Health & Nature Fellowship

Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 01, 2021
Mar 12, 2021
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

The Health & Nature Fellowship is a 3-year position guiding the implementation and expansion of a city-wide green schoolyards program to improve the well-being of children and families in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan region. The Fellow will work to deepen relationships and partnerships throughout the city and region around a common goal of ensuring equitable access to nature for all of its benefits. This is a part-time, paid fellowship.



An ideal candidate will have existing relationships and a working understanding of non-profit, public and governance structures in the Atlanta Metropolitan area, the ability to work in politically sensitive environments, and is comfortable navigating professional sectors at varying levels of leadership. 




  1. Support Atlanta Public Schools in their participation of the 2021-2023 Green Schoolyards cohort:


  • Act as on-the-ground liaison to move green schoolyard partnerships forward, formalizing cross-sector partnerships, policies and funding (e.g with city and county departments, school districts, park districts, health departments, non-profits, universities, water agencies, community organizations, out of school time providers, etc.), aligning visions and goals to develop long-term programs focused on developing and supporting green schoolyards for equitable access and community use.


    Coordinate and advance the creation and implementation of Atlanta’s Green Schoolyards Action Plan(s).


    Help coordinate in-person site visits with C&NN staff and funders, when safely possible.


    Summarize teams’ progress for grant and organization reports.




Work with the C&NN Green Schoolyards team to:


  • Host a pre-Conference one-day green schoolyard tour and green schoolyards network meeting in May 2022.


    Advance an Atlanta-based “big idea” to be announced at the C&NN International Conference, May 9-11, 2022. Working with local partners in Atlanta, along with the Arthur M. Blank Foundation, advance a “big idea” around district-wide green schoolyards to create equitable nature access across Atlanta.


    Develop and lead all-cohort trainings (online and in-person).


    Actively participate in the Green Schoolyards Learning Network.


    Develop, implement and utilize standardized tracking tools and other resources.


    Develop and support partnerships to advance the green schoolyards movement


    Advocate for, raise awareness of, and represent the green schoolyards movement in professional settings.




At the May 2022 C&NN Inside Out Leadership Summit in Atlanta, the fellow will share the scope of the project and opportunities to engage in the widespread implementation of green schoolyards throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area.


As a capstone project, the fellow will create a resource and deliver a presentation to report on the challenges, opportunities, and potential structures for widespread implementation of green schoolyards throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area.





A successful candidate will have the following skills, education and experience:


  • 6 or more years relevant professional experience and academic studies


    Knowledge of non-profit and government structures


    Understanding of urban planning, community development and engagement


    Ability to examine systems and advance solutions to further equitable access


    Project management skills to ensure collaborative movement on initiatives


    Public speaking, meeting facilitation and professional writing skills 


    Able to work autonomously within a collaborative, virtual team environment


    Proficiency in cloud based platforms (must have own computer, phone, internet)





Compensation:    $50,000 per year


Status:         Paid Fellowship (part-time)


Reports to:        Director of Green Schoolyards for Healthy Communities


Start Date:        April 15, 2021


Additionally, C&NN will provide the Fellow:


  • Onboarding and introduction to local partners


    Regular supervisor and team meetings


    Facilitated placement in local organization(s)


    Cost reimbursement for out-of-state travel





Submit resume to with “Health & Nature Fellowship” as Subject.  In your email, briefly introduce yourself and share your vision for the impact of the fellowship.   Attach your resume.  An additional cover letter is not required. 


We appreciate that diverse backgrounds, experiences, and styles contribute to greater impact and innovation. Talented and professional individuals who can relate to the challenges faced by diverse and underserved communities are encouraged to apply for open positions.



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