Project Associate, Meridian Institute

Dillon, CO or Washington DC

Position Title: Project Associate

Organization: Meridian Institute

Location: Dillon, CO or Washington DC

Organization Overview: Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. As a science-based organization, they create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that there can be a world in which people and nature thrive.

Position Overview: Meridian Project Associates typically work on several project teams focused on various topics over the course of their time at Meridian. Projects range from one-month efforts focused on facilitating a single meeting to multi-year projects where Meridian oversees the development, design, and implementation of an ongoing collaborative initiative. Project Associates contribute research, writing, project management, and other types of support to teams.


They can be responsible for a wide range of duties, which differ depending on the project team assignments as well as the individual’s skillsets and interests. The typical areas of responsibility include:

  • Take detailed notes for internal and external videoconferences and meetings in order to document the range of perspectives, capture key points and next steps, and draft meeting summaries.
  • Draft various types of documents including meeting summaries, research reports, surveys, interview synthesis and takeaways, press releases, letters, slide decks, and more.
  • Conduct research, including tracking public policy developments, preparing literature reviews, identifying stakeholders, and gathering background information to support project teams in a variety of ways.
  • Participate in and document interviews or otherwise engage participants in Meridian processes, including leaders of the private, non-profit, and government sectors.
  • Assist in planning regional, national, and international projects and meetings.
  • Support the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports, helping project teams effectively liaise with funders.
  • Provide administrative support for client funded and inter-organizational project teams including, but not limited to attending and supporting domestic and/or international meetings, maintaining spreadsheets, including grant tracking spreadsheets and databases, and maintaining websites.

Minimum Qualifications: Due to the nature and intent of the fellowship program, we do not accept applicants with degrees beyond a bachelor’s, nor do we accept those who are currently pursuing graduate studies. Additional eligibility criteria include:

  • Full professional proficiency or higher in English
  • Legally able to work in the United States without visa support/sponsorship
  • Have completed a bachelor’s or expect to complete a bachelor’s degree by May of 2022
  • Experience with qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Strong attention to detail, copy-editing, and note-taking skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at once, manage time effectively, and receive and balance direction from multiple Project Directors.
  • Passion for the issues and work that Meridian is involved in, ability and willingness to learn, and ability to work independently and be self-motivated.
  • Experience and enthusiasm for effectively working as part of a team. Ability to work with people from culturally diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft O365 (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, OneNote, PowerPoint) and other commonly used computer programs and technology, such as social media, as well as the ability to learn and deploy new and evolving technologies and tools.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Interest or experience in collaborative decision-making, facilitation, or mediation.
  • Experience with detailed notetaking, drafting meeting summaries, documenting interviews conducting surveys, researching, and assembling background materials, and providing meeting and logistical support.
  • Basic understanding of the institutional and political context in which public policies are deliberated.
  • Substantive experience in Meridian topic areas.
  • Experience with virtual collaboration tools, including Zoom, visual collaboration (e.g., Mural,
  • Miro), and polling (e.g., Poll Everywhere).
  • Online communications skills including experience with social media, managing website content in WordPress, and facility with platforms such as Twitter and MailChimp.
  • Skills in graphic design for multiple platforms (web design, infographic creation, etc.), including the ability to create and develop visual responses to communication problems using knowledge of aesthetics and composition to construct meaningful images.
  • Advanced technology competencies (e.g., qualitative research methods such as survey development and coding, template development, and database management).
  • Experience in multicultural and/or international settings.

Salary/pay: First year Fellows are offered a salary of $45,450 per year in a non-exempt position ($21.86 per hour) and are eligible for overtime compensation. In the second year, Fellows receive set increases to account for growth and development within the program

Application Deadline: January 17 10 p.m. EST

How to Apply: Apply using the Meridian Institute applicant portal. After registering your account and logging into the applicant portal, you will be directed to provide additional information related to your application and upload the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter – 1 page
    Drawing from your personal, professional, and academic experiences, please explain how you hope to contribute to Meridian as a Fellow and what you hope to gain from this opportunity.

  2. Essay – 1 page
    Meridian works on a variety of social and environmental policy issues including agriculture & food systems, climate change, environment & natural resources, forests, health, oceans & coasts, resilience, science & technology, and water. Briefly describe a critical public policy issue facing society today and suggest how a collaborative process could be effective in helping address that issue. If applicable, include details about which parties should be engaged and what challenges might be faced in trying to bring them together.

  3. Resume – 1 page
    Detail relevant education, training, experiences, and accomplishments.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the application process can be found here. Please direct any additional questions about the Fellowship to Jennifer Brassanini (