Conservation Associate

The Nature Conservancy

Keene Valley, New York

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Competitive
Deadline Jan 14, 2021
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

About Us

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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Position Summary

Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I help?” or “How can I make a difference?”, but you don’t know where to go or have the time to do it? Welcome to The Nature Conservancy. You have found the solution and now you can pointedly make a difference every day!

By joining our New York team, you will become part of a group that is a force to be reckoned with; a force for nature, a force for people, and a force for our planet. We are making a difference every day through our boots on the ground conservation work, voices in public policy advocacy, and teaching minds in local cities and communities. Our science community consists of a group of a women and men who are leading the industry on multiple fronts and who expertly bring strategy and action together.

To help advance our work in New York, we are seeking a motivated self-starter with a strong interest in applying data analysis and GIS mapping skills to guide real world conservation planning. This position is an opportunity for the successful candidate to gain substantive experience and exposure to all aspects – conservation science, land stewardship and protection, threat abatement, communications, fundraising – of The Nature Conservancy’s work in the Adirondack region of northern New York. 

The Associate’s Lead Project in data mapping is an opportunity to work in-depth identifying, assembling and analyzing various data sources to be used for regional-scale habitat connectivity planning within several key linkages in New York State critical for species movement in the face of climate change. Datasets will include ecological information, partner and/or community priorities, and infrastructure assessments from major roadways. The Associate will work with staff to generate maps and spatial data products to inform connectivity priorities for both TNC and partners to pursue for land protection, restoration and/or management, land use planning and barrier mitigation.

This is a short-term, seasonal, full time summer position, at the Keene Valley, NY office located in the heart of the Adirondacks.

Desired Skills & Experience

  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year of related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Experience maintaining and populating databases and manual files.
  • Experience producing maps and/or other graphic products and reports.
  • Experience with ESRI GIS software such as ArcGIS Desktop (preferred), ArcPro, or open source alternatives.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and web browsers.
  • Must have valid drivers’ license.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.

If you are interested in doing work you can believe in, want to work in a collaborative environment, and a benefits package, please visit and search for job ID #49245 in the keyword search. Applications must be made online. Submit your application by 11:59 PM EST on January 14, 2021 to be considered. The work location for this position is Keene Valley, NY.

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 diverse people of all genders, 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 orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

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