The Nature Conservancy Forest Conservation Coordinator in Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston, South Carolina (SC) SC502


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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 Forest Conservation Coordinator develops, manages and advances partnership activities in South Carolina by providing technical expertise, strategic coordination, and leveraging resources for land conservation and ecosystem restoration. The primary focus of the Coordinator will be the stewardship of forest conservation partnerships in South Carolina focused on longleaf pine and bottomland hardwood habitats.


The Coordinator provides technical leadership and helps support specific aspects of forest conservation in South Carolina. S/he will help lead partnerships to increase and restore native forest habitats within the state on both private and public lands. The Coordinator will also develop, oversee and implement a variety of land management and stewardship projects on preserve and fee lands held by the South Carolina Field Office. The Coordinator will represent the South Carolina Field Office on working groups of the Range-Wide Conservation Plan for Longleaf Pine and other forest conservation partnerships. S/he will assist with planning and implementation of large-scale private forest conservation strategies. S/he will also track metrics and implement monitoring associated with forest conservation efforts, and will facilitate forest data management and mapping in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The Coordinator will also lead and / or support grant writing and private fundraising associated with this work. S/he will also monitor conservation easements as needed. This is a full-time positon supervised by the Forest Program Manager.


  • Successfully creates and manages partnerships toward tangible outcomes for natural forest management and restoration.

  • Facilitates expanded natural forest restoration including the use of prescribed fire across public and private lands.

  • Develops and implements metrics and monitoring to demonstrate program success.

  • Collaborates across Chapter functions including science, marketing, government relations, philanthropy and real estate.

  • Applies current science of southeastern US native forests to planning and decision-making.

  • Develops funding proposals, requests for proposal, and manages contracts.

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

  • May supervise staff, interns, and/or volunteers with responsibility for performance management, training and development.

  • May require work during evenings or weekends.

  • Completes tasks independently with respect to timeline(s); sustains multiple concurrent projects.

  • 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 equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Experience in the application of prescribed fire

  • Experience managing staff, interns, or volunteers.

  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

  • Experience in training and curriculum design.

  • Must have valid driver's license.


  • Graduate degree in forestry, forest ecology, natural resources management or closely related discipline and 1-3 years of experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, create and manage partnerships including multiple public and private sector parties.
  • Prescribed fire qualified at Firefighter I (FFT I) or higher.
  • Experience with GIS, GPS, and other remote monitoring software and approaches.
  • Knowledge of ecological land management principles, particularly for Southeastern US forests.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Knowledge of land protection and conservation easements.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Proven experience in handling equipment relevant to forest restoration and management.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


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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Job Title: Forest Conservation Coordinator

Location: South Carolina

Job ID: 45172

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time