Jed Wright Fellow for River Health

  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Brunswick, Maine, USA
  • Jan 30, 2020
Full time Government/Nonprofit Land Use

Job Description


The Jed Wright 2020 Fellow will work closely with TNC staff, the Atlantic Salmon Federation, and other conservation partners to gain on-the-job experience and skills directly applicable to river and aquatic restoration in Maine. Job tasks may include: coordination of field work logistics; conducting surveys and monitoring at and around culverts; site data entry and quality control, photo file management, operating total station survey equipment, tablets and GPS field equipment; attending meetings with partners; restoration site visits; fish surveys; outreach and education to the public etc. This position will require some travel time, which may include overnights, and possible work in remote locations.

This is preferably a 14-week full time seasonal position beginning June 4, 2020; however, we have some flexibility on start dates and will consider a Fellow that needs a slightly shorter assignment.



  • Typically works as part of a team of two or more.
  • Flexible in daily schedule and travel demands with some travel required and possible overnights.
  • Work in variable weather conditions and at times on difficult and hazardous terrain under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Works under infrequent supervision. Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor.
  • Assists, plans, and implements field data collection using tablets; completes data entry and photo management; Performs on-site quality control as well as checks of data entry and management.
  • Navigates around Maine watersheds.
  • Acts as a positive ambassador for The Nature Conservancy and Atlantic Salmon Federation, and other partners working with towns, rural communities, large private landowners and other natural resource agencies and conservation organizations.
  • Delivers an oral presentation reflecting on individual Fellowship experience at the end of the season.



  • High school diploma or GED and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience or equivalent combination.
  • Ability to perform demanding physical work outdoors, sometimes under adverse conditions.
  • Must hold a valid US driver’s license with clean driving record.
  • Experience working independently and as part of a team.
  • Multi-cultural, multi-lingual skills, or cross-cultural experience; a Fellow who can bring a perspective to our work that is different from what is represented by much of our staff.
  • Students enrolled in a vocational, 2, or 4-year college program, preferably in a science field, are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience or training in science or engineering related field.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and thoroughness.
  • Keen desire to expand skills and experience in the environmental field.
  • Excellent communication skills (in-person, phone, email).
  • Experience entering data and managing data storage and web up/down-loads.
  • CPR and first aid training.
  • Ability to read, interpret, and navigate in remote locations using road and topographic maps, aerial photos, and other sources of mapped information.
  • Experience using technology (i.e. tablets, GPS) to record data.
  • Meticulousness with data entry, quality control and management of files.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Maine geography, natural history, and fish, wildlife, and plant identification.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Docs.
  • Experience living, working, and driving in remote settings.