The Nature Conservancy Marine Technician in Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston, South Carolina, USA SC502


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 Technician’s primary focus will be on surveying other states on their shellfish management practices. The tech will work closely with TNC’s Marine Program and DNR’s Shellfish staff to update contact information, create a survey format, conduct calls and in person meetings, provide updates and collate data.


Most responsibility for the Marine Technician will be working with the Marine Program Manager to conduct a multi-state survey of shellfish management techniques. S/he must become familiar with South Carolina’s shellfish management program, including interviews with DNR staff. S/he will need to update a contact list for programs in the southeast and Gulf of Mexico. S/he will also need to work with TNC and DNR staff to develop a survey matrix and become fluent with the management and data needs. Survey will be conducted via phone interviews and in-person meetings for adjacent states. S/he will develop a comprehensive report of the survey results.

Other tasks could include assisting the Marine Program Manager with field work to install and monitor oyster reef projects in the ACE Basin, general office duties, scheduling and taking vehicles or boats for maintenance as needed. The paid position is for approximately 6 months and will average approximately 60 hours a month on the project.


  • Conduct surveys in person and over the phone.
  • Ability to draw together information from multiple sources, organize data and prepare reports.
  • Maintains project collection records.
  • Make day to day decisions based on standard guidelines provided by supervisor.
  • May perform administrative work related to project.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances


  • Associate’s Degree in natural resources, environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 month’s experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.


  • Prefer Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 1 year's experience.
  • Prefer Graduate degree seeking student during the 2017 calendar year.
  • Survey experience.
  • Verbal and written communication skills.
  • Field experience.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Prefer candidates currently enrolled in a South Carolina College or University.
  • Time management skills.


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.


To apply to position number 45514, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30, 2017.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact

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.*

Job Title: Marine Technician

Location: South Carolina

Job ID: 45514

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Part-Time