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Director of Conservation Programs

Little Rock AR

The Nature Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.  Guided by science, we work with local communities, governments, landowners, and businesses in 72 countries including all 50 United States to create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together.  Arkansas' conservation community is especially collaborative.  Our dedicated, talented and fun Arkansas staff work closely with partners and stakeholders on fire restoration, Delta conservation, river restoration and connecting people with nature strategies utilizing a network of projects and preserves to test and share conservation practicies and influence policy.  Working with these many partners, the chapter has helped conserve more than 325,000 acres, hundreds of river and stream miles, and has timberlands, ranches, lodges, and recreational amenities for hunting, fishing, biking, floating and climbing.  The chapter has an ongoing, active fire restoration exchange partnership with the Conservancy's Zambia and Columbia programs and partners.


We are seeking a Director of Conservation Programs (DCP) who will be a key leader in our chapter of approximately 40 staff and works closely with the Director of Conservation Science, State Director and Arkansas Board of Trustees.  The DCP plans and coordinates the implementation of the chapter's five-year strategic plan and ensures measurable progress is made each year.  S/he cultivates and maintains partnerships with a variety of stakeholders to further conservation.  The DCP ensures the financial stability and compliance of the conservation program by working closely with philanthropy and program staff to identify funding opportunities.  Additional duties include supervision of staff, development and management of teams, partnership support and development, oversight of program budgets, finances, and grants, oversight of all protection activities and records, program fundraising especially through federal and state grant programs, and other development activities.


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor's degree and 7-10 years' experience in conservation practice or an equivalent combination.  Fundraising, supervising and negotiating experience as well as experience managing complex or multiple projects and experience in partnership development required.


For more information and to apply, please visit and search for Job ID 46866 in the keyword search.  Application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on September 30, 2018.


Posted September 4, 2018

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