Operations Coordinator, Palmyra Program

Operations Coordinator, Palmyra Program

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Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. 

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Located 1,000 miles south of Hawai‘i, TNC’s Palmyra Preserve is located in the middle of one of the most spectacular marine wilderness areas on Earth.  Palmyra Atoll has 580 acres of emergent land with 480,000 acres of lagoons, coral reefs, and submerged lands and is a US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) National Wildlife Refuge out to 12 miles offshore and a Marine National Monument out to 50 miles. The Nature Conservancy owns and cares for 230 acres of land and manages this property in partnership with the USFWS. TNC maintains wildlife habitat and owns and operates a conservation research station on the preserve focused on ecosystem adaptation and resilience to climate change. 

The Operations Coordinator (OC) is based in The Nature Conservancy’s Honolulu office and should be prepared to spend some time on atoll to fulfill work responsibilities. The OC will oversee, hiring of seasonal staff, inventory, procurement and provisioning needs, support implementation of facility maintenance projects and support the compliance, safety and operational needs of all staff and visitors.  This position is responsible for ensuring Palmyra has the necessary staff, tools, supplies, training, and support to be successful. This position will report to the Operations Manager (OM) who is responsible for overseeing operations and safety for the Palmyra Program.  This position is currently funded for 2 years.


  • Leads the recruitment, orientation, and training of seasonal atoll staff.
  • Ensures effective and professional communication between Hawai‘i and Palmyra.
  • Provides support for emergencies, medical response, and emerging challenges at Palmyra.
  • Works with OM to manage and implement priority projects at Palmyra.
  • Leads procurement and inventory tracking of food, fuel, tools, equipment, and supplies to and from Palmyra.
  • Ensures all staff and visitors are adequately trained on relevant operating procedures, TNC protocols, legal requirements, and USFWS regulations to maintain safe and efficient operations.
  • Ensures regular communication with seasonal crew through planned community meetings and periodic morale check-ins.
  • Provide staff and volunteer exit interviews and administers surveys to staff, volunteers, partners, and contractors to track program performance metrics over time. Promotes priority staff suggestions to improve program performance.
  • Assists the OM, Science Director, and Philanthropy lead to ensure preserve readiness for operations, science, and donor trips.
  • Works with the PM with day-to-day logistics and small project management.
  • Ensures policy updates are approved, documented, and communicated to all staff and partners.
  • Leads procurement and logistics in compliance with TNC policies and procedures and vendor, facility, and equipment contracts, including confirming deliverables, expenses, and reporting requirements and manages facility logistics maintenance and inventory tracking.
  • Maintains a positive, collaborative relationship with TNC’s partners, principally USFWS.
  • Works with operations, science, and conservation colleagues to support opportunities for cross-program alignment.


  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • The OC will work 5 days per week and will have the opportunity to negotiate a flexible work schedule.
  • Supports program staff and atoll operations with any logistics or emergency situation as needed.
  • Manages operations projects.
  • Tracks expenses to budget.
  • Ensures compliance with TNC Code of Conduct and all policies and procedures.           
  • Ensures adequate staffing and training to facilitate year-round preserve operations.
  • Measures progress toward program objectives.
  • Ensures effective communications with team members and partners.
Location: Hawaii
Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Deadline: May 9, 2021
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