Careers & Professional Opportunities

Welcome to the River Network Careers page! Here you will find a variety of opportunities with groups working to improve rivers and waters, including staff and contract jobs, internships, and volunteer assignments.

If your organization would like to post an open position on this page, please fill out a job submission form. Paid River Network members may advertise their organization’s available jobs & volunteer opportunities on our website for free. Free and non-members must pay a $75 job posting fee.

Open Positions

River Network - Mid‐Atlantic Leadership Development Manager

About River Network

River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well‐equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado with staff and contractors working from various locations across the U.S.

River Network is committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. River Network is intentional about our staffing and engagement practices and we strive to increase the diversity of our staff, board, members, and supporters with strategic recruitment and partnerships and an inclusive workplace culture.

Position Summary

River Network seeks a dynamic, motivated and highly organized individual to join our team as Leadership Development Manager for the Mid‐Atlantic/ Chesapeake Bay region (includes WV, VA, Washington DC, MD, DE, PA, NJ and NY). This position will help increase the effectiveness of leaders, organizations and collaborative efforts/networks that are working on issues pertaining to healthy rivers and clean water for all throughout the Mid‐Atlantic/Chesapeake Bay region, including engagement on the key issues fundamental to addressing today’s water crisis (i.e., clean, safe, affordable drinking water; flood‐ and drought‐resilient cities and communities; healthy rivers in agricultural landscapes; and robust and effective water laws and policies) – see River Network’s strategic plan for more information. The position serves as a trainer, mentor, network hub and resource to support leaders, organizations, and collaborative efforts define their goals and strategies; strengthen their community organizing and civic engagement initiatives; increase their nonprofit management skills; design and implement initiatives related to diversity, equity and inclusion; and build effective, multi‐stakeholder collaborative efforts for greater impact. The position will also support various issue-focused networks of organizations, designing peer‐to‐peer learning opportunities and disseminating network members’ success stories and lessons learned to a broad, national audience.

The position needs to fully understand the expertise available through the River Network team, engage various team members in delivering support (e.g., science, policy, leadership development, etc.), and establish partnerships with others to fill knowledge gaps. In addition, the position collaborates with other individuals, organizations and funding entities across the region. This person must be flexible and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. We are looking for candidate poised to become a successful member of our nationally dispersed team who is excited about helping to connect all people to achieve a sustainable and healthy future for our nation’s rivers and waters.

Term of Position

Full‐time salaried, non‐exempt. Annual salary range between $55,000 and $65,000 commensurate with experience.

Essential Functions

Developing Effective Leaders, Organizations and Networks

  • Plan, design and facilitate in‐person and online capacity building training sessions;
  • Provide consulting services to local, state and regional organizations to build their organizational capacity (e.g. board leadership, fundraising, strategic planning, effective partnerships, program evaluation and others);
  • Provide consulting services to support the formation and effective operations of multi‐stakeholder networks across the region for greater collective impact;
  • Deploy organizational assessment tools with organizations and networks to assess their strengths and capacity needs.

Civic Engagement and Participation

  • Design and deliver training sessions and programs on topics related to community organizing and civic engagement to promote increased public participation in decisions related to water;
  • Provide consulting services to organizations and networks on topics related to planning and
    executing advocacy campaigns and developing/maintaining effective coalitions.


  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communication with River Network stakeholders throughout the Mid‐Atlantic states, including member organizations, conservation and
    environmental justice leaders, advocates and funders;
  • Develop and manage outreach efforts to enhance the visibility of River Network programs and services in the region;
  • Handle referrals to other staff and consultants for assistance in other fields of expertise;
  • Collaborate with River Network staff on program development, grant writing, project management and grant reporting activities;
  • Support planning activities and participate in River Network’s annual River Rally, the Chesapeake Watershed Forum and other regional and national training events;
  • Write and prepare materials for newsletters, blogs and training sessions.


  • Positive, self‐motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a diverse set of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field (e.g., nonprofit management, program management, public or environmental policy, advocacy, and/or organizing) with 3‐5 years professional work experience; OR equivalent professional work experience of 10+ years.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, group facilitation skills, interpersonal skills, strong technological abilities (e.g. Microsoft Office programs, Salesforce) and comfort learning new cloudbased systems (e.g. webinar and online communication platforms).
  • Self‐directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to River Network’s mission, and to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork and inclusion.
  • Ability to travel throughout the mid‐Atlantic region (average 4‐5 days/month); attend the annual
  • River Rally conference and 1‐2 staff retreats/yr.

The ideal candidate will also have:

  • Experience supporting organizations and networks in developing and advancing initiatives in the areas of equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Experience and working knowledge of strategies to protect and restore rivers and other waters, including of green infrastructure practices and financing mechanism

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Diana Toledo ( with “MID‐ATLANTIC LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MANAGER” in the subject line of the email. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on April 5, 2019. Expected hire date: May/June. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

Washington Water Trust - Project Manager - Ellensburg, Washington

About Washington Water Trust

Washington Water Trust (WWT) is a nonregulatory, 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving and protecting stream flows and water quality throughout Washington state. We use voluntary, market-based transactions and cooperative partnerships to create balanced solutions so fish, agriculture, business and wildlife—upon which we all depend—can thrive. The WWT team includes recognized statewide experts in the fields of water law, instream flow transactions, water banking, and funding and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects. Focused on Washington’s water basins and with offices in Seattle and Ellensburg, WWT is a nonprofit leader in river and stream flow restoration developing water management alternatives that produce environmental, economic and social benefits for Washington’s communities, while serving our mission of improving flows in Washington’s most endangered rivers and streams.

Position Summary

Washington Water Trust is entering an exciting period of rapid growth responding to accelerating water supply issues across Washington state. The Project Manager joins a talented technical team whose members bring many years of experience in collaborative natural resource management, stream flow restoration, and multi-stakeholder conservation projects. This full-time position based in our Ellensburg, WA office requires a person who will partner with landowners, tribes, conservation districts, land trusts, local, state and federal agencies to implement and fund innovative programs and projects with lasting benefits to endangered fish, streams and local economies. Project Management methodology must include a collaborative, consultative approach in addition to a technical and scientific skill set to deliver high quality services leveraging flexible funds for each project.

