Marine Conservation Practitioner

The Nature Conservancy


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit to learn more.

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 Marine Conservation Practitioner leads and participates in marine conservation programs in the US Virgin Islands program of Caribbean Division of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), including the management, development and coordination of conservation activities with community and agency partners to advance coral, marine, and other related conservation initiatives. 


The Marine Conservation Practitioner leads and participates in marine conservation programs in the US Virgin Islands program of Caribbean Division of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), including the management, development and coordination of conservation activities with community and agency partners tThe Marine Conservation Practitioner leads and participates in the development and coordination of conservation activities with community and agency partners to advance initiatives such as coral restoration, reef resilience projects, community-based learning networks, and field research.  This may include one or more of the following functions:
• Assists in the development and implementation of marine management planning processes
• Communicates with community groups and agencies
• Develops learning materials
• Leads discussions with groups, including volunteers, and documents meeting processes and discussion
• Conducts interviews, writes reports and keeps records
• Collects scientific data in coastal and marine areas with partners
• Leads work teams, supervises volunteers, and coordinates with partners
• Communicates publicly in a professional manner
• Maintains open communication with staff and partners
• Furthers the Conservancy’s strategic goals in the US Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Division


• May lead or monitor work groups consisting of staff, interns, and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
• Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors
• May assist with program budget development and monitoring and  fundraising targets. 
• Maintains project records.              
• May purchase equipment and supplies as provided for in budget.
• Working knowledge of safety guidelines for operating a boat and must follow all state, local and federal regulations specified for the operation of the motorized watercraft.
• Performs field work on SCUBA or snorkel as a part of the TNC dive team, including coral nursery work, reef monitoring, and donor and staff excursions.
• Networks with diverse groups, including conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members, and the general public to recruit support for TNC and publicize TNC programs/preserves. 
• May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
• BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in marine ecology, coral reef ecology , coral restoration, education, outreach, planning, or  similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience working in natural marine systems in the Caribbean.
• Experience training and supervising volunteers to conduct field research.
• Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.
• Advanced SCUBA certification and qualified to meet AAUS Dive Safety Standards ( required. Scientific diving experience preferred.
• Experience performing physical work while snorkeling or diving in open water or the shoreline for 1-2 hours at a time in challenging weather conditions.  Repetitive diving may occur.
• Ability to work as part of a team to achieve identified project goals and objectives.
• Valid driver’s license and good driving record.              
• 1 – 3  years related experience in ocean resource management.
• Ability to safely operate a trailer and small powerboat.
• Knowledge of marine and coastal habitats and organisms of the U.S. Virgin Islands and/or Caribbean.
• Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated. 
• Coral restoration field experience and knowledge of Caribbean stony corals species, survey experience, and ability to identify critical threats to coral reef ecosystems.
• Current CPR, First Aid and Oxygen First Aid Certifications.
• Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation/conservation or similar field.
• Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
• Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers). 
• Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English.


Term:  This position has an end date of December 31, 2018. An extension may be considered, but is not guaranteed.


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.


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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 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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.