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POSITION TITLE: Drinking Water Program Director  REPORTS TO: Vice President, River Programs  LOCATION: Flexible/Remote  TERM AND SALARY: $80,000-$85,000 for a full time / 1 FTE (40 hours/week), exempt position with comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health insurance; 403b retirement savings plan; vacation and well-being leave; employee assistance program; life insurance; technology stipend; and paid holidays.  POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an experienced candidate to oversee our work to increase access to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water nationwide by growing the capacity and connectedness of our network to advance equitable drinking water policies and practices to ensure sustainable drinking water access for all. Individuals with interest and experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply:  drinking water access and affordability, water infrastructure funding and management (drinking water, sewer and stormwater), water and climate change resilience, water conservation and efficiency, adaptation and nature-based solutions, public policy and/or public health, environmental justice, and conservation issues.  This role is fully remote and the ideal candidate has comfort and experience managing remote projects and teams. The Drinking Water Program Director will lead a training and research team focused on building the capacity of grassroots advocates to increase equity in clean drinking water access. This role will provide strategic oversight of the organization’s drinking water work, including fundraising, budget and team management, and ensure programs and activities are in line with our strategic plan and network priorities (learn more about our current drinking water work). While most work is performed remotely, travel will be required for conferences, staff retreats and other work-related meetings (estimated on average one trip per month).  Our ideal candidate understands and has experience working with nonprofit organizations and with under-represented groups, particularly racially and ethnically diverse communities. The Drinking Water Program Director will work directly with the Vice President of River Programs and serve as a member of the Policy Team and the broader River Programs Team.  This person must be flexible and able to take initiative in accomplishing tasks, as well as seeking support from other River Network staff. We seek a candidate who is excited about building the capacity of organizations in our network to advance equitable access to clean, safe and affordable water with an emphasis on sustainable and climate resilient solutions that address historical inequities nationwide.  ABOUT RIVER NETWORK: River Network envisions a powerful and inclusive movement that ensures abundant clean water for all people and nature to thrive. Our mission is to grow and strengthen a transformational national network of water, justice, and river advocates. Visit to learn more about our current priorities. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity and inclusion is the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.   River Network’s headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. While we are a dispersed staff team, we are highly collaborative, and value distributed leadership approaches that aim to disperse authority and responsibility to the staff closest to the work. All staff are encouraged to engage in cross-cutting, internal staff committees and initiatives that provide opportunities to work with colleagues outside of their primary focus area. Our staff is deeply invested in creating and tending to a healthy workplace culture and engaging all staff to influence and shape that culture.  Find information about our financials here (annual reports, financial statement, 990). ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  Program strategy and oversight 
  • Provide overall thought-leadership and strategic thinking for River Network’s Drinking Water Program, assessing Network members’ evolving needs and developing and refining overall strategies to address emerging needs and opportunities 
  • Oversee implementation of drinking water program activities, including trainings, peer calls, peer learning networks, webinars, policy research and other activities, and ensuring quality and continuity of progress toward programmatic goals and objectives 
  • Represent River Network externally on coalitions, at conferences and other venues 
Partnership development & management 
  • Identify and establish long-term relationships with peer organizations and field experts to form collaborations and opportunities for collective impact, including joint trainings and toolkits, reports, webinars, and other educational activities 
  • Manage historic partnerships with individuals and organizations, including understanding of roles and expertise  
Fundraising and grant management:  
  • Manage current drinking water funder relationships, including communications and report writing, in close coordination with Philanthropy team and Vice President of Programs 
  • Oversee budgetary and deliverable requirements of current grants, including review of monthly grant and expense reports, development and execution of contracts and invoices, and tracking progress of deliverables within grant period 
  • Work with River Network’s Philanthropy team to identify and develop relationships with new funding sources 
Internal management and coordination:  
  • Manage a team of two direct reports, including weekly check-ins, oversight of annual workplans and coordination with org-wide workplan and identify opportunities for cross-team coordination and collaboration 
  • Participate in River Programs and Policy and Issue Lead team meetings; lead Drinking Water program meetings 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field and 5-8 years professional work experience OR master’s degree or equivalent education in a related field and 3-6 years professional work experience; 
  • Strategic thinker and quick learner with interest and experience in working with colleagues and teams from diverse backgrounds; 
  • Detail-oriented and organized, with experience in grant management and simultaneous oversight of multiple projects, completing tasks on often fast timelines, and effective communication around shifting needs and/or priorities; 
  • Experience with team management, including comfort and confidence in leading direct reports, working independently and as part of a team; defining and tracking project deadlines, soliciting and incorporating input from team members and partners while continuing to move projects forward; 
  • Experience working with community-based organizations (CBOs) and leaders and organizations representing communities of color; 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written); good sense of humor and interest in building connection and community with coworkers and partners;  
  • Ability to adapt to changing conditions in the sector and needs of our network; and 
  • Commitment to River Network’s vision and mission, and to our core values of strength, mutual respect, integrity, balance, growth and inclusion.   
TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter addressing how your experience, knowledge and abilities make you a good fit for this position and a resume by July 10th. References, work samples, and questions will be part of the selection process. No phone calls please.   What to Expect: We’ll review your application materials for experience, knowledge, and abilities required to successfully perform the job. Only those selected to advance in this process will be contacted for an interview. Candidates must possess current and valid U.S. Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any U.S. employer without sponsorship. As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon the successful completion of a background check  Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with each qualification in the job description, please go ahead and apply anyway! You might be just the right candidate for this role. Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, River Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees  [gravityform id="139" title="true"] 

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POSITION TITLE: Drinking Water Program Director  REPORTS TO: Vice President, River Programs  LOCATION: Flexible/Remote  TERM AND SALARY: $80,000-$85,000 for a full time / 1 FTE (40 hours/week), exe...

