Freshwater Restoration Strategy Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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13 days ago


Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA



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 are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

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The Freshwater Restoration Strategy Manager develops, manages and advances freshwater conservation programs, plans and methods for large-scale geographic areas.

The Freshwater Restoration Strategy Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Chapter of The Nature Conservancy by planning, directing and implementing freshwater restoration programs and projects. They address critical threats to freshwater systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among a regional conservation community, and supplies conservation teams with site or watershed level information relevant to planning processes. The Freshwater Restoration Manager will lead, develop, advance, and implement conservation restoration strategies for the Resilient Waters Program, employing a full range of traditional and innovative conservation tools to increase the pace and scale of restoration in priority watersheds to conserve resilient waters and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.

The preferred location for this position is Minneapolis, MN, but other locations including Southeast and Central Minnesota will be considered. Starting salary range is anticipated to be $63,000-$75,000, dependent upon location and experience. Additionally, TNC 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 We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


  • Lead, participate in and facilitate external partnerships to accomplish program goals.
  • Design, coordinate and implement freshwater restoration projects of varying complexity including, but not limited to floodplain restoration, wetland restoration, oxbow restoration, barrier removal, bank stabilization,
  • Coordinate with scientists and apply science-based planning to prioritization, targeting, design, effectiveness monitoring and adaptive management.
  • Collaborate with internal colleagues and external partners to implement complex conservation projects.
  • Secures funding from a variety of sources including private, federal and state to support Resilient Waters Program, conservation strategies and projects.
  • Financial responsibility includes working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BS, hydrology, freshwater ecology, fisheries or natural resources degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience designing, planning and implementing complex restoration projects.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience designing and conducting water resource monitoring and restoration evaluation.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • GIS Experience.

Additional Desired Qualifications

  • MS in hydrology, freshwater ecology, aquatic ecology, environmental engineering or related field.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Knowledge of freshwater conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Training in fluvial geomorphology.
  • Experience conducting hydraulic modeling.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, water resource management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


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.


To apply for this position, submit your cover letter and resume online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 14, 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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