National Wildlife Federation seeks a Conservation Programs Coordinator to join our Mid-Atlantic Regional Center team, based in Annapolis, Maryland and reporting to the Senior Manager of Education and Community Conservation. In this role you will support and grow on the ground program work in the Mid-Atlantic region. Your areas of focus include: 1) Engaging and empowering diverse communities to create and maintain pollinator/wildlife habitat with a key aim of improving both wildlife and human health as well as climate resiliency; 2) Providing more opportunities for kids to gain an appreciation and understanding of the natural world, with an emphasis on bringing nature to kids at their homes, schools, and other community settings; and 3) Educating teachers, school staff, and other community members about habitat restoration and related topics (i.e. stormwater management, energy/water conservation, etc). You will both help to organize and manage existing projects and have opportunities to help develop and grow new projects. Central to this role is the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with individuals, schools, and community organizations, including places of worship, neighborhood associations, and community development corporations.
You will be responsible for:
- Supporting regional recruitment and participation in NWF’s Sacred Grounds, Schoolyard Habitat, Community Wildlife Habitat, Eco-Schools USA, and other programs.
- Coordinating the installation and maintenance of native pollinator gardens, including hands-on planting with schools and community members.
- Assisting with the development and delivery of educational and outreach workshops for school and community audiences.
- Supporting the execution of other events, including Baltimore Wildlife Week, as needed.
- Communicating and collaborating with on-the-ground partners, community members, project contractors, and volunteers.
- Developing and supporting a network of committed volunteers to facilitate habitat conservation in their communities, including managing maintenance of the Oriole Garden at Camden Yards.
- Assisting in identifying new project opportunities by attending meetings and community events in target locations/regions.
- Promoting NWF’s programs and initiatives through media and communications outlets, including assisting with the development of content for our regional social media, website, and blog.
- Assisting with fundraising, including grant writing, as appropriate.
- Performing other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Core Competencies:
- Passion for the preservation and protection of wildlife and wild places
- Professional demeanor with the ability to exercise cultural competency and inclusion
- Superior work ethic and attention to detail
- Excellent time management, organizational, and problem solving skills
- Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
- Entrepreneurial and self-starting, with the demonstrated ability to work independently and as an integral member of the team
- College degree in related field
- 2+ years of relevant work history (or advanced degree) with project management experience
- Background working with a variety of types of organizations, including government, non-profit, and private sector
- Knowledge or experience with gardening, habitat restoration, and/or native plant species identification
- Community organizing experience a plus
Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusiveness, and mission focus.
There will be regional travel required in this role, approximately 20% of the time. The Mid-Atlantic region encompasses DC, DE, KY, MD, NC, PA, TN, VA, and WV, but the most frequent trips will be to Baltimore, Maryland and central/southeastern Pennsylvania. Must be available to work occasional evenings and weekends.
Salary is commensurate with experience, in the range of $45,000. The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, generous vacation, sick time, and paid holidays, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.
About National Wildlife Federation:
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) has grown into America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, hunters, anglers, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world, and the Federation is committed to inspiring all people around our shared love of nature and wildlife by creating a welcoming and inclusive community representative of all Americans. The organization’s programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at https://www.National Wildlife Federation.org/About-Us/DEIJ.
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If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.