Midwest, Remote
Posted 1 week ago
The Program Manager, Water Programs oversees projects to mitigate sources of lead in drinking water at child care facilities across Cook County and the state of Illinois. The Program Manager is responsible for leading teams to carry out day-to-day implementation of clean water projects, and leading continuous improvement and growth of the projects. The ideal candidate for this dynamic position is someone experienced in managing public sector grants and/or construction projects, and someone with a strong passion for ensuring children have access to safe drinking water. The Program Manager, Water Programs reports directly to the Associate Director, Water Programs and will work closely with Elevate’s marketing, customer service, construction, finance, and legal teams. This position is located in Chicago, Illinois and is currently remote.


  • Lead the design and implementation of a Lead Service Line Replacement program to help mitigate sources of lead in drinking water at home and center based child care facilities in Illinois.
  • Develop and execute the program work plan, including the budget, schedule, and resources.
  • Monitor the execution of the program, including managing program metrics, risks, and adjustments to the work plan as needed.
  • Ensure project-related data and deliverables, such as invoices, reports and other contractually required deliverables are maintained and submitted on time to meet reporting deadlines.
  • Manage communications and program data using Salesforce (Elevate’s CRM database).
  • Conduct lessons learned sessions with the appropriate stakeholders, evaluate best practices, and develop new protocols as necessary to promote continuous improvement.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with internal and external teams, including Elevate’s water, finance, construction, legal, marketing, and customer service teams.
  • Work with Elevate’s communications team on program-related materials, including applications, program education pieces, surveys, and other customer-facing marketing materials.
  • Collaborate with Elevate’s lead testing program for child care providers.
  • Work with Elevate’s construction team and plumbing contractors to schedule and complete plumbing repair work at child care facilities.
  • Stay up to date on drinking water issues and potential mitigation strategies.
  • Present on program progress and findings to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Support the water team’s mission to provide clean, safe, and affordable water for Illinois residents and throughout the Great Lakes region.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Engineering, Public Health, or equivalent experience required
  • Five to seven (5-7) years of project management experience required
  • Experience in public sector contract or grant management strongly preferred
  • Experience working with state, county, or local government preferred
  • Knowledge and expertise on lead in drinking water issues highly desired
  • Experience designing and launching programs preferred
  • Working knowledge of Salesforce or similar CRM system preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects with detailed reporting requirements
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to help develop and establish team processes and routines preferred
  • Excellent time management skills with the proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Demonstrated professional maturity and capacity to maintain confidentiality requirements of Elevate and various funders

Organization Description

We design and implement programs that reduce costs, protect people and the environment, and ensure the benefits of clean and efficient energy use reach those who need them most. At Elevate, the greatest asset of our organization is the kind of people we attract. Elevate employees co-create our energetic and collaborative environment, where constant learning and service to others take priority. We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of innovation and we seek dynamic, hardworking team members who are inspired to work with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Every day we make a difference by placing our team, clients, and community partners first. From our mission to our focus on staff wellbeing and career development opportunities, there’s no better place to grow your career than Elevate.


The total compensation for this position includes health and welfare benefits (medical, dental, vision, etc.), defined contribution benefit (401k with contribution), professional development, generous paid time off policies, and a flexible schedule. This is an exempt People Manager position with a salary range of $75,000 – $85,000 based on experience.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Elevate is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or job applicant based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or marital status. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, termination, promotion, transfer, layoff, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

ADA Accommodation

Elevate will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability so that they can perform the essential functions of a job unless doing so causes a direct threat to these individuals or others in the workplace, and the threat cannot be eliminated by reasonable accommodation, or if the accommodation creates an undue hardship to Elevate. Contact the People Team with any questions or requests for accommodations.

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The Program Manager, Water Programs oversees projects to mitigate sources of lead in drinking water at child care facilities across Cook County and the state of Illinois. The PM is responsible for lea...

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The Utah Rivers Council is looking for a diligent, hard-working, and independent individual with strong community organizing skills and the experience to help support our conservation advocacy work in the American West. The Community Water Organizer works to help lead local grassroots engagement throughout our community to protect some of the American West’s most precious aquatic landscapes. The Utah Rivers Council is leading the fight to protect Utah’s rivers and lakes through our robust advocacy work, and we are looking to expand on our success by adding a staff leader to engage more Americans in our fight to save Utah’s aquatic treasures through on-the-ground grassroots organizing efforts. We are looking for an excellent writer with strong communication skills who has the stamina to help recruit and manage community members in our campaign activities. This advocacy position requires someone who is comfortable working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, political ideologies, and world perspectives. The ideal candidate is highly organized, knows what hard work looks like and can actively engage with community members in a one-on-one setting, via community meetings or through virtual dialogues. The Community Water Organizer will mobilize residents for events, actions, and meetings across Utah through direct outreach via telephone, in-person and digital platforms. Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree and at least two years paid experience in a professional office setting, preferably for a nonprofit organization. Preference will be given to applicants with a professional background in environmental work or community engagement. Applicants with a willingness to continue their advocacy work in the water sphere and who can wear many hats in one work week are urged to apply. Candidates should demonstrate in their application materials that they have a basic working knowledge of the conservation challenges facing Utah and a willingness to learn more. We encourage you to visit our website,, before applying.

Compensation, Benefits and Leave

This is a full-time, salaried position with compensation dependent upon experience. The Utah Rivers Council is a grassroots water advocacy organization that represents the entire economic and political spectrum in our work to implement a sustainable water future in Utah. We strive to maintain a fun, informal work environment where progress and accomplishments are measured by real success and balance and time off are a regular part of work. To apply, send a resume and address your full cover letter to Please, no phone calls. The position will remain open until filled.

