Indiana Conservation Data Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Indianapolis, IN, United States

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9 days ago


Indianapolis, Indiana, USA



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 Conservation Data Manager manages and maintains conservation databases and provides technical support in GIS or other relational database technologies to Conservancy staff. They participate in conservation planning, develop methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems and data management, including developing and maintaining all documentation for data and data management. They perform data analysis; design and produce advanced complex queries and professional reports; process spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source material; and provide hardware/software support. The Conservation Data Manager develops and delivers training to staff individually and in groups; produces maps and other graphic products and reports. They develop and maintain a GIS library and/or database products library; and compile, assemble, and maintain land protection, biodiversity, and management information from various sources.

Responsibilities and scope include developing and managing work plans, ensuring the integrity of data collection and management relating to conservation projects and project statistics, may work independently under limited supervision; and may directly supervise other staff including motivating, leading, setting objectives, and managing their performance.


The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is looking for an experienced, organized, and detail-oriented Conservation Data Manager to guide conservation data collection, storage, processing, sharing, and reporting for our Chapter. This is a unique opportunity to use and expand your GIS skills working with a diverse audience of partners, funders, decision-makers, the public, and the scientific community as we explore solutions to complex conservation challenges across Indiana and the US. If you are a creative and collaborative problem solver who is motivated and energized by the use of spatial analysis, data visualization, and related approaches and would like to use those skills to support land and water conservation efforts, apply today for a career with TNC!

This is a full-time position based in Indianapolis, Indiana that includes a competitive benefits package, hybrid work schedule, and a compensation range that begins at $50,400 annually and may be negotiable depending on experience.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS or BS degree in related field and 3 years related GIS experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience leading and training individuals and groups; and communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means.
  • Experience managing, maintaining, and populating databases and manual files.
  • Experience with interpretation of image analysis, complex spatial analysis, data modeling, and landscape scenario analysis.
  • Experience managing multiple projects.
  • Experience interpreting results then developing and delivering training to practitioners.
  • Experience using common apps such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and web browsers; and field related software such as: relational management database systems (e.g., SQL Server or PostgreSQL), ArcGIS 10.X and Pro, ArcGIS Online, Google Earth Engine, R, mobile data collection apps (e.g., ESRI Field Maps, Survey 123), and scripting languages (e.g., Python, SQL, JavaScript, R).

Additional Qualifications that would be helpful, but not required:

  • Master’s degree in Geography, GIS, Spatial Science, Ecology, Biology, or related field.
  • Experience designing best practices for data access and documentation in a team environment.
  • Experience conducting spatial analysis of vector and raster data related to land and/or water conservation, natural resource management, climate resilience, etc.
  • Experience with science communication to technical and non-technical audiences, including creative data visualization (e.g., web-based apps and interactive mapping; experience with tools such as Leaflet, OpenLayers, and ESRI Web App Builder appreciated).


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.


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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 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.

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