Organisational Manager

Running organisations that conserve nature

What does an Organisational Manager do?

Behind most conservation projects, programmes and activities sits an organisation that provides the resources and systems to support conservation efforts. All organisations – particularly medium and larger ones – need administrative, business, human resources, operational and financial support and leadership.

If you want to help design successful organisations that create conservation impact, and you enjoy managing people, resources and systems, this could be the role for you. This is also an exciting area for career switchers, with huge potential to contribute skills that unlock organisational – and ultimately conservation – success.

Typical Conservation Organisational Manager duties

Early career Organisational Manager roles often include the following duties:

  • Organising, coordinating and/or supporting meetings and events.
  • Coordinating travel and accommodation.
  • Preparing and/or drafting communications, such as reports or presentations.
  • Managing email correspondence and scheduling calendar bookings.
  • Keeping records and managing data and information.
  • Supporting financial management and reporting processes.
  • Reviewing, developing, implementing and/or documenting administrative and business processes to improve effectiveness.
  • Communicating on behalf of staff and leadership teams, both internally and externally.
  • Supporting staff and executives in solving problems and improving workflow, for example via IT tools.

Mid to senior-level Organisational Manager roles often include the following duties:

  • Organisational leadership and communication.
  • Strategic planning.
  • Managing and/or advising operations, finance, fundraising, human resources and/or governance.
  • Managing risk and resilience.
  • Leading and empowering people.
  • Building and/or maintaining board and committee relations.
  • Representing the organisation with credibility and confidence.
  • Building relationships with partners and stakeholders.
  • Leading change and transformation.
Have you considered leadership? Many Organisational Manager roles provide the vision and leadership needed for conservation success.

Conservation Organisational Manager employer types

Types of conservation employers that hire Organisational Managers include:

Conservation Organisational Manager sub roles

Organisational Manager sub roles include:

  • Administration – organising the smooth running of an office or organisation.
  • Operations – managing the systems, people and resources of a business so it runs as efficiently as possible.
  • Business – overseeing all operations.
  • Human Resources (HR) – employing, training, compensating and supporting conservationists. 
  • Finance – planning financial activities and resources to ensure organisational success.
  • Information Technology (IT) – using technology to support the creation, storage and exchange of electronic data.
  • Leadership – leading an organisation and its overall operations.
  • Entrepreneurship – starting your own organisation.
Beth Thoren is the Deputy CEO of Client Earth.

Conservation Organisational Manager context

What contexts support your happiness at work? Typical Conservation Organisational Manager roles include the following contexts:

Conservation Organisational Manager salaries & key stats

Here’s how most Conservation Organisational Manager roles compare with other conservation roles. We’ve considered pay, popularity (how many applicants roles receive) and availability (how many jobs are available at a given time). Keep in mind that this is a general guide, and that pay, popularity and availability can vary with employer type, location and job level.
*Pay for senior-level Organisational Manager roles can reach a 5.
**Pay for veterinary sub roles can reach a 4.
To research salaries for general Organisational Manager roles in your region, we recommend searching the Economic Research Institute’s Compensation HubTo research salaries and availability for Conservation Organisational Managers in your region, we recommend searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

Conservation Organisational Manager requirements

Typical early-career Conservation Organisational Manager roles require the following:
Organisational Manager sub roles, mid-level roles and senior roles may have different requirements. Find specific Conservation Organisational Manager requirements by searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

Typical job titles for Conservation Organisational Managers

Examples of Early Career Organisational Manager job titles include: 

Examples of Mid and Senior Organisational Manager job titles include: 

Find more examples of Organisational Manager job titles by searching our Conservation Job Archive as a Conservation Careers Academy member.

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Conservation Organisational Manager resources

Podcast episodes

Dominic Jermey OBE worked as a senior British diplomat and British ambassador to Afghanistan before switching careers into wildlife conservation and becoming the director general of the Zoological Society of London. Listen here.

As Chief Executive Officer with Fauna & Flora International (FFI) for over 20 years, Mark Rose has been instrumental in transforming FFI from an organisation with a handful of active projects into a global conservation charity with over 100 projects in over 40 countries. Listen here.

