Conservation Easement Program Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Denver, CO, United States

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4 days ago


Font Range, Colorado, 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 holds conservation easements on private lands throughout the United States. The Conservation Easement Program Manager will be responsible for leading the monitoring, management of compliance issues, and maintenance of records for TNC’s portfolio of conservation easements across the state of Colorado.

The Conservation Easement Program Manager (“Manager”) oversees the Conservation Easement compliance program for the Colorado Business Unit, working closely with science and legal staff to ensure that issues are addressed, and accurate records kept. The Manager also performs legal and ecological monitoring of conservation easement properties in Colorado. This work includes annual field visits, review of satellite imagery, report writing, data entry, and building and maintaining strong landowner and partner relationships. The Manager directly addresses compliance issues on conservation easements, including dealing with amendments, enforcement, violations, and landowner requests for exercising reserved rights. The Manager is part of the Resilient and Connected Lands team, responsible for leading our land protection efforts in Colorado and the management and stewardship of our conservation easements and preserve properties across the state and may be asked to engage on other projects led by team members, including easement transfers, easement acquisition projects, and team meeting coordination. The Manager may recruit, train, and supervise seasonal staff and contractors to monitor conservation easements and write reports. Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget, negotiating, and contracting with vendors and other third parties.

The Manager will need to have the ability and willingness to travel frequently within Colorado and on short notice, sometimes on weekends and may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. The most significant travel period is during the field season (April – October). This position can be based out of our office in Boulder, CO or at a home-office location elsewhere in Colorado.


Want to help save the planet? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy over one million acres in Colorado have been preserved for people and nature. From the mountains to the plains, the Colorado Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Colorado unique.

As the Conservation Easement Program Manager, you will work with innovative and passionate colleagues, local landowners, and a wide range of partners as you steward TNC’s conservation easements, efficiently resolve issues and manage the conservation easement program. You will bring an organized and thorough approach to planning and communicating about visits and events and documenting compliance on conservation easements. Through this work, you’ll contribute to broader chapter-wide conservation goals. If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our chapter as the Conservation Easement Program Manager


  • BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition.


  • 5-7 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of Colorado conservation community.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of internal and external partners, i.e., landowners, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Experience resolving complex problems.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Experience drafting, reviewing, or stewarding conservation easements and other legal agreements.
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.

Conflict resolution and compliance experience.


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!

At TNC’s Colorado Business Unit, we are working toward a vision for the future where all Coloradans

benefit from clean air and water, Colorado is a leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and at least

10 million acres of Colorado’s most critical lands and waters are connected, protected, and managed to

sustain nature in the face of climate change. Across our work, we are striving to create a more diverse

and inclusive community that drives transformational and equitable conservation change throughout

our state.

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

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


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, 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.


The starting salary range is $61,000 to $75,000 depending on location and experience.


To apply for job ID 52841, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 2/22/23. 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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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.