East River Community Resilience Fellow

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Sturgeon Bay, WI, USA 🇺🇸


Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA


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The East River Community Resilience Fellow will work closely with the Conservancy’s Wisconsin Chapter staff, local partners, and eight municipalities to continue building a Community of Practice (CoP) for the East River Watershed in Brown County, Wisconsin where communities face an increasing threat from flooding. The focus of the CoP is to build knowledge and collaborative relationships among County and local officials and staff, practitioners, scientists, NGOs and outreach specialists to reduce flooding impacts in the East River Watershed. This is a 6-month fellowship open to highly motivated recent graduates with, at a minimum, a bachelor’s from the degree program in environmental science or related subjects. This fellowship could be extended for 2 additional years if pending grants are received. This fellowship will provide a well-rounded learning experience and help prepare the fellow for future conservation careers. The successful candidate will work frequently in the Green Bay area and can choose to be based in our Northeast Wisconsin Office located in Sturgeon Bay or another agreed upon location.  The compensation for this position begins at $40,000 and is commensurate with experience.  


The East River Community Resilience Fellow will work closely with the Wisconsin Chapter staff of The Nature Conservancy, local partners and municipalities, and natural resources professionals.

Tasks will include:

  • Frequently meeting and working with partners in the Green Bay area.
  • Continue a Community of Practice for the East River Watershed to share knowledge and build collaborative relationships to develop watershed-based solutions collectively with a resiliency focus. Develop a monthly e-newsletters and host a group meeting. 
  • Work with municipal staff (e.g. City of Green Bay) to complete a Coastal Watershed Resilience Self-Assessment to help identify hazards and opportunities to increase the resilience of their community.
  • Aid in building a Community-Based Watershed Resilience Framework that will outline the vision, goals, and near-term actions for building community capacity and resilience to address flooding and water quality issues within the East River Watershed.
  • Support partners and communities as they develop scientific tools necessary to inform decision-making, including a high-level model that will inform future efforts of communities in the East River watershed to plan for, mitigate and respond to flooding issues.
  • Assist municipal partners in steps of early implementation (e.g. help apply for grants, cross-boundary planning).


  • Talks with stakeholders in the East River watershed to understand their goals and opportunities to increase resilience.
  • Performs duties under general supervision and established guidelines.
  • Prioritizes work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
  • Makes day-to-day decisions within the scope of work assignments.
  • Maintains data generated through interviews and surveys with stakeholders in an organized manner.
  • May participate in additional programs or tasks at key junctures (e.g. marketing and communications).


  • Bachelor’s Degree in science-related field and 1-year experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Degree completed within the last 18 months.
  • Experience building relationships utilizing interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Experience with common software applications (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, web browser).
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Master’s degree in environmental and sustainability studies, water resources management, coastal and marine science, social sciences, public policy, or a related discipline.
  • Experience working in group settings with colleagues, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Coordinating a diverse group of stakeholders; experience in social science activities.
  • Experience with GIS software and data to create maps.
  • Time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Knowledge of various ecosystem services.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with TNC’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.” To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

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.


To apply for job ID 50182, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected].

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