Watershed Conservation Specialist (Guatemala)

The Nature Conservancy
Guatemala City
Tipo jornada: 
Full time


Guatemala City, Guatemala


The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.


The Watershed Conservation Specialist develops, manages and advances conservation programs, plans and methods for larger-scale impact. He/she provides technical leadership and support to the Mexico and the North of Central America (MNCA) conservation program in Guatemala.The Watersheds Specialist will provide support for the development of water funds and other schemes for integral management and financing watershed conservation across the country. He/she will work with universities and research centers, water users (eg. water companies, hydroelectric companies, private sector), government agencies, NGOs and municipalities on the development and implementation of science, management and financial tools for watershed conservation. The work will include management and leadership of watershed conservation projects, supervise implementation of conservation activities in field, supervise scientific analysis, work on the development of institutional schemes for watershed conservation and support strategic relationships. He/she will work under the supervision of MNCA Water Funds Coordinator and in close coordination with the Guatemala Country Representative.

This may include one or more of the following functions:

  • Manages watersheds conservation projects, in different sites in Guatemala.
  • Supervises the adequate execution of field interventions resulting from Water Funds’ strategic plans
  • Negotiates complex and innovative solutions with different stakeholders to conserve and protect watersheds, promoting the use of institutional, technical, financial and planning tools for the creation and strengthening of financial mechanisms to recognize the provision of ecosystem services at the watershed scale and facilitate reinvestments in conservation.
  • Works with MNCA Water Funds team to identify lessons learned in other project sites across the Conservation Program
  • Coordinates with local academic institutions and MNCA Science staff to receive support related to hydrological and ecosystem services models, and freshwater conservation
  • Prepares technical reports on watershed conservation activities for funders
  • Establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner within the area of responsibility
  • Builds strategic, scientific, and technical capacity in the field
  • Develops key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices
  • Engages local community (municipalities) support for conservation efforts
  • Supports elaboration of funding proposals, designing new projects and fundraising from public and private sources.
  • Prepares terms of reference and proposals to carry out specific studies/consultancies


  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resources/watershed management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, Web browsers, etc.


  • BA/BS (licenciatura), degree related with environmental sciences and 5-7 years’ experience in natural resource management and watershed conservation or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to communicate and work closely with water managers and policy makers
  • Understanding of water policy and understanding of different water management institutions in Guatemala (e.g. water supply, irrigation, hydropower)
  • Ability to make sound decisions on legal, financial, conservation and reporting issues
  • Explaining conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities
  • Ability to express and explain Water Funds related topics in different scenarios and to different audiences.
  • Experience in project management, development of work plans, budgets, and indicators
  • Experience on application of sustainable water management principles
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in watershed conservation
  • Experience on institutional and financial planning
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public and/or media
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s), while delivering quality results
  • Experience in proposal formulation and fundraising
  • Experience delivering practical, adaptable products and services to customers
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental affairs
  • Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects.
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience, including the ability to motivate, lead, set objectives and manage performance.
  • Successful experience in partnership development (partners, community, government, etc); political savvy.
  • Proven interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in Spanish and English


The Watershed Conservation Specialist may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances. These conditions may:

  • require occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain
  • present occasional possibility of injury
  • require long hours in isolated settings

This position may also:

  • require frequent travel domestically and/or internationally
  • require evening and weekend hours


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, 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.


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