Climate Adaptation and Resilience Specialist

Climate Adaptation and Resilience Specialist

National Wildlife Federation

Washington, DC


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The National Wildlife Federation is looking for a Climate Adaption and Resilience Specialist to work to achieve NWF's conservation goals through promoting the incorporation of climate considerations into conservation and natural resource management, and in community resilience efforts. This position will be involved in developing and applying new and emerging approaches to climate change adaptation for ecosystem and biodiversity conservation, and in promoting the use of natural infrastructure approaches to reduce community risks from climate-related hazards. The Climate Adaptation and Resilience Specialist will provide organizational leadership and serve as manager on selected projects and programs, including a post-Hurricane Sandy coastal resilience project being carried out in collaboration with the State of New Jersey. The position will be responsible for providing needed technical, scientific, and policy analysis and advice through written products as well as oral presentations. The position will also be responsible for identifying and pursuing foundation and government funding opportunities.


In this role you will:

• Serve as the NWF project lead for a Department of Interior-funded post-Hurricane Sandy coastal resilience project being carried out in collaboration with the State of New Jersey, Sustainable New Jersey, and a number of other organizations. Work closely with project partners, subcontractors, and NWF staff to ensure that project deliverables, budgets, and timelines are met.

•Work with selected federal and state agencies and other organizations on tailoring Climate-Smart Conservation guidance for their specific needs and uses, and assisting those organizations in integrating climate adaptation into their policies, processes, and practices.

•Work with federal agencies and others to develop and promote the use of natural and nature-based features for natural hazard risk reduction. This work may include identification of policies impeding the application of such risk-reduction approaches and in need of revision or reform.

•Build adaptation capacity among resource managers and planners through helping deliver climate adaptation training courses and through organizing other knowledge-sharing events, such as workshops, working groups, and webinars.

•Foster and maintain relationships with key conservation partners and financial donors. In collaboration with others, raise funds from public and private sources to help strategically build and carry out NWF's adaptation and resilience program. As needed, track progress toward grant deliverables, and provide funders with reports on project progress and outcomes, and financial accounting.

•Work with NWF regional offices and others to help incorporate and integrate adaptation and resiliency into the broader suite of NWF conservation programs and activities.



•Master's degree or higher.

•Minimum 5 years of professional experience or equivalent.

•Experience in climate change adaptation, with complementary expertise in conservation science, natural resource management, and/or land use or urban planning.

•Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

•Good interpersonal skills and ability to coordinate and manage staff across organizational boundaries

•Able to juggle multiple tasks simultaneously, while maintaining focus on the "big picture."

•Good organizational skills with attention to detail.

•Must be a self starter who possesses a high degree of initiative.

In this role you may be expected to travel approx. once per month.


National Wildlife Federation is America's largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children's future. NWF is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.