Natural Infrastructure Project Manager | The Nature Conservancy

Posted on Jul 2, 2019

The Natural Infrastructure Project Manager manages, leads, and helps to develop projects using natural infrastructure to improve conditions for people and nature in Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. They will work with partners and communities to identify and develop on-the-ground projects to demonstrate key principles and leverage new investment, monitor impact, and to understand and advance policy innovations for natural infrastructure best practices.  Their work is the focal point for strategies to increase investment in natural infrastructure where it will have the most benefit for vulnerable communities, particularly in the face of climate change. This position will engage in coordination and communications relating to policy, science, and community relations and work with other program staff in developing and maintaining relationships with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, businesses, and the academic community. This project management position also will be contributing to developing strategies for TNC’s future work in the urban environment.  Initial projects will involve stormwater management, although future work may expand to include natural infrastructure for air quality and heat island issues.


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. We work to improve the quality of life for residents in Chicago and Cook County by augmenting natural areas and deploying natural infrastructure to reduce storm water runoff and other urban environmental challenges, increasing access to nature for all residents, and improving urban biodiversity.  All our work is done collaboratively with other agencies and organizations across Chicago and Cook County.  Our programs are designed with the goals of achieving environmental equity and reducing climate change impacts.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience or equivalent combination;
  • Experience in equitable partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or government agencies;
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including contracts and finances, under deadlines;
  • Experience generating reports and interpreting data;
  • Experience working across teams and strong cross-cultural competency communicating and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Experience influencing, developing and implementing policy and projects;

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5-7 years’ experience in conservation practice or in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage and prioritize tasks coming from multiple sources and meet deadlines;
  • Strong organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail;
  • Technical understanding of natural infrastructure, working with public agencies, and project finance;
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated;
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing policy and projects;
  • Equity-minded with a desire for continued learning about socio-historical context of historic underrepresentation, questioning assumptions, and making evidence-based decisions a regular practice;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of City of Chicago and Cook County county political, cultural, business and NGO landscape;
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex political issues and environments


Anticipated starting salary range is $55,000 - $65,000.  The position offers a full benefits package.


8 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60660
United States

How to apply

To apply to position number 47755 visit, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 10:59 p.m. Central Time on July 19, 2019

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