Preserve Director, Jack & Laura Dangermond Preserve

The Nature Conservancy

Lompoc, California

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Competitive
Deadline Jan 30, 2022

The Nature Conservancy’s Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve protects 24,364 acres of beaches, grasslands and mountains and eight miles of coastline along California’s iconic Point Conception west of Santa Barbara. The Director of the Jack & Laura Dangermond Preserve oversees all day-to-day operations at this flagship TNC preserve. The Director is responsible for building strong working relationships with regional partners critical to Preserve operations, including with the Vandenberg Space Force Base, neighboring private landowners, donors, and representatives of the Chumash Tribe. The Director ensures safe and efficient operations on the 24,300-acre Preserve, and provides oversight of natural and cultural resource stewardship, restoration, visitation, and infrastructure construction and maintenance. The Director leads the overall Preserve team and collaborates with the Director of the Point Conception Institute (hosted at the Preserve) in building a platform for world-class conservation research.

At the Jack & Laura Dangermond Preserve, we envision a wild and dynamic coastal landscape, protected and restored; a living laboratory of exceptional natural and cultural assets for scientific conservation research; a hub for technology and tools that allow us to share findings to scale globally; and a site for discovery to engage the leaders of tomorrow, and widespread public commitment to conservation.

Watch our video, “Saving the last perfect place in California” for an introduction to the preserve and its many species. Additional content is available on our website, including the Preserve’s Strategic Plan.

We encourage you to explore the many great reasons to join our team, including our comprehensive benefits package. Learn more about who we are and our benefits.

The preferred location for this position is in the region around the Preserve (Santa Barbara County). On- preserve housing may be available.

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 cultures. 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. The Nature Conservancy is also a “big tent” organization. We believe that all people benefit from conservation and that the cause should be inclusive of everyone regardless of their political persuasion. We work hard to make conservation a non-partisan issue through partnerships with stakeholders, elected officials, and industries that span the political spectrum.


If you have questions about this position, please contact Amber Mello, Lead of Talent Acquisition, at or connect on LinkedIn.

See full job posting and apply with resume and cover letter, HERE (JOB ID: 50745)

Deadline: January 30, 2022 8:59 pm PST.

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