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Providence, Rhode Island, USA

This position will be in-person (hybrid potential after 6 months) and be based at the RIDEM office in Providence.


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 Principal Accountant will work at and with RI Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) staff to oversee financial activities related to active grants and cooperative agreements with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and other partnering organizations and entities. This position will work in person (hybrid potential after 6 months) and be based at the RIDEM office in Providence.


We seek applications from equity-minded candidates who will thrive in an environment that is committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, and equal access to resources and opportunities.

Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC and RIDEM we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day.

The ideal candidate will be able to perform the following essential functions:

  • To be responsible for the planning, organization, and management of the expenditures of U.S. Fish and Wildlife grants and cooperative agreements
  • Work with the support and supervision of an experienced lead accountant with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgement
  • Plan, organize, assign, and review work of colleagues for accuracy and compliance
  • Be responsible for the management, organization and operation of a large, advanced, and complex governmental accounting system
  • Prepare various monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports and financial statements required by state and federal regulations
  • Consult and confer with state and federal officials on expenditures and proposed expenditures to ensure compliant with grant budgets


  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Accounting, Business Administration or related field and 3 years' related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience with GAAP and fund accounting principles, practices, and regulations.
  • Experience using automated accounting systems.


  • Experience with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grants and agreements
  • Knowledge of the practices and methods for operating an advanced accounting system
  • Ability to prepare and analyze financial statements
  • Experience performing technical accounting and auditing duties
  • Experience reviewing and ensuring compliance of grant financials for colleagues performing work on various grants
  • Knowledge of the maintenance of accounting records
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of grants accounting


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.


The Rhode Island Chapter is comprised of 30 employees who are committed to teamwork, cross-collaboration, professional development, a fun and inclusive office culture, and centering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice learning and practices. In addition to the minimum requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our mission and we encourage you to apply.


This is an 18-month termed position. This position is fully funded for 18 months via grant funding, and may be extended further upon the securing of additional funding. The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $58,500 - $65,500 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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.