Natural Resource Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Kualapu‘u, HI, United States

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11 days ago


Kualapuu, Molokai, Hawaii



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The Natural Resource Manager plans and oversees the implementation of priority threat abatement and management activities for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation on TNC managed and partner lands for the Molokai Terrestrial Program on the island of Molokai.


The Natural Resource Manager (NRM) provides technical and scientific guidance for conservation priorities including field operations, data collection and analysis, and measures of conservation success and reporting. The NRM also works with other resource managers, partners, landowners to build and sustain a collaborative approach toward management activities across the island. Activities include alien animal and plant control, research, resource monitoring, evaluation of project sites, and partner coordination. The NRM leads or guides the development of long-range, annual, and specific management and conservation plans and budgets, and negotiates and manages contracts to accomplish management objectives. The NRM oversees safety protocols and training for field staff and volunteers. The NRM is responsible for maintaining records of management plans and budgets, management activities, and scientific information, including resource and threat monitoring and research conducted by other partners. The NRM assists with fundraising and community outreach. Some weekend work is required. The NRM will supervise Field Coordinators, Field Technicians, volunteers, and interns.


  • Develops and implements large-scale watershed protection projects aimed at controlling invasive plants and animals.
  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training, and career development.
  • Manages experimental weed and feral animal control operations in remote, rugged areas.
  • Develops deliverables for watershed protection grants and contracts.
  • Designs and conducts field, helicopter and drone surveys to monitor forest health and assess the efficacy of management actions.
  • Collects and manages GPS and GIS data related to conservation goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Conducts research on current science, provides spatial data analysis, and reports on program actions.
  • Supervises field staff in planning and executing fieldwork and other essential tasks.
  • Leads and participates in field operations in remote, rugged terrain involving camping and helicopter transport.
  • Ensures staff are well trained in field safety procedures and are certified in all areas of safety requirements.
  • Will be expected to be certified in first aid or CPR in order to respond to injuries by administering first aid or CPR while working in the field or leading hikes.
  • Delivers innovative tools, biodiversity data, field services and training to staff and partners.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Acts independently on assigned tasks and exercises independent judgements based on analysis, experience and judgement.
  • Interprets guidelines, evaluates information, and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Will obtain related licenses or certifications such as Wilderness First Aid/CPR, helicopter safety and sling load training, Hawai'i State hunting license, and commercial drone pilot license to be able to perform the functions of the Natural Resource Manager.


  • Master's Degree in biology, ecology, forestry or natural science related field and 1 year of relevant work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience working with Hawai'i’s natural systems and cultural resources and management practices including experience with various communities and partners in Hawai'i and knowledge of how to navigate and work with sensitivity to cultural norms for successful results.
  • Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting scientific data and preparing reports/publication of findings.
  • Experience collecting and managing GPS and GIS data using ESRI products related to conservation goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Experience coordinating multiple field projects in remote, rugged conditions involving invasive plant & animal control, fence construction and helicopter operation including experience with herbicidal weed control techniques and regulations.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience managing complex projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners to meet project deadlines and deliverables.
  • Experience performing physical work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, under physically demanding circumstances, and at night.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Experience in conducting and leading alien species control or other natural resource management operations in remote and rugged terrain using hazardous material and equipment.
  • Love for the land and familiarity with TNC Molokai’s conservation areas.
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results. Proven organizational skills.
  • Strong knowledge of information technology and remote imagery analysis.
  • 5 or more years professional experience working in collaborative partnerships to successful completion of shared outcomes, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to explain forest management and conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and climate change adaptation.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience with map reading and orienteering. Must be able navigate extremely rugged terrain using maps, compass, and GPS.
  • Experience with map reading and orienteering. Able navigate extremely rugged terrain using maps, compass, and GPS.
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and reports.


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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