Protection Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Honolulu, HI, United States

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12 days ago


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

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The Protection Specialist supports the conservation teams by using the full range of protection tools, to acquire varying degrees of legal interest to protect high quality natural areas in Hawai‘i and Palmyra. The Protection Specialist works to help transform the way natural areas decisions in Hawai‘i and Palmyra are made by strengthening the relationship between indigenous peoples and local communities to shape and manage natural areas in ways that improve people’s lives and drive conservation outcomes.


The Protection Specialist will support the conservation teams in achieving the Hawai‘i and Palmyra conservation priorities and 2030 goals by overseeing and representing the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with government agencies, partner organizations, and Hawaiian and local communities. They collaborate with Hawaiian and local communities, TNC staff, and partner organizations to identify strategic land protection priorities. Assists in securing public and private funds for conservation priorities. Develops relationships and works collaboratively with landowners, Hawaiian and local community groups, federal, state and local government agency partners, and other partner organizations in negotiating and acquiring land through fee-title and conservation easement transactions, implementing cooperative projects with local communities and government partners, implementing landscape level land protection plans, transferring land interests to partner organizations, and managing annual fee and easement monitoring reports. They will use the full range of protection tools, including gift, easement, purchase, lease registry, conservation brokerage and cooperative projects.

The preferred office location is the TNC Honolulu office located in O’ahu, HI, though another location in Hawai’i may be considered.


  • Identify land protection priorities through outreach to Hawaiian and local communities, conservation leadership staff, field staff and federal, state, and local government officials.
  • Negotiate real estate transactions, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.
  • Plan and direct work on protection projects and maintains records related to land transactions.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Complete fee-title and conservation easement transactions to protect significant natural areas in Hawai’i, and occasionally in Palmyra.
  • Manage the chapter’s fee and easement monitoring and reporting needs.
  • Work with Hawaiian and local communities, conservation leadership staff, field staff and federal, state, and local government officials to identify top-priority landowners in priority conservation areas, protect natural lands for public and private conservation ownership, and identify key influencers in the community.
  • Maintain knowledge of partners’ priorities and programs.
  • Perform tasks with minimal supervision and make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in real estate, environmental studies, natural resource management, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience building close relationships and developing partnerships with a variety of collaborators including but not limited to local indigenous community groups, landowners, partner organizations, corporations and foundations, federal, state and local agency partners, and government officials.
  • Experience collaborating and negotiating with multi-agency/organizations partnerships on complex conservation projects.
  • Experience with Hawai‘i principles of land acquisition including title matters and Hawaiʻi law as it relates to current trends and practices in conservation and natural resource preservation.
  • Experience in Native Hawaiian cultural practices and land management, and local and indigenous communities and local culture.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.


  • Multi- cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • Knowledge of and interest in current trends and practices in conservation, ecological land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition, with experience completing real estate fee-title and conservation easement acquisitions.
  • Knowledge of historical water use in Hawaii, water code and law
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making to guide activities.
  • Experience managing and working constructively with staff or volunteers.
  • Politically savvy.
  • Well-developed project management and organizational skills and experience.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, particularly the ability to follow detailed policies and procedures.
  • Experience with interest-based negotiations.
  • Basic competency using ArcMap GIS software.
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Office, web browsers, etc.


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 51709, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on July 7, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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