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

Executive Director - Georgia River Network - Athens/Atlanta, Georgia

Position Description

The Executive Director provides professional leadership and staff oversight to ensure that the organization is effectively managed to achieve its mission. The ED must be a strong, ethical leader with excellent communication skills and dedication to the mission of GRN. The ED is the public and professional representative of the organization.

The ED has a strong ability and affinity for marketing GRN’s unique value proposition and maintaining and growing diverse and reliable sources of revenue to support the organization.

The ED is also an effective and visible advocate for the rivers, coastal resources, wetlands and other aquatic resources throughout Georgia. As part of the leadership team of the Georgia Water Coalition, the ED will continue to build on existing relationships, and foster new relationships, with individuals and organizations to advance the goals, strategies, and policies of the Coalition as well as the mission of the GRN.

Salary – $60,000

Essential Job Functions

  • The ED works with the Board to develop GRN’s revenue strategy and is responsible for executing the strategy, with the support of the board, and securing all the funding necessary to support and grow GRN’s budget and programs, with a focus on growing GRN’s base of individual donors. The ED is responsible for leading and harnessing the power of GRN’s board and volunteers to meet GRN’s revenue goals.
  • The ED develops and manages the annual operating budget and oversees required bookkeeping and preparation of required financial reports.
  • The ED supervises staff, contractors, interns and volunteers and provides necessary leadership and support to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • The ED, alongside the board and staff, leads the development of three-year strategic plans and annual plans of work and ensures GRN’s initiatives and programs are consistent with the GRN strategic plan.
  • The ED actively promotes GRN and its programs. As the face and voice of GRN, the ED reaches out to other organizations, the media, stakeholders, and communities throughout the State to creatively market and promote GRN’s programs, goals, and objectives.
  • The ED serves on the Leadership Team of the Georgia Water Coalition and provides significant support in achievement of the Coalition’s goals.
  • The ED works in partnership with the GRN Board Chair to provide the GRN Board with the support needed to fulfill their required roles and responsibilities.
  • The ED ensures an organizational culture that supports equity, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Strong personal desire to sustainably conserve Georgia’s rivers and aquatic resources.
  • Demonstrable track record of successful fundraising, especially from individual donors.
  • Keen interpersonal relationship-building skills.
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (business, marketing, management, science), advanced degree preferred (MBA, finance, marketing, law, management, science)
  • Three to five years of relevant work experience with at least three years in a leadership/supervisory position.
  • Dynamic written and verbal communication skills, including confidence and integrity when communicating with all audiences. Strong command of all traditional and social media communication platforms.
  • Experience in developing budgets and financial reports.
  • Ability and willingness to regularly travel throughout Georgia.

Application Instructions

Send a resume and a cover letter outlining your relevant qualifications and experience to

River Organizer - Missouri Coalition for the Environment - St. Louis, Missouri

Position Description

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic full-time River Organizer to engage local river communities and stakeholders along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. The River Organizer will cultivate an active and engaged support base for water policy advocacy in Missouri as part of MCE’s water quality team. This is a grant-funded position through March 2020 that reports to the Water Policy Coordinator. MCE is focused on protecting wetlands and floodplains along the Lower Missouri River and the Middle Mississippi River, and we are committed to advancing water quality protections throughout the state.

MCE’s offices and staff are currently based out of St. Louis, Missouri, but the River Organizer’s geographic location is flexible. The River Organizer has the unique opportunity to elevate the voice of river communities all across Missouri — not just in St. Louis.

Essential Job Functions

  • Developing and implementing an organizing and outreach strategy in collaboration with MCE’s Water Policy Coordinator, Policy Director, and Food and Farm team.
  • Engaging individuals and organizations to foster greater understanding of river systems and threats to our water resources.
  • Building collaborative efforts amongst environmental, conservation, and public health groups working in the state of Missouri.
  • Organizing lobby days and in-district meetings with elected officials
    Attending community and neighborhood events to learn about local issues and share updates on MCE’s work.
  • Representing MCE to the public and in the media.
  • Tracking and evaluating impacts of efforts and measuring success.
  • Frequent travel around the state.
  • Working evenings and weekends several times a month.


