Solari Ocean Program Fellow

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The Nature Conservancy

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Boston, MA, United States

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30+ days ago


Boston, Massachusetts, USA

The Massachusetts Chapter believes in flexibility and as such, team members are working in a hybrid model: splitting workdays between home offices and using TNC office workspaces (Boston and Sheffield), as desired. Our work has proven successful with a deliberate blend of virtual and in-person connections, as well as independent and collaborative work. The Solari Ocean Program Fellow will have the opportunity to work in the same fashion; the Fellow may be located anywhere in the Massachusetts. Key projects, as listed above, are based in Southeast Massachusetts so the Fellow may have a richer experience if some travel to that region is possible.



The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion!

The team at the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is excited to announce the Solari Fellowships Program, a gateway initiative focused on developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. This program is designed to provide early-career professionals from underrepresented communities (specifically black, indigenous and people of color) with the opportunity to work in an environment that combines a deep dive into real-world conservation projects with a broad introduction to major conservation issues. At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow will have a portfolio of tangible experience, an extended network, and exposure to the inner workings of a global conservation organization through local project work.


The Solari Ocean Program Fellow will support shellfish restoration planning to expand oyster farmer-implemented habitat restoration (SOAR) in Massachusetts. The Fellow will conduct community outreach, ecological and social data analysis, grants and administrative management, and environmental permitting. In addition to specific project work the Ocean Program Fellow will be exposed to networking opportunities with local, state, and federal partners, aquaculture industry representatives, and different organizational teams at TNC. The Fellow will gain exposure to cutting edge coastal conservation issues including climate mitigation and adaptation by:

  • Providing administrative support to comply with federal grant requirements and TNC standard operating procedures (e.g. reporting, procurement).
  • Conducting oyster habitat restoration site suitability analysis with support from local and global TNC team members.
  • Supporting communications between TNC and local partners to gain community support for restoration.
  • Supporting communications between TNC and aquaculture representatives to gain industry support for restoration.
  • Maintaining organized project files (e.g. correspondence, literature, datasets, permit application materials).
  • Coordinating with partners and support policy and funding initiatives to amplify long-lasting conservation impact.
  • Communicating Program approach and outcomes with internal and external audiences and contribute to marketing and fundraising materials.
  • Managing multiple projects and associated tasks, setting and meeting regular deadlines and communicating effectively.
  • Prioritizing tasks in the absence of specific instructions and make day-to-day decisions as delegated by the supervisor.


  • Candidates who identify as Black, Hispanic, or Latino, Indigenous, Asian, or multiracial are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
  • Recent BA/BS degree (e.g. recent college graduates with 0-2 years of job experience) or equivalent.
  • Coursework and/or experience related to conservation, climate change, natural resources or related field.
  • Genuine interest in exploring a career in the conservation field.
  • Your voice and cultural perspective to the conservation work
  • Organizational and administrative skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office software.
  • Motivated to learn and develop.


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!

The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including: health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan including employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits at in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work-environment that is supportive of the health, wellbeing, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


Status: Full time (35 hours/week), 2 years

Salary: $57,000/year

Location: Massachusetts


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