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 74 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 www.nature.org 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.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
This short-term, full-time summer position provides hands-on exposure to all aspects of the Adirondack Chapter’s work, both in the field and in our office in Keene Valley, NY, located in the heart of the Adirondack Park.
The Adirondack Conservation Associate will work on projects as assigned in the areas of communications and marketing, conservation science, threat abatement, land protection and stewardship, and fundraising:
Lead Project – NY Land Trust Atlas Project: The Associate will facilitate the collection and curation of data to accurately map the service areas of the 108 land trusts operating across the State of New York. This will include outreach to request the data, implementing a quality assurance protocol to ensure accuracy and consistency. Once collected, they will develop an online mapping tool to be published and shared with the Land Trust Alliance and the wider land trust community. After the initial mapping tool is developed, and if time permits, the Associate will continue to engage with the NY land trust community in a beta testing phase to add additional data and functionality to the mapping tool to increase its usefulness.
Additional potential projects:
Threat Abatement: Assist the Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Project Coordinators with invasive species prevention, control, monitoring, and data processing as well as public education and outreach throughout the Adirondack region.
Communications: Assist the Communications and Community Engagement Manager with preparing outreach, educational, marketing and other materials for various audiences, including donors, partners and the media.
Stewardship: Assist stewardship staff with various aspects of preserve and conservation easement stewardship activities. Tasks might include: compiling and synthesizing visitor data; boundary and trail maintenance work; and recordkeeping.
Fundraising: Assist Philanthropy staff with all aspects of trips and special events, including logistics, donor relations, and producing informational materials.
Land Protection: Assist the Land Protection Manager with various aspects of land protection, such as public records research and assisting with select projects, including field evaluation of candidate sites.
Conservation Science: Assist science staff with research in the Adirondacks, which may include: ongoing terrestrial and aquatic connectivity research; ecological assessment field work; literature reviews, or other projects both in the office and in the field.
General: In addition to the listed duties, there might be clerical and other work as needed to support priorities or special projects that can benefit from the Associate’s skills and interests. Work will be both in the office and in the field. The Associate will work closely with many members of the staff. The successful candidate is expected to work independently as well as with colleagues, members and donors, volunteers, partners and the public. Field work will be in all sorts of weather, sometimes in remote locations with rugged terrain.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
Dates and Compensation:
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
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 www.nature.org/careers.
HOW TO APPLY
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Conservation Associate (Adirondacks)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Keene Valley, NY, US