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Water Program Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

Job Field:
Water and Soil Resources
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Job Description:

The Water Program Specialist will advance TNC-Texas freshwater conservation and protection strategies by planning, managing, and implementing projects to incentivize sustainable use of water in Texas. This will include facilitating conservation agreements and advancing the adoption of agricultural practices that achieve TNC’s conservation objectives related to soil health, water quantity, water quality, habitat, and climate resilience. They will conduct outreach to agricultural producers and water users to assess conservation opportunities, facilitate agreements and implement and monitor projects. This position will organize, manage, and lead meetings, trainings, and outreach events, including the establishment of materials for collaboration among water users including farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, government agencies, conservation groups and scientists. They will assist with water and land transactions that achieve the flow restoration and conservation goals of TNC. They will address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, foster cross-site learning among partners, and implement collaborative solutions within the agricultural community to achieve conservation outcomes. The position location is flexible within Texas with a preference for the North Texas/DFW region. They will report to the Water and Agriculture Program Director.



Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience with knowledge of agriculture and rangeland techniques and practices.

Experience negotiating complex agreements.

Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.

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

Must have valid driver's license.



3-5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Ability to communicate effectively and build productive relationships with landowners, farmers, ranchers, and water users.

Familiarity with federal and state farm & ranch support programs, particularly those being used to incentivize improvements in conservation.

Knowledge of current trends, practices in water use, agricultural conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.

Ability to reach agreements with farmers and ranchers to collaborate with the Nature Conservancy to advance conservation practices.

Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.

Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.






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