Salary and Benefits

WWT offers competitive compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience. We also offer a generous benefits package which includes: 100 % paid coverage of health, vision, and dental insurance; 12 days of paid holidays; and paid vacation/sick leave, retirement contributions.
WWT is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, marital status, physical disability or veteran status.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop effective working relationships that result in projects and/or proposals with water rights holders, public agencies, tribes, local governments, conservation and irrigation districts, and salmon recovery funders in WWT’s targeted basins.
  • Apply knowledge about water management, water rights, local hydrology, and ecological needs to strategically direct outreach efforts and prioritize stream restoration opportunities.
  • Research and prepare information to evaluate and advance instream flow restoration projects, including ecological and economic justifications, due-diligence reviews, legal agreements, and water right change applications.
  • Participate in WWT compliance monitoring and compliance duties; analyze, report and track project and program outcome metrics, coordinate with staff to maintain project database.
  • Develop and implement outreach strategies for water rights holders based on instream flow needs; help develop new funding and program opportunities for organization’s priorities.
  • Develop effective working relationships that result in projects and/or project proposals with local watershed groups, conservation districts, irrigation districts, public agency staff, water right holders and others facilitating stream restoration in WWT’s targeted basins.


  • Working knowledge of western water management, water law and stream flow tools.
  • Understanding of biologically-based flow needs and flow habitat relationships, with an emphasis on targeted Pacific salmonid species.
  • Strong management skills, including task management, the ability to develop timelines and schedules, to develop and track budgets, to establish and manage project metrics.
  • Working knowledge of ESRI ARCHVIEW or equivalent GIS software cartographic, data management knowledge, and spatial analysis skills highly desired.
  • Be self-directed as well as able to collaborate and coordinate among multiple stakeholders and team members
  • Ability to develop and make persuasive presentations and influence negotiations
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Willingness to travel throughout Washington, primarily eastern Washington.

Experience and Education

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; graduate degree a plus.
  • Knowledge of western water rights laws desired.
  • Understanding of agricultural practices.
  • Knowledge of fisheries, watershed-based flow restoration techniques.
  • Working knowledge of water markets, or conservation easements.
  • Experience developing conservation markets (water banks or ecosystem service models) a plus.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and resume which addresses the skills and attributes needed for this job. The cover letter and resume can be sent or emailed to:

Susan Adams, Executive Director
1500 Westlake Avenue N, Ste 202
Seattle, Washington 98109

Applications will be accepted through March 28, 2019 or until filled.

American Rivers - Senior Director, Policy and Government Relations - Washington, DC

About American Rivers

Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 355,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

Job Summary

The Senior Director for Policy and Government Relations (PGR) serves in a leadership position at American Rivers. The Senior Director is responsible for the development and implementation of short and long term legislative and policy goals in support of the organization’s strategic plan. The Senior Director is a primary spokesperson for American Rivers among elected officials and their staff, government agencies, river activists, civic and community leaders, and other key constituencies. The Senior Director is responsible for representing American Rivers before Congress and administrative agencies and serving as a principle liaison to other national advocacy organizations. The Senior Director is responsible for PGR division compliance with all relevant American Rivers policies and procedures; maintains accountability standards and ensures adherence with the organization’s core values, mission and strategic plan.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

Essential Job Functions

  • Raise the profile of American Rivers among key policy makers and constituencies.
  • Develop in consultation with the President, Senior Vice President of Conservation (SVP) and the Vice President (VP) for River Conservation Strategies overarching legislative, policy and advocacy strategies and goals that support and enhance our policy, field, and conservation practice work. This includes linking our national and regional policy advocacy and ensuring strong integration of and communications across the American Rivers’ Conservation Department.
  • Implement PGR strategy, prioritizing work to match organizational resources and working in close collaboration with SVP and VP.
  • Prepare reports and analyses as needed on PGR division performance against goals for the SVP, the President and Board committees.
  • Represent American Rivers before Congress, federal agencies and state governments on issues such as conservation finance, appropriations, water resource policy, river protection and restoration, climate adaptation, and other priority legislative and administrative initiatives. Responsibilities include reviewing testimony, testifying before relevant committees, building relationships with Members of Congress staff, and providing comments on executive branch agency proposals.
  • Direct organizational actions in strict compliance with federal lobbying and election laws.
  • Develop and successfully manage division budget, allocating resources to match annual priorities.
  • Work with division and Advancement staff to create funding strategies for legislative priorities that provide stable, long-term funding for the organization as whole. Work with SVP and VP and other departments to integrate funding strategies and individual funding proposals at the department and organizational level.
  • Serve as a principle liaison with other national conservation groups, including the Green Group and the Partnership Project.
  • Work collaboratively with other staff to utilize Board members, donors, coalitions, networks, and other key relationships to expand funding and maximize opportunities to affect legislation and ensure the implementation of policies that protect and restore the nation’s rivers.
  • Work with SVP, VP, and policy and communications staffs to develop media and web-based strategies for specific conservation goals.
  • Supervise direct reports, work with direct reports to develop individual and division-wide work plans, and hold staff accountable for compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
  • Provide exemplary leadership within the Conservation Department and the organization as a whole, setting and upholding the highest standards of professional excellence, personnel management, organizational compliance, and personal integrity.
  • Lead division staff to work in an effective, collegial, and integrated fashion with other divisions, departments, and offices.


