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Job Ref:  44895
Employer:  Nature Conservancy.
State/Province:  Washington
Type of Employment:  Full Time
Environmental Categories:  Conservation
Industries:  Personal and Household Services
Job Description:  WORK WITH US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact for people and nature around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, major US cities and in your neighborhood. 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. Visit to learn more.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Conservation Transactions Specialist develops, manages and advances conservation transactions for The Nature Conservancy in Washington.


The Conservation Transactions Specialist manages conservation transactions, including land acquisitions, land sales and donations, and other transactions as part of The Nature Conservancy in Washington's Conservation team. Essential functions include:

Coordinate and Manage Conservation Transactions
  • Act as project manager for conservation transactions (primarily land transactions, with a focus on transfers to conservation partners).
  • Negotiate agreements with landowners, government agencies and others.
  • Communicate with all internal and external partners throughout the transaction process, ranging from land owners, public and private funders, finance and legal teams, and consultants.
  • Coordinate internal project approvals and ensure compliance with policies, procedures and legal requirements.
  • Assist in securing public and private funding for projects.
Develop and Steward Relationships
  • Build, develop, and maintain robust partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies and community partners that advance the Conservancy's conservation priorities.
  • Work with land owners, private entities and other stakeholders to develop real estate and other conservation transactions.
  • Work with the Conservancy's conservation, legal, finance, marketing, philanthropy, and government relations teams to develop and execute conservation transactions.
General and Administrative
  • Respond to land protection inquiries and opportunities.
  • Maintain complete, organized records and databases for conservation transactions, land ownership and management.
Level of Responsibility
This is a mid-level position that collaborates with senior staff to accomplish program goals.
  • Negotiates real estate transactions, which can bind the Conservancy legally and financially.
  • Other financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and assisting with meeting fundraising targets.
  • May recruit and supervise administrative or professional staff, office volunteers or interns.
  • This position will report to th e Director of Forest Conservation and Management.
Within the scope of the position, the Conservation Transactions Specialist will:
  • Assume primary responsibility for documenting and closing real estate transactions, with the assistance of legal and finance staff. Under general supervision of the staff attorney, uses templates to draft legal documents related to property acquisitions (may include legal correspondence, real estate documents, business and financial documents).
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Make independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment, with minimal supervision.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
Work Environment & Schedule
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally and on short notice, sometimes on weekends. May require working extended and/or varied work hours.
  • Work is generally performed in a professional office environment, however, may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
In your resume and cover letter, please address how you meet the following minimum qualifications :
  • Bachelor's Degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with principles of land acquisition.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience in managing and tracking multiple projects.
  • Experience developing relationships (e.g. land owners, partner organizations, community, government).
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Valid Driver's License required.
  • Educational background or training in law, real estate, land use or project management.
  • Experience in successfully negotiating and conducting real estate transactions with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.
  • Thorough knowledge of land protection tools including conservation easements, fee-title acquisitions, donations, deed restrictions, facilitated land purchases; as well as a working knowledge of land leases, conservation easement monitoring, and conservation easement violation resolution.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, ability to work well independently or as part of a team, and handle multiple tasks concurrently, such as maintaining records of multiple simultaneous real estate transactions.
  • Ability to manage and implement complex processes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to negotiate, influence, and persuade.
  • Excellent communication skills via written and verbal means in English.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.
  • Comfortable completing a wide range of tasks, from administrative work to complex negotiation.
  • Database and computer based project management experience.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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.


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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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