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 The Nature Conservancy's (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.
The Project Manager is expected to perform the following essential functions:
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