Cities Project Manager

Louisville, KY, US

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The Cities Project Manager serves the Kentucky Chapter’s Cities Program in Louisville, Kentucky which is part of the Conservancy’s North America Cities Network. This network develops and implements nature-based solutions and conservation projects as essential components of healthy and climate-resilient cities. This Cities Project Manager will report to the Kentucky Director of Cities. The position is currently funded for three years.

Building on the Conservancy’s science-based, collaborative, results-oriented approach and its record of contributing creative and effective solutions to conservation challenges, our Cities program in Louisville is working on several priority projects that will help the city improve community resilience through nature-based solutions to conservation challenges facing the city and its residents. Our current projects include a first of its kind scientific experiment seeking to measure the human health benefits of increasing trees and other vegetation in an urban neighborhood; on the ground ecological enhancements of public spaces through tree planting initiatives; advancing natural strategies to address Louisville’s urban heat island, mapping the natural assets of Louisville, and youth engagement strategies. All of our work is done collaboratively with other leading institutions across Louisville and beyond.


The Kentucky Program Associate will be responsible for shaping and implementing strategies that will protect, conserve, enhance, and best utilize natural systems for the benefit of people and nature in Louisville’s urban environment, including increasing the resiliency of Louisville to environmental changes and challenges, improving air and water quality, and enhancing quality of life for all city residents.

This position focuses on the following key projects and efforts:

  • S/he will serve as the project lead for ecological enhancement projects in the Mill Creek watershed including but not limited to: developing scopes of work, conducting stakeholder analysis, strategy mapping, contract management, developing and implementing monitoring plans, coordination of internal and external partners, and drafting correspondence.
  • S/he will also assist with essential project management needs for the Cities program including assisting the Director with critical project management for a large, multiyear, and complex collaborative research project. S/he will maintain and develop processes to monitor and measure project progress, maintain and track data, produce and review reports, and ensure key project deadlines are met. S/he will implement processes and practices in order to improve effectiveness.
  • S/he will also serve as the Kentucky Chapter’s lead GIS specialist, may assist with youth engagement strategies, and may assist as needed with other conservation activities of the Chapter.

Additionally, the Associate will communicate and coordinate with staff in various programs across the Conservancy; as well as with donors, volunteers, vendors, and external stakeholders.


  • Work within the scope of the Cities program and the Kentucky Chapter’s strategic goals.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Coordinate regular meetings with staff and external partners; manage meeting logistics, agendas and minutes.
  • Coordinate projects with several variables and associates, work within a defined timeline and budget.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity in handling confidential information.
  • Duties may require non-routine analysis, research, and follow-through.
  • Financial responsibility includes purchasing, processing invoices, contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget preparation/management.
  • Travel throughout the state and work flexible hours as needed in other Kentucky conservation project areas.
  • May supervise support or administrative staff.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a science field related to urban ecology or natural resource management and 3 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in on the ground conservation project implementation, translating high level goals into on the ground action.
  • Experience managing complex projects, including monitoring field work, financial aspects, meeting deadlines, and coordinating the work of peers and partners.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing and interpreting statistical or environmental data.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to details.
  • Experience giving presentations to diverse audiences such as the general public, scientists, stakeholders, funders and policy-makers.
  • Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams, working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Experience managing staff or volunteers.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, etc.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.


  • Master’s degree in a field related to urban ecology and 3-5 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Knowledge of Louisville’s urban landscape – both biophysically and institutionally.
  • Knowledge of relevant local policy.
  • Familiarity with types and functionality of nature-based solutions including urban ecology, air quality, excessive urban heat, and storm water/wastewater.
  • Strong knowledge of common GIS (ESRI ®) mapping software applications including spatial analysis tool proficiency and database management tools.
  • Interest in the human health dimensions of environmental and conservation challenges including socio-ecological systems and environmentally overburdened communities.
  • Relationship building skills to work closely a variety of partners, i.e., media, government officials, academia, and internal Scientists.
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and youth or other experience working with local community members.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience preferred.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills 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

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Job Title: Cities Project Manager

Location: Kentucky

Job ID: 45117

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time