  • Advanced degree and at least 12 years of relevant legislation and policy experience with progressively increased responsibilities and roles or an appropriate combination of education and experience with at least 15 years of relevant experience. Experience working on Capitol Hill, either as staffer or lobbyist, preferred.
  • Excellent personnel management skills, including the ability to inspire excellence, clearly communicate expectations, mentor staff, build and maintain morale, and recruit and retain talented staff.
  • Proven experience and a dedicated commitment to supervising and supporting staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to work on teams with diverse perspectives, values, and identities.
  • Proven ability to develop policy and legislative strategies, set priorities, delegate responsibilities, ensure accountability, and allocate resources effectively.
  • Working knowledge of federal agencies, laws, and policies dealing with use and conservation of natural resources, particularly the Clean Water Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and other conservation laws.
  • Working knowledge of federal budget process, including preparation of administration budget request and congressional budget and appropriations processes.
  • Excellent time, budget, and organizational management skills, including demonstrated excellence in setting and achieving goals.
  • Ability to represent AR effectively before foundations, major donors and public officials.
  • Outstanding communication skills (media, written, verbal and public speaking) and the ability to effectively represent American Rivers to a diversity of audiences.
  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in promoting the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • Willingness to register as a lobbyist.
  • Deeply held commitment to American Rivers’ mission of protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter at
No phone calls please.

American Rivers - Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations - Washington, DC

About American Rivers

Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 355,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

Job Summary

The Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations, (“Associate Director”) leads the development and implementation of legislative strategy on Clean Water Supply and Floodplain Restoration issue areas. This individual is responsible for cultivating relationships with key Congressional and Administration staff to act as the primary point of contact on clean water and floodplain restoration issues. The Associate Director leads coalition meetings and strategy internally and with other partners and stakeholders. The Associate Director writes fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials for advocacy campaigns. The Associate Director completes and manages lobbying records and related reports. This individual helps support grant writing and fundraising efforts and provides programmatic support as needed. The position will report to the Senior Director, Policy and Government Relations and is an active member of the Clean Water Supply and Restoration Programs.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

Essential Job Functions

  • Develop and lead legislative strategy on federal clean water, water infrastructure, and floodplain restoration issues
  • Cultivate relationships with key Congressional and Administration staff
  • Attend hearings, represent American Rivers at relevant conservation community meetings
  • Lead coalition meetings and strategy both internally and with external partners
  • Develop strategy for administrative changes, prepare materials, and attend agency meetings including but not limited to: the White House, Environmental Protection Agency, Army Corps of Engineers, and Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Create and implement communications strategies for advocacy campaigns
  • Write fact sheets, talking points, press releases, blog posts, and other outreach materials
  • Support grant writing and fundraising efforts
  • Manage Congressional sign-on letters and Congressional database
  • Manage quarterly and semi-annual lobbying disclosure reporting requirements
  • Other duties as may be assigned


  • Advanced degree or professional certification in a relevant field desired
  • At least 3 years of experience in a relevant field
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Working knowledge and experience with water science and/or policy desired
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and carrying out conservation-related research and/or policy projects
  • Familiarity with federal policymaking process
  • Prior legislative experience desired
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and other communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work on teams with diverse perspectives, values and identities.
  • Decisive and able to work independently; proactive and solution-oriented
  • Proven success at anticipating needs and taking initiative; capable of following through on assignments with minimal direction
  • Able to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Consistent exercise of discretion and independent judgment.
  • Highly resourceful, organized self-starter
  • Willingness to register as a lobbyist

Application Instructions

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter at
No phone calls please.

Executive Director - Prairie Rivers Network - Champaign, Illinois

About Prairie Rivers Network

At Prairie Rivers Network we protect water, heal land, and inspire change. Using the creative power of science, law, and collective action, we protect and restore our rivers, return healthy soils and diverse wildlife to our lands, and transform how we care for the earth and for each other. Learn more at

Position Overview

The organization seeks an Executive Director to lead, mentor, and empower a qualified and committed staff to achieve the conservation goals of the organization; communicate an inspirational vision for river conservation; develop and foster strong organizational partnerships; develop and implement a fundraising plan that cultivates and builds strong relationships with donors and foundations; and work effectively with and leverage the skills of a dedicated board.

Essential Job Functions

Leadership and Vision:

  • Articulate a clear vision that inspires support for PRN’s work; be an advocate and spokesperson for river and wildlife conservation, work together with local, regional, state and national partners to pursue resources, policies, programs and strategies that will ensure the long-term health and beauty of Illinois’ rivers and landscapes.
  • Provide strong, collaborative leadership with the staff and board to achieve the organization’s mission and goals consistent with a Five-Year Strategic Plan.

Organizational Management:

  • Ensure PRN’s operations and programs progress towards long term goals set forth in the Strategic Plan; assess and develop opportunities which align with organizational priorities while retaining the flexibility to act quickly and opportunistically.
  • Collaboratively develop and oversee the implementation of strategic, effective work plans; track progress and regularly evaluate programs and projects to measure success.
  • Lead, mentor, challenge, and retain a qualified and motivated professional staff; inspire confidence and trust; effectively delegate program responsibilities, and establish accountability; foster open communications with staff and board.
  • Coordinate and participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings; meet with individual staff on a regular basis to provide guidance, feedback and support.
  • Work closely with the Operations Manager to develop an annual budget for approval by the Board; administering the approved budget; and regularly report to the Board on the revenues and expenses, ensure fiscal and operational integrity.
  • Work closely with the Board to ensure strong Board governance and capacity; establish clear lines of communication related to the operations and strategy of the organization, providing the information necessary for the Board to function effectively and to make informed decisions; attend and participate in board committee meetings and board meetings.


  • Develop, direct, and maintain a focused fundraising program that includes foundations, members, corporate, and major donors, cultivating and maintaining key relationships.
  • Together with the staff and Board, actively pursue a strategy that builds greater support from new donors while continuing to cultivate existing relationships and ensuring continued commitment to PRN’s work.


  • Be the chief advocate and external face of PRN; effectively represent the organization in order to increase its impact, visibility and support for its operations.
  • Oversee a strong and effective Communications Program, enhancing and maintaining public understanding and support of the goals, programs, and priorities of the organization.


The ideal candidate will:

  • Be an established leader with experience in non-profit management, programs, advocacy, and fundraising;
  • Have strong communications and inter-personal skills;
  • Have a genuine interest in and understanding of the goals, priorities, and programs of the organization; and
  • Demonstrate a desire to lead the staff, manage the organization, and work collaboratively with the Board to achieve success.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to that explains how your experience aligns with these qualifications and why you are interested in leading the organization. Subject line of your email should be “Executive Director Application” and attach your cover letter and resume with the file name consisting of “Last name, First name Resume/Cover Letter.”

