Job Opportunity: New York State Conservation Innovation Director at The Nature Conservancy

The New York chapter of The Nature Conservancy is hiring a New York State Conservation Innovation Director. S/He should have a backgorund in working on multiple projects and designing innovative solutions to challenges. The deadline to apply is February 19, 2017

Date published: 2017/01/11

The New York State Conservation Innovation Director (CID) will provide a novel and fresh perspective to conservation planning and thinking in New York State. The CID will participate with New York Division conservation leadership and field staff to help identify, design and implement innovative approaches to our work to enhance the impact of our projects. The CID will bring to the table his/her background and experience – which may include non-conservation disciplines such as technology, business and finance, the arts, policy, and social science -- to provide input, analysis, generate concepts and ideas, and have ‘hands on’ engagement in the implementation of thematically oriented conservation initiatives. The CID will apply creative approaches that may be novel in conservation work, for example including methods and practices from any fields requiring creativity in problem solving and opportunity creation, entrepreneurial thinking, and innovation as an essential element of success. The CID will work closely with colleagues in New York to provide guidance and advice in conceiving, planning, and implementing projects, evaluating current projects, as well as finding opportunities to best leverage our work. In addition, the CID will work closely with other Nature Conservancy Divisions and programs, including specifically NatureVest, to develop initiatives in New York State. The CID will be a member of the New York Division senior staff team.


  • Scope of work includes New York State, the North American Region, and interfacing with global programs. Responsibilities expressly include engaging in cross-boundary work and relationships
  • Responsible for developing project ideas and work methods using innovative approaches that leverage and build upon our institutional history of conservation success, including but not limited to the use of creative methods of problem-solving, spotting emerging opportunities, new funding mechanisms, and defining metrics and various means of leveraging our work
  • Responsible for monitoring innovative approaches to conservation work from around the Conservancy and externally and bringing those to NYS as may be applicable
  • Implementation responsibilities may include overseeing certain statewide initiatives, providing advice and guidance to conservation staff around the state as they develop and supervise projects, assessing current projects with an eye toward scaling up and elevating impacts, and influencing thinking about the various means of achieving conservation outcomes and success
  • Engaging as a thought partner with conservation leadership in NYS, throughout the Conservancy, and externally, and working with philanthropy and marketing staff as required in connection with various initiatives
  • Frequent travel throughout New York State, domestically and/or internationally, evening and weekend hours            
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances


  • BA/BS degree and 7 years’ experience in creative problem-solving, opportunity development, effectively leveraging talent across diverse teams, developing novel approaches to achieve impactful outcomes, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience creating and/or utilizing innovative and creative approaches to initiatives
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects
  • Experience working on teams
  • Experience developing partnerships
  • Presentation skills

Preferred qualifications:

  • Familiarity with trends in technology and the ability to creatively apply them to conservation initiatives
  • Ability to develop practical applications of non-conservation business concepts for conservation purposes
  • Excellent ‘team player’ with a commitment to respecting team dynamics, and a strong ability to understand and credit diverse perspectives, and synthesize multiple perspectives to achieve the best outcome
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing successful projects
  • Politically savvy and experienced in partnership development (partners, community, government)
  • Ability to influence without authority
  • Ability to learn, retain, and implement information quickly
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English
  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred

The application deadline is February 19th, 2017.