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The Utah Rivers Council is looking for a diligent, hard-working, and independent individual with strong community organizing skills and the experience to help support our conservation advocacy work in...

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The Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) seeks experienced leaders and candidates who are deeply committed to community organizing, building grassroots power in rural communities, and advancing economic, environmental, and social justice. We seek candidates who bring a deep understanding of and experience with member-led organizing, prioritize relationship-building and shared leadership, and have significant experience working within or leading networks, alliances, or coalitions. This leadership will be based in Billings, Montana. We welcome applications from single Executive Director candidates as well as applicants interested in Co-Executive Directorship. Regarding Co-Executive Directorship, teams who apply together are preferred, but we will consider individual Co-Executive Director applicants if another applicant provides a strong complement to their skills and experience. WORC’s Executive Director retired in December 2021; the board appointed a long-time senior staff member as Interim Executive Director to manage and lead the organization until new executive leadership is hired. Our executive leader will inherit an organization that is financially strong, with an 18-member board, a staff of 17, and an engaged network that is ready to build on our past, evolve with the changing challenges, opportunities, and landscape that we now face, and create a strategic direction to guide our next ten years. This is an exciting time to take the helm of this bold and impactful organization.

The Organization

WORC is a powerful regional network of nine grassroots community organizations (our member groups) in seven western states with 19,935 members and 39 local chapters. WORC is nationally respected for its 44 years of winning campaigns on natural resources, food and farming, and many other issues through community organizing, policy advocacy, training, leadership development, and voter engagement. Our network is committed to ushering long-term, ground-up change by building grassroots power through base-building and leadership development. Our guiding principles provide a compass and constant reminder of what is most important to us. Our member organizations are Dakota Rural Action (SD), Dakota Resource Council (ND), Idaho Organization of Resource Councils, North Dakota Native Vote, Northern Plains Resource Council (MT), Oregon Rural Action, Powder River Basin Resource Council (WY), Western Colorado Alliance, and Western Native Voice (MT). Each of WORC’s member groups is led by its own director and board, and each group appoints two directors to the WORC board. WORC is incorporated as a 501(c)(4) with a $2.2 million annual budget, with an associated 501(c)(3), the WORC Education Project, that passes through over $1.5 million to WORC’s member groups each year.

The Position

Our interim ED has led the organization since January 2022. These have been exciting and challenging times, including living through and emerging from the pandemic, moving to a hybrid and in-person way of meeting and communicating, growing our network through the addition of our ninth member group — North Dakota Native Vote — as well as a new organizing project in Nebraska, shifting priorities among our members, a number of board and staff changes, and internal discussion about ways to fulfill our intentions for a comprehensive DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) process at all levels of the organization and network. In other words, this is a time of growth, challenge, and opportunity at WORC. You will play a key role in navigating this terrain and will lead the organization and network in building strong relationships rooted in our core strategies, aligned values, and a shared vision for continuing to build grassroots power across WORC’s region. Working with network member groups, our Executive Director(s) will help create and execute a collective vision for our work and provide motivation and support to our staff team in service of those goals. The Executive Director(s) will partner with the WORC board, which sets the organizational direction, priorities, and budget, and lead the WORC staff team to carry out the organization’s campaign, program, and fundraising work.

Leadership, Strategy, and Values

  • Grounded in aligned values and vision, build trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with the WORC staff and board, as well as with the leaders and staff of our member organizations and allies.
  • Maintain and strengthen information and feedback loops between WORC staff, board, and member organizations, grounded in communication practices that honor respect, transparency, and efficiency.
  • Bring big-picture thinking and community organizing values to a strategic planning process that may include updating our mission, vision, values, core priorities, and key strategies as well as creating a roadmap for fulfilling our strategic goals over the next several years.
  • Honor and promote the role of member-leaders as spokespersons for the organization and also serve as a visible leader and voice for WORC when appropriate and strategic within the network, with funders and supporters, and in broader coalitions and movements.
  • Bring strong skills in the area of facilitation and consensus building to help identify points of common interest and collective benefit within the network as it grows in numbers and diversity.
  • Model a commitment to shared leadership within WORC and throughout the network, stressing transparency, openness to others' ideas, and mutual problem-solving and accountability.

Staff Management and Organizational Wellbeing

  • Work with WORC staff managers to ensure strong, transparent, and equitable systems for staff hiring, training and development, supervision and evaluation, and ongoing communication.
  • Model and strengthen a values-driven, collaborative organizational and network culture where staff and members are valued for their contributions and supported in their development and well-being.
  • Directly supervise, support, and regularly convene five senior managers to ensure a healthy organization and healthy team culture.
  • Work with staff and board to set clear goals and objectives and ensure sufficient organizational resources and support to achieve outcomes.
  • Ensure development of and compliance with internal policies.
  • Maintain and enforce a healthy work-life balance for self and staff, including reasonable work plans and a sustainable workload.
  • Oversee a comprehensive organizational/network assessment process in order to clarify roles, revisit our staff structure, strengthen our internal culture, build greater cohesiveness across our complex ecosystem, and address other areas that will increase our overall impact and sustainability.

Board and Governance

  • Report to and partner with the WORC (501(c)(4)) and WORCEP (501(c)(3)) member-led boards and board committees to ensure strong governance, policies, and fiscal health.
  • Cultivate the development of strong board committees equipped with good information and understanding, a shared analysis, and a strong sense of ownership.
  • Bring policy recommendations to the board and actively engage the board in strategic decisions.
  • Provide information to the board and assist with planning and facilitating meetings in a manner that encourages participation, discussion, questions, and decision-making.