Alasdair Harris is the CEO of Blue Ventures, an award-winning marine conservation organisation which rebuilds tropical fisheries with local communities. We discuss community-based conservation, and why some of the poorest communities in Africa are protecting their coastline as marine protected areas. Listen here

With over 1.2 million members, 2,000 staff and 13,500 volunteers, the RSPB is a Goliath in the conservation industry. Dr Mike Clarke, past Chief Executive of the RSPB, shares his careers advice for early career conservationists and career switchers. Listen here.

Patricia Zurita is the CEO of BirdLife International, the biggest conservation partnership on the planet. Patricia shares how she got from her childhood in Ecuador to be the only female leader of a big international conservation charity, plus what it’s like to a CEO and her advice for aspiring conservationists. Listen here.

Jade Brudenell is the Executive Director of the Conservation Collective, an organisation with a mission to increase the amount of funding available for the most effective front-line nature restoration initiatives. Listen here.

Dr Gemma Harper is the Chief Executive of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), a public body that provides a shared scientific nature conservation service for the UK. Listen here.

Lynn Mento is the CEO of Conservation Nation, a new organisation dedicated to protecting wildlife by providing funding and networking opportunities to conservationists from diverse backgrounds. Listen here.

What would have happened if we’d engaged young people in conservation much earlier? And how can we address diversity and inclusion issues? We discuss this and more with James Bartram, President of IUCN Canada. Listen here.

How do you conserve a species which is incredibly hard to see? A ghost species? That’s the challenge faced by Helen Turnbull, CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa. Listen here.

Beth Thoren is the Deputy CEO of Client Earth, and someone who’s spearheading a huge and exciting drive to create 20,000 jobs in nature through a new National Nature Service. Listen here.

Dr. Kerry Kriger is the Founder and Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, an organisation dedicated to saving threatened frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians across the world. Listen here.

Honor Wilson Fletcher MBE is the CEO of the British Exploring Society, an organisation that takes young people to extraordinary destinations, both in terms of the places they visit and also in their own lives. Listen here.

With over 800 species of birds in South Africa and over 100 of them threatened, where do you start with trying to conserve them? We discuss this and more with Mark Anderson, CEO of BirdLife South Africa. Listen here.

Nirmal Jivan Shah is the Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles and a well-known name in nature conservation, working at the forefront of the movement nationally and internationally. Listen here.

Example Conservation Organisational Manager jobs

To help illustrate Conservation Organisational Manager roles, here are six job descriptions that represent (real) entry level Organisational Manager jobs. Pay particular attention to the selection criteria (specifications) to learn more about what conservation employers are looking for when they hire Organisational Managers.

Support Officer | Department of Conservation | New Zealand (2022)

Toitū te marae a Tāne-Mahuta, toitū te marae a Tangaroa, toitū te tangata
If the land is well and the sea is well, the people will thrive

  • Are you an administration expert with an attention to detail?
  • Are you well organised, proactive and want to progress your career in a high performing region?
  • Permanent full-time role based in either Invercargill or Dunedin.

Te Papa Atawhai, Department of Conservation (DOC) serves to protect and sustain nature across Aotearoa. As an honourable Treaty partner, we are working to ensure our kaupapa, Papatūānuku thrives, leaves a footprint that strengthens the future for our mokopuna, whānau, hapū and iwi. We put nature and people at the heart of our mahi, guided by te reo Māori, te ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We do this by:

  • protecting land, species, ecosystems, and cultural heritage for conservation purposes
  • managing threats and adverse impacts
  • being a voice for conservation
  • connecting people to nature.

About The Role

We have an exciting permanent opportunity for a diligent and proactive Support Officer to join our team to provide high quality assistance to the Southern South Island Operations Managers. The Support Officer role is diverse, giving you the opportunity to experience first-hand the day-to-day activities of the operations teams are and get a feel for what conservation in the Southern South Island looks like!You will be responsible for supporting three Operations Managers with day-to-day activities. You will have an interest in the mahi that DOC does and proactively follow up where actions / inactions impact the Operations Managers ability to meet their duties. You will need to be a smart, tech-savvy operator with strong prioritisation, warm communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people to ensure the Operations Managers are successful in their roles.

