Director of Watershed Conservation and Outreach Programs
The Nature Conservancy - Connecticut

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Directs the development and implementation of watershed conservation and public awareness/outreach strategies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Conservancy’s Long Island Sound Program (LISP). Contributes to development, evaluation and periodic revision of the LISP strategic plan. Works closely with and engages government agencies, local communities, non-governmental organizations and other partners to build support for, and promote policies that protect and restore, the Long Island Sound ecosystem. Provides technical leadership to support the LISP and associated chapter, regional and organizational goals and priorities.

Serves as a core member of the LISP Team. Represents the LISP by articulating the vision, program mission and conservation priorities and strategies to internal and external audiences.

Collaborates and communicates with LISP Team and other staff and trustees in multiple chapters to develop and implement plans, strategies, and budgets for the LISP.

Leads development and implementation of LIS watershed/water quality restoration and public awareness/outreach strategies.

Works within and across chapters to identify and develop cross-program strategies and broaden partnership opportunities. Serves as primary liaison between the LISP and Connecticut River Program and Whole System Team.

Develops key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices.

Engages local community support for local conservation efforts.

Leads development and implementation of internal and external communication and outreach coordination, including multi-chapter media and marketing coordination and development of associated tools and materials for the LISP.

Contributes to development and implementation of other LISP focus areas including, but not limited to, coastal resilience and climate change adaptation, connectivity, coastal and marine spatial planning, seagrass research and restoration.

Works closely with the LISP Team and multi-chapter philanthropy staff to identify, cultivate and secure private and grant funding opportunities.

Contributes to overall chapter and program goals by participating in staff meetings, training opportunities, annual meetings and field work, as appropriate.

Performs other duties as assigned.

This position is supervised by the Director of the Long Island Sound Program.



BA/BS degree and 5 years experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.

Experience in written and verbal communication.

Supervisory experience.


BA/BS degree and 5-7 years experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge of natural resource management principles, conservation practice and conservation science. Knowledge of Long Island Sound watersheds and associated natural resources preferred.

Ability to make sound decisions on conservation planning, execution, communication, financial and reporting issues

Ability to develop and communicate conservation strategies to technical and non-technical audiences

Ability and experience communicating effectively with media and influential officials, especially governmental, to improve Conservancy programs’ outcomes

Demonstrated experience developing and maintaining partnerships with diverse stakeholders

Ability to motivate and coordinate staff, partners and others, without supervisory authority over staff

Ability to complete tasks independently, managing time and multiple, diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results

Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). Experience with ArcGIS preferred.

Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English. Demonstrated organizational and proofreading skills.

Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.

Demonstrated budget management experience. Fundraising and/or grant writing experience preferred.


May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions:

require considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain

present frequent possibility of injury

require long hours in isolated settings

This position may also:
require frequent regional and occasional domestic or international travel

require evening and weekend work


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation,

401k 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.


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