Director of River Restoration

Posted 2 months ago

The Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) is a nonprofit environmental conservation group ( working to protect and restore the Neponset River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed lands located south and west of Boston. NepRWA pursues its goals through advocacy, education, technical assistance, environmental monitoring, and hands on restoration projects. The organization presently has nine staff (eight FTE).

POSITION SUMMARY: The River Restoration Director is a key member of NepRWA’s senior program staff. They plan and implement programs to restore the physical, chemical and biological integrity of local waterways and wetlands. They also provide scientific and/or engineering expertise to complement the legal, policy, political and communications expertise of other staff members.


  • Serve as project leader for a variety of assessment and/or implementation projects aimed at restoring aquatic, wetland and riparian habitats and/or increasing ecosystem resilience, including: removal of obsolete small dams, replacement of problem culverts, riparian re-vegetation, preservation and improvement of brook trout habitat in the watershed, salt marsh restoration, invasive species management, and remediation of contaminated stream sediments.
  • Plan and supervise NepRWA’s volunteer-based water quality monitoring program including regular monitoring, “hotspot” monitoring, data analysis, reporting to technical and non-nontechnical audiences, and working with relevant authorities to secure remediation of pollution sources.
  • Hire and supervise NepRWA’s Environmental Science Fellow, seasonal interns, and project subcontractors.
  • Prepare project plans and funding applications and manage grant contract reporting and compliance.
  • Provide technical support to colleagues as needed on stormwater management, hydrology, water conservation and other topics.
  • Build partnerships with municipal staff, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, private consultants and volunteers.
  • Assist communication and development staff to document results through writing, presentations, photography and social media.

This position requires occasional early morning or weekend sampling, and occasional participation in evening meetings or weekend events.

The NepRWA office is presently largely closed due to the Covid pandemic, with staff working primarily from home, however the position does require regular, socially distanced field work with colleagues and/or volunteers, and occasional face-to-face socially distanced interaction with interns, project partners or trainees. We anticipate that the office will re-open for regular operations sometime in 2021.


The successful candidate will have an unusual combination of technical, communication, and leadership skills. A master’s degree in ecological restoration, aquatic biology, ecology, hydrology, civil or environmental engineering, landscape architecture or a related field, plus at least two years of relevant work experience, or a relevant bachelor’s degree and five years work experience is required. It is unlikely that any one candidate will have extensive formal training in all the disciplines that are touched by this position, but they must have a strong foundation in at least one area and must be a lifelong learner who enjoys stepping outside their established areas of expertise.

They should be enthusiastic about the mission of the organization, motivated to achieve tangible results, and intrigued by the technical, social and political challenges involved in restoring an urban river. They must be self-motivated, and have excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal skills. They must be able to enunciate the policy and regulatory implications of watershed data and have the ability to connect effectively with both technical and non-technical audiences. They should be a capable project manager, who works well in a fast-paced team environment. They should be comfortable working independently, including in the field on uneven terrain, in a canoe and wading.

The candidate should have experience with ecological restoration methods, water quality monitoring, basic laboratory and data analysis, and be proficient with GIS. Experience with stormwater best management practices, green infrastructure, state and federal regulatory programs related to water and wetlands, streamflow monitoring, watershed modeling, grant contract management, working with municipalities and volunteers, and supervising junior staff and interns will all be invaluable.

This is an existing full-time, permanent position, which is available to commence work immediately. Compensation is commensurate with experience and includes paid time off and health insurance plan. NepRWA is an equal opportunity employer and applications from under-represented communities and communities of color are strongly encouraged.


Send a resume, along with a cover letter explaining how the position would complement your career goals and how your talents and experience would help advance NepRWA’s efforts. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. The most recent posting will be maintained at and a notice will be posted promptly at that location once the position has been filled.

Responses should be directed via email to:

Ian Cooke
Executive Director
Neponset River Watershed Association
2173 Washington Street
Canton, MA 02021

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