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Aquatic Habitat Restoration Manager- Brunswick, ME

Organization: The Nature Conservancy

Position Title: Aquatic Habitat Restoration Manager

Location: Brunswick, ME

Hours and Compensation: salary grade 6

Application Deadline: September 9, 2013



The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Manager oversees activities related to the implementation of The Conservancy’s Nearshore Habitat Restoration and Diadromous Fish Connectivity Strategies in Maine.  The Conservancy recently completed a Conservation Business Plan for its Gulf of Maine marine conservation program which identified restoration of both near-shore coastal habitats (shellfish beds, eelgrass, and salt marsh) and diadromous fish populations as priority conservation strategies. The Aquatic Habitat Restoration Manager will work closely with staff in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire to identify coastal embayments and riverine systems that are well-suited for on-the-ground restoration projects.  The Manager will also work to garner public support from local communities for such restoration projects, assist in efforts to secure public and private funding, and support development of communications materials.  This position is currently grant-funded for one year. Extension of this position is anticipated but dependent on job performance and funding.


  • Assist multi-partner groups with the development and implementation of both nearshore habitat and stream connectivity restoration projects, including their prioritization, funding, permitting, engineering, operations, monitoring, and reporting;
  • Research and prioritize opportunities for nearshore restoration and stream connectivity projects;
  • Represent TNC at public meetings and on committees;
  • Provide outreach materials and serve as spokesperson for projects and TNC;
  • Work with Conservancy staff to prioritize projects and allocations of funding;
  • Work with staff to review and provide comments on relevant enabling legislation, rules, etc;
  • Work with partner groups to improve conditions for restoration work and funding in the GOM states and provinces.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of ecology, management, and restoration of nearshore habitats and ecosystems.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means with a diversity of partners in private, public, and NGO positions.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines and managing timeframes.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, Web browsers, etc.
  • A valid U.S. driver’s license
  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management and policy-related field and 5 years’ experience, or equivalent combination preferred. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Specialization in the near-shore ecology, habitat restoration and/or fisheries conservation is particularly desired.
  • Experience with the State of Maine and US Army Corps of Engineers permitting process a plus.
  • Small boat handling experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and statistical software.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) database and spreadsheet software desirable.
  • Ability to design and direct ecological field work is preferred, with a broad grounding in the natural sciences and familiarity with the biological systems, flora and fauna of Eastern U.S. freshwater, coastal and marine ecoregions.
  • Knowledge of current trends in coastal and riverine conservation and restoration.
  • Experience conceiving and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Experience successfully leading teams linked by common purpose rather than by lines of authority or supervisory structure to accomplish results.
  • Experience managing complex projects with tight timelines and the potential for multiple confounding environmental, political, and social conditions.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with scientists and to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Managing time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
  • Commitment to conservation and the mission of The Nature Conservancy.

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