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Conservation Data Manager

The Nature Conservancy
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   “Any time scientists disagree, it's because we have insufficient data. Then we can agree on what kind of data to get; we get the data; and the data solves the problem.” –Neil deGrasse Tyson 
   The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 countries, all 50 United States and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Our commitment to diversity is a core value. We are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more. 
   Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Conservation Team! Our Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to conserving forests, grasslands and water resources across a three-state region. This new position will manage one of the Chapter’s single most valuable assets—the evidence base for high-impact conservation. 
   We seek candidates who bring new perspectives to our team of conservation professionals. The Conservation Data Manager (CDM) will interact with colleagues who have expertise in science, land management and water resources across our three-state Chapter that includes Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Our conservation data, also called the “evidence base,” include research and monitoring data on grasslands, forests and wetlands, some of which may span several decades. As we tackle some of the most pressing conservation challenges of our time—climate change, land and water conservation and a sustainable food and water supply for a growing human population—maintaining organized, accessible and up-to-date data systems is more important than ever. The CDM will play a critical role as the Conservancy builds an inclusive conservation movement, develops new solutions and expands our reach. 
   We appreciate collaborative approaches and encourage innovation. Our Chapter works with others throughout the Great Plains and Midwest and contributes to conservation initiatives across North America. More than ever, today’s conservation depends on understanding the collective impact of our actions on human lives and the nature we depend on. The CDM will ensure the long-term relevance, security and accessibility of the data underpinning this work. The CDM ensures we can locate important data in an organized, user-friendly data management system that can be easily maintained and updated. 
   With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to people and nature, working in wild places and in human settled areas including cities. Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to pursue our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together, and building long-term relationships with communities and community organizations, government agencies, and commercial businesses. We create partnerships to apply nature-based solutions to meeting human needs while conserving natural resources at a new scale. 


   Minimum Qualifications: 
   • BA/BS or Associates degree in related field and 2 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
   • Experience managing, maintaining and populating databases and manual files. 
   • Experience with producing maps and/or other graphic products and reports and operating GIS software. 
   Preferred Qualifications: 
   • Cross cultural, multi-cultural, and/or multi-lingual skills, background or experiences appreciated. 
   • Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data. 
   • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results. 


   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 all genders, 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. 


   Our competitive and comprehensive benefits package is tailored to the individual countries where we work and provides a full range of benefits to help meet our employees' needs for health care, retirement, and a positive life balance. These typically include (but are not limited to) the following: 
    Medical/Dental/Vision insurance 
    Same sex spouse and domestic partner coverages 
    Flexible work schedules in addition to a standard 35 hour work week (some jobs and locations vary) 
    Retirement savings plan, with matching contribution of up to 8 percent after one year of service, fully vested after three years 
    Generous annual leave and sick time 
    Paid holidays 
    Paid life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance 
    Paid business travel accident insurance 
    Country-specific benefits as mandated by labor law and/or SOP 
    Many other valuable benefits 

How to Apply:

   If you are interested in working to save the planet, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, then please visit… to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 47041 by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on December 19, 2018. Please note that the position will be located in Duluth, Minnesota.