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Thrive Outside Greater Philadelphia Fellow

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Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or New York


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Sep 21, 2023

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Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state and territorial affiliates and more than seven million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and stripes. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. We advance this mission through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, advancing environmental justice, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.


We are currently seeking a Fellow to support our Thrive Outside Greater Philadelphia initiative to build and strengthen networks that provide children and families with repeat and reinforcing experiences in the outdoors. The Thrive Outside Fellow reports to the Director of Conservation Partnerships in the Mid-Atlantic Region and will also work collaboratively with NWF Delaware River staff, including the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River and the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, partner organizations in the watershed and regional NWF program staff.


NWF Fellows must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $20.00 per hour plus core benefits. Expenses for regional travel will be covered.


In this role you will:


  • Assist the Director of Conservation Partnerships to drive the progress of Thrive Outside Greater Philadelphia initiative in the hubs of Southwest and Northeast Philadelphia, PA; Trenton, NJ; and Reading, PA. Coordinate hub partners’ work, ensuring contract deliverables met and our partners have the necessary support and connection.
  • Provide meeting planning and support for the Core Partners of Thrive Outside Greater Philadelphia, including engaging stakeholders, developing agendas that support relevant and emergent topics, facilitating meetings, capturing takeaways, communicating outcomes and next steps to appropriate parties.
  • Organize National Thrive Outside Day and other convenings with hubs, participating in on-the-ground in events.
  • Engage and connect with a diverse and inclusive pool of external stakeholders and coalitions, including the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) and the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed (CDRW) to understand their programs, aspirations/priorities and capacity to contribute to Thrive Outside as a whole.
  • Participate in meetings with the Outdoor Foundation and other Thrive Outside communities from across the country as appropriate.
  • Provide administrative assistance with grant reporting and contracts as needed.
  • Create content for blogs and social media as interests and background experience allow.


NWF aims to engage a motivated individual on the ground floor of our Thrive Outside team with the following capacities and interests:


  • Comfort with facilitating groups with similar but varying interests to reach consensus and follow through on action steps.
  • Demonstrated cultural humility and awareness of power differences; practiced in working with persons of various social, cultural, economic, political and educational backgrounds.
  • Clear, confident, and thorough communications style.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to balance long-term projects and priorities with short-term needs and finish projects with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively across teams.
  • Willingness to use personal vehicle or public transportation for occasional regional travel.


Preferred (not required):


  • Familiarity with the Delaware River watershed or hub communities in Trenton, NJ; Reading, PA; Southwest and Northeast Philadelphia, PA.
  • Experience with outdoor recreation, environmental education, or experiential learning programs.
  • Familiarity with the challenges and barriers to equitable outdoor access/recreation.


NWF Values:


Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:


  • Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized.
  • Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions.
  • Actively seeks feedback, direction, and guidance from all team members and keeps staff informed of decisions that impact them.
  • Being dedicated to advancing NWF’s internal equity transformation and compelling partners and allies to incorporate equity into their work; and
  • Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission


Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s required equity competencies at


Location and Work Mode:


This position is based in NWF’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center with a strong preference for candidates interested in working remotely from one of the Delaware River watershed’s states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, or New York. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, to be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page:


COVID Consideration:


The National Wildlife Federation closely follows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease and has implemented processes that promote the safety of our employees, candidates, and communities.




Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.


For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page:


We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at


We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence. Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.


Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.


If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

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