Fundraising, Budgeting, and Financial Management

  • Ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and financially healthy.
  • Oversee the fundraising strategy and annual fundraising plans in conjunction with WORC development staff to ensure sustainable and values-aligned funding necessary to carry out our program of work.
  • Serve as a visionary and inspiring voice to sustain and increase overall financial support for WORC, our member organizations, and our movement at large. Cultivate and steward relationships with funders and individual and institutional donors and coordinate pass-through funding to WORC’s member groups.
  • Oversee the annual budgeting process to ensure that financial resources are utilized effectively and appropriately to advance WORC’s mission, strategies, and priorities, including budget development, approval by the WORC board, and monitoring and reporting throughout the year.


We seek candidates who value the power of grassroots community organizing, embrace our mission and guiding principles, and bring substantial experience in key areas.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience building long-term, grassroots power through member-led community organizing. Cares deeply about the issues of the member groups and is willing to fight for them.
  • Substantial experience leading a mid-size organization, including in the areas of staff supervision and development — including hiring, firing, delegation, accountability, and evaluations, foundation and grassroots fundraising and financial management, and strategic direction.
  • Ability to develop strong, open working relationships with staff, member-leaders, and others, work through and resolve conflict, build trust, and bring people together.
  • Ability to think strategically, including working at the individual, team, organizational/network, and ally/movement levels to set and prioritize goals.
  • Dedication to and demonstrated skill in advancing justice and equity within organizations (ideally coalitions or networks), including planning and implementing inclusive processes to develop shared vision, values, and priorities that address the challenges and opportunities we face as a multiracial/multiethnic community.
  • High degree of cultural awareness and emotional intelligence; the ability to effectively navigate and challenge white supremacy, sexism, classism, and other systems of oppression, and to cultivate accountability and leadership within our network.
  • Experience working with and cultivating a deeply engaged board of directors, including supporting leadership development and facilitating transparent, informed, shared decision-making.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly communicate vision, values, goals, and strategies for various audiences.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Lived, professional or other experience in the states where our members work and/or rural communities in other parts of the United States.
  • Experience leading, managing, and developing complex networks, coalitions, or collaboratives of autonomous organizations.
  • Experience working with Native American communities.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with key foundations and major donors.
  • Knowledge of and relationships with other environmental and other social justice organizations, coalitions, and movements.
  • Spanish language speaking skills.
  • Experience with shared leadership.
  • Experience with public policy at the state, local, national, and tribal levels, preferably in the WORC region.

Location & Work Environment

The position is located in WORC’s Billings, Montana office. Our LEED platinum-certified building showcases green building strategies and technologies and is a great place to work. The position is full-time and will require some travel and flexibility, including several monthly evening calls or meetings and approximately 8-10 multi-day trips nationwide each year. Generally, we offer our staff the flexibility to work some of the time from home, balancing that with the cohesion that comes from working in the office.

Compensation & Benefits

The annualized salary range for this position is $90,000 - $120,000. WORC offers a generous benefits package, including fully paid health and dental insurance, with optional vision insurance with a modest employee contribution; 20 paid vacation days; 12 paid sick and wellness days; ten paid holidays; flex time policy; three months of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child; four days paid bereavement leave; policy to encourage the use of alternatives to fossil-fueled transportation by compensating employees for use of mass transportation and awarding up to three additional paid days off; employer contribution to a retirement plan after one year of employment; eligible to apply for a sabbatical including up to three months of paid leave and up to three months of unpaid leave after five years of employment.

Equal Opportunity Statement

WORC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to cultivating and preserving a work environment built on equity. We welcome qualified people of all backgrounds and abilities to apply and will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, disability, marital status, creed, or other non-job related factors protected by local, state, and/or federal law in hiring, promoting, demoting, training, transfers, layoffs, terminations, recommendations, rates of pay, or other forms of compensation. For more information about WORC and to view our Equity Statement, visit our website at

How to Apply

Please send a letter of interest and your resume in one PDF document to by June 12, 2023. In your cover letter, please indicate if you are interested in the position as a solo ED, as a potential Co-Executive Director with or without an identified teammate, or are open to considering either structure. Please also highlight your most relevant experience, areas you may need to grow into, and any connections you have to WORC as an organization and our people. For more information, please see

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You will play a key role in navigating and leading the organization and network in building strong relationships rooted in our core strategies, aligned values, and a shared vision for continuing to bu...

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Connecticut River Conservancy’s Board of Directors invites candidates to apply for the opportunity to lead this established, impactful, and highly regarded organization at an exciting time. The Executive Director will join a knowledgeable and passionate team of environmental professionals, a dedicated board of directors, and a wide range of collaborative partners to advance the work of CRC in service of the Connecticut River and its tributaries. The successful candidate will be a dynamic, forward-thinking, and inclusive leader with a track record of leading and managing nonprofit organizations, strong relationship-building skills, and experience supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a part of organizational culture.

