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New Jersey Conservation Foundation, one of the nation's premier land preservation groups, is proud of our enthusiastic team of professionals. We are a leading force in the nation's strongest open space movement, with more than 30 staff and a 51-year history.

NJCF staff member Marie Newell

We offer competitive nonprofit salaries (commensurate with experience), offices in a scenic park, an excellent benefits program, and a great work environment.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse staff, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Current Openings

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

Premier nonprofit conservation group seeks a Director of Development to manage all aspects of development including major giving, annual fund and membership, fundraising events, capital campaigns, planned giving and corporate and foundation giving.  In this position you will be part of the Senior Management Team, working closely with and reporting to the Executive Director and a highly engaged Board of Trustees to increase support for our organization and its mission.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and eight years of successful experience in fundraising or related professional field and a track record of success in nonprofit fundraising and broad experience with major giving, annual fund and membership, fundraising events, capital campaigns, planned giving and corporate and foundation giving.  The Director of Development must have excellent communication and presentation skills and ability to convey our mission persuasively; strong supervision, organizational and project management skills along with high level of attention to detail and experience with and knowledge of client relationship management software.  We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health insurance, 401k plan, and generous vacation and leave policies.  Our office is located in a historic house with garden setting in Morris County.  Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to maria@njconservation.org.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

 

DELAWARE RIVER WATERSHED FELLOWSHIP 2019

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a member of the Alliance for Watershed Education, (AWE), a coalition of 23 environmental education centers focused on constituency building and stewardship of the Delaware River Watershed. Centers in the Alliance are connected by the Circuit Trails, the regional trail network of multi-use bike/pedestrian trails and waterways (rivers, streams, and creeks). AWE seeks to hire 23 young people, one at each center, for a 12-week summer fellowship designed to advance the collective impact across the watershed. The Fellows program will foster watershed stewardship by establishing a team of ambassadors and building capacity for AWE and the associated centers.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage all qualified professionals to apply.

Position Summary: This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and driven individual to spend twelve weeks this summer as a Watershed Fellow examining barriers to enjoyment and use of local natural resources, and participating in environmental education programs, within Camden City, Pennsauken Township, and the Cooper River watershed. Fellow will work with New Jersey Conservation Foundation staff to facilitate/conduct focus groups, community surveys, and walkability assessments for Gateway Park to inform the management and activation of the space; to evaluate and propose amenities or interpretive programs related to environmental, historical, and cultural resources, invasive species, bald eagles, and tree identification. In addition to supporting Gateway Park, the fellow will also support community engagement around trail development and the redesign of streets in Camden to encourage broader access to parks, and will support the planning process for the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve Management Plan. Fellow to propose and complete a Capstone Project.

Position Location: New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Camden office is located at 800 Cooper Street, Suite 201C, Camden, New Jersey 08102. Fellows also will spend time at Gateway Park and the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve.

Fellow will:

  • Engage communities along the Cooper and Delaware Rivers through stewardship, education, recreation and civic engagement.
  • Participate in community engagement and outreach activities to raise awareness about transportation, trails, and street design projects that enhance access to Camden parks and the Circuit Trail Network in Camden.
  • Required to participate in a 3-day watershed fellowship training at Pocono Environmental Education Center (overnight, June 12-14, transportation, food, and accommodations provided). http://www.peec.org/
  • Participate in weekly webinars and check-ins.
  • Attend two in-person regional meetings.
  • Become experts on Gateway Park and the Cramer Hill Nature Preserve.
  • Monitor and document how Gateway Park is being used through surveys and observation.
  • Develop and implement environmental education and programming at Gateway Park
  • Complete a required Capstone project to be presented at the Watershed Fellowship Summit on August 16th. This individual project should help enhance AWE’s goals, deepen the connection and engagement of trail and water users, and expand watershed protection and restoration.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Age 18-24 by June 3 start date.
  • Must be people oriented, have a team-focused attitude, and the ability to professionally represent New Jersey Conservation Foundation, parks, and the AWE network to the public.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills with a demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity also necessary.
  • A positive attitude and good sense of humor, as well as comfort working independently as a leader and part of a team, when needed.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic fast-paced environment and juggle multiple, changing priorities; strong time and project management skills needed. Must be self-motivated and willing to work in a flexible, non-structured environment.
  • Willingness to work outside in varied weather conditions.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required.
  • Able and willing to ride a bicycle.
  • Valid state driver’s license required OR proficient with public transportation.

Essential dates

  • June 3, 2019: Fellow start date at New Jersey Conservation Foundation.
  • June 12-14: Required Watershed Stewardship Training (overnight) at Pocono Environmental Education Center. (Food, transportation, and accommodations provided.)
  • August 16: Watershed Fellowship Summit
  • August 23: Last day of Fellowship

Compensation: This position pays $12/hour. Fellow will serve 35-40 hours/week for 12 weeks. There is the potential for position extension beyond August 23rd.

How to apply:

Please email/send a cover letter and resume to:

Justin Dennis, Urban Parks Manager

New Jersey Conservation Foundation

justin.dennis@njconservation.org

Camden Office | 800 Cooper Street, Suite 201C | Camden, New Jersey 08102

Application Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2019

 

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