The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!
The Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative is a new program of The Nature Conservancy that helps to maintain the health of urban forests, to address the major threat that non-native pests pose to our trees and forests in urban and rural settings, and to engage people in the care and stewardship of community trees and forests. The goals of the program are to improve the health and long-term viability of urban trees, prevent new pests and pathogens from degrading natural forests, and to connect urban residents to nature where they live, work, and play. The initiative will enhance and complement existing tree planting efforts; establish coordinated systems for monitoring tree health and early detection of tree pests; improve the health and successful establishment of both newly planted trees and those in the existing forest canopy; and engage youth and the community in these efforts. The Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative will complement existing urban forest programs in a way that adds value and focuses on the Conservancy's core strengths and conservation mission.
Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)
The Conservation Coordinator will coordinate implementation of the Healthy Trees, Healthy NYC program and will assist with the implementation of the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities program in other pilot cities. The position will provide support and project management to advance the Forest Health Program's communication and outreach goals. Duties will include conducting outreach, coordinating volunteers, collecting, assembling, and analyzing various types of data and information, and assisting in the production of reports, documents, outreach materials, presentations, and other program work products.
- Undergraduate student with coursework related to environmental studies and communications, or relevant employment experience.
- Outgoing, self-starter with ability to work independently and as a team.
- Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.
- Courteous, personable, tactful ability to deal enthusiastically and sensitively with the public.
- Superb organizational skills, with proven ability to meet deadlines.
- Flexibility and willingness to travel and work weekends and long hours.
- Proficiency with social media platforms; Photo and video editing skills are a plus.
- Knowledge of or interest in forest ecology preferred but not required.
For more information and to apply, please visit www.nature.org/careers and search for job ID#41095 in the keyword search. Deadline to apply is June 7, 2013. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.