The Nature Conservancy Real Estate and Engineer Assistant in Rhode Island


Providence, Rhode Island (RI)



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.


Real Estate and Engineer Assistant works at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management in the office of Planning and Development and provides administrative, research, land acquisition, project management and other general assistance to program staff working toward the achievement of protection, conservation or restoration goals.


The Real Estate and Engineer Assistant assists with real estate and engineering operations focused on Public Access and Habitat Restoration Land Control and Public Access and Habitat Restoration Engineering Design and Construction Management. This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Further the Conservancy’s strategic goals.
  • Perform routine and complex administrative tasks to assist Program Managers with the following tasks: preparing meeting agendas and taking minutes; contracting of appraisals, survey and title work; database tracking of project status and funding; assist in grant management; drafting of contracts and agreements; preparing cooperative agreements and easements for public access and habitat restoration; may include coordination of related planning efforts.
  • Perform routine and complex administrative tasks to assist Public Access Engineer with the following tasks: compile supporting documentation including GIS maps, photos, abutters lists, and other material as necessary; track and monitor contracts to ensure that all deliverables in the scope are met; assist with the preparation of permit applications, track permit application progress; assist with the preparation of maintenance permit narratives; assist Federal Aid Coordinator with federal grant applications as required.


  • Supervises no staff but may oversee and direct work of volunteers or interns.
  • Coordinates multiple tasks or projects in a timely manner and with attention to detail.
  • May assist with program budget preparation and monitoring.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Makes day to day decision as delegated by the supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources management or related field and 2 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects.
  • Experience handling standard business communications.
  • Experience working with the public; other NGO and governmental agencies.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated
  • 2-4 years related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources and work independently.
  • Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to populate databases, create reports and produce manual files.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple project with many variables, set realistic deadlines and manage a realistic timeframe.
  • Experience utilizing databases for data entry and report production preferred
  • Resolve routine problems independently, consulting with supervisor to develop plans for resolution of complex or unusual problems.
  • Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability.
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities.
  • Ability to report to and work with a diverse team of professionals.


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 45424, submit resume and cover letter as one document using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 6, 2017.

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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 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: Real Estate and Engineer Assistant

Location: Rhode Island

Job ID: 45424

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time