About Connecticut River Conservancy

Since 1952, Connecticut River Conservancy has been a voice for the Connecticut River watershed from source to sea and a powerful force for positive environmental change in New England. Based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, this 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaborates with partners across four states (NH, VT, MA, and CT) to protect and advocate for the rivers of the watershed and to educate and engage communities. It brings people together in communities across the four states to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of the rivers and streams. CRC is unique in the breadth of its mission and in the role it plays as an independent voice. Its work encompasses a wide range of activities aimed at protecting the Connecticut River and its tributaries; to list just a few:
  • Advocacy and Policy: review and watchdog permits and hydropower licensing; advocate at the local and state level on issues to bring about science-based environmental policies that account for climate change and protect clean water.
  • Community Science: water quality testing, bacteria monitoring, migratory fish monitoring,
  • Habitat and River Restoration: floodplain restoration and dam removal to improve fish passage and flood resiliency, tree planting, invasive plant removal.
  • Recreation: work with a multitude of organizations and communities to create better access to the river for all, including but not limited to the economically disadvantaged, disabled and people of color.
  • Regional Convener and Collaborator: work with and bring together partners across four states to protect and advocate for rivers and educate and engage communities.
  • Source to Sea Cleanup: Annual event in its 27th year that draws thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of dollars from business sponsors and results in tons of trash removed.
  • Affiliate Organization Relationships: support smaller organizations in their work on the watershed’s rivers by assisting with grant proposals, fundraising, and certain back-office functions.
CRC’s success, growth, and impact are powered by a highly skilled, mission-driven staff team of 24 who are leaders and knowledge experts in their technical field, and by thousands of volunteers up and down the River who help with advocacy, research, clean-ups, and restoration projects. Though staff members are located in all four states across the watershed, CRC’s headquarters are in Greenfield, MA. It is a membership-based organization with approximately 1,500 members. The organization is financially sound, with a $3.2M operating budget and approximately $5M in net assets. Its revenues come from a mix of grants, donor contributions, and earned income. CRC is governed by a committed 13-member Board of Trustees who bring skills in information technology, legal, business, land use planning, and finance, as well as backgrounds in river, wildlife, and environmental conservation. CRC has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as to mitigating its own environmental impact.

The Opportunity Going Forward

CRC’s next Executive Director (ED) will be taking the reins at a time of change and opportunity. CRC has seen significant growth in the past ten years under the leadership of its former Executive Director, who left the organization in the fall of 2022. In that ten-year period, the organization built a restoration program that has removed 20 dams, restored over 130 acres of habitat and over 70,000 feet of shoreline, created one of the northeast’s largest freshwater bacteria monitoring programs, grew the annual Source to Sea Cleanup, which has been running for 27 consecutive years, and maintained persistent and effective advocacy for strong environmental standards. CRC is currently under the steady leadership of an Interim Executive Director. Some of the organization’s opportunities and challenges include:
  • Planning a new future with board and staff to clarify focus, increase impact, strengthen and build partnerships, and set strategic priorities.
  • Assessing and revising the organizational structure for greater effectiveness in meeting future goals.
  • Increasing financial support from CRC’s members, donors, and granting organizations while simultaneously expanding our relationship with foundations and government agencies to enhance stability and sustainability.
  • Expanding the geographic reach of CRC’s programs, collaboration, and community engagement along the 410-mile length of the Connecticut River, resulting in a strong presence regionally and in New England.
As the Executive Director takes the reins, key priorities in the first 12-18 months will be to:
  • Build trusting relationships with staff members, gain an understanding of the strengths, knowledge and wisdom that each brings to the work, and foster a positive and enriching team culture;
  • Build relationships with and engage the Board of Trustees;
  • Build relationships with established community partners;
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the diverse programs, activities, and approaches CRC employs in its work to protect and enhance the River and its watershed;
  • Support staff in building a solid financial accounting system to ensure timely tracking and reporting of all revenue and expenses.
  • Assess the effectiveness of CRC’s current organization structure and its operational systems, and work with staff and board to address areas needing strengthening or restructuring.
  • After building key relationships and gaining a solid understanding of CRC and its context, begin a strategic planning process in collaboration with the board and staff.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director leads the strategic vision for the organization and supports the growth and efforts of a community-oriented team in the implementation of key objectives to advance CRC’s mission. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Trustees who are responsible for providing the Executive Director with regular feedback and consultation as well as setting annual compensation. The Executive Director will ensure that the organization has sound administrative and financial systems in place while creating an inclusive and supportive work culture. This is a full-time position based in Greenfield, MA, with hybrid options negotiable. The Executive Director will be expected to travel throughout the watershed as needed.

Organizational Leadership

  • The Executive Director supervises internal managers and all staff and is responsible for ensuring they are fully supported in their job responsibilities. This includes good management practices, routine feedback, essential training, and transparent communication that fosters a collaborative work environment.

Community Outreach & Partnerships

  • The Executive Director is expected to be a public face of the organization and in partnership with the River Stewards and program managers in each state, maintains a presence through media, speaking engagements, and events. This role entails participation and collaboration with current regional strategic partners while pursuing relationships with potential new partners throughout the watershed.

Fundraising & Resource Development

  • The Executive Director collaborates with the Development Director and staff in each state to secure donors, funds, and sponsorships with the goal of ensuring long-term financial sustainability for the organization.

Program Development, Management, & Evaluation

  • The Executive Director supports staff in developing new or expanded programming with partner organizations and community stakeholders. The Executive Director will facilitate the coordination of all programs and help staff implement frameworks for measuring effectiveness.


  • The Executive Director is responsible for the stewardship of the organization’s conserved properties as well as the responsible disposition of these properties to qualified organizations, individuals, or agencies.

Credentials and Profile of the Ideal Candidate

CRC’s next Executive Director will be a seasoned leader with significant management experience. They will be positive and inspiring while expressing integrity, humility, and emotional intelligence. They will have a deep understanding of how to support internal organizational culture, external coalition-building, and the ability to navigate diverse political, cultural, and ecological climates towards a clear and positive vision for CRC’s team and the River. Candidates are welcome to apply even if they do not have all of these skills and background:


  • A passionate advocate for the mission who feels a strong connection to landscapes and rivers in the Northeast, the environment, and outdoor activities.
  • A supporter of CRC’s organizational values of inclusion, equity, collaboration, resilience, and stewardship.
  • A people person with strong emotional intelligence who listens well and can relate to people of diverse backgrounds.
  • A collaborative decision maker who engages inclusive and transparent practices, trusts and respects the knowledge and perspectives of staff, and seeks out the widest diversity of views.
  • A courageous leader who can take criticism and is willing to learn, who acts with honesty, integrity, and accountability.
  • A creative, innovative, out-of-the box thinker.