This is a regular full time position located in Champaign, Illinois with frequent travel outside the office. Prairie Rivers Network offers competitive salaries and benefits, including health care and retirement benefits. Prairie Rivers Network is an equal opportunity employer.

River Scientist - Coastal Watershed Council - Santa Cruz, California

About the Coastal Watershed Council

The Coastal Watershed Council is a dynamic and growing 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Santa Cruz, CA, working to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource. When people care for the river, learn about its significance and build a connection to nature, it benefits the river ecosystem and the community. Learn more about CWC’s approach for a cleaner, healthier San Lorenzo River.

CWC is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination. CWC prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, religion, gender, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the U.S. Armed Forces, or any other characteristic protected by law. This policy applies to all personnel transactions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, placement, training, compensation, benefits, leave of absence, transfer, promotion, demotion, discipline, layoff, and termination. Beyond following the law, CWC leadership is committed to making this the best place in the county to work, where we’re all proud of what we’re doing with the Santa Cruz community.

Position Overview

Reporting to the Programs Director, the Coastal Watershed Council’s (CWC) River Scientist is responsible for implementing CWC’s community-based programs to improve water quality and enhance habitat in and along the lower San Lorenzo River in Santa Cruz, CA. These programs are funded by contracts with local city and county agencies, grants from state and federal agencies and private foundations and community donations. Community-based programs to improve water quality include special investigations to identify water quality problems and solutions, the implementation of these solutions by engaging people to take action and the organizing of volunteer days to monitor water quality including the annual Snapshot Day. Community-based programs to enhance habitat include volunteer-based invasive species removal and native plant installations through monthly River Health Days, organizing corporate team building opportunities and coordinating with CWC’s education program staff to engage students and youth groups. This position will represent CWC to the public and communicate their findings to preserve and protect coastal watersheds while teaching youth and adults of all backgrounds about the importance of rivers, creeks and watersheds to our daily lives and inspire people to take action to improve watershed health.

Essential Job Functions

  • Build and maintain strong relationships and clear communication with people of all backgrounds who live, work and play along the lower San Lorenzo River. Be visible and accessible to the community by attending community events, sharing CWC’s vision and providing program information.
  • Design, implement and lead community engagement, community science water quality monitoring and community habitat enhancement programs, including recruiting, training and supervising over 500 volunteers annually.
  • Collaborate with the City of Santa Cruz to direct water quality monitoring programs and implement best management practices based on storm water management plans and pathogen and other Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the San Lorenzo River.
  • Lead volunteers to follow safety protocols, collect water quality measurements and samples and ensure sample analysis is conducted following applicable quality assurance/quality control plans.
  • Coordinate with City of Santa Cruz and other partners for event permitting, volunteer engagement, lab analysis of water quality samples, plant selection approval and contract management.
  • Use, calibrate, troubleshoot and manage inventory of field equipment such as multi-parameter probes, meters and field kids.
  • Analyze water quality and habitat data, author technical reports and develop infographics for internal use, funders and community education.
  • Communicate about upcoming volunteer opportunities and stewardship actions through social media, email, blog posts, education programs and press outreach. Communicate regularly with volunteers and partner organizations through email, phone calls and meetings in order to enhance and maintain strong working relationships with river constituents.
  • Implement CWC’s strategic plan utilizing CWC’s Theory of Change to transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination by inspiring people to explore, enhance and protect this critical natural resource. Research and implement best practices in improving water quality and habitat, volunteer management, placemaking and behavior change.
  • Evaluate and report on project outcomes, manage project and event budgets, send monthly invoices and complete reporting requirements for the community and funders. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Watershed Science, Ecology, Plant Sciences, Biology, Hydrology, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Science Communications or related field.
  • Minimum two (2) years’ experience in related field.

Education & Experience (preferred):

  • Advanced degree in related field.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (required):

  • Basic knowledge of environmental principles, river restoration practices and watershed concepts.
  • Knowledge of water quality parameters including bacteria (including microbial source tracking tools), nutrients, pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, total suspended solids (TSS)/turbidity, metals, pesticides, etc.
  • Knowledge of field protocols and methods for analysis of water quality samples (USEPA, Standard Methods, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the following industry terms and their applicability to CWC’s work: Basin Plan, TMDL, water quality objectives, Quality Assurance Project Plans (QAPP), urban runoff, storm water, receiving waters, nonpoint source pollution, Fecal Indicator Bacteria (FIB), Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and hold times.
  • Knowledge of ecological principles, native plant installation and mechanical invasive species removal.
  • Basic knowledge of basic project-level reporting, accounting and bookkeeping practices.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (preferred):

  • Knowledge of water quality monitoring for surface waters and storm water runoff.
  • Knowledge of restoration techniques for riparian corridors.
  • Ability to lead volunteer outings in Spanish.
  • Ability to write grant proposals and reports.
  • Ability to assist CWC staff with external communications.
  • Ability to plan and organize major events.
  • Good understanding of social media and web development tools.
  • Salesforce, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress and statistical software packages skills.

Application Instructions 

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Sunday, March 10.

Submit your application via email to Laurie Egan, Programs Director at Please include: “River Scientist” in the subject line of your email and attach the following:
1. Resume or CV
2. Cover letter

Staff Riverkeeper - Coosa Riverkeeper - Birmingham, Alabama

Position Overview

Coosa Riverkeeper is hiring a full-time Staff Riverkeeper who will be:

  • the eyes, ears and voice of the Coosa River
  • the premier clean water advocate in the watershed
  • the face of the organization’s advocacy, education and litigation efforts
  • an unbiased problem solver for reducing pollution while increasing the public’s appreciation and respect for the river
  • a leader in promoting the economic, environmental, scenic and recreational benefits of the Coosa River


Being a part of the Coosa Riverkeeper team gives you some great opportunities to grow as an individual and in your career as you protect the Coosa. Our benefits and perks include:

  • generous vacation and leave policy, flex-time as compensation for occasionally working nights & weekends
  • monthly healthcare stipend
  • semi-annual bonus possible after six months on the job, based on job performance and
    availability of funds
  • opportunities to participate in local, regional, and national conferences
  • relaxed, dog-friendly office environment
  • staff retreats and outings on the river
  • ability to sleep well at night knowing you’re doing good work
  • pro deals on hundreds of outdoor brands like Patagonia, Mountain Khakis, etc.
, and
  • professional development to support your career goals

The Staff Riverkeeper directly reports to the Executive Director.

Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000, based on experience.

Essential Job Functions

Riverkeeper Patrol Program

  • Regularly patrol the watershed via land, air and water documenting, reporting, and addressing pollution issues.
  • Respond to pollution complaints by patrolling, contacting appropriate authorities, and advising citizens.
  • Determine existing and potential threats to the river, advocate for compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
  • Advocate for the cleanup of pollution sources by working with local citizens, media, businesses, partner organizations, and governments (including local, state, and federal agencies).
  • Maintain patrol boat(s), truck, and associated equipment.
  • Advocate for stronger policies and practices to protect the river, including writing comment
    letters, participating in collaborations and coalitions when beneficial.
  • Manage data necessary to inform comment letters, legal action, etc.
  • Maintain patrol boat(s), truck, and associated equipment.

Legal & Advocacy

  • Regularly review (or oversee the review of) permitted discharges to verify compliance, and take appropriate action to ensure enforcement of serious violations.
  • Document un-permitted pollution sources and discharges identified by the Riverkeeper Patrol Program and citizen reports, and work with the Legal Committee to determine appropriate action.
  • Lead organization discussions of potential legal action with Legal Committee and attorneys.
  • Assist attorneys in the production of comment letters, briefs, documents such as Notices of Intent to Sue, legal motions, and other pertinent legal case duties in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Maintain timesheets for legal cases and lobbying to ensure compliance with recordkeeping best practices.
  • Manage Legal Intern program during periods when this additional support personnel is deemed appropriate by the Legal Committee.

Education, Outreach & Awareness

  • Provide timely and comprehensive input and support to the Executive Director about Riverkeeper efforts, for production of organization’s marketing and communications.
  • Develop educational material and content in a variety of formats for presentations, social media, displays, and general outreach, in coordination with the Executive Director.
  • Provide educational presentations throughout the watershed, in coordination with the Executive Director and other staff.
  • Respond to communication from the public related to issues on social media and through email communication.
  • Promote recreational access on the Coosa River.
  • Seek positions of influence in the community to promote the organization, the mission, and
    river conservation.


  • Develop and adhere to program budgets.
  • Build and cultivate relationships with donors and community leaders
  • Support staff members with event planning, production, and follow-up
  • Participate in drafting and production of major appeal letters and in-person asks.


Desired Qualifications

  • An understanding of aquatic ecosystems, watershed issues, regulatory issues, and the local factors that influence water quality on the Coosa River, its lakes, and tributaries.
  • Experience and familiarity with water quality testing techniques, protocols, and equipment
  • Valid Alabama Vessel Boating License and boating experience (or ability to acquire within
    two months)
  • Valid Alabama Driver’s License and experience trailering and backing a trailer (or ability to
    acquire within two months)
  • Bachelor’s degree in an environmental, science, or policy field and 3 year’s work experience
    in a relevant field.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to carry field and event equipment up to 50 lbs.
  • Demonstrated experience with grant and program management including grant-writing, organizational skills, budgeting, and coordination.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak confidently in a public forum.
  • Proficient in Mac OSX and Microsoft Office Products.

Key Characteristics

Being a part of the Coosa Riverkeeper team means being a good listener and collaborator, one who can work in diverse settings and with diverse populations.A successful team member:

  • is coachable, including taking and receiving actionable feedback
  • is very organized and has the ability to multi-task on projects
  • is a self-starter who produces high quality work
  • has great attention to detail
  • has a strong work ethic to ensure tasks are completed efficiently and accurately
  • is a critical thinker with the ability to meet short-term and long-term goals
  • shares our sense of urgency in improving water quality and protecting public health
  • believes that everyone has a right to clean water

Application Instructions

We will be accepting applications through March 10th. Please visit, read full job description, and follow the link to answer mandatory questions, upload resume, cover letter, and references.

Executive Director - Sweet Water - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Position Overview

For more than a decade, Sweet Water has collaborated with diverse stakeholders in efforts to secure healthy and sustainable water resources in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds. We base decisions on sound science, taking a watershed approach that bridges jurisdictional and social boundaries and recognizes that how we manage the land affects our water resources. Sweet Water is committed to restoring the Greater Milwaukee watersheds to conditions that are healthy for swimming and fishing. We bring diverse partners together and provide the leadership and innovation necessary to protect and restore our shared water resources. Dramatic and visible improvements in the Greater Milwaukee watersheds inspire widespread protection and celebration, connecting the region’s prosperity to the health of our shared water resources. Sweet Water is a dynamic and fluid organization which occupies a unique niche within the wider community of practice working on watershed issues in the region, including governmental, non-profit, and private sector partners. Sweet Water aims to be a lean and nimble organization bringing high-level leadership, problem analysis, strategic planning, collaboration building, and resource development capacities to the watershed community of practice. The value provided by Sweet Water is both at the forefront and behind the scenes. It is built upon relationships of trust and good will developed by staff that foster and elevate the capacities and good work of others towards our shared objectives of watershed restoration. Sweet Water was founded on the core principal that it should never be about the organization, but rather, about the work already happening in the watershed. The ways and means through which Sweet Water brings this value is evolving and will continue to evolve in response to evolving opportunities and constraints and feedback from the community of practice that Sweet Water serves.

