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21 Jul 2020

Temporary TNC Conservation Fellow

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 74 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 Nature Conservancy Fellowship Program is focused on developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. The program is designed to provide early career conservation professionals (i.e., recent college graduates with 0-2 years of job experience) from underrepresented groups with the opportunity to work in an environment that combines a deep-dive into a real-world conservation projects with a broad introduction to major conservation issues. Additionally, the fellowship program is designed to orient the Fellow to the inner workings of The Nature Conservancy as a representation of a non-governmental organizations.

In this program, the Fellow will have the opportunity to work with Conservancy Staff across multiple dimensions of the conservation discipline, including science, restoration, policy, land protection, and strategic communications. Furthermore, the Fellowship is designed to emphasize those experiences the individual wants or needs to prepare them for their conservation career.

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.

We are specifically seeking a Fellow to work on one of the following positions:

1. Conservation Scientist – Uses TNC’s Global Challenges Global Solutions framework to maintain our leadership in the conservation arena. They produce cutting-edge science on the connections between humans and nature and then provide research outputs. As a member of our Michigan Science Team, works to research, gather, and analyze data in support of the Conservancy’s strategies for 1. Protection of Land and Water, 2. Tackling Climate Change, 3. Providing Food and Water Sustainably (Agriculture and Fisheries), and, 4. Building Health Cities. This position will focus on setting science-based priorities and evaluating the effectiveness of TNCs conservation projects.


2. Policy/Finance Analyst – Sustainability and Climate – The Conservancy is helping to shape the government policies and corporate practices by which critical conservation and investment decisions are made so that it will be possible to achieve the transformative conservation outcomes our world requires. This position will focus on policy, legislative and/or financial analyses with consideration of sustainability goals that help formulate TNC’s climate policy, mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Note: This position lasts for a period of 2 Years.


The fellowship will include a range of activities from research, project management and implementation, peer networking, and field learning experiences. More specifically, activities of the Fellow will be characterized by:

Cutting edge analysis to inform conservation science, natural or working lands management, finance and/or policy.
Developing new skills and knowledge through training and mentorship in conservation science, natural or working lands management, conservation finance and/or policy.
Helping identify and implement innovative conservation solutions that lead to tangible, lasting, results for nature and people.
Helping TNC build partnerships with academic institutions, agencies, businesses and other NGOs in support of conservation science.


Perform fieldwork including ecosystem assessment and field monitoring.
Deliver tools, biodiversity data, field services and training to staff and partners.
May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


Bachelor’s Degree in policy, science, sustainability, and/or a natural resource management related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
0-2 years of relevant work experience.
Experience collecting, manipulating, analyzing and interpreting information.
Experience preparing and communicating (verbal, graphical and written) reports of findings.


Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
Strong knowledge of computer technology and common software applications.
Attention to detail.
Ability to meet deadlines.


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.

How to Apply

CLICK HERE TO APPLY To apply to position number 48503, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2020. Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration. If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact 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.

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Temporary.

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