Coastal Restoration Project Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Houston, TX, United States

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20 days ago


Houston, Texas, USA

Office location is flexible along Texas coast at either current TNC facilities, home or partner office.


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The Coastal Restoration Project Manager will work with both external partners and internal conservation leadership and team to develop, manage and advance conservation and restoration programs, plans, and methods for small-scale to large-scale coastal restoration projects.


The Coastal Restoration Project Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Texas operating unit and the Texas Resilient Coast Program by planning, managing, and implementing coastal restoration and monitoring projects and stewardship. They work closely with partners, contractors, and funders of coastal restoration projects. They develop and implement conservation and restoration strategies, along with contracted engineering firms and consultants, which includes writing funding proposals to secure public and private support for TNC priorities. They coordinate community support, manage multiple projects, set attainable deadlines, and manage projects to completion.

This position reports directly to the Resilient Coast Program Director of the Conservancy’s Texas Chapter and is currently grant funded for at least three years. Significant focus will be placed on managing ongoing implementation and monitoring of coastal restoration projects, including oyster restoration projects, and coordinating these efforts with project partners, contractors, and associated TNC staff. This position assists with the development and implementation of conservation projects related to seagrasses, oyster reefs, coastal marshes, bird nesting islands and coastal shoreline protection and restoration, by 1) working directly with public agencies, representing TNC to secure permits, negotiate contracts, and provides relevant project information and updates as required, 2) managing service contracts with consultants and contractors to reach project goals, 3) supporting grant application writing, 4) fostering conservation partnerships with local communities through active participation in working groups, workshops, seminars, and conferences and 5) operating and maintaining field equipment and watercraft.


  • Geographic scope is Texas’ Gulf Coast, with specific projects focusing on more discrete geographies as well as coordination and participation on Gulf-wide efforts
  • Works in a team setting with other restoration and conservation programs to advance existing programs and assists in developing and undertaking new projects in the region
  • Manages coastal restoration projects that includes working with public agencies, negotiating contracts, filing for permits, working with engineers and contractors to ensure project completion
  • Performs tasks with minimal and distant supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements
  • Networks with diverse groups, including, community leaders, landowners, conservation and restoration partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public to recruit support for projects and the Conservancy
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in principles of coastal restoration and monitoring
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s)
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in field data collection, data compilation, and analysis of data sets
  • Must have valid driver's license


  • Master's degree in marine or coastal science and management and/or relevant years of experience in coastal restoration project management
  • Experience in fisheries management
  • Knowledge of coastal restoration principles, including oyster reef restoration, living shorelines and natural and nature-based solutions
  • Ability to use and interpret statistical and spatial data sets in ArcGIS
  • Experienced boat operator and experience with local bays systems
  • Proven grant writing skills particularly related to science, research, and (coastal) restoration funding


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