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Resilient Communities Project Manager


California, USA

Location is negotiable within California. 


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 [1], which include a commitment to diversity [2]; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, nonpartisan 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 and one of the largest, most dynamic conservation organizations in the country. With approximately 275 employees, from financial analysts and fundraisers to ecologists and economists, we are currently invested in 14 strategies to address the biggest challenges facing California and the world, including numerous community-based projects designed 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.

Finally, we are passionate about the middle ground in American politics and life. The hallmark of The Nature Conservancy is its “big tent” approach, engaging people across the political and ideological spectrum to find solutions that last. We ask all employees to embrace this critical strategic position of our organization.


The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is searching for a Project Manager to lead exciting and challenging projects as part of the Resilient Communities Strategy within TNC California’s Climate Program [3].  With a focus on wildlife crossings and sprawl, the Resilient Communities Strategy team works throughout California to protect important habitats, restore connectivity, and to reduce climate risks to both human and ecological communities.

The Strategy team is looking for a Project Manager to advance TNC’s wildlife crossing demonstration projects in multiple locations. This work involves coordinating with multiple partners and government agencies, as well as across the Resilient Communities multidisciplinary and matrixed strategy team. For example, they will work closely with infrastructure and natural resource agencies as well as other partners and collaborators (internal and external) to ensure that crossings get built and to aid in the development of policies, legislation or other mechanisms to support strategy goals.

In addition, the Project Manager will provide support to the strategy team in working to 1) incentivize incorporating nature into regional planning efforts and improving mitigation and other investments, and 2) leverage creative environmental permitting strategies to advance habitat connectivity, curb sprawl and achieve TNC conservation goals within California.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We work with partners, stakeholders, and communities to connect and reconnect habitats in the face of climate change and to increase the resilience of our natural infrastructure so that it sustains biodiversity.

The ideal candidate is an adept project manager, a passionate, motivated problem-solver, skilled in partnerships and relationship building, a strong communicator and collaborator. The project manager is a good listener, values all voices, enjoys working with a team of collaborators, as well as producing high quality individual work. The ideal candidate cares about conservation and addressing the climate and biodiversity crises, and advancing the role of nature in creating healthy, equitable and resilient solutions.  Any knowledge of wildlife crossings, transportation infrastructure, environmental permitting, environmental laws (including CEQA) or mitigation is valuable.  Experience or interest in working with diverse communities, stakeholders, equity groups and tribes to craft solutions that are sensitive to the needs and values of each individual and group is also valuable.


  • BA/BS degree and at least 5 years of experience in conservation practice or related field such as wildlife crossing implementation, environmental design and permitting, transportation engineering, environmental law, land use planning, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
  • Experience negotiating solutions, facilitating dialogues, managing expectations, and connecting with a diverse set of partners and sectors.

Do you have military experience? Visit our U.S. Military Skills Translator [4] to match your military experience with our current job openings!

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 applyhelp@tnc.org [5] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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

  1. https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/our-mission-vision-and-values/
  2. https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/diversity-and-inclusion/
  3. https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/where-we-work/united-states/california/stories-in-california/climate-solutions/
  4. https://www.military.com/mst/nature-conservancy/mos-translator
  5. mailto:applyhelp@tnc.org

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