Indiana Director of Forest Conservation

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The Nature Conservancy

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Nashville, IN, United States

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24 days ago


Nashville, Indiana, USA

Office location is flexible within Southern Indiana


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.

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.”


With a 60-year history, an energized and passionate staff, and 11,000 committed members, the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is a hub of innovation, using science and collaboration to drive conservation success that is relevant around the world. Our conservation work in Indiana contributes significantly to the Conservancy’s global initiatives. We have protected over 100,000 acres of prairies, wetlands, forests, and other natural areas across the state so that people and nature can thrive. The hardwood forests of Indiana are a significant asset; not only ecologically, but also as a contributor to the economic productivity of the state. The Nature Conservancy uses a range of methods to secure the long-term viability of Indiana’s forests. The Indiana Director of Forest Conservation is a leadership position that will influence how that is done and combine ecological knowledge, persuasive communication, and an understanding of business principles to advance forest conservation in Indiana. They will establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within forestry; define conservation priorities; lead and manage a dedicated team to support and improve forest conservation efforts; and build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field.

This is a full-time position with some flexibility to location within Southern Indiana. It includes a competitive benefits package and a compensation range that begins at $75,900 annually and is commensurate with experience.


The Indiana Director of Forest Conservation provides technical and program support to Conservancy field operations related to forest protection and management. They work strategically within forest conservation, land protection, forest carbon, and partnership management with government agencies including USFS, DNR DoF, as well as NGOs, and university researchers. The Director acts as the primary communicator to donors, trustees, members, and public regarding TNC’s view of forest conservation issues and interests. They will develop key partnerships with public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices; develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs; and engage community support for local conservation efforts. They act as the “Executive Director” of the Forest Bank, a financial incentive program for the conservation and management of private lands, providing oversight and guidance, but not day to day operations. They are responsible for the financial oversite of their program and will assist Development and Marketing staff as needed to support fundraising and outreach efforts.


  • Geographic size and scope is a large, complex business unit or program that requires cross-boundary work and relationships.
  • Supervises staff at remote locations.
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for program.
  • Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information, and context.
  • Negotiates complex agreements, in a political environment.
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
  • Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.
  • 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’ 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 performance.
  • Experience developing partnerships with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.
  • Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a Society of American Foresters accredited institution.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in forestry, wildlife management, or natural resources.
  • Knowledge of fire ecology and experience with prescribed fire management.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • 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.


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

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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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