Skills, background, & experience

  • Demonstrated experience with implementing or supporting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a part of organizational culture; proven ability to work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • A visionary leader and systems thinker with proven nonprofit experience in areas of strategic planning, board relations, operations, personnel/HR, change management, and program development.
  • Solid understanding of nonprofit finances with complex budgets and multiple funding streams and ability to strategically align and maximize resources.
  • Astute networking skills and track record in building relationships with various political and community stakeholders.
  • A skillful communicator who can articulate CRC’s work and mission, both in writing and orally, and can be a passionate advocate and ambassador in the community.
  • A track record of successful fundraising from individuals, businesses, and granting administration.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and foundation grant
  • Familiarity with fundamental conservation issues and environmental topics.
  • Ability to manage multiple demands and execute efficiently.
  • Professional experience in the New England area preferred.
  • 5+ years of management and leadership experience.

Salary and Benefits

The salary range set for this position is $115,000-$130,000. CRC provides an excellent benefits package that includes employer contributions to health insurance and retirement. The Executive Director is expected to be present in the Greenfield, MA office on a regular basis to be determined by the Board.

Application Guidelines

Candidates must include a resume and a cover letter that describes how their qualifications and experience match the needs and mission of CRC. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send required documents to: This executive search is being conducted by Eos Transition Partners consultant Catherine Bradshaw. The search process is being conducted in an inclusive manner, drawing on the perspectives of both board and staff members. All submissions will be acknowledged and are confidential, and any questions must be submitted to Ms. Bradshaw at: Connecticut River Conservancy is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and will engage in an inclusive recruiting and hiring process. It considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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Greenfield, MA

Connecticut River Conservancy’s Board of Directors invites candidates to apply for the opportunity to lead this established, impactful, and highly regarded organization at an exciting time. The Exec...

Mid-Atlantic, Southeast
Posted 3 weeks ago
The Director of Development will play a key role in expanding Potomac Conservancy engagement with a growing community of leadership supporters and their family foundations. In this key new position for the organization, the Director of Development will have the opportunity to execute on a multi-faceted donor acquisition, cultivation, and stewardship strategy with individuals giving $1,000 to $100,000, to support Potomac Conservancy’s mission to protect the Potomac River and ensure clean water for all. This position reports to the Vice President of Development and enjoys the teamwork of three development professionals and collaboration with the President. You will be joining a passionate and growing team of 14. A strategic plan is in place and accelerated programs are supporting the growth of programmatic impact. The Conservancy’s income has grown over 100% in the last 5 years with most of this growth coming from individuals and family foundations; 64% of the organization’s financial support comes from individuals. Potomac Conservancy is the region’s leading clean water advocate. Founded in 1993, we believe the foundation of healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities starts with clean water. We shape the broader effort for water protection in the Potomac River watershed, from the highlands of Virginia and West Virginia to Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Responsibilities and Duties

You will help to fuel the organization's work for clean water by expanding the financial commitment of our leadership donor community, focusing on donors giving 4-figure to 6-figure gifts, and by identifying and cultivating those for whom this level of giving is possible.

Fundraising & Donor Stewardship (80%)

  • Lead fundraising with a portfolio of between 150 – 175 donors with a focus on leadership giving levels of $1,000 to $100,000.
    • Current donors make up 75% of the portfolio.
    • Identified but not-yet-engaged prospective donors make up 25% of the portfolio.
  • Develop, refine, and implement strategies for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors.
  • Collaborate with current committed donors to network and bring new donors to the Potomac Conservancy community through introductions and an established, robust calendar of events.
  • Craft fresh and compelling messaging on programs and impacts for letters, emails, and talking points in collaboration with program and communications teams.
  • Design and lead a donor appreciation reception and collaborate on a signature fundraising
  • Maintain high standards of accuracy with donor data to facilitate timely follow-up.
  • Use CRM database functions for donor data analysis. Monitor and report on fundraising progress.

Team Engagement (20%)

  • Mentor others on the team, sharing your knowledge and skills in fundraising and other areas of expertise to continually enrich the whole organization’s donor stewardship skills.
  • Implement the Potomac Conservancy’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice plan by actively expanding our fundraising and donor-facing learning events to include new communities.
  • Participate in preparation of mailings for donors in your portfolio.
  • Attend all-staff gatherings four times a year for organization strategy discussions.


  • Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of active fundraising experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience adding to three to five years.
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising, gaining commitments from donors for a mission, project, or cause (the way you approach fundraising is more important than the dollars you have raised).

Qualifying Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Comfort in making a fundraising ask, including preparing a donor to be asked.
  • Confident speaking skills when communicating about a project, cause, or mission.
  • Proven ability to create and nurture donor relationships, learning a donor’s interests and perspectives while maintaining a focus on and delivering on your agenda.
  • Ability to manage the competing demands and timelines of projects while also being flexible enough to respond to new priorities.
  • Strong writing skills in letters and emails, as well as in more structured reports and proposals.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, but also operate as a team player.
  • Willingness to travel throughout DC, Montgomery County in Maryland, Arlington, Fairfax and Alexandria communities in Virginia. Availability and willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends, including four board meetings a year, and five donor evening events a year.

Additional Skills and Abilities Preferred, not Required

  • Event development and management experience.
  • Database experience. We use EveryAction, a model similar to most donor databases.
  • Knowledge of and passion for environmental conservation.
  • Fluency in a second language.
*This position uses a wide variety of skills. We encourage you to apply if you think you would be a good fit, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications.