Key responsibilities include:

  • providing administrative support including diary and email management, planning and event management
  • arranging travel and accommodation
  • preparing documentation including presentations, task assignments, reports, and briefings
  • establishing and managing relationships with key stakeholders externally and within DOC.

The salary range for this position is $53,776 to $68,714 with the starting salary of the successful applicant being based on their relevant skills and experience.

Skills And Experience

With your diligent and proactive nature and strong sense of initiative you will have the ability to become a partner working alongside your Operations’ Manager to support the smooth running of their office. You will have a vibrant personality that enjoys engaging with people and be able to do this in a remote working environment. It goes without saying that you have the agility to grasp new systems, work with existing processes and suggest and improve workflows when required.

If you have some of the below experiences, we’d love to see your application:

  • comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Suite applications, particularly Word, Excel, MS Teams, and Outlook
  • high level organisation skills, the ability to deliver on time and solve problems as they arise
  • ability to exercise discretion in dealing with confidential/sensitive matters
  • experience in diary and email management, travel, and event coordination
  • be a clear communicator and can engage both internal and external staff across the motu
  • ability to work in a team and be dependant to work alone
  • attention for detail / proofreading skills with strong and accurate written communication.

What’s in it for you?

Te Papa Atawhai is committed to fostering a diverse workforce that represents the communities we serve, creating an inclusive workplace culture, supporting the relationship between Māori and the Crown, and lifting our cultural capability. Our commitment to well-being and professional development includes:

  • flexible working options where applicable
  • DOC perks: free accommodation in our backcountry huts and campsites, visitor centres product discounts, outdoor apparel, and gear discounts.
  • opportunity to develop and grow your skills within the group and wider organisation
  • te Pukenga Atawhai – Cultural Capability Development Programme
  • active employee networks including Te Kāwai Aho Tapu – Māori Kaimahi Network, Rainbow Network.


Office Assistant | San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance | San Diego, California, USA

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.


The Office Assistant supports the Executive Office, which is charged with overseeing the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and a wealth of cutting edge and innovative wildlife conservation initiatives.  This is an exciting role in that you will be exposed to the leaders of the organization regularly, offering them support, building relationships, and learning how our exciting and complex organization pursues its mission.  The role will perform expected administrative and clerical duties, and benefit from learning key career skills, as you will be mentored regularly. This position reports to the Senior Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer.


  • Provide support to the Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO, as well as the CEO and COO directly as needed.
  • Help coordinate and maintain all appointments.
  • Serve as the greeter for the Executive Office and headquarters, all while maintaining utmost discretion and confidentiality in daily interactions.
  • Assist with planning coordination of travel for Executive Office, including: building itineraries; coordinating schedules; and booking tickets, hotels and rental cars.
  • Operate, support and train others on conference room A/V equipment and helps set up meetings when needed.
  • Assist in the development of presentations and materials for Executive-level meetings. (Mac Keynote and Microsoft PowerPoint Skills a benefit, but not required)
  • Assist in tracking, packing and managing all shipments to and from the Executive Office.
  • Prepare expense reports for Executive Office staff.
  • Other duties as assigned, including supporting other Executives as needed.


San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is seeking an individual who is inspired to be a part of an organization that is committed to protecting wildlife around the globe. Candidates who have experience with arranging business travel highly desired. 

    • At least two years’ experience in a high functioning office environment.
    • Strong customer and guest services skills preferred.
    • Experience with event planning and management preferred.
    • High School Diploma Required
    • Some College Preferred
    • Demonstrated ability to operate a wide variety of high-tech office equipment.
    • Addresses and completes tasks with a close attention to detail, while carefully controlling for errors.
    • Must demonstrate basic mathematical skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in the English language.
    • Bi-lingual in Spanish language is preferred, but not required.
    • Demonstrated ability to handle a variety of interpersonal situations with a high level of tact and diplomacy.
    • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs.


