Oct 05, 2019
The Nature Conservancy OFFICE LOCATION Strong City, Kansas, USA. (Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve) preferred. Other locations negotiable. KS401 A LITTLE ABOUT US 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 72 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 www.nature.org 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. For the past two decades, The Nature Conservancy has been working to conserve the Flint Hills, the last landscape expression of tallgrass prairie. Only about four percent of this once vast expanse of grass remains, making tallgrass prairie the most altered ecosystem in North America in terms of acres lost. Roughly two-thirds of what's left is found in an approximate fifty-mile wide band of native rangeland that runs north to south across east-central Kansas and down into Oklahoma. To conserve the tallgrass prairie that remains, The Nature Conservancy works cooperatively with ranchers, landowners, and other stakeholders to address habitat fragmentation, woody encroachment, and invasive species, and to support sustainable grazing and fire. To learn more, visit www.nature.org /kansas. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC The Flint Hills Initiative Manager (Manager) coordinates and implements a comprehensive landscape initiative to help conserve the intactness of the last expanse of tallgrass prairie and to protect and enhance native plant and animal communities using a wide range of conservation tools, such as conservation easements and stewardship assistance. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Manager is responsible for implementing and achieving internal conservation priorities. They will oversee and represent the Conservancy in relationships and negotiations with government agencies and advisory committees. They will assist philanthropy staff in securing public and private funds for land protection (mostly conservation easements). The Manager will identify potential acquisition projects, and respond to land protection inquiries. The Manager will oversee management of Conservancy preserves in the Flint Hills, and supervise the Flint Hills Stewardship Initiative Manager. They will report to the Director of Protection and Stewardship. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Direct and oversee the Conservancy's landscape conservation efforts in the Greater Flint Hills landscape in Kansas. Assist the Conservancy staff in Oklahoma with conservation efforts on the Oklahoma portion of the landscape. Oversee natural resource management at Conservancy preserves in the Flint Hills so they can be held up as a model for stewardship and collaboration. Support organizations with similar missions in the Flint Hills, such as the Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition and Tallgrass Legacy Alliance. Supervise the manager of the Flint Hills Stewardship Initiative, a new Conservancy project that will provide stewardship assistance on Flint Hills ranches protected with easements. Collaborate with diverse groups, including landowners, conservation partners, government officials, and the public to recruit support for conservation of the Flint Hills. Negotiate real estate transactions. Assist philanthropy staff with fundraising for Flint Hills projects. Recruit and supervise staff and interns as needed and as funding is available. Responsible for performance management, training, and development of direct reports. Able and willing to travel frequently (up to 50%), sometimes on short notice/ or weekends. May be required to work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Must have, or be able to acquire and maintain, a valid driver's license. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS BA/BS degree in natural resources management, rangeland management, ecology, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in conservation, real estate, or other related experience. Experience with, or expert knowledge of, native rangelands. Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation and land protection. Experience in managing multiple projects and timelines. Experience negotiating complex agreements. Experience developing partnerships (partners, community, government). Supervisory experience. Literate with standard office software, including Microsoft Office, video conferencing, and cloud collaboration. Experienced working on teams and independently. Experience communicating with diverse stakeholders verbally, in writing, via interpersonal communication, and through presentations. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS Natural resource knowledge and experience in the Flint Hills. Master's degree in natural resources management, conservation biology, or a related field. 5 years or more of related work experience in conservation, rangeland management, real estate or other related experience. Experience with GIS. Experience engaging with a wide variety of partners-- private stakeholders, community organizations, government agencies, nonprofits-to establish and achieve a shared vison. Able to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized, collaborative organization. Strong interpersonal skills. Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated. AUTO SAFETY POLICY 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 www.nature.org/careers . 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 To apply to position number 48085, 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 November 18, 2019. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
Professional Diversity Network Strong City, KS 66869, USA Full-Time