NatureVest (a division of The Nature Conservancy)
The Summer Packard Foundation MBA Fellow Program recruits MBA students for high-impact summer positions with conservation organizations seeking to improve their triple bottom line. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has sponsored 104 students at 47 organizations since 2002. Many students have subsequently built green careers at nonprofits, social enterprises, and foundations, or as sustainability managers at major corporations. The staff of the MBA-Nonprofit Connection, which launched and ran the program for many years, was pleased to help transfer management of the program to California Environmental Associates in 2018.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 states, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, its mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. NatureVest is the Conservancy’s impact capital division, launched to capitalize on the growing impact investment sector to foster innovative investments in conservation.
Hundreds of municipalities around the country are struggling to meet federally-mandated water quality goals designed to address this pollution. While billions of dollars will be spent to engineer “gray” solutions, green infrastructure—rain gardens, bioswales, and restored wetlands—not only offer cost savings but also generate co-benefits in the form of urban green space, improved air quality and community development.
Unlike gray infrastructure (such as treatment plants), which carries stormwater away from the source, green infrastructure relies on nature-based methods to retain stormwater directly at the point at which it falls. This green infrastructure allows water to be filtered naturally and slows its progress to sewers, lessening the chance that these systems will be overwhelmed.
NatureVest’s Green Infrastructure Investment Team aims to accelerate the use of green stormwater infrastructure within urban areas across North America by supporting the creation of policies and programs that attract private capital to finance these projects, by delivering projects under these programs and by undertaking original research to build upon the industries knowledge base. Green infrastructure—for example rain gardens, bioswales, and stormwater wetlands—not only offer cost effective stormwater compliance but also generate co-benefits in the form of urban green space, improved air quality and community development.
The Green Infrastructure Investment MBA Fellow will support TNC’s Green Infrastructure Program by first establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) linked to triple bottom line outcomes of green infrastructure projects, and linking these to cost models that consider the entire delivery process from pre-development through operations and maintenance. This will form the basis for a financial model and tool used to define the business case for investment in green infrastructure projects on private land. The MBA Fellow would work with state and local regulatory agencies and develop relationships with a variety landowners to discover opportunities for investors with the aim to create a full business model for an approved green infrastructure project or portfolio of projects. Ultimately, we hope that the outputs from the MBA Fellow’s work can be used to inform a public facing “Field Guide” to investing in green infrastructure which can be shared nationally and internationally to inform urban green infrastructure programs.
Rowan Roderick-Jones - Director, Urban Green Infrastructure Partnerships
Rowan develops urban green infrastructure investment opportunities for NatureVest.? Previously he worked for 14 years planning and designing integrated water infrastructure at regional, city and site scales for the international design firms Arup and AECOM.? Rowan has worked across the globe including extensive experience in North America, Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He holds a MSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering, a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies, and a BA in Geography, all from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a professional engineer (PE) in California, a Chartered Scientist (CSci) through the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management in the UK and a registered Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP).
Skills and Experience
- MBA candidate; programmatic financial focus or financial experience required
- Professional background in stormwater or water management highly desirable
- Self-starter, ability to work both as part of a team and independently
- Excellent communications skills (written and verbal)
- Previous consulting experience valuable
- Application deadline: Monday, March 19th, 2018; considered on a rolling basis.
- Please bypass your school's automated application system, which may rename the attachments.
- The Packard Foundation has partnered with California Environmental Associates (CEA) to manage the Summer MBA Fellow Program. E-mail cover letter and resume as separate pdf attachments to Eileen Ashton, Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org, labeled as follows:
- NV, Infrastructure-[your last name]-Cover
- NV, Infrastructure-[your last name]-Resume
- In your cover letter, highlight aspects of your experience that are relevant for this job, and explain why you are interested in working with this organization. CEA will confirm receipt of your application and promptly forward it to your desired host organization.
- All host organizations are equal opportunity employers.
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