The River Organizer will have a basic understanding of and interest in:

  • Strategies for grassroots organizing and community outreach on policy issues,
  • Threats to water resources in Missouri, including the impact of navigation infrastructure, over-application of agricultural chemicals, factory farms, and climate change,
  • How watersheds, river systems, and wetlands function, and
  • The environmental protection framework at the state and federal levels.


  • Grassroots organizing, outreach, advocacy, or political campaign experience,
  • At least 1 year of work experience that includes project management, community engagement, organizing, public relations, or public speaking,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills,
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the legislative and administrative process,
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working in a team,
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required,
  • Experience with basic computer programs, such as MS Office, Google Drive, and social media applications,
  • Familiarity with rural and river communities in Missouri is highly preferred,
  • Strong preference for River Organizer to be located in a Missouri river town.

A successful River Organizer will have the following skills and strengths:

  • Self-directed
  • Excellent time management and organization skills
  • Team player
  • Excellent public speaking skills

Application Instructions

Start date: November 2018

This is a full-time position with benefits.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to

Online Communications Manager - American Rivers - 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 275,000 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.

Position Description

The Online Communications Manager (OCM) provides support to the Marketing and Communications Department. Specifically, the OCM works closely with the Director of Online Strategy and the Marketing and Communication department to manage and increase engagement with donors, volunteers, activists, online communities, and corporate partners. The OCM will also manage special projects and assist with the department’s administrative needs.

Essential Job Functions

  • Online Marketing (75%)
    • Provide general website maintenance, including updating and creating webpages and donation forms. Gather digital assets both internally and externally and coordinate integration into online projects.
    • Manage the development of various online projects as needed, from idea generation and planning to final content creation and production.
    • Utilize tools like Google Analytics to help develop benchmarks and then analyze and report on stats for Web sites, social media sites, e-mail campaigns and online advertising. Provide monthly reports to staff and stakeholders.
    • Draft email Action Alerts, and either lead or participate in the process of developing other email communications, including fundraising and general engagement emails.
    • Oversee all social channels, including creating original content, planning ongoing content calendar, and executing across all American Rivers social channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
    • Work with basin and program staff to increase performance of their webpages, online tools, and online materials. Work with basin and program staff to ensure timely, strategic communications to their desired online audiences, tracking progress and deliverables as needed.
  • Administrative (25%)
    • Assist with maintenance of internal communications planning calendar.
    • Assist with monthly department reports.
    • Preform other high level administrative and substantive duties as required for the Marketing and Communications team.


  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years’ experience, preferably at least one year in online communications, online advocacy or web content production.
  • Experience working with HTML and CSS. Plus a good familiarity with popular CMS, CRM and advocacy tools, such as WordPress, Blue State Digital, Salsa, Convio.
  • Experience with PHP and theming WordPress sites a big plus.
  • Experience working on email campaigns, advocacy programs, and social media.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and photo editing software (Photoshop or Fireworks). Video editing skills a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, with strong time and budget skills.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize competing tasks and meet deadlines.
  • High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and the ability to work professionally with staff at all levels of the organization, in person and remotely.
  • Familiarity with non-profit organizations and a commitment to conservation preferred.

Application Instructions

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

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, Oregon

Position Overview

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community based environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River and its watershed. Located in a bustling and growing part of the Portland Metropolitan region, TRK and its members care for waters and natural resources that feed industry, agriculture, and connect residents from rural to urban areas. TRK is part of a broader global ‘Waterkeeper’ movement ( that has a rich history of linking human health, justice and livelihoods to clean water and environmental protection. Our advocacy work is what founded our organization. Through community awareness and pressure on organizations to abide by the Clean Water Act, the Tualatin River is now cleaner than it has been in decades. We believe that there is still work to be done to create a healthy and sustainable watershed and are looking for someone who is passionate about protecting natural resources and improving water quality.

