People and Operations Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Madison, WI, United States

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13 days ago


This position will be based out of an existing Chapter office within Wisconsin (Baraboo, Madison, Mukwonago, North Woods, Sturgeon Bay) with remote work possible up to 2 days/week.

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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.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The People and Operations Manager will lead operations and human resources processes for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin. They will be responsible for ensuring that operations functions and human resources needs are fully supported and well-integrated across all departments. They will reinforce consistency in the organization's policies and procedures and provide direction related to operations and human resources. They keep up to date on the Conservancy’s policies and procedures related to operations and human resources in order to provide efficient and accurate services. The People and Operations Manager will balance managing the day to day needs of the Chapter with cyclical projects that support employee engagement and streamline operational processes.

Operations duties include:

  • Partnering with the Business and Culture Director, Business and Finance Manager, Operations Coordinator, and IT Operations Manager to lead central operations administrative functions such as facility and vehicle fleet management, telecommunications, public reception, accounts payable, business unit records coordination, maintaining office supplies and equipment, and processing purchasing requests.
  • Ensuring adherence to organizational policies and procedures.
  • Serving as team leader for the enhancement of systems and tools used by the team.
  • Supporting Chapter-wide internal communications and maintaining the Chapter’s internal communications resources including the Wisconsin Chapter’s intranet page and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Core Curriculum training tracking site.
  • May be responsible for creating and managing budgets and work in close cooperation with donors, volunteers, and vendors.

Human Resource duties include:

  • Managing recruitments and hiring logistics as well as new employee orientation and on-boarding.
  • Supporting human resources administrative processes by working closely with the Business and Culture Director as well as the Midwest Division Human Resources Business Partner.
  • Managing the annual performance management process including implementing annual merit adjustments and handling confidential and highly sensitive information with discretion.
  • Overseeing time and expense reporting.
  • Serving as the employee engagement survey champion for the annual organizational employee survey.
  • Leading the planning of internal chapter-wide employee engagement including two annual all-staff retreats.
  • Supporting staff and volunteer safety processes including acting as the youth safety coordinator.
  • Collaborating with the Business and Culture Director to serve as the human resources liaison with the global organization.
  • Providing professional development recommendations and targeted training opportunities.
  • Supporting equity and inclusion practices for all staff members.

The salary range for the position starts at $63,000 and will be based on location and commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position reports to the Business and Culture Director and will be based out of an existing Chapter office within Wisconsin (Baraboo, Madison, Mukwonago, North Woods, Sturgeon Bay) with remote work possible up to 2 days/week. This position requires occasional travel and works flexible hours as needed. The work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements and minor physical exertion and/or strain.


Are you looking for a career where you can make a difference for people and nature? Come join our Wisconsin team and enjoy a career where you’ll be making a difference for nature every day! We are looking for a human resources and operations professional that can collaborate across all departments of the Wisconsin team to manage essential human resources needs and streamline operational processes.

The ideal candidate will love operational processes, have exceptional communication and collaboration skills, and experience executing human resource and operational administrative duties. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the mission of The Nature Conservancy!


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience in supporting human resources and operations Processes.
  • Experience handling confidential information with discretion.
  • Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results.
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple complex projects.
  • Experience with business process analysis and/or improvement.
  • Experience with current technology in human resources and operations.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.
  • Organization, planning, and problem-solving skills experience.
  • Experience implementing strategic program goals.
  • Experience using diplomacy and tact to build strong relationships and motivate staff.


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.


To apply for job ID 52549, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on December 16, 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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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

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.