• Full Time
  • Quito

The Nature Conservancy


Quito, Ecuador


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. 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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The Conservation Specialist develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for small to medium scale geographic areas.
This is a 2-year fixed-term contract.


The Conservation Specialist (CS) provides technical leadership and support to the Ecuador`s business unit and plans and directs preserve management programs and stewardship.  The CS addresses critical threats to natural systems and individual species, fosters cross-site learning among conservation community, and supplies conservation planning teams with site or landscape level information relevant to the planning process.  The Conservation  Specialist  develops and implements conservation strategies principally in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region, in the context of community-based conservation projects, and employs a full range of protection tools to acquire varying degrees of legal interest in land and implements a variety of strategies to secure public and private support for TNC conservation priorities.  The Conservation  Specialist coordinates community support, ensures the maintenance of preserve areas frequented by the visiting public and coordinates multiple projects, sets deadlines and manages completion. The CS supervises and ensures the appropriate implementation of conservation, restoration and sustainable production activities implemented in the field by project partners and contractors. The CS would facilitate scientific information generation and knowledge management regarding freshwater biodiversity in the Amazon region


  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Coordinates project activities, including managing budgets.
  • Coordinates with public officials and community groups in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • Develops and contributes to implementation of freshwater management plans with local governments and communities.
  • Coordinates scientific information generation and management about freshwater and terrestrial biodiversity.
  • Promote alliances with local governments and non-government organizations to advance project objectives and leverage efforts.
  • Supports the development of proposals to extend conservation strategies in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
  • Works with civil society organizations to strengthen their institutional capacity and sustainability.
  • Contributes to and systematizes information for project indicators that involves inputting necessary information to comply with project standards.
  • Organize discussion forums and workshops with various stakeholders regarding conservation, indigenous territorial management and development projects.
  • Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 4 years’ experience in natural resource management, conservation of biodiversity or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, including government officials, indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, internal scientists.
  • Experience with indigenous organizations and local communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon Region.
  • Experience in projects formulation, management, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, ArcGis, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • 4 years’ experience in natural resource management, conservation of biodiversity, similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Intimate knowledge of politics, government policies and agencies, and non-government organizations, in particular in Ecuador, with respect to environmental affairs, indigenous interests and social development programs.
  • Knowledge of and employment of legal mechanisms that involve indigenous rights, biodiversity conservation, and management of protected areas, in particular in Ecuador.
  • Knowledge of ecological land and water management principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered «high risk drivers.» To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


To apply for job ID 51375, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on April 28, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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