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Manus Marine Conservation 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.

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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 Manus Marine Conservation Coordinator develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Papua New Guinea Program, based in Lorengau, Manus Province. The Manus Marine Conservation Coordinator position reports to the Papua New Guinea Marine Program Manager.


The Manus Marine Conservation Coordinator provides technical leadership and support to coastal communities, community-based organisations, local NGOs, and governments that TNC partners within Manus Province, and across the Papua New Guinea program. They are familiar with Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBRM) and have an in-depth understanding of marine conservation, tropical fisheries and the role that marine resources play in addressing food security and improving sustainable livelihoods in Papua New Guinea.The Coordinator conducts socio-economic surveys and delivers training to local community groups on how to monitor their natural resources. They develop and deliver conservation activities with a critical view to address gender equity. The Manus Marine Conservation Coordinator develops and implements a variety of conservation strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities, is a confident public speaker and is prepared to travel frequently to remote locations, both domestically and internationally.


  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.
  • Fosters and manages partnerships with outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Implements a program of conservation activities, either independently or as a member of a team.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget. development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Performs fieldwork including ecosystem assessment and field monitoring, including on SCUBA.
  • Works closely with TNC Gender Program to ensure equitable participation and benefit-sharing across marine program activities.
  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Prepares written technical reports and scientific manuscripts.


  • BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.


  • Working knowledge of Tok Pisin and other local Manus languages.
  • Knowledge of marine management, conservation practice and conservation science.
  • Excellent boat operation skills, and knowledge of Manus Provincial waters.
  • Competent swimmer and experienced in conducting underwater surveys
  • Knowledge of Papua New Guinean marine environment and fisheries management.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s) and budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


Only applicants who are currently eligible to work in Papua New Guinea will be considered. Unfortunately, The Nature Conservancy is unable to provide support for working visas or residency for this position.

The successful applicant must comply with The Nature Conservancy’s COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy (unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption).


To apply for Job ID 51136, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on Fri, 25th March 2022 (1:00 PM PGT on Sat, 26th March 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.

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.

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