Land Protection Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Madison, WI, United States

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11 days ago


Wisconsin, United States (Madison preferred)


The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”


The Land Protection Specialist will develop and implement land protection initiatives throughout Wisconsin, working with a team to protect critical ecological areas and secure climate resilient and connected corridors to help meet ambitious conservation goals. The focus of this position will be to acquire fee-title and conservation easements on priority parcels. This includes working closely with public agencies and private partners to develop and implement lasting conservation strategies for the most climate resilient lands and waters in Wisconsin. This may include cross-boundary work with other Midwest states when appropriate. Salary starts at $61,000 and is commensurate with experience as well as dependent on location.


The Land Protection Specialist employs a full range of tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land. They develop relationships with landowners, negotiate transactions, represent TNC in cooperative projects with partners and, where appropriate, transfer land interests to partner organizations. This position will work with landowners, Conservancy staff, community members, and federal, state, and local agency professionals to promote protection programs.


  • Takes a lead role in working with other Wisconsin staff to identify key lands for protection and determine protection strategies.
  • Implements protection projects for key lands and waters.
  • Builds and sustains working relationships with landowners, agencies, and organizations to achieve TNC protection goals.
  • Coordinates with legal counsel to develop land protection documents and to resolve acquisition issues.
  • As opportunities arise, works on transferring select TNC protected lands to a suitable partner.
  • Where appropriate, assists land management staff with monitoring and enforcement of existing conservation easements.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating, and contracting with vendors, and assisting in the development of public grant applications and private donor proposals.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • May supervise staff and interns as needed.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor of Arts or Science, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience with land acquisition and ability to structure and negotiate a deal.
  • Experience building strong relationships across an organization and with partners such as nonprofit organizations, public agencies and Tribes.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Must have valid driver's license.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Demonstrated performance juggling multiple projects, completing tasks independently and on time.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience with GIS mapmaking and real estate legal descriptions.
  • Experience in fundraising – combining public, philanthropic, and investment revenues to fund projects
  • Strong project and team management skills.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including; health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, accrued paid time off (including annual, personal, and sick leave), life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellness benefits. Benefits may be subject to generally applicable eligibility, waiting period, contribution, and other requirements and conditions. Learn more about our benefits at We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellness, and flexibility needs of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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 51697, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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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