Compensation, Benefits, and Location

  • The salary range is $60,000-$70,000.
  • This position is full-time and enjoys a hybrid work environment with in-office work in our Silver Spring, Maryland office several days a week balanced with the option of remote work. Meetings with donors must be in person as much as possible.
  • Flexible work schedule including responsible flexibility for life needs and work-life balance.
  • Benefits include medical & dental coverage, with 80% of premiums covered by the Conservancy.
  • 18 days paid time off and 11 holidays per year. Three additional personal holidays per year.
  • Summer Friday afternoons and one week in January also offered as paid time off.
  • Travel reimbursement for work-related trips.
  • Working with bright, fun coworkers and interacting with a supportive board of directors.

To Apply

Email a cover letter and resume to Mary Vasse at with “Director of Development” in the subject line. The position will remain open until filled. Applications submitted before June 1, 2023 will be given first consideration. Potomac Conservancy is an equal-opportunity employer. We recognize the environmental movement has not been an inclusive one and has a history of excluding historically discriminated communities — including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), women, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage applications from people with these identities or who are members of other communities that have been historically excluded from the environmental movement. For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all Potomac Conservancy staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site. Effective June 2, 2022, new hires will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a government-approved vaccine as a condition for employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation or exceptions (medical or religious reasons) will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.

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Director of Development will have the opportunity to execute on a multi-faceted donor acquisition, cultivation, and stewardship strategy with individuals giving $1,000 to $100,000, to support Potomac ...

Posted 4 weeks ago
Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM), a Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is hiring a highly capable habitat restoration Engineer II to join our team. Our ideal candidate shows excellent customer service traits, is self-directed and works well in a team environment. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate expertise in analyzing and designing habitat improvement projects and habitat-friendly infrastructure repair projects; operation and maintenance of flood control structures; hydraulic computer modeling; working in a floodplain environment; building community relationships; developing, implementing and monitoring project budgets; and overseeing grants and contracts. We are looking for excellent communication skills, the ability to work well with staff and stakeholders with a variety of backgrounds, and the ability to positively contribute to the overall Surface Water Floodplain Services section and the entire SWM Division. Successful applicants will have a background and experience in geology, hydraulics, river processes, CADD and GIS. Experience working in a riverine environment, boat-handling skills, reading design plans and specifications, along with excellent customer service skills are desired. We value the ability to analyze issues, develop solutions using creativity and ingenuity and clearly communicate complex data to varied audiences. Come join our team and build a career in the great northwest! An Engineer-in-Training (EIT) certificate is required for this position.

About Surface Water Management

SWM is a stormwater utility that provides services to unincorporated Snohomish County. These services are primarily funded by service charges paid by property owners in the unincorporated county. SWM is the largest division in Snohomish County’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. With an annual budget of $45 million, SWM maintains 108 full-time positions filled by dedicated professionals in their field. SWM works in partnership with other local and regional agencies to improve Snohomish County now and for future generations. SWM provides a variety of programs and services for reducing road and property flooding and preserving and improving the health of Snohomish County's water resources and natural systems. We focus on four core areas of service:
  • Drainage and road flooding
  • Clean water in rivers, streams and lakes;
  • Salmon and marine habitat; and
  • River flooding
You can find us responding to water-quality problems and complaints, monitoring river levels during flood season, maintaining drainage systems, managing habitat improvement projects and more. For further information on Snohomish County Surface Water Management's programs, please go to

About the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management, the Division of Parks & Recreation, the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture and aims to achieve high-priority environmental sustainability goals. Some of the greatest assets we have in Snohomish County are our unparalleled beauty and abundant natural resources. From the Puget Sound and five watersheds, to forestland, lakes, farms, ranches and parks, our quality of life, economic prosperity and future sustainability are dependent on protecting and improving our environmental resources. Visit the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources web page to learn more.

About Snohomish County

Snohomish County, north of Seattle, is located in northwest Washington between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The county has rich scenery, numerous activities, and a thriving economy. Snohomish County is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. When joining the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, you will work in an environment where innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement are highly encouraged and supported. We are proud to offer an outstanding benefit package to employees and their dependents. We are invested in your success and growth and offer competitive wages, job flexibility and stability, employer paid ORCA cards, and a friendly, diverse team atmosphere where employees are appreciated and make a real difference providing services for our citizens. We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a lifelong career.


Snohomish County will be invested in your success and growth. We demonstrate this by offering a generous compensation package to our employees. Your salary is only part of your Total Compensation Package. Our benefits include:
  • Retirement: County employees participate in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS).
  • Medical benefits: The County offers a choice of three comprehensive medical insurance plan with low deductibles. The county’s contribution to this benefit is significant.
  • Sick leave: You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month.
  • Vacation Leave: You will start out accruing two weeks of vacation a year. Your leave accruals increase based on your years of employment with the County.
  • Holiday Pay: The County observes eleven (11) paid legal holidays per year and provides employees with two floating holidays annually.
  • Other benefits include wellness, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, long term disability, and more.
  • Deferred Compensation: If you choose to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP), the County will match your contributions up to 1 percent of your base monthly salary.
  • Pay Increases: Each year you will be eligible for a step increase until you reach the top step.
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA): County employees typically receive yearly cost of living adjustments.
  • Flexible work schedules.
  • Career development training.
  • Teleworking Options
The work associated with this position can be performed with a hybrid of remote work and in-office work as needed and assigned. For employees who prefer to work in the office full time, that option is also available. Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a home workspace with an internet connection where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Snohomish County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. A Snohomish County Telework agreement is required for employees assigned to telework. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their Snohomish County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. For information about this job opportunity and posting, please email:

