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New Haven, Connecticut, USA


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 Public Funding Navigator supports The Nature Conservancy’s conservation goals by developing and implementing strategies to increase public funding streams for the Connecticut Chapter and its priorities, and serving as liaison and informational contact between The Nature Conservancy and country, sub-national, and local agencies, multilateral institutions/ agencies, business and/or private groups.

The Public Funding Navigator plans, implements and coordinates programs with internal and external partners, including municipal, state, or federal agencies, universities, and/or other NGOs working to secure public funding and implement projects and programs to further the Conservancy’s mission. Duties include developing, disseminating, and managing public funding proposals consistent with the organization’s priorities, SOPs, and best practices, reviewing proposal scope and objectives, and ensuring alignment with the chapter’s priorities and commitment to equitable conservation outcomes. They identify, help secure and connect funding to project staff and/or partners to advance implementation of conservation projects and programs that benefit priority outcomes. They build and facilitate internal networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations. They may influence the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives at the country, sub-national, and local levels. They develop and facilitate collaboratives and/or strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance the organization’s conservation agenda. Chapter public funding areas of focus include natural resources, nature-based solutions, urban work, climate mitigation and climate adaptation. The position will include natural resource policy and advocacy in balance with its role in public funding.

This is a 3- year term position, with the possibility to extend contingent on performance and available funding. This position is based out of the New Haven, CT office with a hybrid schedule.

Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC in Connecticut creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver to help navigate unprecedented public funding opportunities that mitigate impacts of climate change, increase the resilience of built and natural infrastructure, sustain biodiversity and more equitably address disproportionate environmental degradation and pollution impacts in our local communities. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience with legislative, planning, policy, or corporate initiatives at two or more of the following levels: international, country, sub-national, or local.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience working with partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.


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 52336, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on 11/28/22. 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.