Office Location:
Chicago, Illinois, USA



Remote based anywhere in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, or Wisconsin. Estimate travel 5%.

Who We Are:
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.”

What We Can Achieve Together:
The Conservation Program Coordinator is a proactive convener and collaborator with great attention to detail and timely communication skills.  They anticipate program gaps and opportunities and share those with colleagues, helping solve problems and nurturing an effective and ambitious team culture.  They will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of programs and teams by developing and implementing tactics for approved plans and completing and organizing multiple tasks and activities.  They will maintain, track, and report on key data related to the scope and priorities of the functional activity.  The Program Coordinator must quickly build advanced knowledge of the systems and resources used by TNC and the team to provide program support and coordinate communications.  They will organize multiple complex teams, setting realistic deadlines, and managing the timeline of the overall program.  They will provide guidance in satisfying requirements based on extensive knowledge of policies and procedures; and adapt processes and implement recommended practices to improve effectiveness.  The Program Coordinator will take on additional duties to enhance the work of the team, including, but not limited to, developing documentation; providing recommendations and targeted training related to the functional area of the team; and/or enhancing the systems and tools used by the team.  They will coordinate logistics for team meetings and/or special events.  They will create program materials and perform analysis and research related to program activities.  They will coordinate with stakeholders for program success and may serve as the lead liaison with partners or vendors.  The Program Coordinator will communicate with staff in various programs across the Conservancy, as well as with donors, volunteers, vendors, and business relations.


  • Act independently within broad program goals to prioritize tasks in the absence of specific instructions and exercise independent judgment to identify and solve problems.
  • Work within scope of program’s strategic goals.
  • May be responsible for the work of peers on departmental project teams.
  • Manage projects with several variables – set realistic deadlines, manage a timeline, and ensure accountability.
  • Provide input through project teams for the development and implementation of new initiatives or the improvement of existing programs.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Ensure compliance with Conservancy policies and procedures, and external (donor/legal/IRS) requirements; Decisions may bind the organization financially or legally.
  • Work is diversified and may support multiple strategies, programs, or projects.
  • Financial responsibility includes purchasing; processing invoices and transfers; negotiating and contracting with vendors; and participating in budget preparation.

We’re Looking for You:
The Midwest Division of The Nature Conservancy is looking for Program Coordinators to support the needs of various teams across the Division.  The ideal candidates should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and experience designing, organizing, and directing complex projects. Individuals that thrive in a team, all-hands-on deck environment, but are comfortable working independently and collaborating with remote colleagues will be most successful in this role.  If you are a highly organized, motivated, diplomatic problem solver with the ability to adapt easily to changing workflows, this is the place for you!  This is an exciting career opportunity for someone with the willingness to cultivate this position to meet the challenges of this growing team and make a difference for people and nature with the world’s leading conservation organization!

What You’ll Bring:
Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience; or equivalent combination.
  • Experience generating reports and analyzing and interpreting data.
  • Experience managing and implementing multiple projects.
  • Experience with business process analysis and/or improvement.
  • Experience with current technology in relevant field.
  • Experience working with cross-functional teams.

What We Bring:
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. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

Salary Information:
The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $60,000 – $73,000 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.

Apply Now:
To apply for job ID 55148, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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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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 with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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.

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.