The annual operating budget is currently $270K, with 2.5 staff members and a fellow. Sweet Water is looking for a thoughtful leader who will be central to the organization as it continues to meet the challenges of our watersheds in the future. Sweet Water’s work is guided by our Board of Directors. Members of the Board represent diverse stakeholders and include leaders of municipalities, businesses, utilities, and nongovernmental organizations. The new leader will have experience in moving a diverse cohort of individuals and organizations. He or she will be a relationship-oriented professional who cares deeply about sustainable water resources, understands the current issues and initiatives in the watersheds and the communities and who has a vision for how to move that work forward in a collaborative manner. The ideal candidate will champion water quality endeavors, accentuate the exceptional efforts of others, work with others to achieve greater goals and more efficiencies, and procure funding for current and future work. A fundamental role of the organization is to continuously analyze the changing external environment, develop strategic responses to those changes, and work in collaboration with government, utility, private sector, and non-profit stakeholders to implement impactful and transformational projects and policies. To this end, a key function of Sweet Water is to keep up to date, through attendance at relevant meetings and related reading and other research, and to generate strategic insights, plans, and partnerships.

The Board and partners are looking for a new Executive Director who seamlessly integrates his or her passion with sound strategy and the need to engage key partners to achieve Sweet Water’s mission. The ideal candidate has a solid resource development strategy in mind with strong leads and connections to revenue sources. The Executive Director needs to work well with others and find a balance between maintaining Sweet Water’s identity and supporting the work of partners. He or she will be someone who can adeptly put structures and processes in place to effectively monitor quality of project outcomes, financial health and other areas of impact.

More information on Sweet Water and its work can be found on the website:

Essential Job Functions

    1. Create and oversee a comprehensive fund development plan that provides long-term diversified, sustainable support for the organization.
    2. Seek and obtain funds to support the mission, goals and purposes of Sweet Water through private and public grant procurement, multi-sector industry business development and more.
    3. In conjunction with the Treasurer, report to the Board regularly on the organization’s financial performance data in relation to the annual budget.
    4. Steward strong relationships with potential and current donors.
    5. Ensure compliance with all government and funder reporting requirements.
    6. Lead all donor stewardship and recognition efforts.
    7. Quantify strong outcomes and results to maintain current, and secure new, funders.
    8. Identify individuals and organizations that would add strength to the organization.
    1. Facilitate ongoing communication between Sweet Water and its partners.
    2. Develop the annual conference and other water quality forums and meetings to share lessons and insights and foster collaborative problem analysis and solution building across the watershed community of practice.
    3. Continuously analyze the changing external environment and develop strategic responses to those changes.
    4. Manage grant-funded partnerships, ensuring achievement of high quality on budget, and on schedule outcomes, consistent with Sweet Water policies and practices.
    5. Build partnerships, collaborative decision-making, joint funding proposals for collaborative work and joint project implementation.
    6. Effectively manage multiple projects and contracts within a complex budget.
    7. Oversee and manage the work funded by key major funders to ensure all actions are consistent with the mission, goals and purposes of Sweet Water.
    8. Report on progress to funders and partners.
    9. Establish metrics to evaluate progress and success.
    1. Lead the Board of Directors to ensure all actions are consistent with, and help further the mission of, Sweet Water.
    2. Communicate regularly with the Board Chair on any significant issues affecting the organization.
    3. Support the operation of, and assist the Board in, effectively leading and managing the Board’s committees.
    4. Develop an annual budget and forecast the future financial picture of Sweet Water.
    5. Act as the representative of the Board of Directors as it relates to public relations and marketing efforts of the organization.
    6. Ensure a collaborative team building culture that builds on the development of trust, mutual respect and open communication.
    1. Establish and strengthen connections throughout the region that will synergize grant funding, create project partnerships and draw public attention to Sweet Water’s work.
    2. Foster a culture of trust, respect, lesson sharing, good will, collaboration, and ambition across the watershed community of practice.
    3. Develop a strong spirit of collaboration between multiple and diverse stakeholders through joint grant development and collaborative projects.
    4. Carry out relevant outreach consistent with Sweet Water’s current strategic plan; Use this document to effectively steward the ongoing course of the organization.
    5. Develop strong collaborative relationships with partners who will carry out projects that address Sweet Water’s goals.
    6. Build partnerships and enhance collaborative decision-making and joint project implementation.
    7. Increase the number of diverse and engaged stakeholders.


  • Working knowledge of current and emerging issues impacting the watersheds.
  • Fund development experience is a must.
  • Undergraduate degree required.
  • Understanding of not-for-profit program and infrastructure administration, as well as Board and Committee structures, preferred.
  • Highly organized with demonstrated ability to balance deadlines and projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently in a small team environment.
  • Experience working in collaborations and familiarity with conflict resolution strategies in collaborative relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster and elevate the success of others.
  • Strong problem analysis and strategic thinking skills in the context of a complex set of issues, stakeholders, constraints, and drivers.
  • Ability to think across a complex landscape of opportunities and challenges and develop strategies engaging multiple stakeholders to achieve triple bottom line, cost efficient outcomes.
  • Strong interpersonal relationship building and leadership skills.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit with desire to balance a multitude of tasks and responsibilities.

Application Instructions

For full consideration for this position, all of the following materials must be sent, electronically, combined into one document, to, no later than 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, February 8, 2019:

  1. A letter describing your qualifications for the Executive Director position and your interest in Sweet Water’s mission including a description of your salary parameters;
  2. A detailed and updated resume and,
  3. The names of, your relationship to, and contact information for three professional references.

Attention: Mindy Lubar Price, President & CEO, Leading Transitions LLC
1345 North Jefferson St., Suite 350
Milwaukee, WI 53202

The Transition Committee of the Sweet Water Board of Directors plans to have this Executive Director position filled by April 2019.

Please note:
• References will not be contacted until a candidate has been notified.
• Background checks will subsequently be performed, with candidate permission, and are required to be hired for this position.
• All inquiries and interactions with potential candidates are kept in confidence.

Leading Transitions LLC is committed to the future vitality of nonprofit organizations, philanthropic institutions and leaders. The practice has been refined to provide the flexibility necessary to adapt to the intricacies and dynamics of any transition. To learn more, please visit:

GIS & Research Technician - Sonoma Ecology Center - Eldridge, California







Position Overview
The Research team collects field data, analyzes and synthesizes datasets, produces maps, performs GIS analysis, and monitors a variety of watershed health indicators. Our work generally focuses on the Sonoma Creek Watershed, and we work collaboratively with a variety of agencies in the North Bay Region. The GIS & Research Technician must be able to demonstrate a wide range of skills and ability to support the needs of our Research Program. The Research Technician will report directly to our GIS Manager under the general guidance of the Research Program Manager.

