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Internal Number: 53425
WHO WE ARE
The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.
One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll achieve our mission only by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”
WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU
Are you looking for work you can believe in? At TNC we strive to embody a philosophy of “Work that You Can Believe in” where you can feel like you are helping to address the most pressing environmental issues and are making a difference every day. If you care about nature and its fate in a rapidly changing world; if you believe in practical solutions and uncommon partnerships; if you expect results through teamwork; and if you don’t settle for the way things have always been done, The Nature Conservancy offers the best opportunity to make an impact.
The Global Legal Team of The Nature Conservancy is seeking an experienced attorney with real estate and water law experience and strong communication, collaboration and problem-solving skills. The ideal candidate will have excellent judgment and be able to advise multiple decision-makers about uncertain risks and challenging choices in a matrixed organization. They will also have the emotional intelligence, authenticity, integrity and disposition to build trust and guide the organization forward in ways that are equitable, fair and inclusive, while also being willing/able to navigate difficult or potentially contentious conversations in result-oriented, non-confrontational ways.
WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER
The Senior Attorney will provide legal services on complex matters to advance Conservancy priorities and appropriately manage risk for assigned programs and ensure that transactions and activities are legally sound and consistent with the Conservancy’s values, mission, authority, policies and procedures. The Senior Attorney will clearly articulate complex legal concepts and options to assigned programs. They will be responsible for providing legal advice and support regarding matters relating to all aspects of the Conservancy’s programs for assigned business units within the western United States. These include primarily conservation real estate matters and issues of water use and ownership. They will review organizational documents and prepare and examine agreements, which may involve government grants, funding agreements, leases, licenses, purchases, sales, insurance, easements, construction and procurement of goods and services. The Senior Attorney may also provide advice on complex non-real estate conservation projects; carbon credit and climate change initiatives; contracts and grants; legal support for the Conservancy’s engagements and relationships with large corporations; advice regarding intellectual property, marketing, tax-exempt law issues and philanthropy. They will assist the Conservancy in evaluating and acquiring new water rights, maintaining and protecting the Conservancy’s existing water rights, and assists with other water law needs primarily within the western United States. The Senior Attorney works as part of a team of attorneys, paralegals and support staff. This position may have supervisory responsibility for paralegals and may be asked to supervise other attorneys, legal volunteers, and/or outside counsel.
WHAT YOU’LL BRING
Juris Doctorate or equivalent and license to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
At least five (5) years relevant legal experience.
Experience in advising clients on water law issues relating to purchase and sale transactions, maintenance and protection of water rights and land management, including coordination with public agencies, across multiple U.S. jurisdictions.
Experience in real estate law and legal issues relating to land management, including acquisitions, leases, easements, encroachments, restoration and coordination with public agencies.
Experience negotiating complex transactions and agreements.
Experience advising clients on evaluating and managing risk.
Experience in transactional law, including drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements in a manner that manages legal risk and facilitates legal compliance.
Organizational Overview: A Pioneer in Conservation Leadership
This is an exciting time at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - we are shifting our strategy for greater impact in the world, seeking to address some of the most complex challenges facing people and nature --issues such as tackling climate change, building healthy cities, and providing food and water sustainably.
Our Mission: The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a million members, is dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Our Vision: A world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.
Our Team: We achieve this through the dedicated efforts of our 5000+ diverse staff, including more than 600 scientists, all of whom support conservation in 79 countries and all U.S. states. We are striving to develop a workforce as diverse as the places where we work, and we have a deep commitment to diversity.
Our Approach: We use a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and depend on the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and c...orporations. Since 1951, the organization has protected more than 120 million acres across the world. We are now building on this legacy of land, water, and ocean protection to address global challenges facing people and nature around the world by focusing on five priorities across the entire organization.