Position Description

The Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator develops and implements strategies, campaigns, and initiatives to promote awareness of environmental issues in the watershed and strives for new and updated policies that will improve water quality. This position will oversee a volunteer Watershed Watch Committee that provides technical and historical knowledge to help develop advocacy strategies. This is full-time, exempt position based in the Riverkeepers office and supervised by the Executive Director.

Essential Job Functions

  • Research and develop strategies to update or implement new regulations and policies to improve water quality
  • Build and retain partnerships with community groups, municipalities, and political figures
  • Facilitate quarterly Watershed Watch Committee meetings. Recruit and retain new members of the group as needed
  • Create opportunities for community members, particularly those from underserved communities, to become involved with environmental issues and advocacy
  • Ensure up-to-date information on environmental issues is communicated to TRK staff, members, and partners
  • Present to community groups and municipalities on Tualatin Riverkeepers and environmental issues
  • Track and comment on permits, land use applications, proposed policies, and regional management plans
  • Represent Tualatin Riverkeepers and ensure the protection of natural resources at stakeholder groups, committees, and meetings
  • Work closely with staff on grant writing and reporting for this program
  • Participation in TRK events such as Discovery Day and the annual fundraising Gala
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental or water quality related field
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in public policy, community organizing, or related field
  • Ability to work with community members from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding of environmental regulatory processes
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Commitment to Tualatin Riverkeepers’ mission

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree in ecology, water related field, or J.D. with environmental focus
  • Ability to speak Spanish or other languages
  • Grant writing experience
  • Understanding of Tualatin watershed and its political landscape

Salary: $40,000 annually plus benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, paid sick leave and monthly retirement contribution

Application Instructions

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references in a single Word or PDF document to by 10/27/2018.

Community Organizer - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, Oregon

Position Overview

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community based environmental non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River and its watershed. Located in a bustling and growing part of the Portland Metropolitan region, TRK and its members care for waters and natural resources that feed industry, agriculture, and connect residents from rural to urban areas. TRK is part of a broader global ‘Waterkeeper’ movement ( that has a rich history of linking human health, justice and livelihoods to clean water and environmental protection.

Position Description

TRK is seeking a dynamic, outgoing and organized new team member to organize public engagement opportunities responsive to the growing cultural diversity within Washington County. The Community Organizer will expand the community organizing platform to better integrate TRK’s work, build stronger social capital, engage in community listening, build trust with partners and create transparent mechanisms for evaluation and change.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with staff and community partners to create, implement, and evaluate TRK’s Green Jobs Training Program
  • Conduct outreach at community events with a focus on events that connect with younger generations, rural-urban communities, and immigrant and refugee communities
  • Direct the planning and implementation of TRK’s community outreach events and projects, ensuring these events will touch on community needs as expressed from underserved communities
  • Work with staff, board and volunteers through equity, diversity and inclusion trainings to shift structure, perception and power within the organization and help identify where inequity is happening, how it works and how it can be changed internally
  • Assist in planning and implementing TRK’s established annual outreach and fundraising events
  • Work closely with staff on grant writing and reporting
  • Present at meetings, conferences, community groups, etc. on Tualatin Riverkeepers and relevant projects
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Cultural competency and experience working with culturally diverse populations
  • Commitment and knowledge of environmental justice, equity and inclusion
  • Experience leading conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Possess confidence when speaking to and liaising with the public
  • Able to work with staff in a team atmosphere
  • Highly organized
  • Strong community organizing experience
  • Must be fluent in Spanish

Preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or three years of experience in community organizing or similar field
  • Understanding of natural resources
  • Experience planning and supervising large scale events in a professional atmosphere
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience

Salary: $40,000 annually plus benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, paid sick leave and monthly retirement contribution

Application Instructions

Send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references in a single Word or PDF document to by 10/27/2018.

