Outreach Manager, Dangermond Preserve

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Lompoc, California, USA

The Dangermond Preserve is located in Santa Barbara county, and this position requires being within reasonable commuting distance to the local community (Lompoc, Buellton, Santa Ynez, Goleta, Orcutt, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara).



The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative 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; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, nonpartisan approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world.

The California Chapter is TNC’s largest state program and one of the largest, most dynamic conservation organizations in the country. With approximately 275 employees, from financial analysts and fundraisers to ecologists and economists, we are currently invested in 14 strategies to address the biggest challenges facing California and the world, including numerous community-based projects designed to increase the pace, scale, and effectiveness of conservation. Over the past six decades, we have protected 1.4 million acres, 5,000 miles of streams, and 3.8 million acres of ocean habitat in California and off the coast.

The California Chapter believes that we are most effective when we are embedded in our state’s communities, politics, media, and environmental issues. For this reason, and to reduce our carbon footprint when meeting in person, all staff live in California, including those in a home office.

Finally, we are passionate about the middle ground in American politics and life. The hallmark of The Nature Conservancy is its “big tent” approach, engaging people across the political and ideological spectrum to find solutions that last. We ask all employees to embrace this critical strategic position of our organization.


The Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve is one of our the most important assets, and protects 24,000 acres of wild California coastal property that includes the nexus of four ecoregions and important natural and cultural resources. Equally rich is the set of partnerships that has emerged to support programming across the Preserve. The Dangermond Preserve Outreach Manager will build, manage and maintain the strategic external partner relationships needed to launch and implement the Preserve’s Wild Coast Program, which aims to establish the Point Conception region as a stronghold for nature in an era of climate change. The Outreach Manager will, through time, be responsible for developing the strategies and tactics needed to cement ethical and mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders. Primary responsibilities include strengthening our relationships with the various bands of the Chumash community, deepening collaborations with neighbors such as Vandenberg Space Force Base, building a managed public access program in collaboration with regional partners, engaging with local government officials on Preserve business, and being the main point of contact for public relations activities at the Preserve.

The Outreach Manager will be a member of the team reporting to the Preserve Director. They will be primarily responsible for coordinating with other members of the California Chapter engaged in similar activities, including other preserve directors and team members interacting with common partners; members of the External Affairs team who interface with local, state and federal government officials; and Marketing team members advancing the Chapter’s overall communications, branding and media efforts.


If you’re looking for a career with meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Dangermond Preserve Outreach Manager! Not only will you fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of California, but you’ll contribute to conservation goals through many networks.

We are looking for someone who will:
  • Design and implement effective partnership strategies.
  • Manage a high-impact communications program related to the Preserve’s activities.
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team both at the Preserve and across the California Chapter to meet overall Preserve goals and needs.
  • Help to raise funds and manage funding agreements related to Preserve collaborators and partnerships.
  • Ensure that all engagements with collaborators in Indigenous Communities embody best practices of equitable conservation and are built to deliver mutual benefits.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of experience in an applicable field (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and directing multiple complex projects and ensuring program accountability.
  • Communications experience including preparing and presenting project proposals and developing written communications.
  • Experience negotiating with external agencies, companies, private parties, or related entities.
  • Experience engaging and managing relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
  • Demonstrated achievement in accomplishing outcomes in collaboration with partner organizations
  • Spanish language proficiency.
  • Working knowledge of current trends in conservation and land management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the functional needs and practices of the pertinent region.
  • Ability to make sound decisions based on analysis, consultation with others, experience, and judgment.


Each person who works at TNC contributes to our goal of protecting nature for future generations. Another one of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe feel that their unique contributions are valued. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “You’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.” To learn more, head to YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

We’re proud to support the health and wellbeing of the people we employ. We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other benefits that support work-life balance.

If you’re interested in working with us, please apply—we’d love to hear from you.


This is a full time, 35 hour/week position. The estimated annual salary for this position is between $75,000 - 88,000.


To apply for job ID 53336, submit your materials (resume and cover letter) online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ . This position will be open until filled. We encourage you to apply by Monday, May 29, however if you see this posting after that date, we are still accepting applications. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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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 with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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