Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator – The Nature Conservancy
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 09:11 AM


The Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator manages and participates in preserve operations, as part of the California Islands Project team, working to accomplish the program’s conservation, research and philanthropic cultivation goals. The work-site is a remote island environment, 25 miles offshore, where operational self-sufficiency in all aspects is a necessity. The Coordinator will be required to work both independently, and in collaboration with a team of staff, contractors and partners. The communication and organizational skills s/he contributes in the three areas described below are foundational to the team’s overall success. S/he must be able to shift between intersecting priorities and timelines, and exercises considerable latitude and autonomy to achieve individual and team objectives.


The rotating Island staff schedule necessitates cross-training and coordination in the three focal areas of visitation, facilities and conservation. The Coordinator will have a regularly scheduled two-week tour consisting of 8 days on-island, 1 day in the mainland office and 5 days off. This schedule may fluctuate based on programmatic needs. The optimal candidate will be results-oriented and desire a mix of physical and administrative work.

Visitation: Santa Cruz Island is a premier showcase for the work of The Nature Conservancy, and an important platform for donor cultivation. The Preserve Coordinator participates in and supports planning and execution of regularly hosted trips and annual island events. S/he assists with scheduling and oversight of the catering providers, and is also responsible for housekeeping, facilities preparation and management of recreational equipment. S/he helps adapt timelines to changing conditions and needs, mindful foremost of participant safety and trip objectives. Where needed s/he guides TNC highest-level donors on technically challenging terrain in vehicles or on foot. S/he actively participates in communicating the Conservancy’s mission and vision, exercising considerable discretion, judgment and tact.

Facilities: The Preserve Coordinator works with the Ranch Manager for the oversight and maintenance of island facilities, grounds, roads, infrastructure and equipment. With basic repair knowledge and skills, s/he directly fixes, troubleshoots or escalates repairs to professional contractors as needed. S/he frequently supervises volunteers and contractors carrying out infrastructure projects. On a regular basis the Preserve Coordinator will assist with the procurement, transportation and use of fuels, equipment, tools and supplies. S/he directs staff and Preserve users on the proper use and care of these resources and coordinates their allocation. Growth opportunities may include attaining specialized technical knowledge in mechanics, boat and heavy equipment operation.

Conservation: The Coordinator serves as a key on-island Conservancy representative to researchers, contractors and staff, and also supports the science team in carrying out habitat restoration and resilience projects. S/he will be responsible for orienting users to their environment while communicating and upholding preserve policies and Conservancy standards. The Preserve Coordinator will have the opportunity to learn in depth about the island’s unique ecology and share this knowledge with visitors.

Due to the remote location, rugged geography, and communication technology challenges s/he must exercise independent judgment, communicate proactively and operate with flexibility and responsiveness. S/he makes safety decisions in the absence of supervision, applying established policies and protocols in response to emergencies on a 24-hour basis. Ability to attain Wilderness First Responder certification and maintain first aid supplies is required. The Coordinator will also have an exceptional opportunity to learn from to a wide range of Conservancy staff (science, executive, fundraising), collaborators from leading research institutions, and an array of special guests.


  • ·         Be personable and professional with diverse groups including conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and the general public and support the cultivation efforts aimed at these groups.
  • ·         Frequently works under limited direct supervision; must make independent decisions based on experience and judgments.
  • ·         May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on challenging terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • ·         Supervises work groups consisting of staff, contractors, researchers, interns and volunteers covering a wide geographic area.
  • ·         Financial responsibility may include working within a budget to complete projects, and assisting with budget development.
  • ·         Work schedule may vary depending on programmatic needs and circumstances, requiring ability to adjust to changing priorities.


  • ·         BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree and 1 year related experience in land and facilities management, and/or the outdoor education, outfitting, or adventure hospitality industries, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • ·         Experience supervising staff, contractors, volunteers or groups working in the outdoors.
  • ·         Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse conditions or in inclement weather, including lifting 45lbs, bending, kneeling and walking up to 5 miles on moderately steep terrain.
  • ·         Must have a valid driver's license.
  • ·         Must have prior CPR and First Aid training.


The candidate should preferably have some combination of the types of experience listed below

  • ·         1-2 years of experience, at any level, with the stewardship of protected areas (e.g. national or state parks, national forests or BLM lands or conservation preserves, or equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • ·         Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • ·         Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
  • ·         Proven commitment to applying the principles of conservation and ecology in day-to-day decision-making.
  • ·         Proven ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • ·         1-2 years of experience working in the outdoor recreational industry or the maintenance and oversight of a guest or research facility.
  • ·         1-2 years related experience in event management including logistical planning and customer service.
  • ·         Ability to maintain and operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner. (e.g. forklift, riding mower, chainsaw, tractor, power tools, two-way radio, etc.)
  • ·         Automotive diagnostic and repair skills.
  • ·         Experience working in and around the marine environment with boats and ocean recreational equipment.
  • ·         Willingness to obtain related licenses or certifications such as Wilderness First Responder, ATV operation, herbicide application, for example.


TO APPLY: For more information and to apply, click here or please visit and search for job ID# 44076 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is April 14th at 11:59pm EST.  The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.