WEDG Neighborhoods Fellow (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines)

Waterfront Alliance
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The Waterfront Alliance is an alliance of more than 1,000 organizations with ties to our regional waterways. Together we are working to transform the waters of the New York Harbor and waterfront into clean and accessible places to live, work, and play, with inviting parks, dependable jobs, and reliable, eco-friendly transportation for all. Our mission is to inspire and enable resilient, revitalized, and accessible coastlines for all communities.

WEDG® (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) is a credit system, set of guidelines, and education and engagement platform for catalyzing resilient, accessible, and ecologically-sound urban waterfronts: think LEED® for the waterfront. A nationally-applicable version of WEDG was launched in 2018, developed by a cross-cutting field of experts convened by Waterfront Alliance to provide better guidance amid a complex regulatory environment and the threats of climate change and coastal storms. In the same way that LEED has done for buildings, WEDG aims to shift the market toward more resilient, accessible, and ecologically-responsible waterfront design.

While the program expands, it is also committed to increasing its grassroots engagement in New York City. This fall, the Waterfront Alliance will launch a city-wide WEDG Neighborhoods campaign to engage and empower waterfront communities to advocate for their rights to resilient, ecologically-sound, and accessible waterfronts using WEDG and its Harbor Scorecard tools. While WEDG helps to illustrate what good waterfronts can look like, the Harbor Scorecard provides a neighborhood-by-neighborhood index of what New York City’s waterfronts currently look like, in terms of waterfront access, water quality, and coastal resiliency. This grassroots coalition-building and information exchange will also feed into broader policy efforts to increase citywide resilience and access convened by the Waterfront Alliance.


The Waterfront Alliance seeks a WEDG Neighborhoods Fellow to play a lead role in citywide outreach. The fellow will work with the Waterfront Alliance’s program associate and director of resilience to implement the citywide campaign, by building relationships with each of the city’s 41 waterfront community boards through digital and in-person outreach. The primary focus of the role will be to develop relationships with each of the community boards, to work with key Alliance Partners to coordinate on outreach efforts, and to present at community board meetings about the Waterfront Alliance’s resilience tools (WEDG and its Harbor Scorecard). The fellow will also support the Waterfront Alliance’s broader initiatives to develop policy priorities for resilience and access, through this grassroots lens based on outreach and engagement at the community level. The position offers an enriching and rewarding opportunity to work with a small and dedicated team focused on making our shared waterways and waterfronts more resilient, particularly for lower-income and highly vulnerable communities throughout the city.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Waterfront Alliance encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical ability or any other legally protected basis.


  • Conduct in-person and digital outreach to all waterfront community boards throughout New York City to introduce the Waterfront Alliance’s resilience tools (WEDG and the Harbor Scorecard), working with the Waterfront Alliance’s program associate and communications team to deliver the campaign
  • Test the efficacy and improve WEDG Neighborhoods communication and outreach tools, including presentations, brochures, and scripts
  • Be a front-facing representative of the Waterfront Alliance; present at community board meetings and other public events to promote communities’ rights to resilient, ecologically-sound, and accessible waterfronts and encourage community groups to take the WEDG Pledge and/or adopt resolutions to use WEDG for waterfront developments
  • Engage and provide assistance to community boards and local stakeholders to take a more proactive role on land use and waterfront development issues
  • Other assignments as determined.


  • Energetic and collaborative spirit, with the ability to work independently and take initiative
  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in the fields of planning, public policy, architecture, landscape architecture, sociology, or related field
  • Strong public speaking skills and experience working with low-income, immigrant, and communities of color and/or with grassroots/community-led organizations preferred
  • Familiarity with issues related to urban planning, social and environmental justice, and design in coastal areas
  • Advanced/excellent proficiency with design software (e.g. Adobe Create Suite) preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Spanish, Chinese, or Russian preferred
  • A high level of organization and attention to detail


This part-time temporary position offers flexible timing to be determined in collaboration with the program associate (on average 15-20 hours per week, including some evenings) from November through April, and pays $20 per hour with limited benefits. The position is located at the Waterfront Alliance’s offices at 217 Water Street in lower Manhattan, with travel to community board meetings and other events within New York City expected.

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