Land and Water Protection Manager, Northern Arizona

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Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Remote from home office in Flagstaff, AZ (other northern AZ locations negotiable)




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.

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The Northern Arizona Land and Water Protection Manager coordinates and implements a comprehensive program to protect natural areas and terrestrial and aquatic habitat for rare and endangered plants, animals and natural communities using the full range of protection tools, including gift, conservation easement, purchase, lease, conservation brokerage and cooperative projects with federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations, tribal nations, and other partners as appropriate. Position is remote from home office in Flagstaff, AZ (other northern AZ locations negotiable).


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!

The Northern Arizona Land and Water Protection Manager is responsible for implementing and achieving the Conservancy’s conservation priorities by initiating and completing property acquisitions, transfers, and assists in priority areas in Central and Northern Arizona; supporting conservation asset management and stewardship; building support and capacity for conservation partners; and developing and managing programmatic funding sources and opportunities. This position represents the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with landowners, government agencies, public and private funders, land trust partners, tribal nations, and community-based organizations. They assist in securing public and private funds for land protection and in creatively structuring individual transactions. The Northern Arizona Land and Water Protection Manager acquires and maintains local ecological and market knowledge of real estate transactions; conducts ongoing research of land ownership information for tracts identified as potential acquisition projects; explores potential projects by contacting owners, nonprofit organizations, tribal nations, and public agency officials; and prepares project packages for internal approval.

  • Protection project management in priority areas across Northern Arizona (approximately 55%)
  • Assumes primary responsibility for documenting and closing real estate transactions (primarily conservation easements) with the assistance of legal and finance staff. Under general supervision of the staff attorney, uses templates to draft legal documents related to property acquisitions (may include legal correspondence, real estate documents, business and financial documents).
  • Maintains ongoing communication and relationships with all internal and external partners, ranging from landowners, federal and state agencies, non-profit conservation partners, public and private funders, finance and legal teams, tribal nations, and consultants.
  • Collaborates with Director of Land and Water Protection, Chapter leadership and conservation staff to periodically evaluate and revise land and water protection priorities in alignment with Chapter and Global conservation goals.
  • Collaborates with Water Program Lead, Director of Stewardship and Preserve/community-based Program Managers to develop public-private partnerships for TNC property management or transfers that will leverage landscape-scale conservation.
  • Advises on legal aspects of property and water rights transfers, agricultural and residential leases, and management agreements.
  • Responds to land protection inquiries and opportunities.
  • Conservation Asset Management and Stewardship (approximately 20%)
  • Provides project management for transactions to transfer TNC land assets and participates in prioritization process for property divestitures.
  • Conducts annual Conservation Easement and Fee Land (Conservancy-owned property) monitoring and reporting and semi-annual Trade Lands monitoring and reporting.
  • Tracks threats to Conservancy assets and priorities and coordinates and supports Chapter response as appropriate.
  • Develop and manage programmatic funding sources and opportunities (approximately 15%)
  • Maintains ongoing communication and maintains relationships with all internal and external partners, ranging from landowners, federal and state agencies, non-profit conservation partners, public and private funders, finance and legal teams, and consultants.
  • Develops funding proposals and collaborates with Conservancy staff and external partners to secure funding. Assumes primary responsibility for managing project fund sources (budgeting, contracting, reporting).
  • Support for other Conservation Programs and AZ Chapter functions (approximately 10%)
  • Supports in local collaborative conservation efforts such as the Verde Front, Greater Chino Valley Collaborative, Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition working groups, etc.
  • Participate in Arizona Chapter and Protection Learning Network meetings and planning efforts.
  • Occasional travel within Arizona and in the U.S. (both with possible over-night / weekend stays).
  • Timely and accurate completion of administrative functions such as performance reviews, expense reports, and timecards.


  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 or more years of work experience in natural resources management, community relations, real estate, land use planning, and/or project management; or equivalent combination of education or experience.
  • Experience in developing, directing, and managing multiple projects and timelines.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Exeperience with current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience. Equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable.
  • Graduate degree in natural resources, law, or business.
  • Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.
  • Excellent relationship building skills and experience working on diverse teams, with internal and external partners, to coordinate resources and achieve goals.
  • Experience with grant writing, securing funding, and managing project fund sources (budgeting, contracting, reporting); experience with use of federal conservation funding for land protection is preferred.
  • Experience in successfully negotiating and conducting real estate transactions.
  • Thorough knowledge of land protection tools including conservation easements, fee-title acquisitions, donations, deed restrictions, facilitated land purchases, and also a working knowledge of land leases, conservation easement monitoring, and conservation easement violation resolution.
  • Familiarity with western real estate and water law (experience in Arizona law preferred).
  • Familiarity with Arizona natural history and conservation issues.


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.


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.


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