Karen Seidel

Experienced Project Manager
  • Dublin, Ohio, United States
  • June 17, 2019

Experienced Project Manager

Driven to make a difference in environmental conservation with effective partnerships & successful fundraising

Leader who specializes in advancing regional priorities by developing efficient and productive implementation processes; effectively communicating; creating or capitalizing on opportunities; and facilitating strong collaborations. Productive manager who uses strengths in relationship building, problem solving and efficient implementation to achieve success.

Expertise in:

  • Grant Writing & Administration
  • Hiring / Training / Development
  • Volunteer Program Development
  • Non-Profit Organizations & Fundraising
  • Partnerships & Community Relations
  • Concept Development & Strategic Planning
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Practices


B.S. in Biology
Sep 1992 — Jun 1996


Central Ohio Conservation Project Manager @ The Nature Conservancy
Jan 2017 — Apr 2019
Developed and implemented projects and strategic plans, built strong relationships and facilitated partnerships that advanced regional goals around protection of land and water. Supervised 1 part-time staff and several volunteers. Managed yearly budget of $100K+.
● Developed urban conservation concepts around equity and inclusion in environment, enhancing support for children’s education through outdoor-based learning.
● Directed management and maintenance of 5 nature preserves totaling 1,500 acres, including 2 preserves open to the public with ADA trails, boardwalks and interpretive signage, providing new and innovative enhancements to the community.
● Assisted with private fundraising including cultivation and relationship building, participating in special events, creating of project proposals and reports, helping maintain and grow donor support and engagement.
● Participated in marketing, communications, and media, identifying target audiences and promoting initiatives.
● Volunteered to lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team, convening team and facilitating creation and implementation of actionable plan to improve the equitability and inclusivity of work.
● Voluntarily revived latent sustainability team and participated in examining carbon footprint, purchasing and office habits to improve programmatic sustainability.
Central Lake Erie Basin Project Manager @ The Nature Conservancy
Jan 2010 — Dec 2016
Developed and implemented projects and strategic plans, built strong relationships and facilitated partnerships that advanced regional goals around protection of land and water. Supervised 3 full-time staff, crews that averaged 3 - 6 people, and several volunteers. Managed yearly budget that averaged around $1M per year.
● Awarded and administered $2M in federal, state and private grant funding for multiple projects throughout northeast Ohio including restoration, recreation and education.
● Devised plans and lead renovation of retired summer camp into the ‘Grand River Conservation Campus,’ a hub for nature-based education.
● Managed Conservation Campus and oversaw maintenance and repairs for 2 dozen buildings, Class A wastewater treatment plant, public drinking water system, extensive roads and related infrastructure.
● Ensured state and federal legal requirements and deadlines were met, testing (water quality, asbestos), quality assurance planning and implementation and reporting on outcomes.
● Oversaw creation of new public trails and canoe launch, helping ensure ADA compliance with new construction and retrofit of older buildings and amenities.
● Developed new nature center, volunteer workforce and volunteer-led outdoor education programming, providing a resource never existing in previous years.
Northeast Ohio Preserves Manager @ The Nature Conservancy
Feb 2004 — Dec 2009
Directed and implemented management and maintenance of nature preserves and built effective collaborations that resulted in improved regional land management through shared resources. Supervised 3 seasonal staff and dozens of volunteers. Managed yearly budget of $100K+.
● Managed and maintained 9 nature preserves totaling 2,000+ acres including leadership of volunteer program, wetland restoration, invasive plant control, trail building and maintenance, ADA compliance, data collection, and neighbor and community relations. Assisted with land protection program.
● Worked with land owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members and public, generating support and implementing preserve projects.

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