Project Manager - Big Thompson Watershed Coalition - Loveland, Colorado









Position Overview

Under the general direction of the Director, the project manager leads all tasks related to BTWC’s river restoration, stewardship, forest restoration, and outreach/educational projects. The Project Manager is responsible for carrying out tasks related to the management of the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition’s flood recovery river projects, ongoing monitoring and adaptive management river projects, and other project management tasks as assigned by the Director. Project Management tasks include but are not limited to: grant administration and reporting; procurement, coordination and oversight of contractors and consultants; monitoring of pre- and post-project site conditions; and communication and coordination with landowners and other project partners. The Project Manager will also carry out program and administrative tasks including website and social media updates and maintenance; planning and organizing meetings, volunteer, and outreach events; grant and other funding research; providing support and coordination for the board of directors and committees; and other administrative, outreach, and operational duties. Currently, this position is funded through June 2019, with the potential for extension based on pending grant applications and funding sources. The Project Manager will work with the Director to identify long-term watershed needs, future projects, and potential funding sources that could enable this position to extend beyond June of 2019.

We are looking for someone with over three years of professional working experience in the fields of watershed science, ecological restoration, and/or stewardship. Experience with nonprofit administration, federal grant compliance, website maintenance, and GIS are also highly desired. The position will require knowledge, skills and experience in project management, river restoration, watershed science, monitoring, outreach and education, and volunteer recruitment and oversight. In addition, we are looking for a highly organized and motivated self-starter with excellent communication, interpersonal, and project management skills.

Salary and Position Details

Salary range: $42,500 to $47,500 with benefits including paid time off (holiday, sick, vacation, and personal leave) and a bonus in lieu of benefits ($6,000 annually) toward a health plan. The position in located at the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition office, 1530 Boise Avenue, in Loveland. The initial engagement length of the position through June 2019; with the potential for extension based on the finalization of pending and upcoming funding requests.

Essential Job Functions

  • Serve as Project Manager, maintaining responsibility for procurement, outreach, planning and execution of watershed projects, including river improvement, forest health, and stewardship projects. Specifically, this includes, but is not limited to:
    • Oversee and manage contractors and design teams for the BTWC’s current flood recovery river improvement projects, including coordinating access, ensuring compliance with contracts, scope of work, grant requirements, applicable laws, and permit requirements (as necessary);
    • Perform outreach and communication with project partners and landowners;
    • Process consultant invoices, prepare quarterly reports to grant funders, conduct project and grant close-out tasks, ensuring federal grant requirements are complied with;
    • Coordinate with contractors on previously completed river projects to ensure they are maintaining the project site through the duration of the warranty period;
    • Assist in the development and implementation of the BTWC’s monitoring and adaptive management program;
    • Assist in the development and implementation of forest health program;
    • Identify projects and programs that improve and sustain the overall health of the watershed;
    • Coordinate stewardship activities as needed, such as weed control, revegetation, etc., potentially with volunteers or in partnership with other organizations;
  • Complete education and outreach tasks including:
    • Development of quarterly newsletters and a diverse set of outreach materials communicating BTWC projects, news, and events;
    • Schedule, plan and conduct outreach and volunteer events;
    • Assist with updates and implementation of the BTWC outreach strategy; and
    • Update and maintain the BTWC website and Facebook pages.
    • Create and maintain a GIS database of BTWC projects and create maps to support projects, events, and grant applications as needed;
  • Assist Director with researching and preparing grant applications related to funding BTWC projects and priorities, such as river improvement and management, forest health, ongoing stewardship and adaptive management, and outreach and education efforts;
  • Assist Director and BTWC Board with additional fundraising tasks and events, as assigned;
  • Work with Director and Board of Directors to identify long-term watershed needs, future project and program opportunities, and potential partnerships;
  • Carryout other program development tasks as assigned by the Director and as identified in the annual work plan;
  • Give presentations about the BTWC and projects to various community organizations, as needed;
  • Provide support, with the Director, to the BTWC Board of Directors, including:
    • Preparation and distribution of board meeting materials;
    • Presenting at board meetings;
    • Taking notes at board meetings;
    • Provide support and communication for committees of the board;
    • Prepare weekly staff update to Board of Directors;
  • Carry out BTWC administrative tasks and day to day management activities as assigned by the Director, such as:
    • Maintain and update landowner listserve, volunteer and donor databases;
    • Purchase materials and supplies according to the BTWC procurement policy and annually approved budget;
    • Contribute to organizational efforts to ensure compliance with a diverse set of grant requirements; and
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director


Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and over 3 years of experience working in a professional environment or equivalent. A background in watershed science, natural resource management, hydrology, geomorphology, or similar will be helpful and is highly desired.
  • Familiarity with watershed concepts and processes, restoration monitoring and stewardship (weed control, revegetation, other monitoring and maintenance) techniques, non-profit and grant administration is highly desired.
  • Ability to express compassion in addressing resident and landowner issues.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and community outreach.
  • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience working with and leading volunteers to collect data and/or stewardship activities.
  • Ability to prepare meeting materials and presentations and assist in facilitating meetings.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public relations skills.
  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, and the ability to learn new computer applications, with preference given to candidates who are proficient using geographic information systems (GIS), and website development and maintenance (WordPress or similar platforms).
  • A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass a background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle; mileage reimbursement available.

Working Conditions

Work is performed inside and outside both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of employee’s personal vehicle. Field conditions will include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the foothills and plains of the Rocky Mountain region. Work may include working weekends. Work includes but is not limited to exposure to sun, noise, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, and oils, moving vehicles, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead and above shoulders, use of both hand and fingers, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Must have correctable near and far vision, ability to hear, speak, and write. Work also includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.

Big Thompson Watershed Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no otherwise-qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or religious affiliation, sex, familial status, age, genetics, disability, or national origin in any phase of employment for this position. Further, the work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (Section 3) which states that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.

Application Instructions

Please email one PDF with your cover letter and resume (both in one file) to: Shayna Jones at com by October 4, 2018. Include, as the subject of the email: Last Name – Program Manager Position. Files e-mailed as separate PDFs or in formats other than PDF may be rejected. Please use the following file naming instructions for the PDF file: Lastname_Firstname_BTWC. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. Due to the volume of applications received, we will not accept phone calls about the position and we will not be able to individually respond to every written inquiry received. Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted the week of 10/15/18. Ideal start date is in early November.

Executive Director - Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC) - Woodbury, Connecticut







Position Overview

The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and is responsible for carrying out priorities and programs delineated in a Strategic Plan developed in concert with the Board. The ED oversees the activities of a full time Outreach Director, and part-time Manager of Development and Administration. PRWC’s Fiscal 2019 Budget is $250,000.

Essential Job Functions

Main responsibilities include:

  • Enthusiastically support the PRWC’s mission
  • Liaison with staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
  • Program development and execution
  • Stakeholder alliances and relationship management (Town, State, Water
  • Utilities, Conservation Partners and others)
  • Fundraising and donor relations
  • Staff direction and administration
  • Financial management, including budgeting, reporting and general administration
  • Volunteer and Membership development
  • Public and media relations
  • Grant writing and management


Education & Experience

  • A degree or equivalent in natural resource management, planning, environmental policy, science, engineering or business administration
  • Five or more years of professional experience in environmental planning or watershed management, business, public, or nonprofit management
  • Understanding of local, state, and federal environmental policies and regulations protecting rivers, aquifers and riparian lands
  • Relevant experience with watershed management and research, project management, fundraising, volunteer organizing, public relations, financial management and personnel management

Motivation and Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate a commitment to PRWC’s mission
  • Confident, energetic and creative self-starter
  • A team leader and team player
  • Excellent organizational, speaking, interpersonal and writing skills
  • Comfortable with fund raising and speaking to large groups, managing teams, chairing committees, and working independently

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume and one page letter indicating why you believe you would be successful in this position and your compensation expectations via email to: not later than October 1, 2018

Search Committee
Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition
39 Sherman Hill Road
Suite C-103
Woodbury, CT 06798

If you have questions concerning this position please send your contact information to the above email address and someone from the Search Committee will contact you.

