The Nature Conservancy: NC Land Protection Manager

Posted on February 15, 2024
The Nature Conservancy: NC Land Protection Manager
position description:

The Land Protection Manager is responsible for implementing and achieving protection of the Conservancy’s priorities with focus on the Resilient and Connected Network of lands and waterways primarily within North Carolina and guided by the Conservancy’s values, which includes a commitment to equity, diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. They collaborate with a range of Nature Conservancy team members and partners to identify priority sites, develop relationships with property owners (individuals, organizations, and public entities), arrange for the acquisition of legal interests in land and water (by the Conservancy and others), and create strategic objectives to ensure long-term protection and/or sustainable management.  This work will include strong collaboration and integration with Conservancy staff implementing Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) in support of Pocosin Peatland and Climate Smart Forest restoration and other climate mitigation projects and with Freshwater staff around shared conservation opportunities for wetlands and floodplains involving land protection.

The position will also provide technical support to external partners in land protection efforts around shared priorities.  Along with using standard real estate acquisition techniques, the Land Protection Manager may also work with public and private entities to develop and implement innovative community-based and policy-oriented tools to conserve forests, floodplains, wetlands, and shorelines.  The Land Protection Manager works with team members and partners to identify and secure funds for transactions, including state and federal grants, mitigation funds, and other sources.  In addition to traditional land protection, the Land Protection Manager will help develop innovative partnerships and methods for leveraging protection by other entities, such as leveraging impact capital/conservation investor capital for land protection, exploring carbon offset funding, and identifying creative ways to ensure long-term land/water protection outside of traditional fee purchases and conservation easements. 

what you'll bring:
  • BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation, business, law or another related field of study and 3 years of related work experience in natural resource management, real estate transactions, fundraising or other related experience.
  • Experience in managing multiple, complex projects.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as GIS, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.           
  • Experience developing and managing strategic partnerships (agencies, local governments, other NGOs).
desired qualifications:
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition with hands-on experience closing transactions.
  • Knowledge of current trends and strategies in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Experience working with public agencies in land protection work.
  • Experience securing innovative financing for land protection work.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means.
how to apply:

To apply for job ID 54694, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact  Applications will be accepted until position is filled.


The Nature Conservancy’s commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women 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.