Preserve Management Director

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The Nature Conservancy

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Maitland, FL, United States

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26 days ago


Maitland, Florida, USA

Location is flexible with Central/North Central Florida


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The Preserve Management Director (Director) is a staff member in the Stewardship & Field Programs (SAF) Department in the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In addition, they serve on the management team for the Center for Conservation Initiatives (CCI). The Florida Chapter manages 24 preserves/managed areas (38,299ac). The Director will oversee the development and management of these preserves and land assets as part of CCI. CCI is a statewide center of excellence focusing on four initiatives: (1) Public Outreach, (2) Conservation Education & Professional Training, (3) Science & Strategy, and (4) Natural Resource Stewardship Demonstration. CCI’s core Campus Preserves (Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines, Blowing Rocks, Disney Wilderness, and Tiger Creek) total 22,770ac. CCI implements its principal initiatives through on-the-ground programs at these CCI Campus Preserves, off-site community engagement, and online learning programs. They will report to the Director of the Stewardship and Field Programs Department (SAF), who also serves as the CCI Program Director.


The SAF Preserve Management Director leads a statewide team of Preserve Managers (currently 4) based at TNC’s CCI Campus Preserves. The Director supports their team through leadership, preserve management coordination, and helping develop and implement CCI strategic goals at the Preserves. In addition, they ensure stewardship of TNC’s managed lands in Florida complies with TNC policies and reporting requirements. They serve as project director for the Hatchineha Ranch Mitigation Bank (HRMB) and will work with the project team to ensure it stays in compliance and restoration work is completed. In addition, the Director will work with their team to accomplish required reporting and management of the preserves (i.e. budgets, work plans, land management plans, annual safety, and property inspections, etc.).

They seek out grants and other funding opportunities, write grants, and manage funded projects. In addition, they work with their supervisor and the philanthropy team to identify opportunities for private and public donor support of CCI programs. The Director may serve on Chapter strategy teams as needed in a matrix approach. They coordinate with the Field Program Director to support staffing needs related to non-CCI Chapter strategies off-site of preserves. The Director serves as a member of the SAF Leadership Team. They participate in discussions on goals and directions to achieve desired conservation outcomes for the Chapter. Regular and extended visits to preserves is expected to ensure engaged support of staff and understanding of their work. Their work location will be required to be in the central to north-central Florida region and can be at a TNC preserve or home office.


  • Manage statewide stewardship of the Chapter’s preserves and managed areas in support of CCI
  • Supervises staff at remote locations across Florida
  • Ensures management and program projects (e.g., annual work plans, management plans, etc.) meet expected goals and timelines
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget
  • Works with their teams to seek out grants and other funding opportunities, responds to RFPs, writes grants, and manages funded projects
  • Serves on Chapter-wide strategy teams as a project team member
  • Delivers presentations and represents TNC at events and meetings
  • Frequently makes strategic decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information, and context
  • Negotiates complex agreements in a political environment
  • In coordination with Chapter Government Relations staff and supervisor, serves as a liaison to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community
  • Frequent travel across Florida and infrequent domestic and international travel; evening and weekend hours as necessary
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years of experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing conflict and performance
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies
  • Experience negotiating


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience are appreciated
  • 7-10 years of experience in conservation practice or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 8-12 years of experience managing conservation facilities such as preserves, field stations, or public nature parks
  • 6-8 years of supervisory experience managing professional teams and conducting performance evaluations
  • Experience with education and outreach programs for youth and adults
  • Experience with the management of Florida ecosystems and conservation tools and skills such as prescribed fire, invasive species prevention and control, and terrestrial and coastal restoration practices
  • Experience with facilities development and construction contracting
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions
  • Experience developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs focused on underserved populations
  • Ability to develop practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives or related field
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages
  • Politically savvy
  • Experience working with the media


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include 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 in the Culture Tab on

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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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