Conservation Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy in Maine

Opening posted: 05/20/2021 | Expires: 06/20/2021

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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work to conserve  the lands and waters on 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. 

The Maine Chapter is The Nature Conservancy’s fourth oldest chapter, founded in 1956 by Rachel Carson and other leading Maine citizens concerned about the loss of wildlife habitat.  More than 8,000 families, foundations and corporations have helped the Maine Chapter play a role in protecting over 2,400,000 acres of Maine’s most important lands. The Conservancy owns and manages some 273,000 acres in Maine, including the largest system of nature preserves in the state.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. To learn more, visit www.nature.org/maine or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining The Nature Conservancy in Maine’s team! This position will play an essential role in the success of a team that is passionate, dedicated, and multi-faceted. We are looking for a capable individual who will be responsible for performing multiple business functions related to TNC in Maine’s mission including contract management, lease payments, and supporting the conservation and science team in planning and execution of our projects. 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Conservation Coordinator provides administrative, project management, communications, and other general assistance to conservation and science program staff working toward the achievement of program goals. This role gathers and manages conservation information, participates in conservation team planning, administers grants and contracts, maintains project records, and supports the land management team with administration processes. This may include collecting, assembling, and analyzing various types of data (in the field, if Coordinator is interested, and through document surveys), communicating with project managers and conservation partners, and managing camp and snowmobile leases, partnership agreements, and tax payments for our preserves around the state. May also include responding to landowner inquiries, producing maps using GIS software, and assisting in the production of reports. The Conservation Coordinator will lead the contracts management process for TNC in Maine.

RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE

  • Coordinates conservation team meetings and communications.
  • Administers outgoing grants to support conservation work and increase capacity of conservation partners.
  • Administers outgoing contracts to implement conservation projects and research development. Ensures adherence to relevant TNC SOPs and any pertinent federal and/or state requirements.
  • Tracks overall grant and contract implementation for TNC in Maine, including reporting and payments.
  • Administers our property tax, camp lease, and use licenses for TNC’s preserve lands in Maine.
  • Works with land management staff to complete annual legal compliance monitoring of Maine preserves and conservation easements.
  • Solicits support of intern(s) and/or volunteers as needed.
  • Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct work of office volunteers or interns.
  • Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • May assist with program budget preparation and monitoring.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances (optional, if interest and time allows).
  • Makes day-to-day decisions as delegated by the supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects.
  • Experience handling standard business communications.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources, and work independently.
  • Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability.
  • Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases, create reports and produce manual files.
  • Experience utilizing databases for data entry and report production.
  • Grant writing and budgeting experience appreciated.
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities.

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