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Marine Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy
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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you.


The Hawaii Island Marine Coordinator (MC) develops, manages, coordinates and advances conservation programs, including conservation action plans and partnerships.


The Hawaii Island Marine Coordinator (MC) provides technical leadership and support to staff of the Hawaiʻi Island Marine Program and coordinates large partnerships to implement conservation action plans. The MC addresses critical threats to natural systems, fosters cross-site learning among Hawaiʻi Island’s conservation community, and facilitates conservation planning teams to implement strategic actions to address conservation threats and improve coastal and nearshore marine ecosystem health.  The MC implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities. The MC communicates and drives progress to implement conservation actions across a diverse partnership of stakeholders, coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages projects to completion.


  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.

  • Supports technical, administrative and professional staff on project management, training and development.

  • Works directly with local communities, coastal businesses, non-governmental organizations, landowners and government partners to support collaborative conservation management and policy initiatives.

  • Provides facilitation and logistical coordination for meetings and workshops.

  • Supports administrative tasks for the Hawaiʻi Island Marine team, including contracts, purchasing, trainings, and safety planning.

  • Supports on-island conservation research and restoration activities with the Hawaiʻi Island Marine team and Marine science team, including data collection, logistics, scheduling, preparation, execution, and data management. Activities include, but may not be limited to:Invasive species removal Native plant restoration Biological surveys Water quality monitoring Outreach and educational events

  • Drafts reports of grant deliverables for funders and shares lessons learned with staff, partners and stakeholders.

  • Will be expected to provide aid and respond to injuries by administering first aid or CPR while out working in the field or leading work trips.

  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.

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


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Experience writing public and private grant reports and managing grant budgets.
  • Experience facilitating conservation partnerships in Hawaiʻi, including with government officials, community partners, landowners, businesses, and scientists.
  • Experience training volunteers and/or community members in conservation work.
  • Valid driver's license.


  • Experience working with government and community partners on coastal conservation projects in West Hawaiʻi.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • 3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience completing tasks independently and on time.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via written, spoken and graphical means.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and to guide activities.
  • Strong organizational skills to effectively coordinate multiple complex projects and partnerships.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, ecological land and marine management principles and natural resource preservation.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’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." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

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.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include 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 in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


To apply for job ID 51237, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on April 4, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.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.

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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19.   By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

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