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Position Title: Conservation Fellow – Northeastern Forests

Position Description: Conservation Fellows collaborate with other researchers and policy specialists within and outside the Institute to address a wide range of topics relating to natural resource conservation, sustainable natural resource management, and environmental policy. The Institute is currently seeking a Fellow to work with our Eastern Regional Office to coordinate and implement initiatives in the upper Delaware River Basin and help expand and develop new programs that improve forest and watershed protection across the broader region.

Background: Forests provide a wide range of essential public services, from protecting water quality and wildlife habitat to mitigating climate change. In the northeastern and mid-Atlantic states, protecting and managing forests on a landscape scale can be challenging across a patchwork of public and private ownership and political boundaries. The Pinchot Institute’s work on private forest management, carbon sequestration, climate change, and urban development continues to grow and develop in the eastern U.S. This includes a robust and expanding program in the upper Delaware River watershed, an area that includes northeastern Pennsylvania, northwestern New Jersey, and south-central New York. Projects in this area have focused on regional collaboration, forest conservation, water quality, and climate change adaptation. The Common Waters Partnership is a multi-stakeholder collaborative of governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations in the Upper Delaware River watershed. All of the Pinchot Institute programs in the watershed operate under the umbrella of the Common Waters Partnership.

Roles and responsibilities of this fellowship will include:
  • Coordinating the Common Waters Partnership (CWP) – arrange quarterly partnership meetings and annual steering committee meetings, plan agendas, distribute notes, share news and announcements via email, website, and social media platforms, maintain a membership list, help maintain website content, represent CWP at local events and meetings
  • Participating in Delaware River Watershed Initiative (DRWI) and Pocono-Kittatinny Cluster (PKC) activities -- contribute to tasks, attend meetings, and relay progress and elevate issues to Institute staff
  • Planning and coordinating calls and meetings regarding projects with partner organizations
  • Leading efforts to better coordinate and expand forest landowner outreach and education initiatives, especially with regard to climate change mitigation and adaptation, including: 1) Research and prepare informational materials on regionally appropriate best practices for carbon management, forest adaptation, water quality protection, etc.; 2) Maintain contact with Common Waters Fund participants; and, 3) Work with RCPP / NRCS coordinator and other partners to expand Farm Bill participation
  • Collaborating with federal, state and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, private consulting foresters, and private landowners to implement projects and track accomplishments
  • Assisting Institute staff and partners with fundraising and grant proposals for projects
  • Depending on the Fellow’s qualifications and interests, responsibilities may also include work related to: 1) Carbon management / aggregation projects; and, 2) Marcellus shale and energy infrastructure impacts
The Fellow ideally will be located in northeastern Pennsylvania at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA. Alternatives include Philadelphia, southern New York, or central / northern New Jersey. Moderate travel within the Delaware River Basin, especially the upper portion of the basin, is required. Occasional trips to the Pinchot Institute’s Washington, DC office will also be required.

Desired Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have a degree in forestry, natural resources, urban/regional planning, or a related field and 3+ years of experience. An advanced degree is desired, but not required. The Institute seeks applicants with outstanding academic records, strong organizational and time management skills, exceptional communication skills (particularly the ability to write clearly and concisely), and the ability to work both independently and as a part of team to successfully implement a common strategy. Candidates should have experience coordinating partnerships of diverse groups of stakeholders and communicating complex policy concepts and analyses to a variety of audiences. A working knowledge of private landowner conservation programs such as federal Farm Bill program is highly desired, as is an understanding of family farm and/or forest management and ownership.

Compensation and benefits: Fellowships are a one-year appointment, followed by consideration for long-term appointment. Salary is competitive. Benefits include a collegial working environment, 15 days of annual leave, federal holidays, family medical leave, health insurance, and other benefits.

Application details: Please send a cover letter describing your background and interest in the Fellowship, along with a current resume, writing sample, and the names of three references (please include email addresses and telephone numbers) to jobs@pinchot.org.Please note the fellowship title in the email subject line.

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