Disney Wilderness Preserve Manager

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Kissimmee, Florida, 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 Disney Wilderness Preserve Manager is part of the Stewardship and Field Programs (SAF) Department of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Florida Chapter. The position is based at the Disney Wilderness Preserve (DWP), Poinciana, FL. The 11,500-acre preserve is one of four campus preserves that the TNC Florida Chapter operates as part of the Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI). The Disney Wilderness Preserve serves as a critical link in a network of conservation lands that protect Central Florida's ecosystems and the headwaters of the Everglades system. The preserve, located just south of the greater Orlando metro area, attracts thousands of visitors each year from around the world. DWP requires active land management through prescribed fire, control of invasive species, and habitat restoration to maintain its unique biodiversity. In addition, DWP serves as an innovative research platform in service of TNC’s conservation strategies, science, and partnerships with state and federal agencies as part of the Center for Conservation Initiatives. CCI is a state-wide Center of excellence with a mission to advance conservation knowledge and action and inspire the next generation of conservation leaders. This mission is accomplished through four initiatives that focus on supporting conservation through outreach, education/training, science/strategy, and land stewardship.

The Disney Wilderness Preserve Manager provides management oversight of DWP. They supervise the outreach & education, stewardship, and facility leads at the preserve. The DWP Manager ensures that facilities maintenance needs are addressed and coordinates daily facility operations with the preserve staff. They also work to ensure programs are supported and aligned with achieving CCI’s mission by working in matrix teams with other Preserve Managers and staff across CCI. In addition, the Preserve Manager works with the CCI Training & Education Coordinator and outreach staff to develop and implement education and training courses and materials. This position works to ensure onsite visitors and neighboring communities understand the ecological and economic importance of protected areas and natural systems and The Nature Conservancy’s role in their conservation through outreach programming, as well as the importance of protecting and conserving flora, fauna, and the benefits to people. In addition, they work with the Stewardship initiative lead and the DWP Conservation Coordinator/Manager to support the implementation of stewardship projects on the preserve. They identify and successfully obtain grant funding to support CCI programs and provide philanthropy, and government relations (GR) support as needed. This position reports to the CCI Preserve Management Director.


If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Disney Wilderness Preserve Manager! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of Florida, but you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks!

We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person to lead our Chapter and work within our Division. Systems Leadership, creativity, and the ability to influence without authority are key in this role. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.

  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.

  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies

  • Experience negotiating.

  • Experience with land management stewardship

  • Experience with conservation education and public outreach

  • Experience with building and facility maintenance requirements

  • Experience in MS Office, Word, and Excel


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience with the application of prescribed fire & ability to maintain a FFT2 qualification.

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.

  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising.


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 nature.org/careers.

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 https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ 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.


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $68,000 to $78,000 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


To apply for job ID 54695, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.