate change
  • Peer-reviewed publication record and/or reports and presentations related to ecosystems services, social-economic benefits of conservation, hydrology, water resource engineering, water management, freshwater biodiversity, connectivity or related topics


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

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 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.


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