Coastal Resilience Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Easton, MD, US


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 79 countries and territories, 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.


Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Maryland/DC Chapter’s Resilient Coasts Team!  The MD/DC Chapter Resilient Coasts Program is empowering Maryland’s coastal communities and habitats with the tools they need to adapt to sea level rise. The Coastal Resilience Project Manager will bring their social science and community engagement expertise to bear in working with communities, landowners and local governments. In close collaboration with these partners, they will develop and implement equitable, coastal nature-based projects in priority landscapes (including Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore). A successful candidate will have experience in: community engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion-focused stakeholder engagement approaches; relationship building and management; budget, contract and project management; science communication and outreach to the public, strategic planning; and engaging with local governments and decision-makers. This is a full time position that will report to the Resilient Coasts Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Maryland/DC Chapter, and work as part of a team of the Resilient Coasts team of scientists, policy experts, marketing and development professionals to successfully implement this work. 


The Maryland/DC Coastal Resilience Project Manager (CRPM) plays a key role in leading engagements with coastal communities to develop and implement equitable coastal nature-based adaptation solutions across our priority landscapes in Maryland. This role will focus on using best available social science for community engagement to demonstrate what equitable coastal nature-based adaptation can look like. The CRPM builds strong, collaborative relationships with non-profit partners, community members, landowners, regulatory agencies, local government partners, and local decision-makers to implement nature-based adaptation approaches that maximize positive outcomes for coastal habitats and communities. The CRPM works to implement community-based demonstrations of nature-based adaptation on-the-ground and to ensure local planning, policy, and financing frameworks advance coastal nature-based solutions, with a focus on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.

  • Bring social science and science communication expertise to community engagement efforts to advance coastal nature-based solutions in priority landscapes.
  • Lead collaborations with community members and local and regulatory partners to develop, contract, design, permit, and implement coastal nature-based adaptation projects. 
  • Build relationships and networks to advance innovative, equitable coastal nature-based adaptation approaches across Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore.
  • Effectively communicate science to the general public and partners, representing the Conservancy while working collaboratively with communities to develop and implement adaptation projects.
  • Write technical letters, reports, requests for proposals, contracts, publications.
  • Manage project schedules, budgets, contracts, and interface with diverse, multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Work effectively with academic and non-profit partners, staff, community members, landowners, contractors, regulatory agencies, and local decision-makers to advance coastal nature-based adaptation approaches.


Qualified candidates must be able to collaboratively engage community representatives, coastal landowners and managers, academic partners, and local decision-makers to develop and implement coastal nature-based adaptation projects that benefit both people and nature.

  • Bring social science expertise to bear in leading community engagement efforts across Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore to increase the protection of coastal habitats and their migration corridors and to implement nature-based adaptation approaches
  • Lead community-driven nature-based adaptation efforts.             
  • Work with scientists and engineers to identify sites that would be most optimal for constructing coastal nature-based adaptation projects.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.        
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.           
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree in coastal management, sustainability, environmental policy, sociology, anthropology, or similar field and 3 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers. 
  • Relationship building experience to work closely with a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, internal scientists.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience with communication via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Experience in training.                  
  • Must have valid driver’s license. 


  • Master’s or Ph.D. in coastal management, sustainability, environmental policy, sociology, anthropology, or related field OR 5-7 years’ experience in community engagement, coastal climate adaptation, or related field.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation strategies, policies, plans, and projects.
  • Experienced in the implementation of community-driven coastal adaptation projects. 
  • Familiarity with Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore communities, and state and local coastal managers.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in coastal adaptation.
  • Familiarity with best available social science and best practice for community engagement and communication around coastal climate adaptation.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Excellent communication skills around climate change and adaptation via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


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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