Program Coordinator

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The Nature Conservancy

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Chicago, IL, United States

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1 day ago


Chicago, Illinois, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


TNC’s Chicago Area Conservation Program builds on the Conservancy’s science-based, collaborative, results-oriented approach and its record of contributing creative and effective solutions to conservation challenges. We work to achieve benefits for people and nature in Chicago and neighboring communities by increasing access to and engagement with urban nature, increasing urban biodiversity and improving community resilience and public health by implementing natural solutions as essential components of a healthy, just, climate-resilient city. All our work is done collaboratively in partnership with other leading agencies and organizations across Chicago and neighboring communities and aligned with environmental and social justice priorities.

The Nature Conservancy is the lead organization for the Outdoor Foundation’s Thrive Outside Initiative in Chicago. The Thrive Outside Initiative seeks to support grassroots community efforts to improve access to outdoor experiences and green spaces in the City of Chicago. The Program Coordinator will report to the Conservation Partnership and Network Specialist.


The Program Coordinator will lead collaborative efforts to ensure the coordination, community support and implementation of the Thrive Outside Initiative in Chicago. The Thrive Outside Coordinator will initiate, organize and grow the Chicago Thrive Outside Network through community engagement, strategic partnership development and convening Network members to improve access to outdoor experiences and green spaces in the City of Chicago. The Thrive Outside Coordinator will recruit and work in collaboration with a steering committee that is reflective of the groups that the network is intended to serve. This position will also work in coordination with existing Chicagoland environmental networks. The salary range for this position $48,960 - $52,020.


  • Recruit and convene a diverse steering committee to help shape the charter, group norms, goals and metrics for the Thrive Outside initiative in Chicago.
  • Work within a budget to complete projects, prepare and administer contracts and small grants, and assist with budget development and fundraising targets.
  • Build and convene a network of diverse groups dedicated to increasing outdoor access for adults, families and youth representative of BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities with emphasis on grassroots and community-based efforts.
  • Based on best practices, design and administer a grant program and other support initiatives to meet the needs of Network participants.
  • May work under minimal and/or distant supervision; may make some independent decisions based on analysis, experience and context.
  • May require occasional weekend or evening hours, some outdoor location visits in variable weather conditions, and travel within the City of Chicago.


  • BA/BS/AS/Technical or vocational degree in science-related field and 1-year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Experience with partnership and relationship building, including navigating complex power dynamics.
  • Experience building diverse teams to address complex challenges and/or experience with Collective Impact or other collaboration models.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to complete tasks independently with respect to timelines.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Experience writing and distributing newsletters and other professional communications.
  • Familiarity with funding and grant administration.
  • Experience working with an organizational board or steering committee.
  • Knowledge/understanding of current trends and practices in outdoor recreation and environmental programming.
  • Experience creating and managing budgets.
  • Familiarity with Chicago’s environmental and NGOs and/or community organizations, particularly BIPOC-led groups, is appreciated.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into 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 and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


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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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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Where legally permissible, TNC requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated and willing to keep up to date with vaccines that protect against COVID-19. By accepting an offer of employment, you agree to comply with this requirement, unless you are entitled to a legally mandated exemption.

An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role while committing to closing the gender pay gap and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.