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Palmyra Atoll Overview

Palmyra Atoll is part of the Northern Line Islands and consists of 580 acres of land spread over 25 islets, the largest of which is Cooper Island—where the Conservancy operates a nature preserve and its only science research station. This remote facility provides a living laboratory for researchers who recognize Palmyra’s value as a benchmark to understand climate change, coral reef resilience, the role of apex predators, marine ecosystems, and much more.

With 15,000 acres of lagoons and near-pristine coral reefs that support a complex web of marine life, including 176 species of coral, Palmyra is also home to 11 species of seabirds, nine species of land crabs and one of the last remaining stands in the world of the tropical tree, Pisonia grandis. As one of the few wildlife refuges in the equatorial Pacific, Palmyra’s impact on conservation greatly exceeds its size.

The USFWS manages all land and marine holdings out to 12 nautical miles as the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge (PANWR). Following the 2008 executive order creating the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, PANWR and TNC’s Palmyra Atoll Preserve are encompassed by the Palmyra Atoll and Kingman Reef unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument which extends 50 nautical miles from Palmyra’s shore.

Now well into its second decade, and despite challenges posed by its remoteness, the Palmyra Atoll Research Station is where TNC is driving the collaborative science we need to find answers to globally significant conservation questions about the impacts of climate change and other human-influenced stressors on coral reef health, oceanic island ecosystems, and pelagic fisheries.

Job Overview:  Palmyra Program Director

The Director is one of the Hawai‘i Chapter’s senior leaders, playing an important role in assisting the State Director in developing and implementing the chapter’s overall strategy.   Specifically, for the Palmyra Program, the Director provides strategic leadership and overall management of the program to protect Palmyra Atoll as one of the world’s last best place on earth and inspire path-breaking conservation science research.

The Director leads and inspires a team to manage a world-class research station which includes, infrastructure operations and maintenance, travel logistics and ensures a safe and enjoyable field experience on the atoll for partners, researchers and program supporters.

The Director is responsible for overseeing the program’s conservation science strategy, public and private fundraising for the Program, building and maintaining cooperative relationships with governmental agencies, research institutions and universities, and other partners supporting management, research and fundraising at Palmyra Atoll.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree and 10 years’ experience in conservation practice or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Fundraising experience, including identifying donor prospects and donor cultivation.

  • Experience directing and maintaining optimal standards of performance for a program or project, including managing finances and supervising/coordinating the work of other professionals and partners while controlling costs and administering budgets.

  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies.

  • Experience negotiating complex agreements.

  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans at the state or country level.

To Apply

Visit and apply online with cover letter and resume to Job #47395 or apply directly at https://apply here.  All resumes and required cover letters must be submitted through The Nature Conservancy’s online application system.  The application deadline is Tuesday, March 19 at 11:59 PM EDT.  If you experience technical problems with the site or application process, please contact and include the job opening ID.



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