Nature-Based Solutions Coordinator: Missouri

The Nature Conservancy
Job Category
Full time Positions
Starting salary range $53,000 - $61,000
Start Date
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OFFICE LOCATION St. Louis, Missouri, USA The Nature-based Solutions Coordinator will primarily work from a home office in Missouri, flexible within the state but ideally located in or near the Ozarks region of Missouri. WHO WE ARE Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. YOUR POSITION WITH TNC Climate change is causing increased disasters such as flooding, which are impacting both people and nature. Tackling climate change and helping people adapt is one of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) priorities. Nature provides a powerful set of tools to help both people and nature adapt to a changing climate. We are working to enable communities to use nature-based solutions (NBS) to be more resilient to disaster hazards. Approximately 75% of this position initially will focus on leading TNC Missouri’s work for widespread implementation of stream smart NBS low-water road crossing replacements (such as low-water span bridges) that restore stream function and water quality, improve wildlife habitat, reduce flood risk to infrastructure and protect public safety. A key focus will be advancing deployment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding for NBS low-water crossings at scale across the Ozarks region of Missouri. Additional NBS’s that this position will support potentially include deploying stream restoration projects through natural streambank stabilization, green stormwater infrastructure, floodplain and wetland restoration and protection, and levee setbacks. The Nature-based Solutions Coordinator will primarily work from a home office in Missouri, ideally located in or near the Ozarks region of the state. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Nature-based Solutions Coordinator will work with and convene local, regional, state and federal partners to identify opportunities and barriers and make recommendations collaboratively to scale up use of NBS low-water crossings statewide with a focus on the Ozarks region. The Coordinator will provide project management for strategic demonstration projects, lead collaborative development of a communications and outreach strategy, conduct outreach to key target audiences, and provide funding expertise on federal and state funding programs and grant writing to assist local communities with NBS low-water crossing replacements. RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE Identify and prioritize NBS low-water crossing replacement projects for implementation collaboratively with MO NBS Team and partners. Manage NBS demonstration low-water crossing construction projects in coordination with local communities and agency partners. Hire contractors and manage contracts including construction and engineering. Research and write grants for NBS implementation. Support an open and inclusive environment and actively participate in diversity, equity, and inclusion learning opportunities. Conduct tours for donors, partners, etc. Convene and collaborate with local, regional, state and federal partners to develop statewide strategy and priority recommendations for funding approaches, NBS designs, identify barriers and opportunities for NBS low-water crossing implementation. Research funding sources for NBS low-water crossing implementation, develop easy guidance reference factsheet for partners and assist communities with grant writing. Coordinate development of storytelling assets and communication strategies to inspire widespread adoption of NBS low-water crossings in collaboration with partners and communications staff. Conduct outreach including presentations and field demonstration site visits. Contribute to MO NBS Team and support team lead in developing and coordinating effective MO NBS team meetings. Support other NBS projects as identified by NBS team lead. The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of all genders with diverse backgrounds, beliefs and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we 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.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • BA/BS degree in conservation, biology, environmental planning, public policy or related field and 3 years’ experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. • Experience in partnership development (community, government, consultants, etc.); including cultivating and maintaining meaningful professional contacts. • Experience in coordinating and implementing projects and initiatives. • Valid Driver’s License. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience implementing and contracting for crossings for aquatic organism passage, stream restoration, or other construction or projects using transferable skills. • Proven experience convening partners and building trust to work collaboratively for common goals. • Experience with grant writing. • Ability to synthesize complex material in written, oral and presentation formats for easy understanding. • Outstanding oral communication and presentation skills. • Self-motivated independent worker capable of being productive when working from a home office with limited in-person interactions. • Multi-cultural, cross-cultural, multi-lingual skills, background, or experience. • Experience with GIS and Excel. • Experience with federal and state grant programs, and transportation programs. • A demonstrated level of awareness, understanding and the ability to communicate about justice and systemic inequalities that affect the field of environmental conservation. • Outstanding organizational skills.
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Lori Chapman
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