Coastal Restoration Program Assistant

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The Nature Conservancy

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Providence, RI, United States

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30+ days ago


Providence, 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 on Glassdoor.

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The Coastal Restoration Program Assistant will assist the Coastal Restoration Team with scientific field sampling surveys. These surveys include juvenile fish seines, fish traps, imaging and videos of benthic habitats, oyster monitoring, and cyanobacteria monitoring. This seasonal position will provide vital assistance to ensure all projects are completed in an efficient manner.

This is a 14-week position beginning on August 8th, 2022 and ending on November 11th, 2022. It is a full-time, temporary position (35 hours per week). The Coastal Restoration Program Assistant is supervised by the Coastal Restoration Scientist.


  • Responsible for assisting in all facets of the Marine Team survey program including beach seines, fish traps, benthic video and imaging, oyster monitoring, and water quality monitoring.
  • Assist with data collection, data entry, and data management.
  • Ability to work long hours in the field.
  • Ability to perform work from a boat.
  • May work in variable weather conditions for long periods of time.
  • Requires considerable physical exertion and/or muscular strain.


  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience operating equipment in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Must be able to obtain related licenses or certifications as required (e.g. First Aid, CPR).

Desired Qualifications

  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Recent graduate of Biology, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Marine, Ichthyology or related field, or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and fish assemblages.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Boating experience.
  • Lifeguard experience.
  • Ability to obtain a driver’s license.
  • Experience with scientific research and data entry.
  • Experience working in a lab setting and with a microscope.
  • Experience working independently and meet deadlines.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to complete tasks within assigned timeframes.
  • Proven leadership abilities.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to deal with the general public in a friendly, outgoing, and professional manner.


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.


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