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Who We Are:
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube  or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

What We Can Achieve Together:
The Conservation Program Associate works in a program office and provides administrative, project management, research and other general assistance to program staff working toward the achievement of conservation outcomes in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

The Conservation Program Associate will work towards meeting the strategic priorities of the program by implementing tactics for approved conservation plans and completing day-to-day tasks and activities. They will collect, maintain, track and research various types of conservation data, produce and review reports and perform analysis. They will manage the chapter’s public funding pipeline and act as liaison to the External Affairs Business Advancement Team. They will assist with development of Highly Effective Team project management deliverables, planning and executing project meetings and maintaining a document management system for team documents. They will support program staff in the execution of project plans, communicate or distribute information to assist staff in making decisions, solving problems and improving workflow.

They may perform administrative tasks including processing funding proposals, preparing contracts, processing invoices, monitoring and preparing budgets, providing administrative support to program directors including calendar management, travel arrangements, partner management and expense reporting. They may be responsible for planning and execution of logistics for special events and/or meetings. They will respond to inquiries about program activities, create program materials, and draft correspondence. They will be well versed in the systems and resources utilized by the team to execute assigned tasks including the Microsoft Office Suite (including Microsoft Access), Microsoft Teams, Smartsheet, Blackbaud CRM, Power BI, TNC HUB, or similar tools. They will provide guidance to project teams in satisfying administrative requirements based on knowledge of policies and procedures. The Associate will communicate with staff of all levels, as well as with donors, volunteers, vendors, and business partners. They may implement processes and practices to improve effectiveness.  The Conservation Program Associate will be an integral part of the Government Relations, Climate and Policy Team, and will report to the Manager of Conservation Programs.


We’re Looking for You:
Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of Work that You Can Believe in where you can feel like you are making a difference every day. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!

What You’ll Bring:
·       Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related experience or equivalent combination.

·       Experience, coursework or other training in biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field;

·       Experience coordinating multiple projects;

·       Experience generating reports and interpreting data;

·       Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading;

·       Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines;

·       Experience working across teams and communicating with a wide range of people


·       Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.

·       Ability to analyze information for the purpose of coordinating and planning activities and solving problems.

·       Ability to manage and prioritize tasks coming from multiple sources and meet deadlines.

·       Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results.

·       Excellent customer service skills and focus.

·       Knowledge of current trends in specific field.

·       Strong organization skills, accuracy, and attention to detail.

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!

Auto Safety Policy:
This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program.

Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

Salary Information:
The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $56,000 – $59,700 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 55327, 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.