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Environmental Education Program Manager
The Nature Conservancy in Santa Barbara County, California
Date Posted 02/11/2021
Philanthropy-Program Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled


Santa Barbara County, California, USA

Santa Barbara County preferred, but candidates located throughout California will be considered.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued.


The Environmental Education Program Manager will lead TNC’s efforts to cultivate the next generation of leaders needed to help solve the world’s increasingly complex environmental challenges.


Building on early planning efforts, the Program Manager will co-develop and implement a partner-based, scalable model for transformative educational experiences for youth from diverse backgrounds that will be hosted on TNC’s preserves in California and beyond. This position will start by developing a pilot program at the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve in Santa Barbara County and focus on engaging with students who live near the coastal wilderness surrounding Point Conception. Works closely with the Dangermond team and visitation manager to ensure integration with wider community outreach efforts. The Program Manager will identify the target student population, including schools and grade level, develop teacher and school district relationships, and serve as the face of the education initiative to the community. They will also work closely with partners to develop engaging curriculum and content for students that connects to innovative scientific research conducted at the Preserve. Additionally, the curriculum will capitalize on the Preserve’s unique wildness, and the powerful sense of connection to nature it provides, to inspire lifelong interest in conservation and preservation. The Program Manager will coordinate across TNC to expand the impact of this initiative beyond the Preserve, evaluating other TNC properties within California to expand the pilot. They may help to raise funds for expanding the education program by providing input for proposal writing and solicitations as needed.


  • Drives education program design and delivery, ensuring TNC meets targets for students and minimizes ecological impact.
  • Applies creativity, entrepreneurship and effective collaboration facilitation to develop and test new approaches in using scientific information streams and storytelling to advance conservation leadership development goals.
  • Works with local communities to identify key leaders in education.
  • Understands the scope of the opportunity for education at the Preserve and develops a plan for ongoing education program design and resource needs.
  • Works with leaders in science and education to develop curriculum specific to the Preserve.
  • Works in partnership with environmental education delivery organizations in a collaborative and leadership capacity.
  • They may help to raise funds for the education program by providing input for proposal writing and solicitations as needed.
  • May supervise volunteers, interns/fellows or temporary staff.
  • Requires travel to preserves, including overnight stays at times, and flexible work hours, including weekends and evenings, as needed for field trips.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 4 years of experience in education, environmental or outdoor education, community outreach, youth programs, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Communications experience including presenting to community leaders and working in partnership with other organizations.
  • Experience with MS Office, Word, Excel and Database management.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Excellent communications in English and Spanish.
  • Working knowledge of current trends in environmental education, citizen science, Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Demonstrated commitment to cultural competency and social-emotional learning.
  • Familiarity with Santa Barbara County.
  • Demonstrated experience in MS Office, Word and Excel. May require database management skills with ability to produce reports.
  • Ability to manipulate, analyze and interpret data.


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.


Job Family: Conservation

Job Number: 700002

Salary Grade: 7


To apply to position number 49413, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until March 10, 2021 8:59 pm PST.

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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 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.

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