Illinois Conservation Information Manager

The Nature Conservancy

Remote, Illinois

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $50,000 - $60,000

Office Location:

Illinois, United States of America



This is a full-time, remote position based anywhere in Illinois, however, some travel to Peoria and other areas of Illinois would be required.

Who We Are:

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.”

What We Can Achieve Together:

The Conservation Information Manager manages and maintains conservation databases and provides technical support in GIS or other relational database technologies to Conservancy staff, particularly Illinois Protection, Stewardship, and Conservation Programs staff.  They perform data analysis; design and produce advanced complex queries and professional reports; process spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source material; and provide hardware/software support.  They develop and deliver training to staff individually and in groups; produce maps and other graphic products and reports; and draft detailed legal and internal project documents as required to complete various types of conservation projects.  They develop and maintain GIS library and/or database products library; and compiles, assembles, and maintains land protection, biodiversity, and management information from various sources.  They assist land management staff with monitoring and enforcement of existing conservation easements, visually inspecting key areas, following monitoring protocol and reporting standards.  The Conservation Information Manager supports Illinois staff as a member of the Conservation Team and interacts with staff across the Division and with partner organizations. 

Responsibilities & Scope

  • Supervises staff and has ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance, including conflict resolution.
  • May help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets.
  • May negotiate and contract with vendors.
  • Ensures integrity of both data collection and management relating to conservation projects and project statistics.
  • Under limited supervision acts independently, resolves complex issues within the program area and may act as a resource to others.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

This is a full-time, remote position based anywhere in Illinois, however, some travel to Peoria and other areas of Illinois would be required.

We’re Looking for You:

The Nature Conservancy in Illinois is looking for an experienced, organized, and detail-oriented Conservation Information Manager to guide conservation data collection, storage, processing, sharing, and reporting for the chapter.  This is a unique opportunity to use and expand your GIS skills working with a diverse audience of partners, funders, decision-makers, the public, and the scientific community as we explore solutions to complex conservation challenges across Illinois and the US.  If you are a creative and collaborative problem solver who is motivated and energized by the use of spatial analysis, data visualization, and related approaches and would like to use those skills to support land and water conservation efforts, apply today for a career with TNC!

What You’ll Bring:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MS or BS degree and certification in related field and 3 years related experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing, maintaining, and populating databases and manual files.
  • Experience operating GIS software (ESRI, ArcGIS Pro), analyzing data and producing data reports and creating maps.
  • Experience supervising staff and managing multiple projects.
  • Experience interpreting results then developing and delivering training (if required) to practitioners.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience with outdoor navigation and outdoor safety practices.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Working knowledge of legal real estate documents.
  • Experience in the following areas: interpretation of image analysis, complex spatial analysis, data modeling and landscape scenario analysis.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic region(s).
  • Experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources.
  • Managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources and meeting deadlines.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.

What We Bring:

Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!

Auto Safety Policy:

This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.

Salary Information:

The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $50,000 - $60,000 for annual base salary.  This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA.  Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience.  Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges.  Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.


Apply Now:

To apply for job ID 55139, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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.

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

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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 applyhelp@tnc.org 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.

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

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category General / Stewardship, Land Trust
Tags GIS