Freshwater Project Coordinator

Keene Valley, NY, US

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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.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Freshwater Project Coordinator develops, coordinates, and advances aquatic connectivity projects, including but not limited to helping municipalities install climate-resilient and fish-friendly road-stream crossing replacements. This position will contribute to building a model aquatic regional partnership in the Adirondack region of New York State that might be replicated in other geographies.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Freshwater Project Coordinator will work with staff to expand an existing pilot program to become a model regional partnership to improve aquatic connectivity and community resilience through right-sizing road-stream crossings and related strategies in the Adirondack region of New York State. This position will work with municipalities to assess, prioritize, and replace undersized and vulnerable culverts with structures that allow for natural stream flow, mitigate flooding, and provide fish and wildlife passage. The Freshwater Project Coordinator will develop diverse partnerships, and build capacity for new efforts by identifying funding opportunities and developing proposals. This position will (1) provide technical expertise to partners and project management support for implementation, (2) coordinate information sharing on best practices, funding opportunities, and science, and (3) participate in cross-site learning among practitioners focused on similar priorities across New York State and the northeastern USA. This position will think creatively about how to scale up and leverage current efforts to improve aquatic connectivity through infrastructure redesign.

The Freshwater Project Coordinator is a three-year full time position with the possibility of extension.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Coordinates the TNC Adirondack Chapter’s aquatic connectivity projects and partnerships.
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in at least one of the following: stream hydrology, geomorphology, aquatic ecology, engineering, transportation planning and design, or similar field.
  • Fosters effective partnerships with federal and state agencies, municipal transportation departments, conservation groups, citizen scientists, and other organizations to implement key strategies.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • 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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years’ experience in a relevant field (ecology, hydrology, transportation planning, transportation design, geomorphology) or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Proven skills in building and maintaining positive working relationships with a variety of partners (e.g., state agency staff, engineers, local government officials, internal scientists, media).

  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).

  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means.

  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, databases, web browsers, etc.

  • Must have valid driver’s license and good driving record.

Preferred Skills:

  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in ecology and transportation.

  • Field experience.

  • Experience working in partnership with the transportation sector.

  • Experience manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data.

  • Experience with GIS, GPS, and using handheld data collectors.

  • Experience fundraising, including grant writing.

  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross cultural experience appreciated.

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.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

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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 men and women of 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.

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