Director of Fish - Patagonia - Ventura, California

General Summary

The Director of Fish, working in the context of the overall Patagonia product line, develops product, marketing, and assortment and sales strategies for the Fish product line. With their understanding of the Patagonia Brand, the outdoor market, industry best fit/finish, fabric details and specific category knowledge, they build a product line plan that delivers innovative products to grow market share and gross margin dollars. The Director of Fish is also responsible for drafting annually an international business plan including sales/distribution strategy, marketing support, staffing needs and seasonal line plans to maximize growth of the category. The Director of Fish is the central figure in knowledge of the fishing product line; he/she collaborates with all segments of the Company, especially the founder and CEO, to articulate, deliver and sell a successful product line.

Essential Job Functions 

  • Responsible for delivering product that helps achieve revenue, gross margin, inventory levels, and profit contribution.
  • Establish market strategy and direction; develop and implement a business plan that includes sales strategies, staffing needs and seasonal line plans.
  • Develop a line that resonates with the global market, and develop market specific product where appropriate.
  • Plan product line and lead development to achieve product, market, business and organizational goals which also advance company-wide brand and environmental goals.
  • In conjunction with the Design Group, lead product direction. Provide detailed product briefs to designers and developers, and maintain all necessary data in the product line management system.

Product Development

  • In partnership with Design, develop products that stay true to the Company’s design principles.
  • Work with Development Team to take inspiration from vector styles and build them into complete product assortments.
  • Work with Material Development to identify opportunities in performance, logistics, or cost of raw materials
  • Establish strong working relationship with the Company’s Production Department.
  • Explore and develop environmental breakthroughs.
  • Be willing to evaluate and propose strategies that include elements of risk.
  • Keep the Company’s quality standards in all products.

Market Research

  • Gain insight into proper line development by exposure to consumer and/or sport end user in the fishing business.
  • Articulate opportunities/concepts to the Company—flow information into design team, production, sales channels and buying groups.
  • Take product into market during development to gauge response with key fishing dealers globally.
  • Gather input from sales channels/buyers/market to help in line development.
  • Create a seasonal line plan for categories and contribute to the overall business plan for Company.
  • Forge bonds with international channels to facilitate information flow.
  • Define market research needs to the Marketing Department for execution.


  • Working with Sales Managers, craft distribution and dealer strategies that link to product direction.
  • Identify distribution expansion opportunities and key dealers with U.S. Fishing Sales Manager and international leadership.
  • Communicate with reps to identify sales opportunities and key product positions.
  • Establish a concise, prioritized sales strategy for international markets, with defined metrics, and execute against this plan.


  • Working with the Marketing Department, craft tools and implement marketing messages to create a line point of view.
  • Communicate line stories and positioning to the Marketing Department.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of global marketing materials including catalogs, advertisement, point of purchase and sales materials.
  • Advise on necessary tradeshows, media, and other aspects of marketing the Fish category.
  • Represent the category internally, and to the media and the public as an advocate and ambassador for Patagonia


  • Set direction for product merchandising in the sales channels.
  • Collaborate with buyers to ensure that the buy supports the product vision. The Director of Fish has a voice in orchestrating the buy so product development plans are properly represented to support new categories and products, color breadth and distribution representation.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Generate revenue and initial margin plan for each season.
  • Set strategies for growth of market share for the category.
  • Develop and maintain team’s budget.
  • Manage preliminary sales forecasting, allocation, and margin management.
  • Ensure business results meet company requirements for P&L, cash flow, and inventory management, asset utilization.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor within a flexible and (at times noisy) work environment.
  • Must be able to travel utilizing various transportation methods.

