Resilient Waters Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy
The Resilient Waters Program Manager develops and implements a freshwater conservation program in Oklahoma, with emphasis in five priority watersheds: the Blue River, Glover River, Illinois River, Kiamichi River, and Spring Creek, and priority wetland restoration areas. In collaboration with partners, the Resilient Waters Program Manager provides technical leadership and support to the Oklahoma Business Unit by planning and managing on the ground conservation projects to conserve and restore water resources. Their work includes close collaborations with public agencies, tribal partners, non-profit organizations, and private landowners to achieve Oklahoma’s freshwater conservation goals.
The Resilient Waters Program Manager will:
- Position The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma as a leading resource for freshwater conservation and water issues.
- Identify and implement conservation and restoration projects to improve water quality and quantity in priority watersheds.
- Develop projects related to water quantity and quality, such as, fish passage, floodplain enhancement, scientific review, wetland and streambank restoration, easements, and other nature-based solutions.
- Work with state, federal, tribal and local government entities and partners to develop innovative solutions that conserve water resources and protect natural communities.
- BA/BS and 5 years’ experience in water resource conservation or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience managing complex and/or multiple projects on time and on budget.
- Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups, landowners, tribal nations, and/or government agencies and municipalities.
- Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
- Must occasionally serve on the Oklahoma business unit’s fire crew and requires the ability to meet and maintain Prescribed Fire Crew Member (RXCM) annual physical fitness requirements of the moderate level (25-pound pack test result of 2 miles in 30 minutes or less). See TNC’s Fire Management Manual for a full explanation of qualification requirements: https://www.tncfiremanual.org/RXCM.htm.
- MS degree preferred.
- Experience influencing, developing and implementing water resource conservation and strategic plans.
- Demonstrated results in developing and implementing creative, collaborative strategies to address complex conservation challenges.
- Self-motivated worker capable of being productive when working independently.
- Experience conveying compelling messages to diverse constituencies through verbal and written communications related to grant writing, donor cultivation, presentations, etc.
- Knowledge of freshwater conservation practice and conservation science.
- Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.