Administrative Assistant | Field Projects International | California, USA (2022)

Field Projects International (FPI) is a 501c(3) nonprofit corporation based in California dedicated to the study and conservation of tropical ecosystems through hands-on training in field research and innovation in conservation technology and provides educational opportunities at international locations. FPI’s primary research efforts are concentrated in the Neotropics, with scientific and conservation training workshops that take place at multiple international field sites including North America, Central America, South America, and Southeast Asia. FPI is the coordinator of the In Situ Laboratory initiative that aims to empower local scientists and community leaders in habitat countries with modern wildlife population monitoring and pathogen surveillance tools.

Administrative Assistant

FPI currently seeks to fill a part-time Administrative Assistant position (20 – 30 hrs per week). The ideal candidate for this position will have several years experience, or equivalent training, in administrative work. A background in the fields of biology, education, research, or conservation is a plus.

Job functions will include, but are not limited to:

  • Email correspondence
  • Scheduling and organizing meetings
  • Travel coordination
  • Workshop coordination
  • Purchase and order tracking
  • Supporting organizational accounting and grant reporting
  • Summarizing scientific information and generating written content.

Working hours will be flexible, but must generally adhere to US Pacific Standard Time. Work will be conducted remotely, however strong preference will be given to candidates based in Southern California. Candidates should have an appropriate home office, or other space that they can reliably access, with their own computer and adequate internet coverage.

Aside from experience with the job functions listed above, FPI has a preference for candidates that possess the following:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Professional organization and productivity skills (especially with experience using platforms such as Asana, Slack, Google Suite, Quip, etc.)
  • Familiarity with accounting software
  • An interest in FPI’s mission
  • Willingness to learn
  • Consistent punctuality and a goal-oriented outlook.

FPI is led by a small but dedicated team that is willing to put in hard work as the situation demands it to achieve our scientific, conservation, and educational aims. How do we more effectively survey forests and wildlife in areas with increasing anthropogenic disturbance? How do we better equip and engage local stakeholders to combat forest loss, habitat degradation, and monitor for threatened species? How do we get international communities to notice and care about habitat loss that is a world away? The person who joins our team will gain a great deal of experience on these topics, while also providing vital support to the organization.

Qualified applicants should complete our online application form, which asks for PDFs of your resumecover letter, and one writing sample. You will also be asked for two professional references.

Competitive compensation will be hourly and commensurate with experience level. Please note, this is a part-time position that does not offer employee benefits.


Administrative Specialist | City of Austin | Austin, Texas, USA (2022)

The Administrative Specialist provides administrative support for the Wildland Conservation Division and Environmental Resource Office of the Environmental, Planning, and Development Services Program Area of Austin Water. Key work responsibilities include: administrative and workflow support; timekeeping; purchasing support; records liaison duties for the Division; and communication with the public and suppliers regarding business needs. This position will be officed at Reicher Ranch, a 900-acre wildland preserve located off of RR 620 South in Austin near the cities of Bee Cave and Lakeway.
Working with Austin Water provides a number of benefits including medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! 

Preferred Experience:

  • Strong communication, organizational, and prioritization skills
  • Ability to work independently to support multiple programs and managers in a fast-paced setting
  • Experience with purchasing/accounts payable processes, including use of automated software, such as the City of Austin’s invoicing software
  • Experience with timesheet-entry duties and automated software, such as the the City of Austin’s Banner system
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software: Outlook, Word, and Excel
  • Experience networking and developing positive work relationships within and across departments, outside organizations, and the public
  • An interest in environmental conservation and management and ability to work around wildlife
  • Ability to travel to other offsite work locations, such as the downtown AW headquarters

