Protection Strategy Specialist

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The Nature Conservancy

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Ventura, CA, United States

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16 days ago


Ventura, California, USA

Location negotiable within California with a preference for Ventura/Santa Barbara or Sacramento areas.



The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative 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; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, bipartisan approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world.

The California Chapter is TNC’s largest state program, with approximately 230 employees working to achieve our conservation mission, from financial analysts to on-the-ground ecologists. We are currently engaged in more than two dozen large-scale conservation projects statewide—projects that are designed to develop and test ideas to increase the pace, scale, and effectiveness of conservation. Over the past six decades, we have protected 1.4 million acres, 5,000 miles of streams, and 3.8 million acres of ocean habitat in California and off the coast.

The California Chapter believes that we are most effective when we are embedded in our state’s communities, politics, media, and environmental issues. For this reason, and to reduce our carbon footprint when meeting in person, all staff live in California, including those in a home office.


The Protection Strategy Specialist coordinates and implements a comprehensive program to protect natural areas and habitat for rare and endangered plants, animals and natural communities while recognizing needs and past uses by indigenous peoples using the full range of protection tools, including gift, conservation easement, purchase, lease, conservation brokerage and cooperative projects with federal, state, and local government, conservation organizations and other partners as appropriate.The Protection Strategy Specialist provides technical and program support for the Protection Strategy by managing priority projects and serving as a technical resource to support land transactions. This includessupporting and/or leading land deals by working with deal leads to establish project needs and timelines, leading due diligence contracts, compiling appropriate documentation, and helping ensure that deals follow TNC SOP and guidelines. They manage the property database and associated files to maintain accurate deal records. This position will handle deal opportunities that come into TNC and forward them to the appropriate strategy for consideration.


Are you looking for a career to help protect natural areas and habitat for rare and endangered plants, animals and natural communities? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people andnature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver. Come join TNC and apply today!


  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience.
  • Experience in managing multiple projects and timelines.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Experience working with computers, including database management.


  • 3 to 5 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, fundraising or other related experience.
  • Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in working with and in partnerships (partners, community, government).
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.


Each person who works at TNC contributes to our goal of protecting nature for future generations. Another one of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe 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. We consider life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “You’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.” To learn more, head to YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

We’re proud to support the health and wellbeing of the people we employ. We offer a competitive, comprehensive benefits package that includes healthcare coverage, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other benefits that support work-life balance. Learn more on our culture webpage.

If you’re interested in working with us, please apply—we’d love to hear from you.


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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 with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. The Nature Conservancy is also a “big tent” organization. We believe that all people benefit from conservation and that the cause should be inclusive of everyone regardless of their political persuasion. We work hard to make conservation a non-partisan issue through partnerships with stakeholders, elected officials, and industries that span the political spectrum.