Job Post

The Nature Conservancy Seeks Director of Water and Agricultural Programs

June 04, 2019

Position Description 

Director of Water and Agricultural Programs 



Job Summary

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 60 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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. 

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on‐the‐ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.


The Nature Conservancy in Kansas has, for many decades, worked cooperatively with land managers to achieve mutual ecological and agricultural benefits in the state’s livestock grazing landscapes; this work continues as one of the organization’s top priorities. Recognizing that the interests of healthy streams, robust wildlife populations, and secure food and water supplies cannot be wholly achieved in grazing lands alone, the Conservancy is expanding its work to include tilled croplands in priority areas, and is increasingly focusing on the state’s rivers, creeks, springs, and wetlands.


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The Director of Agriculture and Water Programs is responsible for strategic planning, execution, and partnerships necessary to achieve large‐scale restoration and improvement of ecosystem functions in a manner that influences, and is compatible with, working agricultural landscapes. Reporting to the Kansas State Director, they work with diverse stakeholders and partners (including landowners, land managers, crop advisors, non‐operating landowners, corporate agriculture entities, policy makers, food supply chain entities, consumers, etc.) to achieve major, large‐scale improvements in ecosystem conditions and economic benefits in priority stream systems, croplands, and grazing lands of Kansas and, in some cases, the Great Plains. A minor responsibility of this position is to support the Great Plains Division Director by monitoring, assessing, and reporting the Conservancy’s cumulative impacts of agricultural landscape conservation across the nine‐state division. The Director of Agriculture and Water Programs also serves as a member of the Kansas unit’s management team.


The Director of Water and Agricultural Programs:

  • Oversees the David Beals III Healthy Streams for Kansas Initiative, which is intended to improve water quality and quantity, ecosystem functions, fisheries habitats, and morphology of priority streams in Kansas.
  • Oversees and coordinates the work of other freshwater and agricultural
  • In coordination with the State Director, develops and manages a sustainable agriculture program designed to provide ecological, economic, and food supply benefits of agricultural
  • Uses the best available science and TNC goals at the state, regional, and global level to identify best practices for improving soil health, reducing runoff, and mitigating the ecosystem impacts of food Works with agricultural producers to expand implementation of those practices.
  • Convenes thought leaders in support of sustainable agriculture and healthy soils and
  • Designs and manages complex projects to advance sustainable Develops partnerships with a variety of stakeholders—individual producers, agencies, academics, corporations, nonprofits—to advance conservation goals.
  • Establishes and coordinates demonstration work on ranches and farms in
  • With team, develops research and testing projects to designed to reduce the impacts of agriculture on
  • Contributes to and implements strategies to improve water quality and quantity in
  • Assists in fundraising and develops innovative ways to finance conservation

  • Coordinates with Kansas trustees to support relevant Board committee
  • Collaborates closely with Philanthropy, Finance, Marketing, and Operations


  • Manage a team of 3‐5 people and interns as needed; responsible for performance management, training, and
  • Collaborates with colleagues across the state, the Great Plains division, and the North America
  • Responsible for developing and managing a program
  • Able and willing to travel frequently, sometimes on weekends and sometimes with short
  • Works in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding


Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, range management, ecology, or a related field and at least five year’s related experience, or equivalent
  • Experience with conservation in agricultural settings, and of agricultural impacts on
  • Experience developing and managing complex
  • Experience leading
  • Experience communicating with diverse stakeholders verbally, in writing, via interpersonal communication, and through


  • Deep knowledge of, and fluency in, diverse agricultural production systems, agronomy, hydrology, fluvial geomorphology and/or a related field; an advanced degree is
  • Familiarity and knowledge related to business, governmental, and/or environmental policy and practices related to agriculture, agronomy, fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, or a related
  • Innovative problem
  • Analytical and critical
  • Ability to work well in a highly matrixed, decentralized and collaborative Possesses strong interpersonal skills and political savvy. Must be a team player.
  • Literate with standard office software, including Microsoft Office, video conferencing, and cloud
  • Ability to work in a fast‐paced environment and meet time‐sensitive
  • Multi‐lingual skills and multi‐cultural or cross‐cultural experience are
  • Ability to write and speak in a language other than English, such as Spanish, is highly



 Builds RelationshipsBuilds productive relationships by interacting with others in ways that enhance mutual trust and commitment.

Collaboration & Teamwork- Works collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, geographies, backgrounds, and cultures to improve decisions, strengthen commitment, and be more effective.

Communicates Authentically- Communicates proactively and in a timely manner to share information, persuade, and influence with the appropriate level of detail, tone, and opportunities for feedback.

Develop Others- Takes ownership to help develop others’ skills, behaviors, and mindsets to help them maximize their workplace contributions.



Leverages Difference

 Systems Leadership


Demonstrates commitment to harnessing the power of differences strategically; consistently sees, learns from, and takes strategic action related to difference; and demonstrates the self‐awareness and behaviors to work across differences of identity and power respectfully and effectively with all stakeholder. Actively seeks to build and retain a diverse workforce and fosters an equitable inclusive workplace by drawing upon diverse perspectives.

Thinks and acts from a broad perspective with a long‐term view and an understanding of 1) the dynamic nature of large‐scale challenges and 2) the need for integrating five key practices: skillfully engaging appropriate people; providing a clear process for change; taking a holistic view of situations; focusing on a small number of strategic actions, while learning from and adapting them over time; and being aware of how one’s own thinking or patterns of behavior may be limiting change.




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

To apply, visit, search for 47680, and submit a cover letter and resume.
All applications must be submitted in the system prior to
11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on June 21, 2019.






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 men and women 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. 

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.


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