Block Island Education and Outreach Assistant

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Block Island, Rhode Island, USA



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! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”

TNC on Block Island:

The Nature Conservancy has been working on the Island since 1972, and officially launched the Block Island Program in 1991. The Nature Conservancy’s strength lies in its strong partnerships, local staff with extensive knowledge of Block Island’s ecology, and our use of proven, science-based strategies. With the help of partners, donors, and volunteers, the Island’s community-based conservation program has made significant progress in the last three decades with more than 47% of Block Island conserved for the benefit of people and wildlife. In recent years, TNC has initiated long-term monitoring of the Great Salt Pond, a large coastal salt pond, to become more knowledgeable of its ecological functions and values. This effort is part of our larger commitment to provide sound science and engagement opportunities to strengthen protection of Block Island’s unique natural resource.


The Block Island Education and Outreach Assistant provides support in all aspects of the Block Island Program. The Block Island Education and Outreach Assistant will assist in nature programs and staff the “Nature Hot Spots”; conduct trail maintenance and other stewardship activities; perform office duties; assist in scientific activities and biological monitoring.

The Block Island Education and Outreach Assistant role will include:

  • Ability to work long hours, including weekends and some evenings.
  • Work requires occasional physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
  • Work involves several disagreeable elements and/or exposure to job hazard’s where there is some possibility of injury.


Become a force for nature and a healthy planet by joining the Block Island team! We are looking for an excellent communicator with proven ability to deal with the general public in a friendly, outgoing & professional manner. This is a 12-week position beginning on June 10, 2024 through August 30, 2024. There are three positions, 30-35 hours per week (COVID permitting). Housing is available.


  • HS Diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience operating landscaping tools in a safe manner.
  • Ability to obtain related licenses or certifications such as first aid, CPR, and driver’s license.


  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Experience or knowledge of natural systems. Knowledge of natural sciences, ornithology and/or botany skills. Experience on boats.
  • Ability to complete tasks within assigned timeframes, possibly in the absence of supervision.


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


The starting pay range for a candidate selected for this position is generally within the range of $15 -16 per hour. This range only applies to candidates whose country of employment is the USA. Where a successful candidate’s actual pay will fall within this range will be based on a variety of factors, including, for example, the candidate's location, qualifications, specific skills, and experience. Please note countries outside the USA would have a different pay range in the local currency based on the local labor market, and not tied to USA pay or ranges. Your geographic location will be confirmed during the recruitment.

This is a full-time, 35 hours per week position.


This posting will remain open until the positions are filled.

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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.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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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.