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.
  • Provides administrative support on highly technical and/or specialized projects.
  • Facilitates the handling of time sensitive request such as ORR’s (Open Records Request), CAF’s (Citizen Action Forms), RCA’s (Request for Council Action) as well as other confidential documents.
  • Verifies accuracy and completeness of critical documents such as PIO (Public Information Office) requests, records, correspondence, regulations, etc.
  • Opens, sorts, reads, prioritizes and routes incoming mail, including faxes and emails.
  • Prepares memos, letters and other correspondence using computer, spreadsheets, databases, or presentation software.
  • Using independent judgment performs data analysis, problem solving and recommends policy and administrative improvements.
  • Conducts research, compiles data, and prepares documents for consideration and presentation.
  • Files and retrieves documents, records and reports.
  • Attends meetings, records minutes and distributes meeting notes.
  • Maintains calendar, schedules meetings, conferences and events, plans travel itineraries and makes travel arrangements.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, training and guidance to others

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.
  • Knowledge of applicable processes, techniques, and methods.
  • Knowledge of City practice, policy and procedures.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Skill in planning and organizing.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to manage conflicts and concerns.
  • Ability to understand and communicate technical information.
  • Ability to exercise discretion in confidential matters.
  • Ability to recognize and recommend process improvement.
  • Ability to lead and train others.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city employees and the public.

One-Year Recruiting Assistant | Earthjustice | San Francisco, California, USA (2022)

Earthjustice’s Recruitment Team is seeking a Recruiting Assistant to provide administrative support to our 7 team members. This role will be integral in helping us achieve our team goals to provide excellent service to both our internal and external stakeholders, hire the best advocates for our planet, continue improving our processes, and strengthen our partnerships. The Recruiting Assistant will work under the direction of the Program Manager, Recruiting Operations to post our opportunities on various job boards, provide reports on our hiring numbers, field questions sent to our general inbox, edit guidelines to be shared org-wide, and more.

This is a 12-month, full-time (37.5 hours/week) role with an anticipated start date in either mid-December 2022 or early-January 2023. The successful candidate may work remotely or a hybrid in-person/remote schedule in one of our regional offices that has the space. Preference will be given to those who can work Central or Mountain Time.


General Operations (35%)

  • Create various standing and by-request reports for our hiring process and of our hiring numbers, including monthly Executive Leadership Team reports and weekly Senior Attorney reports.
  • Source jobs and post open positions on various job boards per sourcing menus developed by the recruiters.
  • Maintain records within the Recruitment Team’s SharePoint folder, including final job descriptions, notes from reference checks, new sourcing sites, interview questions, etc.
  • Assist in registering the Recruitment Team for various career fairs and events.
  • Assist in forwarding invoices to the HR Associate to process payments.
  • With the Recruiting Associate, field the Recruitment Team’s general email inbox.
  • Serve as meeting manager for the Recruiting Team, including managing agenda items, meeting minutes, calendaring and communicating action items for the team.
  • Edit and proof various documents, including job descriptions/postings, guidelines, handbooks, etc.
  • Assist HR Associate with running candidate background checks.
  • Assist HR Associate with drafting conditional and final offer letters for all hires.
  • Help coordinate and ship annual recruiting swag orders for recruiters nationwide.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Student Hiring Support (30%)

  • Draft surveys and questionnaires
  • Support data analysis.
  • With Recruiters, develop and maintain collected information, which may pertain to length of student employment, institutional representation, and application data.
  • Support the creation of student hiring reporting structures, including creating, editing, and reviewing reports.
  • Communicate throughout the hiring process with students, including interview scheduling, conflicts and reference checks, and sending general rejection notifications.
  • Draft and update templates, such as offer letter templates and Jobvite system messages.

Temporary Hiring Support (25%)

  • Send the Conflicts Team finalists’ information.
  • Send onboarding information to temporary hires’ supervisors.
  • Send monthly report of current temporary hires to IT and Finance.
  • Confirm temporary hires were fully offboarded.
  • Collect and maintain records in Recruit Team’s SharePoint, including confirmation of temporary hire’s background check clearance and completion of required trainings.

Professional Development (10%)

  • Participate in conferences, trainings, webinars, working groups, and affinity groups to gain a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion; learn new skills; and increase your professional network.


