Conservation Coordinator Job at The Nature Conservancy – Sydney NSW


Sydney, Australia

There are three positions available, in various locations across Australia.


The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


Conservation Coordinators develop, manage and implement conservation programs and projects at TNC Australia. This may include one or more conservation projects across our Seascapes, Indigenous Landscapes, Protected Landscapes and Conservation Finance teams. Our projects are mostly large, whole ecosystem-scale interventions designed to contribute to established Strategic Plan 2022 – 2030 outcomes.

3 Positions Available – Please specify which you are interested in applying for within your Cover Letter:

Position 1 – Conservation Coordinator (Indigenous Partnerships) in our Indigenous Landscapes Team. Your experience and expertise in building and maintaining productive partnerships with Indigenous organisations for conservation, cultural and economic outcomes will support this team in achieving continued excellence in this field. This is an identified position for Indigenous candidates only. Location: WA’s Kimberley, Northern Territory or Queensland. Tenure: ongoing*.

Position 2 – Conservation Coordinator (Murray Darling) in our Protected Landscapes Team. Your experience and expertise in working with partners in the southern Murray Darling Basin, including Traditional Custodians, will support this team achieving positive conservation and cultural outcomes. You’ll manage TNC projects in the Basin including our partnership with the Nari Nari Tribal Council in south-west NSW, and our innovative water fund. Location: NSW, Victoria or South Australia. Tenure: ongoing*.

Position 3 – Conservation Coordinator (Protection) in our Protected Landscapes Team. Your experience and expertise in securing areas of high biodiversity value for permanent protection will support this team in the achievement of its ambitious land, freshwater and ocean protection targets. Location: Flexible. Tenure: fixed term contract to 30th June 2025, with possible extension.

  • Ongoing employment is offered on the understanding that successful applicants may be deployed to other TNC Australia conservation projects into the future as needs change with changing conservation goals and funding resources.


Conservation Coordinators provide technical leadership and project management discipline to one or more conservation projects at TNC Australia. They address critical threats to natural systems and individual species, foster cross-site learning among an international conservation community. They develop and implement conservation strategies, employ a full range of tools and methodologies to contribute to our protection, climate change, restoration, and improved habitat management targets. They may lead a small team based on a certain geography or function. They report to managers or directors that lead the implementation TNC Australia’s 2030 Strategic Plan.



BA/BS, law or business degree and at least five years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience negotiating complex agreements.

Supervisory experience including performance planning and management.

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

Experienced and highly proficient with the Microsoft Office suite.


Experience with one or more of the following specialities that may be the focus of a Conservation Coordinator’s role for a period of time – protection, habitat restoration and monitoring, Indigenous engagement and partnerships, renewable energy, natural climate solutions, or greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are strongly encouraged.

Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

Knowledge of land management conservation practice and conservation science.

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

Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and ecosystem services.

Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timelines.

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


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to the individual countries where we work. These may include health care benefits, retirement benefits, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, and disability coverage as well as an employee assistance program and other life and well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports the health and well-being of the people we employ.


To apply, submit your resume and cover letter online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/.

Please state which of the three positions you are applying for in your cover letter.

Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

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 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.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyh[email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

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