Internship: Urban Stormwater Outreach Education Coordinator

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Providence, RI, USA 🇺🇸

Job ID: 53237

Location: Rhode Island

Full/Part Time:

Regular/Temporary: Temporary


Providence, Rhode Island, USA



The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges to create a world where people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want better insight into TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

The Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island is part of the Stormwater Innovation Center (SIC) based in Roger Williams Park. The SIC uses the City of Providence’s investment in green stormwater structures to better understand stormwater quality and benefits to wildlife habitat. In addition, the SIC provides training and education to municipalities and conducts outreach and community engagement. The Urban Stormwater Outreach Education Coordinator will contribute to the Stormwater Innovation Center’s work with the Cyanobacteria Monitoring Collaborative


The Urban Stormwater Outreach Education Coordinator implements community outreach and educational strategies that effectively communicate the Stormwater Innovation Center’s cyanobacteria and water quality monitoring program. They are accountable for the recruitment and training of volunteers and work with TNC staff to translate scientific data into meaningful and relevant outputs for diverse audiences. The coordinator provides leadership and direction to volunteers and works cooperatively with Conservancy staff and members, as well as partner organizations, agencies, and businesses. This individual supervises one high school intern, provides demonstration tours, and with the aid of Nature Conservancy staff, recruits and trains community members to monitor ponds in the upper watershed. The coordinator will also help conduct cyanobacteria assessments on a bi-weekly basis.


Are you looking for a career to help people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, onthe-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is a passionate, motivated problem-solver. The ideal candidate should be well-organized and have exceptional communication and collaboration skills. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the ongoing mission of conservation by engaging local community members about stormwater and cyanobacteria blooms. Come join TNC and apply today!

This position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background verification process. If selected for this position, you will be contacted by our verification vendor, HireRight, Inc., to participate in this screening process.


  • Graduate student enrolled in the URI MESM program.
  • Experience coordinating projects.
  • Experience following standard procedures and/or quality assurance plans


  • Coursework in hydrology preferred
  • Basic understanding of cyanobacteria life history
  • Multi-lingual skills appreciated
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred
  • Experience with public education associated with conservation projects or closely related fields
  • Ability to sell ideas to a wide variety of people and interest groups
  • Ability to organize time, manage diverse activities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to solicit program support through clear written communications, such as proposal writing and other written materials
  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license, and maintain a good driving record


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become 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, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package. While this position may be eligible for certain benefits, healthcare benefits are not offered due to the duration of this position. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on 

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ! This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.


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 cultures. 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 orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.


To apply for this opportunity, please send your cover letter and resume to the contact below:

Michelle Peach

Lecturer, MESM Program Coordinator

University of Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources Science


Application Deadline:  Monday, April 17, 2023




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development