Stewardship Water Associate

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The Nature Conservancy

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Sacramento, CA, United States

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14 days ago


Sacramento, California, USA.

Sacramento preferred, however candidates throughout California will be considered. This position may be based out of either a home or TNC office.




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 Stewardship Water Associate provides support for the management of the Conservancy’s water rights state-wide, including the use of devices for monitoring diversions, flows and temperature; compliance with State and local reporting requirements for diversion of surface water and use of groundwater; relationships with entities using Conservancy water; and oversight of efficiency projects. This position will ensure accurate data collection and management, compliance with all regulatory requirements, and alignment of water management with established and future programmatic water strategies. This is a property management position within the Stewardship department, focused on the use and management of Conservancy owned property interests, and may also support ecological monitoring of water on Conservancy and third-party properties. The Stewardship Water Associate will travel up to 40% of the time to Conservancy land throughout California.


We are looking for a highly motivated, capable individual interested in joining the world’s leading conservation organization. Specific responsibilities to include:

  • Managing all data arising from or related to the Conservancy’s water rights state-wide.
  • Ensuring program compliance with internal policies and external requirements, including compliance with all Water Board surface diversion reporting requirements, and groundwater use reporting requirements under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.
  • Performing tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Supervising technical and administrative staff.
  • Overseeing the development of best practices for the use of technological tools to measure water use and comply with State requirements for measurement and collection of data related to water use.
  • Working with external partners to ensure in-stream dedications and transfers of water are properly managed, documented and secured.
  • Supporting the implementation of best practices across the Conservancy’s CA estate for the sustainable, and efficient use of its water rights, both for ecological and agricultural purposes.
  • Collaborating with matrixed teams to use the Conservancy’s water rights for proof of concept and as a platform for advancing Water Program strategic goals.
  • Facilitating water related research across the estate.
  • Overseeing the day-to-day management of water, and associated contracts.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years of experience in natural resource management or related field (or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Experience working under minimum supervision, Experience making independent decision based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • Experience working with GIS, data management and technological tools used for remote monitoring.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners (e.g., government officials, scientists, landowners).
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timelines.
  • Experience with communication skills via written, spoken, and graphical means in English.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • A valid driver's license

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and cross-cultural experience and skills
  • 3-5 years of experience in water resource management
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities
  • Familiarity with principles of water acquisition and water rights
  • Knowledge of ecological land and water management principles
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation


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 52126, please submit your resume with a cover letter online by using the Apply Now button at by 8:59 PM PT on October 2, 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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