Strategy Director, Protection and Stewardship

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The Nature Conservancy

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Reno, NV, United States

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13 days ago


Reno, Nevada USA

or Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Location flexible within Nevada



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 working in more than 75 countries and territories. 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.

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The Strategy Director for Protection and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy's Nevada chapter oversees all aspects of ongoing and new land and water protection efforts, as well as stewardship of a network of preserves and conservation easements around the state. The Strategy Director oversees a team of project managers and preserve stewards and ensures our conservation lands are managed to support the Chapter's conservation goals.


The Strategy Director for Protection and Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy’s Nevada Chapter applies the best available science, combining biodiversity and climate-related data, to inform the Chapter’s strategy and agenda for the protection of lands and waters in Nevada. The Strategy Director reports to the Conservation Director and engages with their colleagues to ensure protection efforts advance the Chapter’s conservation agenda and support the Chapter’s broader initiatives (Resilient Lands, Resilient Waters, and Climate Action). To that end, the Strategy Director works to build public and private support for our protection agenda by demonstrating how our agenda and priorities align with stakeholder interests (e.g., sustainable ecosystem services to support communities, alignment with 30X30 goals) and works with the Director of External Affairs to develop public policy and funding sources to support the agenda and priorities, while working with the Director of Development to develop private funding sources. In directly pursuing protection opportunities, it will be necessary for the Strategy Director to engage with landowners, local communities, and agency partners and to negotiate, sometimes complex, deals with landowners for fee title acquisition or conservation easement acquisitions or donations.

The Strategy Director manages the Chapter’s preserves and conservation easements to demonstrate conservation solutions to environmental and social problems that can deliver meaningful outcomes for nature and that can be exported to other private and public lands and scaled to have greater conservation outcomes than possible through TNC’s acquisition and stewardship actions alone. The Strategy Director leads and manages the Chapter’s stewardship team, which is responsible for project development and implementation on the Chapter’s land interests, as well as day-to-day management activities on the preserves. It is also important for the Strategy Director to work toward optimizing our capacity for managing and monitoring our dispersed land interests through measures like best management practices and applied technology.


  • Leads and manages the Nevada Chapter’s Protection and Stewardship Strategies and Stewardship Team to produce tangible, lasting conservation results.
  • Recruits, manages, and develops a talented, diverse, and high-performing team of conservation professionals and supervises staff at remote locations.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with leaders of other functions in the Chapter, such as Conservation Science, External Affairs, Marketing and Development, and with initiatives of the broader organization, to ensure Chapter and organizational-level alignment on priorities and efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information, and context.
  • Negotiates land and water transactions (fee title and conservation easements) and complex agreements, sometimes in a political environment.
  • Manages financial, legal, and reputational risks to the organization.
  • Collaborates to raise funds to support TNC priorities, including assisting in the management of donor and agency relationships and in the development of fundraising proposals.
  • May travel frequently domestically and work some 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 in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 7-10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 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.


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.


This position is a salaried position with an annual beginning salary of $90,000.oo to $ 96,000 depending on experience.


To apply for job ID 51499, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on June 10, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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