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Job: Green Pathways Outreach Fellow, at the Nature Conservancy

TERM/LENGTH OF ASSIGNMENT: This is a two-year, full-time (35 hours/week) fellowship starting in September 2019.
LOCATION: Seattle, Washington
SUPERVISOR: Carrie Krueger, Director of Marketing
SALARY: The starting rate for this position is $21.28/hour.
BENEFITS: The Nature Conservancy’s generous benefits include paid annual and sick leave, 11 paid holidays, 401k savings-plan (with matching for eligible employees after 1 year), comprehensive medical/vision/dental insurance, pre-tax health and dependent day-care flexible spending accounts, health insurance for domestic partners, and more.


The Nature Conservancy is a Green Pathways Partner. Green Pathways is a program that creates a pathway to the green sector for low-income young adults in living wage entry-level positions in the environmental justice movement.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Guided by science, it creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners.

Summary of Position

The Nature Conservancy is working to grow accessibility and visibility in local communities in the Puget Sound region by increasing engagement with audiences we haven’t historically connected with. The Green Pathways Outreach Fellow will work as part of the marketing team to consider several forms of outreach, which may include increasing TNC presence at community events, creating volunteer opportunities for new audiences, and connecting new groups to our lands and preserves by facilitating experiential outdoor opportunities.

Together we will prioritize and implement specific outreach projects or activities, based on the Fellow’s area of interest and community needs, while building the Fellow’s skills and knowledge to help prepare them for a future in conservation work.

Essential Functions

The Fellow will help develop our community outreach program which will include research, collaborative decision making, project management, and partnership management. Essential functions include:

Outreach (75%)

Create outreach projects and activities to equitably broaden our engagement with communities we haven’t historically connected with. This person will help us develop equitable relationships, broaden support and help build the future of the environmental movement.

  • Research – To help us answer questions like:
    • What are the best ways for TNC to increase our accessibility and visibility in local communities?
    • Which groups should we be working with and how do we connect with them?
    • How do we use TNC resources to equitably build those relationships?
  • Collaboration, both internal and external
    • Work with staff to implement outreach plan
    • Build and strengthen relationships with community groups and individuals
  • Project/event management
    • Help take a project or event idea from inception to execution and evaluation.

Coaching and Leadership Development (15%)

The fellow will participate in leadership development, with full access to a myriad of learning and growth opportunities offered by The Nature Conservancy. They will have a mentor as well as a manager and together they will craft a growth and development plan allowing the fellow to emerge from this fellowship with a solid skills and experience base and a resume with strong and specific accomplishments.

General Operations (10%)

The fellow will participate in team and all staff meetings, be responsible for standard administrative expectations applicable to all employees, and will have opportunities to learn about TNC’s work in Washington and globally. The fellow to be exposed to and explore other aspects of communication and community engagement in the environmental sector. We are open to hearing their goals and creating time for them to be pursued, assuring they are set up for a role in this sector at the end of the fellowship.

Responsibilities and Scope

Level of Position: This is an entry level position and duties are performed under general supervision and within established guidelines.

Within the scope of the position, the Fellow will:

  • Work closely with Marketing and Stewardship staff to research the best opportunities for creating a program to equitably broaden our engagement.
  • Put together recommendations for building a program, work with a team to decide on the approach(es), and implement specific projects or activities.
  • Facilitate experiential opportunities for a diverse range of people to connect with nature, science, and conservation using our preserves as a platform.

Work Environment and Schedule

  • 35 hours per week
  • Work is primarily performed in a professional, open office environment.
  • Field work may develop as part of this position depending on Fellow’s interest. This may include participating in and/or leading work parties which often involve physical labor such as digging, planting, removing of invasive species etc.
  • May include occasional travel within Washington State and driving of self and others. Rental or TNC-owned vehicles provided but dependent on license status.
  • Occasionally requires working flexible hours and/or weekends.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year of work experience*
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience
  • Experience in and/or passion for community outreach or connections
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with MS Office
  • Ability to follow instructions from colleagues
  • Experience organizing time and managing diverse activities to meet deadlines;
  • Experience performing one or more administrative processes

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills are appreciated.
  • Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  • Previous experience with or connections to community groups in greater Puget Sound region.

Additional Information

YOUTH SAFETY — The Nature Conservancy requires everyone who may come in contact with youth to taking a youth safety training and pass a background check. This position will require a successful background check before hiring and completion of the training in the first 30 days of employment.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Its commitment to diversity includes the recognition that its conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and they encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

To request assistance or accommodation, please contact Florence Sum at [email protected].

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