Jed Wright Fellow for River Health

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Brunswick, ME, United States
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Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
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Not Specified


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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create 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. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


Jed Wright worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Maine as the project leader for the Gulf of Maine Coastal Program. Jed cared deeply about rivers, fisheries, and partnerships and finding solutions that made the world a better place. Through the Jed Wright Fellowship for River Health, we can instill Jed’s conservation ethic in future generations while providing a pathway for a cohort of future graduates from underrepresented backgrounds to learn firsthand about conservation work help Maine’s rivers and communities.




The Jed Wright 2020 Fellow will work closely with TNC staff, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and other conservation partners to gain on-the-job experience and skills directly applicable to river and aquatic restoration in Maine. Job tasks may include: coordination of field work logistics; conducting surveys and monitoring at and around culverts; site data entry and quality control, photo file management, operating total station survey equipment, tablets and GPS field equipment; attending meetings with partners; restoration site visits; fish surveys; outreach and education to the public etc. This position will require some travel time, which may include overnights, and possible work in remote locations.

This is preferably a 14-week full time seasonal position beginning June 4, 2020; however, we have some flexibility on start dates and will consider a Fellow that needs a slightly shorter assignment





  • Typically works as part of a team of two or more.
  • Flexible in daily schedule and travel demands with some travel required and possible overnights.
  • Work in variable weather conditions and at times on difficult and hazardous terrain under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Works under infrequent supervision. Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Assists, plans, and implements field data collection using tablets; completes data entry and photo management; Performs on-site quality control as well as checks of data entry and management.
  • Navigates around Maine watersheds.
  • Acts as a positive ambassador for The Nature Conservancy and Atlantic Salmon Federation, and other partners working with towns, rural communities, large private landowners and other natural resource agencies and conservation organizations.
  • Delivers an oral presentation reflecting on individual Fellowship experience at the end of the season.




  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Ability to perform demanding physical work outdoors, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Must hold a valid US driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.


  • Multi-cultural, multi-lingual skills, or cross-cultural experience; a Fellow who can bring a perspective to our work that is different from what is represented by much of our staff.
  • Students enrolled in a vocational, 2, or 4-year college program, preferably in a science field, are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience or training in science or engineering related field.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Keen desire to expand skills and experience in the environmental field.
  • Excellent communication skills (in-person, phone, email).
  • Experience entering data and managing data storage and web up/down-loads.
  • CPR and first aid training.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and navigate in remote locations using road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
  • Experience using technology (i.e. tablets, GPS) to record data.
  • Meticulousness with data entry, quality control and management of files.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, and fish, wildlife, and plant identification.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
  • Experience living, working, and driving in remote setting




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.




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