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Associate Director of Conservation, Hawaiʻi & Palmyra Chapter

The Nature Conservancy
Honolulu, Hawaii
$104,500 – $120,500 annual base salary
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Applied Science, Environmental Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time


Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, USA

Oahu preferred. Other islands within the state of Hawaiʻi considered. 



The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Grounded in science, we develop innovative solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity; respect for people, communities, and cultures; and a collaborative, bipartisan approach. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world. 

Established in 1980, TNC’s Hawai‘i program has forged partnerships to manage over 2 million acres of natural lands and has grown to include Palmyra Atoll. We currently manage 14 preserves and other sites in Hawai‘i and Palmyra Atoll. In Hawai‘i, we work with government agencies, private landowners, businesses, community partners and local stakeholders to protect and restore Hawai‘i’s native watershed forests, coral reefs, and nearshore fisheries for both their ecological value and the many benefits they provide to people. At Palmyra Atoll, a National Wildlife Refuge 1,000 miles south of Hawai‘i, we facilitate research in this living laboratory to better understand and address global questions around sustainable fisheries and resilience to climate change.


The Associate Director of Conservation (Associate DoC) for The Nature Conservancy’s Hawaiʻi and Palmyra (TNCHP) chapter reports directly to the chapter’s Director of Conservation and provides guidance to and facilitates collaboration among Conservation and Science leadership and programs to achieve strategic and impactful conservation objectives and goals.  The Associate DoC supports conservation, science, and technology to increase the pace and scale of conservation. They identify and conduct special projects to address operational weaknesses and strengthen the overall program. 

The Associate DoC leads and manages critical workstreams for the Conservation and Science programs throughout the year including budgeting, performance management, talent review, recruitment and work planning. They work amongst and between programs to establish best practices, provide training and analyses, leverage successes and lessons learned, and increase stewardship efficiency. This role fosters a culture of collaboration, innovation and excellence within the team. The Associate DoC supports implementation of the conservation vision, long-term strategies, and plans to achieve strategic goals and objectives, including the identification and evaluation of new strategic opportunities, and support for the chapter’s long range planning. They will provide coordination support to implement key conservation projects and initiatives, especially during early development phases such as scoping and project development, ensuring alignment with the chapter’s strategic plan and priorities. This role will be key in collaborating with Philanthropy staff and Conservation and Science Leadership staff, they work to create communication tools and materials highlighting conservation and science projects and programs targeted for fundraising. They will also work in conjunction with the Director of External Affairs, the Associate DoC coordinates conservation and science input for policy development and advocacy. They will also work closely with the Finance & Operations staff and Conservation and Science Leadership to set financial goals and coordinate budget development for conservation and science programs. This role will effectively communicates conservation goals, strategies and outcomes, and work with the Marketing and Communications team and Conservation and Science Leadership to develop strategic communications and update key internal and external stakeholders.

May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. May require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally and evening and weekend hours. Maintains confidentiality of frequently sensitive information.


We’re searching for an Associate Director who can work closely with our internal teams, effectively communicate amongst key Chapter leadership stakeholders, and create efficiencies through strategic streamlining. This is an incredible opportunity to have a broad impact on conservation outcomes and enable excellence in the Hawai‘i and Palmyra program!



  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation, and grant acquisition and management.
  • Experience directing a major program or project of strategic importance, including management/supervision of multi-disciplinary teams and meeting deadlines.
  • Experience working with current trends and practices in conservation or restoration in Hawaiʻi in areas such as native wetland, coastal, fishpond, coral reef, watershed and forest restoration and management, community co-management, and public-private partnerships.
  • Experience of Hawaiian biocultural values and practices
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.                              
  • Experience negotiating                                                
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.
  • Experience with financial management of a large program.


  • 10-12 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Graduate degree in science discipline and/or conservation practice.
  • Experience working with communities, agencies, and organizations in Hawaiʻi.
  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in conservation, preferably in a non-profit environment
  • Experience developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives, and experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy.
  • Strong organization and decision-making skills



Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world! 

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.



The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $104,500 – $120,500 for annual base salary. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.



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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 people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law. The Nature Conservancy is also a “big tent” organization. We believe that all people benefit from conservation and that the cause should be inclusive of everyone regardless of their political persuasion. We work hard to make conservation a non-partisan issue through partnerships with stakeholders, elected officials, and industries that span the political spectrum.

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