Montana Land Protection Specialist

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Helena, Montana, USA

Helena, Bozeman or Missoula, Montana, USA Preferred; other locations in Montana may be considered.



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 Montana Land Protection Specialist coordinates and implements a comprehensive program to protect natural areas and habitat for rare and endangered plants, animals and natural communities, and for landscape resilience using the full range of protection tools, including gift and purchase of fee and easement, and cooperative projects with federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations and other partners as appropriate. The Montana Land Protection Specialist is responsible for implementing and achieving the Conservancy’s conservation priorities by overseeing and representing the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with private landowners, conservation partners and government agencies. They will be a central part of a dedicated and experienced team actively securing public and private funds for land protection, researching legal and ecological information for tracts identified as potential protection projects. They respond to protection inquiries and screen potential protection projects, as well as prepare project information including minerals assessments, environmental hazards assessments, and baseline reports. Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

The responsibilities and scope for this position include:
  • Geographic size and scope is that of a business unit or larger.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently and on short notice, sometimes on weekends.
  • Ability and experience working in rural communities.
  • Negotiate real estate transactions, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.
  • Remain abreast and follow TNC Standard Operating Procedures, especially related to real estate transactions.
  • Plan and direct work on protection projects.
  • Maintain records related to land transactions.
  • Recruit and supervise staff and interns as needed; responsible for performance management, training, and development.
  • May travel up to 25% of time.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, more than a million acres in Montana have been preserved for people and nature. From the mountains to the grasslands, the Montana Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Montana unique. Come join TNC. Apply today!


  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and timelines.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience working with computers, including database management.
  • Experience with tools such as ArcPro highly desired.


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.


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $70,000 – $72,000 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


To apply for job ID 54646, submit your materials online by February 19 at 11:59pm EST using the Apply Now button at 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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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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.