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Community Engagement Associate

Summary

  • Title: Associate, Community Engagement
  • Hours: Full-time, exempt
  • Compensation: $52,500 – $57,500/annually
  • Benefits: 100% employer-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance premiums; generous employer 401(k) contribution; liberal PTO; flexible work environment; annual professional development stipend
  • Location: Remote OR onsite in Arlington, VA

Background

About Restore America’s Estuaries

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is a national alliance of 10 coastal conservation groups dedicated to restoring and preserving America’s estuaries and coasts.  RAE is a powerful voice for coastal habitat restoration in the nation’s capital.

RAE and its member organizations restore coastal habitats nationwide. We have unmatched national reach and effectiveness; our local projects restore coastal wetlands, open fish passages, remove invasive species, build living shorelines, transplant seagrasses, replant salt marshes, and restore shellfish habitat.

As the leader of a national alliance, we provide a unified voice for coastal conservation in Washington D.C. and advance the science and practice of habitat restoration through on-the-ground projects, groundbreaking science, high-level meetings, and our biennial RAE Coastal and Estuarine Summit.

RAE’s Perspective on Community Engagement and DEIJ

In 2019, Restore America’s Estuaries updated its strategic plan to include a new core pillar explicitly focused on the need to change and expand how estuary and coastal conservation is practiced: We aim to engage a broader, more inclusive community to increase the scale of our efforts and achieve big wins that lead to healthy and resilient bays and estuaries.

To achieve this vision, RAE launched the Inclusive Coasts Initiative (ICI), with the help of the National Science Foundation and other donors, to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in grantmaking, project design, and implementation in the coastal sector.  In RAE’s work as a grant facilitator, stakeholder convener, and project implementer, we have become acutely aware of the benefit of DEIJ-focused approaches to coastal restoration. Likewise, other organizations in the coastal conservation community have expressed the urgent need for a greater DEIJ emphasis in grantmaking and project implementation. As one of the leading organizations in estuary protection and restoration, RAE believes it can play a part in addressing these issues and is an effort RAE is well suited to undertake.

RAE has a long-standing Webinar series that has largely focused on living shorelines, blue carbon, and habitat restoration; weaved into the narrative of this work, we have increasingly profiled diverse voices, approaches, and just application of coastal restoration practices. We also offer scholarships to our events to promote inclusivity of underrepresented individuals, encourage diverse and just applications within our competitive grant programs, and aim to educate our sector on the critical relationship between DEIJ and coastal restoration.

Role Description

This position will primarily support RAE’s Community Engagement goals (70%) but may also assist other projects within the organization (30%).  Examples of duties include:

Community Engagement (70%)

  • Facilitate ICI Workshops throughout the year.
    • Manage the Inclusive Coasts Initiative Working Group; design and facilitate meetings; create presentations and workshop materials; summarize and promote best practices
    • Work with the Senior Advisor for the Inclusive Coasts Initiative to develop and execute strategies that build collaborative partnerships and advance thought leadership
  • Lead DEIJ activities within RAE’s various workstreams.
    • Conduct outreach and stakeholder needs assessments; review proposals; oversee event scholarship programs
    • Research and document trends in the sector, particularly how they may impact coastal restoration
  • Serve as RAE’s representative on external DEIJ activities.
    • Attend meetings and advocate for improved practices in the sector; create talking points for RAE staff; assist with communications

Other Opportunities (30%)

  • RAE is a dynamic organization and appreciates the entrepreneurship and collaboration of staff. Additional responsibilities will be developed based on candidate’s experience, career goals and RAE staffing needs. Other areas may include supporting conferences, managing grant programs, developing new strategic projects, supporting the science and practices of nature-based solutions like living shorelines and blue carbon, working on national policy, or developing communication pieces.

Qualifications

  • At least three to five years’ experience working in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, ideally in coastal communities (from urban harbors to coastal wetlands).
  • Strong interest in community engagement and capacity building, as demonstrated through work, volunteering, internships, etc.
  • Experience working with or in historically underrepresented or marginalized communities; urban communities or immigrant communities particularly valued.
  • Ability to seamlessly move between working autonomously and in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Ability to present complex and at times sensitive information in a variety of accessible formats.
  • Willingness to change focus and support additional projects as they arise.
  • Comfortable occasionally traveling within the U.S.
  • Ability to speak and write languages in addition to English strongly preferred.
  • Must have permission to work in the U.S. without a work authorization.

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter and resume to Nicole Lekus, RAE’s Operations Manager, by April 15, 2022.  RAE is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, minorities, and individuals with differing abilities are particularly encouraged to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application. Candidates selected for an interview will be notified via email by April 19, 2021. 

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2021 Fall General Program Support Intern

Mission Statement

Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.

Job Description

Restore America’s Estuaries (“RAE”) is seeking interns for Fall 2021.  Interns have the opportunity to assist with various projects within a nationally-influential non-profit, and to learn, through hands-on support, how an NGO thrives while making a difference in the world.

Specific duties for this intern may include the following. 

