Protection Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Honolulu, HI, United States

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30 days ago


Honolulu, Hawaii, USA



The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative 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; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, bipartisan approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world.

Established in 1980, TNC’s Hawai‘i program has forged partnerships to manage over 2 million acres of natural lands and has grown to include Palmyra Atoll. We currently manage 14 preserves and other sites in Hawai‘i and Palmyra Atoll. In Hawai‘i, we work with government agencies, private landowners, businesses, community partners and local stakeholders to protect and restore Hawai‘i’s native watershed forests, coral reefs and nearshore fisheries for their ecological value and the many benefits they provide to people. At Palmyra Atoll located 1,000 miles south of Hawai‘i, we study and facilitate research in this living laboratory to better understand and address global questions around sustainable fisheries and resilience to climate change.

This is an exceptional career opportunity for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization!


The Protection Specialist coordinates and implements a comprehensive program to protect natural areas and habitat for rare and endangered plants, animals and natural communities using the full range of protection tools, including gift, easement, purchase, lease registry, conservation brokerage and cooperative projects with federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations and other partners as appropriate. 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. They assist in securing public and private funds for land protection, research land ownership information for tracts identified as potential acquisition projects and prepare project packages as appropriate. They respond to protection inquiries and screen potential protection projects. They develop relationships and work 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.

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


We’re looking for an individual experienced in using the full range of protection tools, to acquire varying degrees of legal interest to protect high quality natural areas in Hawai‘i. If you are eager to be part of a dedicated group that supports terrestrial and marine conservation, 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 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 with Native Hawaiian cultural practices and land management, and local and indigenous communities and local culture.
  • 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 working with computers, including database management.
  • Must have valid driver's license.


Each person who works at TNC contributes to our goal of protecting nature for future generations. Another one of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe 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. We consider life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “You’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.” To learn more, head to YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

We’re proud to support the health and wellbeing of the people we employ. We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other benefits that support work-life balance. Learn more on our culture webpage.

If you’re interested in working with us, please apply—we’d love to hear from you.


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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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 with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. The Nature Conservancy is also a “big tent” organization. We believe that all people benefit from conservation and that the cause should be inclusive of everyone regardless of their political persuasion. We work hard to make conservation a non-partisan issue through partnerships with stakeholders, elected officials, and industries that span the political spectrum.