Policy & Research Analyst

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Philadelphia, PA, US

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 74 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. We are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.  Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy in Pennsylvania and Delaware builds strategies and initiatives to create healthy, resilient and sustainable urban environments across both states, with a significant focus on Philadelphia and Wilmington. The Policy and Research Analyst plays a key role on the Urban Conservation team in PA/DE to further TNC’s mission through science research, policy analysis, metrics development, and report-writing. This position will contribute to the implementation of multi-scale urban conservation strategies with a specific focus on advancing research, science, and municipal policy measures for nature-based solutions such as green stormwater infrastructure.  The Urban Conservation Program builds on the Conservancy’s science-based, collaborative, results-oriented approach and its record of contributing creative and effective solutions to conservation challenges in cities

We are looking for an energetic and motivated person who can provide science research and policy analysis in support of TNC’s conservation priorities, with a key focus on the co-benefits of nature-based solutions such as green stormwater infrastructure.  They perform scientific, technical, and policy analysis, develop frameworks; manage consultants and working groups; write briefings and long-form reports; produce presentations; work collaboratively with internal staff and external stakeholders; and coordinate meetings and agendas. They assist in the development of metrics-informed policy initiatives in our partner cities and develop strategies on how to advance nature-based solutions for complex urban challenges to meet the needs of nature and people, now and for future generations in the face of a changing climate.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS and 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience supporting complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Analytical and project management experience.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree in public policy, political science, environmental science or policy, water resource management, financing, public administration, business, economics, or related field preferred.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated. 
  • 2 years of project management experience or at least 1 year acting as a project lead, including experience in project planning, budgeting, and execution.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight, working across teams and operating units to achieve optimal results. 
  • Strong team player who can work collaboratively and build equitable partnerships and relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Strong applied research and writing skills, with ability to synthesize complex information in a short time and produce high quality materials that effectively communicate science and policy analysis.
  • Experience identifying key stakeholders, building networks and forming interdisciplinary, productive teams that advance a specific mission, particularly as it relates to conservation and sustainable practices in urban settings.
  • Experience overseeing and executing applied research in the field of urban water resources from planning, contract development and implementation. Working knowledge and/or comfortability with municipal finance appreciated.
  • Familiarity with urban political landscape and green storm water infrastructure programs, policies and innovations underway regionally, nationally, internationally.
  • Working knowledge and/or experience of data collection and management appreciated.
  • Knowledge of and interest in urban conservation issues and trends. Familiarity with types and functionality of nature-based solutions to address storm water, air quality, urban heat island effect, flooding.
  • Understanding of the human health dimensions of environmental and conservation challenges including socio-ecological systems and environmentally overburdened communities.  Awareness and experience in environmental and/or social justice related work. 
  • Equity-minded with a desire for continued learning about socio-historical context of historic underrepresentation, questioning assumptions, and making evidence-based decisions a regular practice.

The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to our natural world.  Through strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to fund a global vision, and building long-term relationships with communities, government agencies and commercial businesses to conserve natural resources at a new scale.

If you have a personal passion for conserving the natural world with a belief in the mission and values of The Nature Conservancy, then please visit http://www.nature.org/careers to learn more. Submit your cover letter and resume for position number 48591 by 11:59 pm ET on March 29th, 2020.

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 all genders, diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.