The Nature Conservancy – Senior Attorney Position

About Us

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.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

Position Summary

The Senior Attorney provides legal services on complex matters to advance Conservancy priorities and appropriately manage risk for assigned programs and internal staff within the North America – East Region.  They provide legal review and negotiations of contracts that may include real estate (purchases, sales, easements, leases, licenses, etc.), government grants, and service and procurement agreements.  This position will report to a Senior Attorney.

The minimum requirements for this position include the following:

  • Juris Doctorate or equivalent.
  • License to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
  • 5 years relevant legal experience or at least 3 years relevant legal experience coupled with assumption of significant responsibilities for a geographic area or subject matter expertise.
  • Experience negotiating complex, transactions and agreements.
  • Experience working across cultures.

This full-time, exempt position will be based in a Conservancy Office in either Durham, NC and/ or Charlottesville, VA.  Only applications that include a cover letter will be considered.

Apply Now

To apply for Job ID 50196, submit your materials (BOTH RESUME and COVER LETTER REQUIRED) online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on September 13, 2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact

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.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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