Jed Wright Fellow for River Health

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Brunswick, ME, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


Jed Wright worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Maine as the project leader for the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program. Jed cared deeply about rivers, fisheries, and partnerships and finding solutions that made the world a better place. Through the Jed Wright Fellowship for River Health, we are instilling Jed’s conservation ethic in future generations while providing a pathway for future graduates of all cultures, experiences, and identities, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, to learn firsthand about conservation work for Maine’s rivers and communities.


The Jed Wright Fellow will work closely with our staff, other crew members, and conservation partners to gain on-the-job experience and skills directly applicable to river and aquatic restoration in Maine. The Fellow will survey and monitor road crossings for fish passage in suburban, rural and remote areas of Maine. Tasks may include conducting surveys at and around culverts, coordinating survey sites, field work logistics, site data entry and quality control, photo file management, operating total station survey equipment, tablets and GPS field equipment to and measure physical metrics at survey sites, all in a variety of field conditions. This position will require extensive travel time, overnights, and work in remote locations.

This is preferably a 15-week full time seasonal position beginning June 3, 2019; however, we have some flexibility on start dates and can consider a Fellow that needs a slightly shorter assignment.


  • Works in a crew of two or more.
  • Weekly schedule of (4) 10-hour days with contiguous overnights.
  • Will work in variable weather conditions in remote locations, and at times on difficult and hazardous terrain under occasionally physically demanding circumstances.
  • Works under infrequent supervision. Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Plans and implements surveys at road stream crossings with a rigorous data collection protocol.
  • Collects all necessary field data using tablets; completes data entry and photo management.
  • Maps progress and navigates around Maine watersheds.
  • Performs on-site quality control as well as checks of data entry and management.
  • Acts as a positive ambassador for The Nature Conservancy and Atlantic Salmon Federation working with towns, rural communities, large private landowners and other natural resource agencies and conservation organizations.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Must hold a valid US driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Experience with attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with communication skills (in-person, phone, email).


  • Multi-cultural, multi-lingual skills, or cross-cultural experience.
  • Students enrolled in a vocational, 2, or 4-year college program, preferably in a science field, are encouraged to apply.
  • Individual experience that can bring a perspective to our work that is different from what is represented by much of our staff.
  • Field experience or training in science-related discipline.
  • Ability to perform demanding physical work outdoors, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Experience entering data and managing data storage and web up/down-loads.
  • CPR and first aid training.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and navigate in remote locations using road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
  • Experience using technology (i.e. tablets, GPS) to navigate and record data or willingness to learn.
  • Meticulousness with data entry, quality control, and management of files.
  • Keen desire to expand skills and experience in the environmental field.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, and fish, wildlife, and plant identification or willingness to learn.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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