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Coastal Science Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

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Deadline April 7

Nassawadox, Virginia, USA

The Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR; is one of the last expanses of coastal wilderness on the U.S. East Coast and one of the most important regions for migratory birds in North America. VCR manages and protects 45,000 acres of natural landscape that includes 14 barrier and marsh islands, multiple mainland holdings, and a seascape that is being successfully restored with eelgrass, oysters and bay scallops. The work we do at VCR serves as a global model for how conservation and natural solutions can help a landscape adapt and become more resilient in the face of a changing climate.  We are seeking a proven leader, motivator, communicator and collaborator who is passionate about our mission and about our work on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and beyond. The Coastal Science Program Manager will lead the development, implementation, advancement and integration of The Conservancy’s coastal science strategies, programs and vision at VCR and contribute to world-class conservation projects that have relevance across Virginia, the Mid-Atlantic, and around the globe. Success of this position depends on building and maintaining relationships and credibility with multiple partners including state and federal agencies, academic/research partners from UVA’s LTER program, VIMS and others, and on providing leadership and expertise on coastal resilience and coastal policy issues. 

The Coastal Science Program Manager serves as the leader of the Conservancy’s coastal science work within the Virginia Coast Reserve.  The Program Manager is the lead for TNC’s Coastal Resilience program on the Virginia Eastern Shore and guides decision support tool development (, demonstration of nature-based solutions, and builds and maintains community relationships.  S/he will guide, inspire and manage longstanding migratory bird and marine habitat restoration programs at VCR. S/he defines and facilitates emerging and existing long-term conservation plans, and builds and integrates the strategic, scientific and technical capacity of coastal Virginia programs throughout the Conservancy.  S/he maintains and develops key partnerships and collaborations in applied science and policy with academia/research, government agencies, other conservation organizations, and the local community.  S/he works closely with Philanthropy and other staff to raise project funding support by identifying and developing proposals and grant applications.