Healthy Rivers and Streams Project Associate, Northern California - The Nature Conservancy

Post Date: 5/25/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: The Nature Conservancy
Position/Title/Fund: Healthy Rivers and Streams Project Associate, Northern California - Full-time
Location: Sacramento, CA / Remote in CA
Deadline: June 11, 2023
Contact Info:

The California Chapter is The Nature Conservancy's largest state program and one of the largest, most dynamic conservation organizations in the country. With approximately 275 employees, from financial analysts and fundraisers to ecologists and economists, we are currently invested in 14 strategies to address the biggest challenges facing California and the world, including numerous community-based projects designed to increase the pace, scale, and effectiveness of conservation. Over the past six decades, we have protected 1.4 million acres, 5,000 miles of streams, and 3.8 million acres of ocean habitat in California and off the coast.

Want to help save California’s rivers and salmon? The Nature Conservancy is seeking a Project Associate to support water policy initiatives and lead implementation of river restoration projects on coastal rivers in Northern California. 

The Project Associate will provide high-level project management and support working closely with Water Program staff and will report to the Healthy Rivers Project Director. The Project Associate will support development and implementation of streamflow and salmon habitat restoration projects. They will lead outreach and communications efforts related to our California Environmental Water Network. The Project Associate will conduct issue research and efforts to advance policy reforms and legislation and support grant writing and administration of reporting requirements. 

The Project Associate manages projects independently, as well as tracks the progress of projects led by others. They will excel at project management, and organization, with strong written and verbal communication skills. They will manage specific projects, conduct research, synthesize, and organize material accordingly. They will administer contracts, manage an internet-based file sharing system and program calendars. The Project Associate aides with the scheduling and facilitation of meetings, budgeting processes, and other strategic program activities. The Project Associate will take the initiative to solve problems as they arise, seeking input and equitable solutions from their supervisor and team. 


  • Minimum of BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience managing and tracking multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.


  • Knowledge of conservation science, riverine ecosystems, fisheries restoration, land management conservation practices
  • Experience working with local landowners, agencies, and conservation groups to develop and implement restoration plans.
  • Ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with contract management and review.
  • Experience writing and reporting on private and/or public grants.
  • Experience building and managing relationships with diverse partner organizations/entities.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
How to Apply:

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