Stream and Wetland Restoration Specialist

The Nature Conservancy

The Stream & Wetland Restoration Specialist will be part of a team working to improve water quality in the Susquehanna Watershed and Chesapeake Bay Basin through agricultural best management practices.  The position will 1. Co-create a partner-based strategic plan for advancing stream and wetland restoration in agricultural landscapes; 2.  Develop a pipeline of on-the-ground restoration; and 3. Work as part of a team to secure public and private funding and technical support for the continuance of the project.  This position will add capacity to a growing team and be provided with numerous opportunities for professional development.  This is a 2-year grant funded position, with the potential to extend.

At the end of your first year, success will mean developing a plan that showcases a collective conservation vision for improving water quality and enhancing wildlife habitats through climate-based restoration approaches while also identifying and advancing on-the-ground restoration projects.  The plan will solidify working agreements and a strategic plan with 2-3 priority partners, prioritize restoration approaches, target key geographies, advance high-leverage communication strategies, and identify potential funding sources.  Projects will leverage opportunities and funding with local landowners and communities to provide multiple benefits.

Responsibilities and Scope

  • Partnerships.  Creates, builds, and maintains effective and dynamic collaborations with academic, conservation, agricultural, and agency partners to create a common conservation vision, streamline project implementation, and align funding to accelerate the scale and increase the impact of restoration efforts.
  • Projects.  Conducts outreach and coordinates with partners and landowners to implements high impact restoration activities that maximize water quality improvements while supporting a suite of co-benefits including improving wildlife habitat, flood risk reduction, and climate resiliency.
  • Technical Support.  Provides logistical and technical restoration support to partners including county planning agencies, conservation districts, WIP coordinators, consultants as well as landowners for high ROI restoration projects ensuring the implementation of best management, climate-based practices.
  • Project Management.  Performs project oversight, coordinates multiple projects, develops contracts, sets deadlines, manages to deliverables and project completion, writes reports, and effectively communicates project status, roles, and timelines with project partners
  • Communication.  Fosters cross-site learning among conservation communities and communicates results and recommendations from projects to funders, media outlets, and communication teams.
  • May collect monitoring data and maintain equipment to evaluate the effectiveness of restoration.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, with some evening and weekend hours, and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience advancing stream, floodplain, and/or wetland conservation and restoration.
  • Experience communicating via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, web browsers, ArcGIS, etc.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in freshwater science, restoration ecology, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Familiarity with social, economic, and political conditions in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • Knowledge of applicable state and federal agricultural conservation programs, for example National Resource Conservation Service CREP, CSP, EQUIP, emerging PA WIP Programs, programs a plus.
  • Experience building partnerships with federal, state, and local agricultural partners
  • Success at advancing outreach to agricultural landowners
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience working with teams
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support aligning with the overall conservation strategies.
  • Familiarity with principles of land acquisition or similar asset acquisition.
  • Knowledge of ecological land and freshwater conservation principles.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, water conservation, and natural resource preservation.

Auto Safety Policy

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’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.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at

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.

Salary Information

Job Family: Conservation
Job Number: 450005
Salary Grade: 6

How to Apply

Apply here. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled.