Finger Lakes Water Quality Specialist

The location for this position is flexible within the Finger Lakes or Central New York regions
May 29, 2018
Jun 26, 2018
Job Level
Mid level
Employment Type
Full time, Permanent
Salary Type

The Nature Conservancy


Finger Lakes Water Quality Specialist, NY Division

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the New York State team.  We are working to protect clean water, preserve and restore critical habitats, and ensure resilient, healthy coastal communities for people and nature.  This position will work with partners to advance watershed-wide efforts to improve water quality for Owasco and Skaneateles Lakes.

We are looking for a proven leader and problem solver with excellent people skills to help develop and implement strategies related to source-water protection, build innovative watershed-wide water quality improvement plans, and implement the highest priority strategies and projects in the eastern Finger Lakes. We appreciate collaborative approaches and encourage innovative ideas and recommendations.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications:

·        BA/BS, environmental, social science or community planning degree and 5 years’ experience in science, conservation practice or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

·        Experience developing and building partnerships and relationships (community, government, academia).

·        Excellent written and verbal communication skills; adept at explaining conservation concepts to technical and non-technical audiences.

·        Experience managing complex or multiple projects.

·        Experience using applications such as Microsoft Office suite.

Preferred Qualifications:

·        Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

·        Negotiation, facilitation, conflict management, or similar skills.

·        Knowledgeable of current trends and practices in one or more of the following:  conservation, land management, freshwater science and ecology, and natural resource preservation.

·        Demonstrated experience securing public and/or private grant funds.

·        Evidence of successful engagement of communities in community planning with a focus on freshwater water quality issues and strategies.

·        Familiarity with diverse, inclusive and innovative best practices for community engagement.

·        Experience using ArcGIS.

·        The ability to be innovative, flexible, and empathetic.

·        Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English.

Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world.  Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund that bigger vision and building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy’s approach to conservation, and want to receive great benefits, then please visit to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 46559 by 11:59 pm  ET on June 26, 2018. The location for this position is flexible within the Finger Lakes or Central NY region.

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 all genders, 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.