Coastal Wetlands Strategy Associate

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Arlington, VA, United States 🇺🇸

The Coastal Wetlands Strategy Associate contributes to the analysis and development of the global wetlands strategy in support of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Ocean Team. Our global coastal wetlands strategy aims to protect and restorethe world’s wetlands through scientific research, site-based demonstrations and policy reform. By protecting and restoring the world’s wetlands we can address climate change while also protecting healthy lands and waters, and improving communities and economies. As part of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Ocean Team, this position reports directly to the Global Wetlands Strategy Lead. 

Our preferred locations for this position are our World Office in Arlington, VA or Philadelphia, PA.


The Coastal Wetlands Strategy Associate assists the Global Wetlands Strategy Lead with the development, implementation and management of the global wetlands and natural climate solutions conservation plans and strategies. They develop key topical expertise in coastal wetlands and blue carbon to drive strategy development and implementation.They work to develop and collaborate with a network of field colleagues to support the adoption of key conservation strategies throughout our organization. With supervision from the Global Wetlands Strategy Lead, s/he will work with additional staff on developing outreach materials, conducting data analyses and literature reviews and write project reports, policy briefs and communication pieces to help further The Conservancy’s coastal wetlands work.


  • Designs, implements and directs complex and diverse projects encompassing the global wetlands strategy including blue carbon initiatives.           
  • Incorporates cross disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives. 
  • Serves as a team leader for assigned projects with support from the Global Wetlands Strategy lead.
  • Serves as The Conservancy’s point of contact on assigned multi-stakeholder projects.
  • With the assistance of the Global Wetlands Strategy Lead and other staff, produces reports, builds budgets, fact sheets, and other materials that will be utilized by scientists, policy-makers and the public.
  • Acts as a Project Manager to support the adoption of key strategies and the implementation of conservation projects throughout the global coastal wetlands and blue carbon strategies.
  • Requires willingness and ability to travel up to 25% both domestically and internationally, evening and weekend hours may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Ecology, Conservation Science, Policy, Resource Management or related field and 3 years of related experience or equivalent combination. 
  • Experience supporting complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment.
  • Analytical and project management experience.


  • Experience, coursework, or other training in coastal ecosystems and in politics and society with respect to environmental and international affairs.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural work experience are appreciated (e.g. Spanish, Indonesian, French).
  • Graduate Degree in Ecology, Conservation Science, Policy, Resource Management or related field.
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall Global Ocean Team outcomes, goals, strategies, and plans. Able to meet deadlines.
  • Experience developing business plans or major strategy assessments, particularly with conservation forms of valuation, deal structuring, negotiations support, financial modeling and analysis, business planning.
  • Experience working in a team environment, building relationships and working collaboratively across organizations, including senior management, and with Conservancy partners.
  • Experience developing end products with one or more of the following software tools; PowerPoint, Word, Excel, cloud and web based tools including SharePoint, WebEx/conferencing software, Skype, Google Hangouts, and DropBox or similar.


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