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in sport(s) and/or markets targeted by this line.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key drivers of sales in specific distribution channels in complex markets.
  • Significant experience developing/implementing marketing strategies having demonstrated success in driving sales and achieving targeted objectives.
  • Sales or marketing experience in wholesale, retail or direct businesses.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing product gross margin and operating expenses.
  • Extreme attention to detail and the ability to establish and maintain schedules.
  • Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
  • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively- verbally, written and visually – with a wide variety of people.
  • Bachelors Degree required.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to by August 31, 2018.

Conservation Associate - American Rivers - Seattle, Washington




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 275,000 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 Conservation Associate works to advance floodplain restoration and dam removal projects in the Puget Sound-Columbia River Basin.

The Conservation Associate leads American Rivers’ floodplain restoration work in the Basin, managing projects, building regional capacity to implement floodplain restoration, and advancing policies to support floodplain restoration. The Conservation Associate’s responsibilities include generating and managing floodplain restoration projects and developing basin-scale strategies for reconnecting floodplains to rivers to reduce flood risk, restore ecosystems for fish and wildlife, and improve community well-being and economic resilience. The Conservation Associate works closely with River Restoration Program staff and the PSC Basin Director to manage floodplain projects, advocate for policies that support floodplain restoration, pursue funding opportunities, develop project proposals, and represent American Rivers in county and state working groups and watershed committees. The Conservation Associate also collaborates with American Rivers’ national floodplain restoration team to develop research, informational materials, and written articles for American Rivers’ online Restoration Resource Center and other outlets.

The Conservation Associate supports the lead dam removal project manager with Puget Sound-Columbia River Basin dam removal projects and program-building. The Conservation Associate will assist with providing technical assistance, grant management, budget management, and fundraising assistance to dam removals projects, as well as helping with outreach and multimedia communications for both the project and other restoration efforts throughout the region.

Principal Responsibilities

The Conservation Associate leads American Rivers’ floodplain restoration program in the PSC Basin and supports the Dam Removal Project Manager with dam removal projects, including the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam removal, and program-building.

Tasks include:

  • Lead and participate in coalitions focused on floodplain restoration in the Green-Duwamish, Puyallup-White, Yakima, and Chehalis watersheds.
  • Identify, prioritize and initiate floodplain restoration projects and assist with the same for dam removal projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key partners and funders.
  • Proactively identify and pursue opportunities to build new relationships and promote floodplain restoration and dam removal.
  • Engage in advocacy campaigns to improve floodplain restoration policies.
  • Work with Restoration Program and PSC Basin staff to update and implement our regional capacity building plans for growing floodplain restoration and dam removal.
  • Advance floodplain restoration and dam removal in the region through outreach and multimedia communication.
  • Monitor project budgets.
  • Prepare consultant and contractor contract documents.
  • Work with relevant staff to engage in fundraising activities.
  • Represent American Rivers by attending relevant conferences and speaking at events regionally and nationally.
  • Be an active teammate with the American Rivers national River Restoration team and the PSC Basin team, engaging in team meetings, collaborating with colleagues on project ideas and approaches, and participating in team retreats and other related activities.
  • Produce materials for the online Restoration Resource Center, articles for technical and general audiences, press releases and other communications and media pieces.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum of two years of experience working in fields of natural resource management or ecosystem restoration, with an understanding of relevant federal policy.
  • River restoration project management experience preferred.
  • Experience in river management and conservation or a related topic preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, for both technical and general audiences.
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines independently.
  • Strong analytical skills and political judgment.
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to advance an organization’s broader goals.
  • Ability to work with a team via phone and video conference.
  • Ability to travel by car throughout Washington and Oregon.
  • High energy level, self-motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a one-year position, to be renewed annually dependent on grant funds. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time and full-time equivalent employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to with “Conservation Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged

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