Resilient Waters Program Manager

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, 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 Resilient Waters Program Manager develops and implements a freshwater conservation program in Oklahoma, with emphasis in five priority watersheds: the Blue River, Glover River, Illinois River, Kiamichi River, and Spring Creek, and priority wetland restoration areas. In collaboration with partners, the Resilient Waters Program Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Oklahoma Business Unit by planning and managing on the ground conservation projects to conserve and restore water resources. Their work includes close collaborations with public agencies, tribal partners, non-profit organizations, and private landowners to achieve Oklahoma’s freshwater conservation goals.

The Resilient Waters Program Manager will:

  • Position The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma as a leading resource for freshwater conservation and water issues.
  • Identify and implement conservation and restoration projects to improve water quality and quantity in priority watersheds.
  • Develop projects related to water quantity and quality, such as, fish passage, floodplain enhancement, scientific review, wetland and streambank restoration, easements, and other nature-based solutions.
  • Work with state, federal, tribal and local government entities and partners to develop innovative solutions that conserve water resources and protect natural communities.


If you are ready to leave your mark for generations to come and conserve Oklahoma’s waters, we are looking for you.

From grasslands to forests, rivers to mesas, we envision an Oklahoma where our rich natural heritage is valued and protected, and people are inspired to conserve nature for future generations. If you envision nature the same way we do, we’d love to have you join our team!



  • BA/BS and 5 years’ experience in water resource conservation or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex and/or multiple projects on time and on budget.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups, landowners, tribal nations, and/or government agencies and municipalities.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Must occasionally serve on the Oklahoma business unit’s fire crew and requires the ability to meet and maintain Prescribed Fire Crew Member (RXCM) annual physical fitness requirements of the moderate level (25-pound pack test result of 2 miles in 30 minutes or less). See TNC’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements:


  • MS degree preferred.
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing water resource conservation and strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated results in developing and implementing creative, collaborative strategies to address complex conservation challenges.
  • Self-motivated worker capable of being productive when working independently.
  • Experience conveying compelling messages to diverse constituencies through verbal and written communications related to grant writing, donor cultivation, presentations, etc.
  • Knowledge of freshwater conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

We recognize that women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, people with disabilities and other equity-deserving groups are less likely to apply if they do not match most of the qualifications. The Nature Conservancy finds strength in diversity of backgrounds, lived experiences, knowledge, and identities. We strongly encourage those interested who bring new perspective to apply.


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 starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $60,000 - $68,500 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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Our recruiting process is a rolling interview process to ensure we engage applicants in a timely manner. This means we review applications in the order in which they are received. Once a strong candidate pool is identified, the role will be unposted. The timeline may vary depending on the expressed interest in the role, so we highly encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible.

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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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.