Director of Conservation Programs

New York City, New York
Feb 02, 2018
Apr 02, 2018
Job Level
Mid level, Senior level
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type


The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2012 to advance the restoration and conservation of natural areas for a resilient and healthy New York City. Working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks), we seek to ensure the high-quality management of NYC’s 20,000 acres of forests and wetlands. Our work includes conducting scientific research, restoring natural habitats, developing tools to inform data-driven management, and increasing awareness and opportunities for the public to experience NYC’s abundant nature and diverse ecology. We are poised to increase our scope and reach as a leading urban conservation organization. More information about our work is at 


The Natural Areas Conservancy is seeking a Director of Conservation Programs to lead the organization’s conservation programs including 

  • Provide leadership and vision for NAC’s urban conservation programs and initiatives, including advancing our applied science programs, web-based tools, and restoration and park improvement projects 
  • Supervise research and restoration staff 
  • Develop metrics for success 
  • Increase promotion and scope of NAC and urban conservation 
  • Serve as member of NAC executive team and develop and execute strategic organizational goals 


  • Advance existing high-level programs such as our Forest Management Framework, applied science, watershed plans, restoration projects, and fellowships and internships. 
  • Manage projects and staff, including supervising research and monitoring, GIS/Data management and natural area and park improvement programs. 
  • Develop and implement performance metrics framework. 
  • Develop internal and external communication documents and reports. 
  • Work closely with NYC Parks’ division of Natural Resources and their Urban Field Station on land management, monitoring, and applied research programs. 
  • Cooperate with researchers and outside institutions, including but not limited to, academic, non-profit, city, state, and federal agencies, on research projects and data dissemination/coordination. 
  • Represent the organization, NYC Parks, and City as appropriate. 
  • Manage and oversee budget, procurement, and administrative reporting, database management and tracking, and training. 


  • Expertise in a scientific field related to natural areas management, conservation, restoration ecology, conservation biology, water resource management, botany, landscape ecology, etc.
  • Prior experience working in an urban area preferred. 
  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in managing projects. 
  • Proven track record of goals-based accomplishments. 
  • Personal connections within the NYC/Northeast scientific community. 
  • Experience communicating technical information for a diverse audience. 
  • Bachelors’ degree is required; Masters Degree is preferred. 
  • Excellent writing, communications, management, administrative, and interpersonal skills. 
  • Excellent computer skills including Excel and PowerPoint. Familiarity with GIS, database management a plus. 
  • Knowledge of organizational development and/or government operations. 
  • Valid New York State driver license. 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with the position title to: