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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 60-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

Communications Manager

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is seeking a full time staff member to join our Engagement & Communications department. The successful candidate will enthusiastically support the organization's communications efforts, manage our media relations, and assist with marketing and outreach through various channels - print publications, social media, and more. We are seeking candidates with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, experience in communications and/or public relations, proficiency with computer programs including Word, Excel, WordPress, Canva and Publisher and a commitment to New Jersey Conservation Foundation's mission.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $55,000. We offer a competitive benefits packageincluding paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, health insurance, life insurance and a 401k plan. Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to recruiting@njconservation.org, fax to (908) 234-1189 or mail to Maria Hauser, NJ Conservation Foundation, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.  For additional information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation visit www.njconservation.org.

 

Project Manager – North Jersey Stewardship

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is seeking a full time staff member to join our team in Northern and Central New Jersey. Work will focus in the Sourland Mountain area, but will include sites throughout the state.  Responsibilities include basic property monitoring and maintenance, recruiting and managing volunteers, maintaining hiking trails, removing invasive species, leading public programs, and designing and implementing habitat restoration projects.  The position involves significant in-state travel, and physically demanding work activities. Candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekend and evening hours, and use their personal vehicle for work.

We are seeking candidates who have a passion for conservation and a commitment to NJ Conservation’s mission.  Qualifications to be considered include: knowledge of native ecology, practical skills including carpentry and use of outdoor power tools, and demonstrated success in project management.  Post-secondary education or equivalent work experience preferred.

The salary range for this position is $48,000 - $58,000. We offer a competitive benefits package, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, health insurance, life insurance and a 401k plan. Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to recruiting@njconservation.org, fax to (908) 234-1189 or mail to Maria Hauser, NJ Conservation Foundation, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.  For additional information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation visit www.njconservation.org.

 

Project Coordinator – North Jersey Stewardship

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is seeking a part time staff member to join our team in Northern and Central New Jersey.  Responsibilities include mowing and basic property maintenance, working with volunteers, maintaining hiking trails, and removing invasive plants.  The position involves significant in-state travel, and physically demanding work activities. Candidate must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including weekend and evening hours, and use their personal vehicle for work.

We are seeking candidates who have a passion for conservation and a commitment to NJ Conservation’s mission.  Qualifications to be considered include: familiarity with New Jersey plants and animals and practical skills including light carpentry and use of power tools.  Relevant work experience is preferred.

The hourly pay rate range for this position is $15 to $20/hour depending on skills and experience. Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to recruiting@njconservation.org, fax to (908) 234-1189 or mail to Maria Hauser, NJ Conservation Foundation, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.  For additional information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation visit www.njconservation.org.

 

Urban Parks Coordinator

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is seeking a full time staff member to join our team in the City of Camden. The successful candidate will work to enhance Camden parks, and help engage the community in recreational and educational events in parks, on the water and on trails. We are seeking candidates who enjoy working with the public and partner organizations; are familiar with Camden’s neighborhoods; are passionate about the outdoors; have the ability to coordinate projects and events;  are comfortable working outside in varying weather conditions; and are able to work nights and weekends as needed, especially during Spring and Fall. Bilingual or multilingual skills are a plus. Post-secondary education or equivalent work experience preferred.

The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $48,000. We offer a competitive benefits package, including paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, health insurance, life insurance and a 401k plan. Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and resume to recruiting@njconservation.org, fax to (908) 234-1189 or mail to Maria Hauser, NJ Conservation Foundation, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, NJ 07931.  For additional information about New Jersey Conservation Foundation visit www.njconservation.org.

 

Apshawa Preserve Land Conservation Intern

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is seeking two (2) interns to assist with the implementation of an Invasive Species Management Plan at the Apshawa Preserve in West Milford, New Jersey. This 576-acre preserve offers a diversity of habitats and beautiful vistas in the heart of the Highlands of northern New Jersey. The 40-acre Butler Reservoir is a scenic attraction for hikers and birdwatchers, and the Apshawa Brook flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River. Apshawa’s mixed hardwood forest is dominated by oak and sugar maple. More than five miles of blazed trails traverse the Apshawa Preserve and are open for hiking, nature study, and fishing. A 3.2-mile deer exclosure fence was erected in 2010 to promote healthier, more diverse plant life.

With assistance and guidance from NJ Conservation Foundation stewardship staff, interns will work to prioritize and implement management recommendations in the plan for the 2022 summer season. This plan, prepared by the New Jersey Invasive Species Strike Team, contains species lists and management recommendations for the control of a wide variety of common and emerging invasive plant species that threaten both the plant and animal diversity of a multitude of habitat types including interior forest, meadow, and open water. Interns can expect to learn valuable skills in the fields of conservation and natural lands management including plant identification and invasive species management.

Internship Requirements: Intern candidates should be pursuing academic coursework in botany, natural resources, or ecology with an interest or focus on plants. This position will take place primarily outdoors, so candidates should be comfortable in an outdoor setting in various weather conditions. Independent transportation is required. Candidates must have the ability to hike off-trail through rough terrain and must be comfortable navigating and working alone in remote areas. Hand and power tools may be used as a part of the intern’s work. Some work will occur on open water from kayak boats. With the support of NJ Conservation Foundation staff, interns will be required to make a presentation about their experience at the completion of the internship.

Internship activities may include:
-Identify, monitor, prioritize, and remove invasive plant species
-Track and survey invasive plant species throughout the preserve
-Work with stewardship volunteers to implement management plan goals
-Assist with maintenance of the preserve’s deer exclosure fence
-Potential for opportunities to experience other NJ Conservation preserves to assist staff with ongoing
invasive species management projects

Number of Openings: two (2)

Commitment: Position is part-time, with a commitment of 92 hours to be completed between June and August 2022. Schedule is flexible and will be developed with the interns’ supervisor.
Desired fields of study: Botany, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Forestry, others possible
Stipend: $1,200
Project Coordinator & Contact Person: Erica Colace, Assistant Development Director
(908) 997-0727; ecolace@njconservation.org
Intern Supervisor: Melanie Mason, Land Steward
melanie.mason@njconservation.org
To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to Allison Williams, Stewardship Coordinator at
allison.williams@njconservation.org with “Apshawa Land Conservation Internship” in the subject line by May 30, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Please no calls.

 

Forest Stewardship Task Force Intern

Internship Description: NJ Senate Environment and Energy Committee Chairman Bob Smith established
a NJ Forest Stewardship Task Force to develop recommendations to the NJ State Legislature regarding
policies needed to better protect and manage New Jersey's public forestlands. NJ Conservation
Foundation -- along with NJ Audubon, NJ Forestry Association and NJ Sierra Club -- is one of four
organizations co-chairing the Task Force, which will hold public hearings and convene work groups
throughout the year in an effort to seek consensus on recommendations for the Committee by the end
of 2022.

New Jersey Conservation Foundation is seeking one (1) intern to assist with the NJ Forest
Stewardship Task Force. This is a unique opportunity that will provide hands-on experience helping the
task force develop policy decisions that have an impact on the environment and potentially become law.

Internship Requirements: The project supervisor will support the intern and oversee their work. The
intern will be responsible for organizing their work to complete, or at least significantly advance, each
project within the internship term, and communicating their schedule and maintaining that schedule
with the supervisor. The intern will work independently and in partnership with their supervisor, other
NJ Conservation staff members and others in the Task Force as appropriate. Successful candidate will be
enrolled in a related field of study or pursuing a change in career that would be supported by this
internship.

Internship activities may include: The intern will participate in all meetings of the Task Force co-chairs
and assist them in facilitating the process, including email correspondence with participants, planning
and running meetings, preparing meeting summaries, posting information online and other needs that
might arise. NJ Conservation may also ask the intern to review and summarize reports relevant to the
work of the Task Force.

Number of Openings: One (1)

Commitment: Position is part-time, with a commitment of approximately 192 hours to be completed
between June and December 2022. Task Force work groups will meet four times per month on Mondays
and Tuesdays from 4 to 6 PM via Zoom. The schedule for work outside the meetings is flexible and will
be developed with the intern’s supervisor.

Desired fields of study: Environmental Policy, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Biology,
Ecology, Forestry, others possible
Stipend: $2,500.00
Project Coordinator & Contact Person: Erica Colace, Assistant Development Director
(908) 997-0727; ecolace@njconservation.org

To Apply: Submit cover letter and resume to Allison Williams, Stewardship Coordinator at
allison.williams@njconservation.org with “Forestry Task Force Internship” in the subject line by
Wednesday, June 8, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. Please no calls.

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The health and safety of our employees, volunteers and interns is our top priority.  New Jersey Conservation Foundation has adopted “COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies and Guidelines” based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic.   All employees, volunteers and interns  will be given a copy of this policy upon commencement of employment or service to the organization and are expected to fully adhere to the procedures and guidelines outlined in this policy.

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.

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