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23 Sep 2020

Full-Time Human Resources Specialist

The Nature Conservancy – Posted by JPower Lansing, Michigan, United States

Job Description


Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 749 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Michigan chapter is looking for an experienced HR specialist to help build and maintain a collaborative, dynamic, effective, diverse team culture by providing human resource services in the following functions: employee relations, staff enrichment, talent management, benefits, staff recruitment, development and training, organizational development, workplace culture, and achieving our goals as an organization to develop a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to live our values.


The MI Human Resources Specialist is responsible for administering and maintaining efficient and supportive HR systems, programs, procedures and plans according to HR policies.  This position will provide assistance to all levels of personnel on various HR-related issues and requests, and work closely with the Management Team to cultivate and support a healthy effective team culture.  These duties include recruitment; employee relations, performance support and evaluation; staff enrichment, engagement and cultural initiatives.

More specifically, the expectations under these duties involve:

Recruiting:  Helping the MI team recruit a talented experienced diverse workforce by overseeing the design of position descriptions; recruiting, and screening candidates; conducting outreach and developing relationships with external partners and organizations in seeking diverse talented candidate pools; planning, tracking and overseeing the interview and hiring process; and overseeing effective new employee onboarding programming.

Employee Relations:  Helping the MI team support its employees and provide services that assure an equitable and fair work experience including:  analyzing and tracking equity and pay; facilitating promotions, transfers and compensation changes; providing FMLA leave assistance; and providing benefits assistance.

Performance Support and Evaluation: Helping the MI team in providing professional development support and effective performance evaluation processes.  These duties include overseeing ongoing performance-coaching and appraisal processes; managing annual merit increase processes; helping identify professional development opportunities; and facilitating and supporting managers in evaluation of introductory periods of new employees.

Staff Enrichment, Engagement, and Cultural Initiatives:  Helping the MI team achieve its goals in creating a positive, healthy, diverse, collaborative work environment, including developing and implementing the team’s staff enrichment plan; overseeing the MI team’s continued focus on TNC’s “Living Our Values” initiative; leading the MI  “People Team” group and initiatives; and conducting staff engagement survey analyses and overseeing resulting action plans.


Responds to complex employee/management questions and problems based on advanced knowledge of aspects applicable to the subject area.


  • Bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 5 years related work experience in area(s) of specialization or equivalent combination.
  • Experience coordinating and leading projects.
  • Experience responding to HR related questions and managing employee relations challenges and employee/management issues.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: database management and spreadsheet software; constructing and producing reports; data input, manipulation, and analysis.
  • Experience working with MS Office software, including Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint



  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Advanced understanding of fundamental HR concepts, processes, and services.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • May require fluency in foreign language(s) to support global operations.
  • Ability to travel.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’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.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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.

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.

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time.

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