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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.

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The Freshwater Strategy Manager provides technical leadership and support by planning, directing, and implementing freshwater programs and projects across the state of Indiana. They will coordinate with partners to apply science-based planning for prioritization, targeting, design, effectiveness monitoring, and adaptive management of freshwater systems. They supply conservation teams with site or watershed level information relevant to planning processes. Projects specifically include TNC’s Sustainable Rivers Program, low-head dam removal, floodplain reconnection, water fund development, conservation flow protection, water quality monitoring examination and analysis, Sentinel Landscape support, and augmentation of rare species. They may be asked to assist with marketing and outreach to communicate the value of a healthy freshwater system to a wide range of audiences to secure community support and various types of funding.

The Freshwater Strategy Manager may lead or train staff, volunteers, or partners on projects; manage grants and contracts; work occasional evenings and weekends; and work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


The Nature Conservancy has a long history of protecting Indiana’s best natural habitats, including its waterways. Join the Indiana Chapter as the Freshwater Strategy Manager to find a rewarding career as we address critical threats to freshwater systems and individual species; and foster cross-site learning around the state and regional conservation communities. The Freshwater Strategy Manager develops and advances innovative conservation efforts to improve Indiana’s freshwater resources and represents the Indiana Chapter on freshwater initiatives across the Midwest and the country. They work with the Indiana Freshwater Team to create a strategic direction and employ a full range of traditional and innovative conservation tools to increase the pace and scale of restoration in priority watersheds to conserve resilient waterways.

This is a full-time position preferably located in Indianapolis, IN, however, other locations within central Indiana may be considered. The compensation range begins at $66,600 and may be negotiable depending on experience.


  • Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience; OR Bachelor’s degree in science related field and 4 years of experience; OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience designing and conducting water resource monitoring and restoration evaluation.
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Experience synthesizing, interpreting, and communicating scientific information; and preparing reports of findings.
  • Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.

Additional Qualifications that would be helpful, but not required:

  • Degree in hydrology, freshwater ecology, fisheries, environmental science, or natural resource management preferred.
  • Experience with conservation programs that address water quality and awareness of USDA programs.
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications and some GIS experience.


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.


To apply for job ID 52071, submit your materials (resume and cover letter) online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on September 23, 2022.

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