  • Passion for Earthjustice and our mission.
  • 0-2+ years of providing administrative support experience.
  • Willingness to quickly develop fluency in various software and platforms, including Microsoft Office Suite/365 – in particular, Teams, Outlook, Word, Excel, and SharePoint – ADP, Zoom, DocuSign, Jobvite, Honeit,, and more.
  • Analytical; solid experience with Excel and other reporting systems is preferred.
  • Highly reliable and able to meet deadlines.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written) and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask with a strong attention to detail.
  • Dedication to maintaining confidentiality with discretion and professionalism.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Experience working or volunteering with a non-profit organization is a plus.

Science Administrative Assistant | The Nature Conservancy | Arlington, Virginia, USA (2022)

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 are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC.

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’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.”

The Role

The Science Administrative Assistant will be responsible for a variety of administrative support tasks, which include domestic and international travel arrangements, calendar management, drafting correspondence, action item tracking and follow-up, processing expenses, and scheduling and coordinating logistics of meetings, workshops, trainings, and other special events. They will use available systems and resources to maintain, track and research project management data, and produce and review progress reports for their supervisor and the Global NCS Science team. They will provide guidance in satisfying administrative requirements based on extensive knowledge of policies and procedures. They will provide targeted training-related to needs of the Deputy Director, Director, and other members of the Global NCS Science team. They will implement processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness.

The Science Administrative Assistant may coordinate activities with multiple variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timelines. They will communicate on behalf of their supervisor and/or key members of the Global NCS Science team with staff in various programs across the Conservancy, as well as with donors, vendors, and business relations. They will effectively communicate or distribute information to assist staff in making decisions, solving problems, and improving workflow. They will perform administrative functions to support the Global NCS Science team and other global/regional programs, as required.

This is a one-year funded position with the possibility for extension based on deliverables and funding.

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. We’re looking for someone with strong experience in being a partofa diverse, multi-disciplinary team.

The ideal candidate should have exceptional communication and collaboration skills and experience providing administrative support to a director or team. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by directing and shaping the work of our team!

The preferred location for this position is our Arlington, VA office and negotiable for locations where TNC is an established NGO with a preference for locations that can work within US Eastern and Central time zones. This position is not eligible for relocation or immigration assistance.

What You’ll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ experience or equivalent combination
  • Experience in business writing, editing, and proofreading
  • Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines
  • Experience generating reports and interpreting data
  • Experience working across teams and communicating with a wide range of people

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated
  • Strong organization skills, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Ability to analyze information for the purpose of coordinating and planning activities, and solving problems
  • Ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results
  • Experience with Outlook, Zoom, Smartsheet, and/or other project & work management platforms
  • Experience interpreting guidelines to achieve desired results
  • Experience working with external partners, vendors, donors, volunteers, thepublic, and/or all levels of staff

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 competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. 

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

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  1. Conservation Communicator | Raising the profile of conservation. Any job focussed on communications and/or marketing, including photography and filmmaking.
  2. Ecologist | Ensuring ecologically-sensitive development. Any job focused on undertaking surveys or research to provide advice to clients (usually wishing to undertake developments).
  3. Economist | Putting a value on nature. Any job focussed on valuing nature economically.
  4. Educator | Increasing awareness and support for nature. Any job focused on environmental education for children or adults, including events and visitor engagement.
  5. Fundraiser | Raising money for nature. Any job focused on raising money.
  6. Land Manager | Protecting key sites for nature. Any job focussed on the practical conservation of sites (both habitat and visitors), including wardens and rangers.
  7. Organisational Manager | Running organisations that conserve nature. Any job focussed on managing an organisation.
  8. Policy Advocate | Saving wildlife through law. Any job focussed on policy and/or advocacy.
  9. Project Manager | Saving the world one project at a time. Any job focused on project or programme management (i.e. management of a themed area of work).
  10. Scientist | Answering the key questions to tackle biodiversity loss. Any job focussed on science and research (field and/or desk-based), including GIS and mapping and data analysis.
  11. Wildlife Carer | Caring for wildlife. Any Job focused on caring for animals, often in captivity such as Zoos, Veterinary Clinics or Shelters.

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