  1. Creating a series of one-pagers to increase ease and effectiveness of outreach to Congress, the public, current and potential funders, scientists, and other interested parties.
  2. Conducting research for and implementing updates to the Coastal Restoration Toolkit website.
  3. Assisting with educating the new Congress and White House Administration on major coastal and estuarine policy and issues.
  4. Curating content for social media platforms, including RAE’s blog, Facebook page, or electronic newsletters.

Exact tasks will be determined throughout the internship period to ensure alignment with the intern’s personal goals and RAE’s needs.  Interns are expected to work virtually or onsite for a total of 8-15 hours per week; a mutually agreeable schedule will be determined during the onboarding process.

Benefits

Interns will gain valuable experience and develop important skills during their tenure at RAE, including:

  1. Understanding how policy, research, and communications processes work within a non-profit organization
  2. Developing knowledge of science-based initiatives and how they impact governmental and public interests
  3. Interacting with professionals across the fields of science, grant administration, operations, and development
  4. Improving writing and graphical communication skills
  5. Learning the inner workings of an environmental conservation and restoration organization

This is an unpaid internship, but if permitted, course credit may be claimed for time spent in the internship by current students within their institute of learning.  RAE is happy to offer assistance with objective-setting, progress reports, and other criteria that may be needed to fulfill a course requirement. 

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter to Nicole Lekus, Operations Manager, at nlekus@estuaries.org by August 27, 2021.  Your letter should clearly articulate your interest in RAE and its objectives and specify how you would employ your particular skillset to further those objectives. Part of the goal of this program is to expand the number of people interested in careers in conservation, so no prior experience is necessary. Candidates will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview.

RAE prides itself on hard work, team spirit, and a mission to make our environment a better place.  We look forward to welcoming you as part of our team!

2021 Fall Communications Intern

Mission Statement

Restore America’s Estuaries is dedicated to the protection and restoration of bays and estuaries as essential resources for our nation.

Job Description

Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) is seeking a Communications Intern for the Fall of 2021. Interns have the opportunity to assist with various projects within a nationally influential non-profit, and to learn, through hands-on support, how a local NGO thrives while making a difference in the coastal community.

The communications intern will assist RAE’s Communications Manager in the design, strategy, development, and publication of communications pieces, including but not limited to social media, monthly newsletters, and blog posts. Additionally, the intern will assist with website maintenance, collect and report data from website and media platforms, and present general trends regarding the current state of digital media in the environmental space to the broader RAE team. The ideal candidate must be able to successfully work independently and as part of a team, meet time-sensitive deadlines, and handle multiple tasks at one time.

Details:

  1. Assist with creation and publication of media to promote National Estuaries Week and ensure high engagement with audiences in the coastal restoration community. Report engagement numbers following the campaign and make suggestions for strategic opportunities to improve on future digital campaigns
  2. Assist with general website maintenance.
  3. Update project maps and identify opportunities to improve communication of RAE accomplishments through grant programs
  4. Assist with Giving Tuesday and Year-End digital fundraising campaign development
  5. Support Communications Manager and other staff in identifying worthwhile stories, notable accomplishments, and general developments in the coastal restoration sector to share in monthly newsletter(s) and on social media.
  6. Other tasks as required by RAE staff relating to communications and outreach
  7. Identify, catalog, and label photo’s in RAE’s SharePoint for future use in media products

Desired Skills:

  • Seeking a degree in communications, marketing, public policy, environmental science, or related field preferred
  • Experience working with WordPress & Constant Contact preferred, but not required
  • Experience using Canva, Photoshop, and/or other photo editing software(s)
  • Familiarity with website and social media data analytics
  • Experience using Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, and other Microsoft products
  • Must be a strong writer with high attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks at once and deliver products on time sensitive deadlines

Interns are expected to work remotely OR within our Arlington office of RAE for a minimum of 10-15 hours per week. A mutually-agreeable schedule will be determined during the onboarding process.

Benefits

The Communications Intern will gain valuable experience and develop important skills during their tenure at RAE, including:

  1. Learn real-world experience and on-the-job skills that will improve your understanding and ability to excel in a professional non-profit environment
  2. Get a better understanding of issues, threats, and opportunities facing our coastal ecosystems and communities
  3. Work with a successful, established non-profit organization well connected with state and federal agencies working towards cleaner, healthier, and more resilient estuary and coastal ecosystems
  4. Potential opportunity to travel to 2021 Living Shorelines Workshop in Cape May, NJ if schedule/time/cost allows.
  5. Opportunity to publish content on blogs, social media, and other outlets

This is a non-paid internship, but if permitted, course credit may be claimed for the semester by current students within their institute of learning. RAE is happy to offer assistance with objective-setting, progress reports, and other criteria that may be needed to fulfill a course requirement. All materials needed to complete any position-related projects – including email access – are provided by RAE.

RAE’s headquarters is located right above the Courthouse Metro Station (Orange & Silver lines) and next to several ART and WMATA bus stops. Many restaurants and coffee shops are within walking distance, and an outdoor plaza – complete with tables and lounge chairs – is directly outside the building.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Nicole Lekus, Operations Manager, at nlekus@estuaries.org by August 27, 2021. Candidates will be notified via email if they are selected for an interview.

RAE prides itself on hard work, team spirit, and a mission to make our environment a better place. We look forward to welcoming you as part of our team!