Essential Job Functions

  • Perform reliable, independent, research, communicating with outside experts or online
  • Data management: data download, entry, and transcription, file management
  • GIS analysis: prepare, revise and maintain spatial datasets
  • Cartography and map production
  • Data mining & compilation
  • Configure, conduct, troubleshoot GPS navigation and data collection using tablet and handheld GPS
  • Assist with stream sampling including streamflow and water quality testing
  • Observe and record field data with consistency and precision
  • Read and interpret map information while assessing the project area
  • Analyze spreadsheets: create professional graphs, summaries, statistical analysis
  • Other assigned duties

Essential Competencies

  • Proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop10.x
  • Familiarity with GIS concepts, including data creation and management, cartography, spatial analysis, GIS digitizing, data queries, and raster analysis
  • Experience with conducting fieldwork in steam/riparian systems
  • Excellent writing ability, to suit technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to represent the organization in a positive, professional manner
  • Ability to speak about environmental issues in non-partisan, neutral language
  • Passion for our mission and vision
  • One must have a strong work ethic, be motivated, detail oriented and focused
  • Has a valid CA Driver’s License, passes a DMV check and meets personal auto insurance requirements
  • Maintains a working vehicle and working mobile phone throughout employment

Additional Competencies (Preferred)

  • Open source GIS
  • ArcGIS online and other web-mapping tools
  • ArcGIS pro
  • Python programming and model builder
  • MS Access database
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Experience assessing erosion, stream channels, culverts, and other geologic or geomorphic processes
  • Experience with water quality testing protocols
  • Familiarity with Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP’s) concepts
  • Environmental health indicator monitoring

This position is primarily office-based but also requires fieldwork to assist with data collection. In the office, one will use a computer, phone, copier, and may sit for long periods. To perform the fieldwork portion of the position, one must be able to perform accurate fieldwork for long days; work in outdoor weather; move about varied terrains, such as creeks, creek beds, riparian areas; and erosion sites. Evening and weekend work is infrequent but required. Fieldwork includes bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching, climbing, crawling, wading, and standing for long periods. The candidate must be able to safely lift and carry up to 40 lbs. One will be exposed to inclement weather, including rain, heat, and exposure to the sun, high winds, cold, and standing in cold water. Safety measures and common sense are expected. Sonoma Ecology Center is a drug-free workplace.


  • Bachelor or Associate Degree in natural sciences (Environmental Studies, Geology, Geography, Biology, or similar
  • Three years of successful fieldwork post-degree

Application Instructions
Please submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and a list of three references, preferably in one document to Celina Briggs, Human Resources Specialist at Apply by February 16, 2019. Please write GIS in the subject line. No phone calls, please. For more information about the Sonoma Ecology Center, please visit

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding, veteran, military status, genetic information, and marital status or familial status. Sonoma Ecology Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal access to programs, services, and employment is available to all persons. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodations to the application and interview process should notify our Human Resources Department.

Coalition Director - Clean Water for All - Washington, DC

About Clean Water for All

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state and territorial affiliates and some six million members and supporters nationwide. The Federation’s programs are aimed at conserving wildlife, restoring important habitats and waterways, defending clean air and water, protecting public lands, expanding outdoor opportunities for all, and connecting children with nature.  To meet our mission, our National Advocacy Center seeks a Director of Clean Water for All Coalition to join our team in Washington, DC.

In this role you will lead a collaborative effort to protect clean water for all communities through a multi-pronged, integrated, nimble campaign. The campaign creates an unprecedented national movement to protect drinking water supplies, restore waterways and promote wetlands, floodplains, and other natural infrastructure. This movement will have clear regional and local benefits, defend landmark clean water laws, rules, and regulations, and create or utilize opportunities to advance water protections, particularly through enhanced and targeted funding for ecologically sound water infrastructure.

This is a unique and exciting job requiring someone with strong collaboration and organizational skills, passion, and willingness to lead in a bi-partisan manner, and in an unsettled political climate. Of equal importance is the desire to authentically engage a diverse group of partners. The ability to adapt and multi-task is essential.

Coalition Overview

This coalition, Clean Water for All, will use targeted mobilization, coalition building, communications, on-the-ground field organizing, advocacy, education, and accountability tactics to communicate the importance of clean water and healthy waterways, and defending our fundamental clean water safeguards against any federal efforts to weaken clean water protections. What’s built for defense must also support a highly targeted offensive strategy that seeks out opportunities where they exist. In particular, we will take advantage of opportunities to improve federal water infrastructure investment, pushing for investments that are smarter, nature-based, and more equitable. We will advocate for our approach in a bi-partisan fashion through our allies in Congress. We will also seek opportunities to reduce nutrient pollution from agricultural pollution through support of implementation of conservation and enforcement provisions in the 2018 Farm Bill and reduction of Harmful Algal Outbreaks.


Campaign Direction and Collaboration. You will be responsible for leading a diverse senior level steering committee representing environmental, sportsperson, water justice, faith based, public health, business, labor, and related constituency groups. Specifically, day-to-day organization of the campaign will involve convening the steering committee, working closely with the executive committee and working groups, implementing the strategic plan and coordinating the messaging, policy and field strategies.  These responsibilities include:

  • Serving as the principal point of contact for coalition stakeholders and donors
  • Supervising Coalition Operations Manager
  • Providing strategic campaign advice to coalition partners
  • Leading stakeholder meetings and calls
  • Providing regular, comprehensive updates on campaign activities including progress to goals.
  • Hiring and supervising vendors, consultants and other service providers
  • Overseeing the production and sourcing of all campaign materials and website  for internal and external use
  • Ensuring all campaign activities adhere to State and federal regulation, compliance and reporting
  • Helping to guide and shape fundraising, allocation and deployment of campaign resources

Campaign Strategy. You will lead the refinement and implementation of a strategy to advance national policy to protect water through tactics involving both offense and defense. The engagement of multiple partners working at the regional and local level will be a key aspect of the position.

