Skip to main content
Skip to main menu Skip to spotlight region Skip to secondary region Skip to UGA region Skip to Tertiary region Skip to Quaternary region Skip to unit footer


Conservation Manager/Conservation Practitioner

The Nature Conservancy
Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Rome, GA
Job Description:

Who We Are:

The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. 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. We’re rooted in our Mission

and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People,

Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding

mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC

Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a

sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only

achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which

we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent

and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to

innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC

staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.

What We Can Achieve Together:

The Dugdown Conservation Manager develops, manages, and advances strategies to protect, restore

and maintain the mountain longleaf pine ecosystem and its associated habitat types within the

Dugdown Corridor, which stretches from Paulding and Sheffield Wildlife Management Areas in

northwest Georgia westward to the Talladega National Forest in northeast Alabama. Strategies

predominantly focus on land protection, the implementation of prescribed fire, and replanting efforts.

Flexible work location within 60 miles radius of our Armuchee Office in Rome, Georgia.

The Dugdown Conservation Manager is primarily responsible for driving land acquisition, working

directly with Georgia Department of Natural Resources staff to cooperatively manage a large network of

state land holdings in Georgia, and overseeing longleaf pine ecosystem restoration efforts in the

Dugdown Corridor.


1. Assist with managing the land protection vision within the Dugdown Corridor, focusing primarily

on land acquisitions and conservation easements.

2. Collaborate with land protection team and partners on landowner outreach, deal negotiations,

and ongoing land protection project support such as performing site inspections, providing site

information for funding and approval requests, and providing site access and tours to

contractors, donors, and partners. 


1. Supervise Dugdown Stewardship Technician, a seasonal fire crew, and a summer work crew.

2. In conjunction with Georgia Department of Natural Resources staff, prepare units for prescribed

burns. Serve in a leadership capacity on prescribed fires. Develop and maintain a post-fire

monitoring program.

3. Obtain and keep current an FAA certification as a drone pilot.

4. Manage and maintain all TNC equipment, vehicles, structures, and related records and

reporting. Responsible for the readiness and transport of all fire equipment.

5. Develop and maintain cooperative management relationships with managers of other natural

areas, commercial timber lands and public lands.

6. Assist Georgia Department of Natural Resources with management of wildlife management

areas within the Dugdown Corridor, primarily focusing on overstory/midstory/and understory

restoration efforts.

7. Manage TNC Dugdown Corridor land holdings for biological diversity, resiliency, and ecosystem


8. Supervise contractors and others engaged in activities on Conservancy and Georgia Department

of Natural Resources lands.


1. Work with neighboring private and public landowners to encourage sustainable and ecologically

compatible stewardship practices in strategically important areas.

2. Provide technical expertise in fire management, land stewardship and forestry for planning


3. Coordinate training for partners as well as training and recruitment of volunteer burn crew to

assist staff with prescribed fires.

4. Work with educational institutions in developing partnerships and building resource

management capacity.


What You’ll Bring:

• Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or a similar field or

equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Experience managing staff or volunteers.

• Relationship-building experience in working closely with various partners, i.e., media,

government officials, and internal scientists.

• Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

• Experience with communication via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other

relevant languages.

• Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.

• Experience in training others.

• Must have a valid driver's license. 


Additional Job Information:

• We currently anticipate the funding for this position will end after five years of the start date.

• Flexible work location within 60 miles radius of our Armuchee Office in Rome, Georgia. We

envision a combination of working from a home office and occasional work from our Rome TNC


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. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!


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

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

How to Apply:

If you’re looking for a career where you can find meaning and purpose, come join our Chapter as the Dugdown Conservation Manager! You will fulfill conservation objectives in the beautiful state of Georgia and contribute to conservation goals through many networks! We’re looking for a passionate, dedicated person that enjoys building relationships, thinking creatively, and can influence without authority. Join TNC and apply today!

apply at:

Support Warnell

We appreciate your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Learn more about giving.