Urban Climate Resilience Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Philadelphia, PA, United States

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24 days ago


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Wilmington, Delaware or Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or Home Office.



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The Urban Climate Resilience Manager provides technical and scientific support for the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chapter’s Urban Conservation Program. This role will develop and manage climate resilience and adaptation projects to advance the urban program’s strategies and initiatives. The Urban Climate Resilience Manager will contribute to the analysis, development, and implementation of multi-scale urban conservation strategies with a wide and diverse set of partners. Their work will result in the implementation of tangible place-based conservation projects, policies, and practices that incorporate ecological and social co-benefits to improve the region’s water quality, air quality, and quality of life for the benefit of both people and nature in a changing climate.

The Urban 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 in cities. We work to improve the quality of life for residents and communities using equitable nature-based solutions to reduce storm water runoff, reduce urban heat island effect and flooding, improve air quality, and increase access to nature for all residents in the city. We partner with government and non-government partners to tackle climate change, improve air and water quality in and around cities, and promote environmental solutions to enhance the quality of life – all to help foster justice and equity. We work collaboratively with other leading agencies, organizations, communities and coalitions across cities utilizing an environmental justice and social justice lens. Our program operates with an equity-minded approach and a desire for continued learning about socio-historical context of historic underrepresentation, questions assumptions, and makes evidence-based decisions a regular practice. This position will be a key addition to a highly effective and motivated cross-functional team helping to address urban challenges across local, state, national, and international scales. The role will be part of a TNC team that works to bridge science and partnerships for the greatest environmental and social benefit on a project portfolio that will change over time.


The Urban Climate Resilience Manager will contribute to the development of innovative analyses, tools, and frameworks to identify, address and prioritize urban conservation needs and associated climate resilience strategies. They will serve as a key contact and collaborator with city agencies, organizations, businesses, institutions, and communities to advance adaptation-based, socio-ecological centered urban conservation practices in response to climate change. They will develop and provide data analysis, planning, project management, and technical support to the team while working to cultivate strong partnerships and jointly funded projects. Project areas may include green stormwater infrastructure, flood resilience, urban forestry, equitable access to nature, multi-functional natural infrastructure, climate policy, and climate adaptive communities.


  • Serve on a dynamic team leading urban conservation for The Nature Conservancy across multiple states.
  • Provides strategic analysis, project management, and implementation of urban conservation agenda for key strategy areas.
  • Manage projects to ensure timely and impactful conservation outcomes within budget guidance. Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on cross-disciplinary knowledge, experience, and context.
  • Serve as an external facing member of the team to build and foster partner relationships and execute work on the ground with partners.
  • Manage plans, contracts, grants, budgets and write request for proposals.
  • Financial responsibility will include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, assisting with budget development, and meeting fundraising targets.
  • Scope new projects with existing and potential partners including proposal writing and budget development.
  • Oversee logistics for research, project development, monitoring, and fieldwork.
  • Contribute to project fundraising strategy and implementation.
  • Use a variety of communication formats and means to translate science and urban conservation initiatives for a wide range of audiences including agency, NGO, and community-based partners.
  • Some travel along with evening and weekend hours may be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years related experience in environmental planning and management, climate science, landscape architecture, urban design, urban policy, social science, or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Relationship building experience working closely with a variety of partners, i.e., government officials, institutions, communities.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience working across differences such as race, culture, disabilities, socio-economic class and language groups.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, addressing administration, conservation outcomes, communication needs, and project and finance deadlines.
  • Experience completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).
  • Experience leading or participating on cross functional teams, working and communicating with a wide range of people.
  • Experience in equitable partnership development and building relationships with diverse constituencies and stakeholders
  • Experience writing reports and proposals.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web browsers.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • 3 or more years of project management experience or at least 1 year acting as a project lead, including experience in project planning, budgeting, and execution.
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support and with respect to timelines.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing, and implementing conservation and climate resiliency strategies
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with climate resilience models.
  • Well versed in urban resilience best practices and an ability to adapt them to meet program focus on both people and nature.
  • Moderate to extensive field experience in overseeing and/or executing natural infrastructure projects from planning, contract development, and implementation with partners.
  • Proven communication and presentation skills and demonstrated fundraising efficacy.
  • Awareness and experience in environmental and/or social justice related work.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of successes.
  • Understanding of the human health dimensions of environmental and conservation challenges including socio-ecological systems and environmentally overburdened communities.
  • Familiarity with urban ecology, functionality of nature-based solutions as well as knowledge of programmatic focus areas including climate adaptation, green infrastructure, air quality, urban heat island effect, flooding, biodiversity, urban forestry, coastal resilience.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in urban conservation and innovations underway regionally and nationally.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include 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 in the Culture Tab on nature.org/careers.

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, 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 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 51548, submit your materials online by using the Apply Now button at https://careers.nature.org/ by 11:59 PM EST on July 1, 2022. Need help applying? Visit our recruitment page or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

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