You will develop integrated advocacy campaign strategy and activity plans to achieve goals, and you will ensure that each component of the campaign has a clear set of metrics as agreed to by coalition partners and stakeholders and that the campaign is achieving appropriate return on investment in line with campaign goals and desired outcomes.

Support will be provided by an “intermediary” to help coordinate funding opportunities with Campaign resource needs.

Advocacy Strategy. Campaign implementation will focus on the achievement of national policy goals which will support local level needs. This will be accomplished through coordinated and targeted field and messaging campaigns that work in conjunction with a national policy education, communications, and action campaign to advance water protection priorities at the federal level.

Outreach. Meeting with partner organizations to build relationships and leverage work being completed nationally, regionally, and throughout targeted states will be essential components of the goal of diversifying and broadening advocacy for ongoing protection of critical water resources.

Fundraising and Accountability. You will appropriately account for the uses of Campaign funding, secure additional financial support, and develop a coordinated annual budget.


  • Exceptional leadership, vision and integrity.
  • Proven capacity to design, implement and adapt a national or regional campaign plan.
  • Ability to direct and coordinate multiple activities in a collaborative fashion.
  • Experience working with legislative and executive branches of government.
  • Coalition or collaboration management experience, ideally including work with advocacy campaigns, grassroots organizing, media.
  • Experience working with environmental justice and/or health advocacy groups a plus.
  • College degree or equivalent.

The position will report to a Steering Committee of coalition partners, reporting directly to the Co-Chairs.

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

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, of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual 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.

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.


Program Associate, Water - Pisces Foundation - San Francisco, California

About the Pisces Foundation

The Pisces Foundation believes if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support innovators who know what it takes and are doing what’s necessary to have clean water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. By mainstreaming powerful new solutions, we will spark immediate gains and lasting benefits for people and nature.

To learn more about Pisces’ work and collaborations, visit:

Program Associate

We are seeking a collaborative, solutions-oriented self-starter with a passion for environmental issues to join our mission-driven team as Program Associate, Water. The Water Program supports new thinking, technologies, and ready-to-go solutions that can provide safe water from every tap, farms that grow food without polluting waterways, cities strengthened by cleaner lakes and rivers, and enough water for both people and nature. The Program Associate plays a critical role in grants management and monitoring as well as core operating functions for the program and the Foundation.  The position reports to the Water Program Officer.


Grantmaking and Monitoring: Support Program Officer in the strategic development of the program and grant portfolios by assisting in: planning, research, development, monitoring, and assessing grant proposals and reports. Assist in assessing grantee and program progress toward strategic outcomes and goals.

Grant Management: Support the mechanics of the program and grant portfolios by: managing program pipeline, budget, and document workflow, maintaining files, and acting as internal/external liaison on document requests and submissions.  Collaborates with the Chief Operating Officer, the Grants Manager, and fellow Program Associates.

Communications: Contribute to the Foundation’s voice and presence by crafting presentations, blogs, and social media content.

Program Operations: Support the program’s day-to-day operations and events by scheduling meetings and calls, producing expense reports, and providing notetaking and other meeting support.

Foundation Support: Contribute to Foundation operations by working with colleagues on board meeting preparation, staff committees, organization development (contacts and mailing lists, teambuilding, recruiting/training).  Executes special projects as assigned.

Research, Analysis, and Synthesis: Conducts research as directed by the Program Officer to advance and stay apprised of field developments.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-6 years of professional experience within philanthropy, non-profits or other change-making endeavors, in the private or public sectors. Master’s degree a plus.
  • Knowledge of water research, policy and practice, and demonstrated interest in related issues.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability and desire to help create a thought-leading, world-class philanthropy.
  • Excellent organization skills, strict attention to detail, accuracy, follow-through and commitment to high quality work.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills. . Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively in meetings, over email, and through formal work product and presentations.
  • Ability to represent the Foundation and build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, partners, and grantees with a professional, courteous, and tactful manner.
  • Self-starter; highly motivated and resourceful team-player. Comfortable with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path.
  • Strong judgment. Demonstrated ability to think and work independently, and effectively plan, prioritize, follow through and track multiple work streams under deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Flexibility, emotional intelligence, positive attitude, enthusiasm, willingness to help others, and a sense of humor. Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook – and ease with databases.
  • Ability to travel occasionally and attend some evening events.
  • Interest, comfort, and strength working in a small, dynamic organization.
  • Passion for the Pisces Foundation’s mission.


Pisces Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample combined as a single document in PDF format to:  Carol Ting at Please indicate in the subject line, “WATER PROGRAM ASSOCIATE.”

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

See  for more information on the Foundation.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Executive Director - Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River - Woodstock, Virginia

About Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River

Friends is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful through education, science, advocacy, and community action. The North Fork is 116 miles long, its watershed covering 2,675 square miles in Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick and Warren counties in Virginia and Hardy County, West Virginia. Having just celebrated our 30th year of river protection, Friends is a financially stable organization primed to grow our river protection efforts.

Position Description

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Board of Directors. Based in Woodstock, Virginia, we offer a salary commensurate with experience and that of other Shenandoah County professionals.

Desired Skills, Experience, and Personal Characteristics

  • Energy, passion, and vision;
  • Strong commitment to environmental work and resource protection;
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and managing effective environmental programs;
  • Communicator with effective writing and public speaking skills;
  • Ability to raise funds from foundations, corporations, and individuals;
  • Ability to manage people and resources effectively;
  • Knowledge of issues affecting water health in a rural setting;
  • Familiarity with computer programs such as QuickBooks and constituent management databases;
  • Knowledge of financial management including income and expense budgeting and regular financial reporting to the Board;
  • College level degree; advanced degree a plus;
  • Comfort working with rural environmental issues and constituencies;
  • Experience working in a small office environment – self-motivated.

Application Instructions

Start Date: Immediate, or as soon as possible.

Send a Statement of Interest and Resume to:

Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.