Y.E.T. Program Assistant

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The Nature Conservancy

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Markham, IL, United States

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17 days ago


Markham, Illionois, USA

(Indian Boundary Prairies)



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.”


The Indian Boundary Prairies Youth Program Assistant will be based at the Conservancy’s Indian Boundary Prairies, which is located in Markham, IL. The IBP Youth Program Assistant reports to and assists the IBP Community Engagement Specialist/Program Coordinator in the implementation of a summer youth program via a hybrid delivery of in-person and online, designed to provide a holistic environmental/stewardship experience that will serve to form and/or enhance a connection of people and the natural world. The IBP Youth Program Assistant will work directly with the Program Coordinator and the 6-8 youth ages 16-18 for the program that runs from June 6 - July 13, 2023. The Program Assistant is an hourly, seasonal role that will run from May 9 - July 20, 2023, and involves three 8-hour days per week or 24 hours a week in total. The IBP Youth Program Assistant may, on a limited basis perform and participate in preserve operations. The position will begin before the start of the youth program itself to allow for program orientation, and participation with curriculum development, hiring and program evaluation. The wage for the position will be $22.00 per hour.


  • Will assist in planning, implementation of the IBP Youth Program.
  • Will assist in the hiring of youth interns and mentors.
  • Will lead and monitor youth interns as assigned.
  • Will assist with the daily management and implementation of the youth program and interns to ensure participation, safety and compliance with the program and mandates of The Nature Conservancy.
  • May network with diverse groups, including members of the Markham community, its leadership and business owners, conservation partners, government officials, donors, board members, and the general public to educate and encourage support for the Youth Program, their communities the Indian Boundary Prairies and The Nature Conservancy programs/preserves.
  • Troubleshoot and make sound independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.
  • May be outdoors in variable weather conditions under moderately physically demanding


  • High school diploma or GED and one year of experience in youth leadership.
  • Experience/willingness to work in and contribute to an innovative, creative and supportive team environment.
  • Efficient knowledge and experience with on-line platforms and technology.
  • 1 or more years related experience in an environmental or social field and a general appreciation for nature.
  • Some experience managing interns, volunteers, or entry level staff; experience in youth leadership.
  • Ability to function as a team member and complete tasks independently with respect to timeline(s), record keeping and other necessary administrative responsibilities.
  • 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.


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 nature.org/careers.

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 TNC’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." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/careers/recruitment/ under the FAQ section.

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.


To apply for job ID 53139, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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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TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to applyhelp@tnc.org with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.

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 committing to being equitable across groups 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.