Community-Based Conservation Director

Community-Based Conservation Director

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The Community-Based Conservation Director (CCD) develops, manages, and advances The Nature Conservancy’s community-based conservation programs in Hawaiʻi. They manage senior marine conservation staff, lead collaborative community-based conservation planning and implementation programs, and develop conservation co-management strategies with public and private partners. The CCD reports to the Marine Program Director and supervises community-based marine staff on Hawaiʻi island, Maui, Oahu, and other locations as appropriate.


The CCD provides community-based program leadership to Conservancy field operations by planning, directing, and implementing community-based natural resource management programs and supporting partners’ stewardship efforts. They work with their staff to define community-based conservation priorities, and with the Conservancy’s science leadership team to develop innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs. The CCD leads and manages a team that supports, expands, and improves community-based conservation efforts; and builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field. They develop key partnerships with public & private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. They negotiate complex and innovative community-based solutions with government agencies and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities and develop and implement community-based conservation strategies.

The CCD also helps staff and partners address critical threats to natural systems, fosters cross-site learning among local, regional, and international community-based conservation programs and staff, and supplies conservation teams with site- and landscape-level guidance and leadership for their community planning and management processes. They develop and lead conservation strategies, employ a full range of conservation tools, and implement a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC and partners’ community-based conservation priorities. They coordinate and lead staff working in community-based conservation programs, and help staff and partners maintain, enhance, and grow relationships that advance and increase our collective commitment to community-based marine conservation.


  • Supervises staff at remote locations.
  • Builds trust and gains cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Cultivates relationships and collaboration in support of community-based conservation efforts.
  • Establishes and maintains optimal performance standards within budget.
  • Writes requests for proposal (RFPs) for grant/contract funding for program.
  • Frequently makes independently strategic decision based on analysis, ambiguous information and context.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.           
  • Negotiates complex agreements in a political environment.                                                                                      
  • Responsible for leading or co-leading a community-based programs.
  • Frequent travel domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours.               
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.  
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: April 11, 2021
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