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 Northern Great Plains (NGP) Director leads a high-functioning team delivering an integrated set of conservation solutions to the NGP program area. They employ a variety of strategies in a community-centered private land protection program, engage in public-private partnerships to deliver stewardship outcomes that benefit people and nature, and supervise a long-term grassbank operation on the Matador Ranch Preserve. They serve as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, and the academic community. They establish the Conservancy as a major conservation partner and define conservation priorities in the area of responsibility. They lead and manage a team which supports and improves conservation efforts, and build strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. They develop key partnerships with public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs, and engage local community support for local conservation efforts. They develop, negotiate, and implement complex and innovative conservation solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities.

Responsibilities & Scope:
• Geographic size and scope is primarily the Montana Chapter’s NGP program area, and includes cooperation with teams across Montana and neighboring states that requires cross-boundary work and relationships.
• Preferred location is Malta or Glasgow, Montana. Lewistown, Montana will be considered.
• Supervises staff at remote locations.
• Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
• Writes proposals for grant/contract funding for program.
• Frequently makes independent strategic decisions based on analysis, ambiguous information, and context.
• Negotiates complex agreements in a political environment.
• May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
• Frequent travel domestically and/or in remote settings, evenings, and weekend hours.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.

We’re Looking for You:
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.

Through the efforts of The Nature Conservancy, more than a million acres in Montana have been preserved for people and nature. From the mountains to the grasslands, the Montana Chapter is dedicated to conserving the natural resources that make Montana unique. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver. Join us!

To apply for job ID 54962, submit your materials online by April 28, 2024 at 11:59pm EST using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

What You’ll Bring:
• BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience with current trends and practices in grassland ecology and conservation.
• Experience working with rural communities and diverse partners.
• Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation
• Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including managing finances and coordinating the work of other professionals and partners.
• Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
• Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.
• Experience negotiating.

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!

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

Salary Information:
The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $86,500 – $89,000 depending on experience 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. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

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 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, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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.

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About The Nature Conservancy

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.