Spanish Translator

The Nature Conservancy

Job Category
Professional Services
Posted : 2023-07-14


Shelter Island, New York, USA


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 only achieve our mission 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.”


The Spanish Translator will work closely with Biology Teacher and the Education and Outreach Coordinator of Mashomack Preserve to teach the field and laboratory portions of the 2023 Summer Ecology and DNA Lab Experience (SEDLE) on Shelter Island, NY. The translator will work with students whose first language is not English to provide access to the experience. SEDLE is a two-week summer program and partnership between The Nature Conservancy at Mashomack and Shelter Island High School. The program will combine field exploration and collection at Mashomack with DNA lab studies using Shelter Island School’s well-equipped biology lab. Students will learn traditional identification techniques as they explore forest, field, freshwater, and saltwater ecosystems and will collect plant and animal samples and return to the SIHS biology lab to use state-of-the-art equipment to identify organisms. Transect studies will help students make predictions of climate change impacts to species. The duration of this position is two weeks: July 24-August 4, 2023.


The Spanish Translator will be present at all times during the Summer Ecology and DNA Lab Experience. They will provide support and translation services for Spanish speaking students. They will also produce Spanish versions of needed data sheets and instructions. The translator’s presence will assist students who speak English as their second language and encourage their participation in the program.

Topics to be translated will include:
  • Introduction to Lab techniques and DNA Barcoding.
  • Documenting organisms
  • Registration for DNA Subway and Cy/Verse
  • Introduction to phylogenetic analysis
  • Plant and invertebrate DNA Electrophoresis
  • Invertebrate and Plant DNA subway analysis
  • Guiding work on students’ final posters and presentations


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability to converse fluently in both English and Spanish.
  • Experience teaching in both field and classroom environments.
  • Experience in DNA laboratory techniques
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
  • Experience working in a team environment.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


The duration of this position is two weeks: July 24-August 4, 2023.


This position is budgeted for $26.00 dollars hourly.


To apply for job ID 53708, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on July 20, 2023. 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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.

Job Location
New York, New York, United States
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