Nature Conservancy: Freshwater Project Coordinator

Application deadline: May 30, 2017

The Nature Conservancy seeks a Freshwater Project Coordinator to develop, coordinate, and advance 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.

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.

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.

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