The Nature Conservancy Job Vacancy: Ocean Specialist - Chile

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

The Ocean Specialist directs all aspects of protection, science, stewardship and community relations for Chile´s Ocean Strategy, within Chile Conservation Program. Serves as first/preliminary contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.

The Ocean Specialist establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility, propose and implement defines conservation priorities and long-term conservation strategies, and implement scientific, and technical capacity in the field and develops key partnerships with public and private organizations to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices. S/he develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools and frameworks to address the natural system needs, engages local community support for local conservation efforts, and negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies and to conserve and protect natural communities.

The work will include propose and implement the Ocean Strategy, management and leadership of related projects, implement and supervise conservation activities in field, supervise scientific analysis, and work on the development of institutional schemes for ocean conservation and support strategic relationships. He/she will work under the supervision of Chile Conservation Manager. The Oceans Coordinator will work closely with institutions related to marine, coast and oceans, academic and research institutions, local community, environmental governmental agencies, private sector and NGOs.

  • Propose and implement strategy for the Ocean Strategy in Chile, in coordination with Chile Conservation Program, the Latin-American Oceans and Coasts Strategy and the Global Oceans program of TNC.
  • Maintain coordination with the Latin-American Oceans and Coasts Strategy and the Global Oceans program of TNC, delivering information and support if needed.
  • Development, management, reporting and supervision of key project for the Ocean strategy in Chile.
  • Maintain strong contacts with governmental agencies responsible for marine conservation and fisheries management and related policies.
  • Maintain strong partnership with private sector, NGO, academy and other stakeholders.
  • In coordination other areas in TNC, developing material and carry out activities with partners and donors, making the case and promoting the projects and strategy.
  • Programmatic scope may require cross-boundary work and relationships.
  • May be responsible for leading or co-leading a whole system program.
  • Leads and manages team or project to support and improve conservation efforts.
  • Manage multi-disciplinary administrative and professional staff, with responsibility for performance management, training and career development.Establish clear directions and set stretch objectives.
  • Establish and maintain optimal standards of performance for the department or program while controlling costs and administering budgets.
  • Responsible for ensuring that public and private funds are raised to meet program needs.
  • Builds cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
  • May require travel 25%-40% of time. 
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. 
  • University degree in Marine Biology, Biology, Fisheries Engineering or related areas degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management, marine conservation or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Education, training, and/or experience with current political and practices that affect marine environment in Chile.
  • Experience working in critical coastal ecosystem, protection, restoration and marine conservation
  • Experience working with the fishing sector.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and Spanish.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframe.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance. 
  • MS in Marine Biology, Biology, Fisheries Engineering or related areas degree
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising or development of proposal for different funding.
  • Negotiation skills.
  • Proven capacity to work in team and influence without authority.
  • Ability to make sound decisions on legal, financial, conservation and reporting issues.
  • Experience developing partnerships and networks (partners, community, government)
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience in training and curriculum design.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Knowledge of methods and standards of biodiversity information systems and initiatives.
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government) 
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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."
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
To apply to position number 44469, submit resume and cover letter as one document. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 8, 2016.
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Job Title: Ocean Specialist
Location: Chile
Job ID: 44469
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time