Community Engagement Fellow - #2188995

The Nature Conservancy

Date: 14/01/2022
City: Newcastle, ME
Contract type: Part time
The Nature Conservancy


Brunswick, Maine, USA


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has been doing work to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can build a world in which people and nature thrive.

The Maine Chapter is The Nature Conservancy's fourth oldest chapter, founded in 1956 by Rachel Carson and other leading Maine citizens concerned about the loss of wildlife habitat. More than 8,000 families, foundations and corporations have helped the Maine Chapter play a role in protecting over 2,400,000 acres of Maine's most important lands. TNC owns and manages some 273,000 acres in Maine, including the largest system of nature preserves in the state.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. Whether it’s career development, work/life balance, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all of our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Although you’ll see requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Passion, innovation, and diversity are all key components to advancing our Mission and we encourage you to apply.

All TNC staff based in the U.S. or a U.S. Territory are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of receiving one of the vaccines approved in the U.S. (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson) shall be condition of employment and must be provided prior to starting work. TNC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a valid medical or religious reason, or claim an exemption under applicable state law will be considered.


We’ve created this fellowship position with the goal of fostering people from underrepresented backgrounds who are pursuing careers in conservation. The Community Engagement Fellow will work in close partnership with staff at both Tree Street Youth (TSY) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This is a short-term (one year) position that will begin at part-time (20 hours/week), with full-time hours (35 hours/week) beginning in June and extending through September (flexible), returning to part-time for the duration. Priority will be given to those with extensive knowledge of the communities served by TSY. Position will require fellow to be on-site at TSY at least a couple days per week and will also include site visits to TNC preserves


The Community Engagement Fellow will help to develop programs that engage youth from Tree Street Youth (TSY) in outdoor activities and experiences, with the goal of building relationships, rapport, and reducing barriers to access to outdoor spaces. The Community Outreach Fellow will work in close partnership with staff at both TSY and TNC. TNC preserves in Maine will serve as a natural venue for these experiences, which may include nature walks, fishing, birding, and other forms of nature-based engagement and learning. The Community Engagement Fellow will utilize storytelling to reflect and document experiences and learning.


  • Orientation and ongoing professional development
    • Meet regularly with TSY Executive Director and TNC Community Initiatives Manager.
    • Complete TNC Youth safety certification.
    • Complete self-assessment of skills and experiences and work with TNC and TSY staff to identify desired professional development opportunities.
    • Observe Tree Street Youth programming and foster relationships with TSY staff.
    • Foster relationships with TNC land management staff and build an understanding of TNC preserves with public access.
    • Engage with TNC staff through participation in meetings and field work, as opportunities arise, to learn about the many facets of TNC’s work - stewardship, oceans, forests, climate adaptation, freshwater, development, community initiatives, etc.
    • Other items, as determined, in coordination with TSY and TNC staff.
  • Land and Community Team and co-creation with Tree Street Youth:
    • Review documents from Land and Community team including research completed by National Research Traineeship (NRT) fellow.
    • Review Tree Street Youth Katahdin Model Framework for co-creation.
    • Review background information on Nature Based Education Consortium.
    • Support development and coordination of co-creation hiking party to design a pilot to reduce barriers to access to TNC preserves.
    • Serve as support for TSY engagement in co-creation process.
    • Lead, in partnership with TSY and TNC, implementation of pilot with TSY.
    • Utilize storytelling to reflect and document experiences and learning.
    • If desired by TSY and other partners, may work with TNC staff to develop and share stories about pilot programs.
    • May explore and engage potential other partners focused on underrepresented populations.
    • May serve as member of TNC Land and Community team to develop strategy for communicating the value of TNC lands and integrating them into the fabric of community for recreation, learning, and engagement.


  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience recognizing plant and animal species.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required. (e.g. First Aid, CPR).
  • Experience with GPS units and mapping apps and interpreting mapped information.
  • Ability to perform physical work in an outdoor setting, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Valid driver’s license.


  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently within assigned time frames.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities, with assignments sometimes coming from a number of sources, and work independently.
  • Strong administrative skills including attention to detail and numerical ability.
  • Ability to coordinate project information from a number of sources to create reports.
  • Ability to plan, administer and record results of work-team meetings and activities.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply for job ID 50864, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at by 11:59 PM EST on February 14, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact [email protected]

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 diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. 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 orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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