Job Duties

  • Project management, analysis, and design of major improvements and modifications to public works roads and structures; produces design reports and plans, specifications and cost estimates for construction of public works facilities such as roadways, bridges, surface water systems, and solid waste sites.
  • Reviews engineering design work to ensure proposed designs meet project needs, engineering specifications and cost regulatory requirements.
  • Conducts or directs the preparation of major planning or design engineering studies by identifying and researching needs and problems in the area of specialization; monitors the collection of field data and the technical evaluations used to develop recommendations.
  • Manages the selection and administration of engineering consultants performing work for planning and reports, plans, specifications, estimates, and on call engineering services.
  • Prepares requests for proposals for professional engineering, consulting, and environmental services; reviews requests from consultants for changes in scope of work and recommends appropriate action.
  • Acts as a technical resource in a specialized area of engineering to resolve complex design and construction problems within the public right of way and provide assistance in correcting related problems on private property.
  • Conducts field trips to inspect project sites during planning and design phases, and during construction for compliance with specifications and plans.
  • Provides technical support and acts as engineering liaison between public works, consulting engineering firms and other governmental agencies; reviews agency documents preparing and presenting comments on behalf of the department.
  • Coordinates the location, notification and preparation of presentations at public meetings for assigned projects and assists in other project manager's public meetings. Provides technical testimony at Public Hearings or Meetings.
  • Provides technical assistance, guidance, and training to engineering staff.
  • Assigns, leads, and evaluates the work of subordinate employees as required; advises assists and trains subordinates as necessary. Participates in the selection of new employees, and makes recommendations regarding hiring..
  • Researches and prepares pertinent data and reports for legal counsel for court actions and represents public works on matters pertaining to real property condemnations.
  • Reviews and approves all plans and contract documents before they are used in the public bidding process for county construction projects.
  • Establishes and monitors a current public meeting calendar for all required public information meetings on proposed public works projects; confers with the appropriate project manager and goes through a checklist for all the required logistical details for the meeting.
  • Assures the accuracy of all engineering design standards and standard specifications used by the design staff; updates design standards and specifications as requested by the Engineering Manager and maintains up to date files of design standard drawings and standard specifications for staff use.
  • Develops recommendations for mitigating measures to reduce or provide for environmental impacts to the county road system.
  • Supervises or conducts field and laboratory investigations required to obtain representative soil information for potential construction sites; such investigations may be through borings, soundings, sampling or testing.
  • Evaluates field laboratory soils results and makes engineering recommendations pertaining to the foundation design of roadway, bridge foundations, retaining walls and landslide corrections.
  • Manages the civil materials testing laboratory; approves construction materials and their sources, maintains materials records, makes recommendations pertaining to material acceptance; establishes related procedures and criteria as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering or related field, and four (4) years of civil engineering experience, three (3) of which are in the area of specialization; OR, any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.

Special Requirements

A Professional Engineer's License or ability to obtain one by demonstrated training or experience is required for most positions. A valid Washington State Driver's License.

Knowledge & Abilities

Knowledge of:
  • engineering mathematics applied to area of specialization
  • engineering principles and practices and the materials and equipment applicable to the area of specialization
  • the current codes, trends, and developments in the field of engineering specialization
  • principles of project management, organization and administration
  • laws and regulations applicable to the area of assignment
Ability to:
  • direct and inspect the work of consultants and contractors on civil engineering studies and projects prepare and manage project activities, including monitoring budgets, work schedules, grant requirements and progress reviews
  • plan, direct and coordinate the work of subordinates establish and maintain effective working relationships with other county employees, representatives of other agencies and with the general public
  • communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • prepare or oversee the preparation of engineering studies and plans


Employees report to and receive direction from an engineering supervisor. Employees may lead full-time or temporary employees. A high degree of independent judgment and action is exercised in planning projects and programs and resolving administrative and technical problems within the framework of established codes, policies, budgetary limits and sound engineering practices.

Working Conditions

The work is performed in an office environment with frequent field trips to locations throughout the county to make site visits, attend meetings, or coordinate work activities. Meetings or project requirements may involve working evenings, weekends or holidays as necessary. Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.

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Everett, WA

Snohomish County Surface Water Management has an exciting opportunity for an Engineer II in our Floodplain Services group. Apply today!

Posted 1 month ago
Open Position: Watershed Programs Associate Reports to: Watershed Planner Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week, with benefits (see below) Salary: $55,099/year. HRWC sets a non-negotiable salary to ensure all associate employees are compensated equally. Close Date: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 15, 2023. About the Huron River Watershed Council The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is a nonprofit organization and a coalition of watershed residents, businesses, and local governments. HRWC is the oldest regional river protection organization in Michigan with a mission to protect and restore the river for healthy and vibrant communities. We work with a collaborative and inclusive spirit to give all partners the opportunity to become stewards; generate science-based, trustworthy information for decision makers to ensure reliable supplies of clean water and resilient natural systems; and passionately advocate for the health of the river and the lands around it. HRWC aspires to an open and inclusive culture through our commitment to diversity within the workplace. We prohibit discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs. Position Description The Watershed Programs Associate assists with the planning and implementation of environmental monitoring and stormwater outreach programming across the organization. The Associate is primarily responsible for coordinating volunteer data collection in HRWC’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program and assisting with its ongoing development and implementation. The Associate is also part of a team assisting local municipalities and partners in meeting federal stormwater permit requirements and implementing key strategies of watershed management plans. HRWC will provide mentoring to guide growth and professional development within the watershed management field. Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with the stormwater team to implement activities and deliver products and services as part of three fee-for-service contracts with local municipalities in the watershed.
  • Coordinate volunteer activities for HRWC’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program, including recruitment, onboarding, training, communication, scheduling, and technical support.
  • Conduct in-stream water quality monitoring to support volunteer programming, including measuring flow, collecting water samples, and using handheld water quality meters.
  • Track and maintain all monitoring equipment and materials.
  • Maintain relationships with monitoring program partners, including municipalities, laboratories, interns, and university partners.
  • Process incoming field and lab data and review for issues that violate quality control protocols.
  • Manage data flow incoming through a Survey123 collection tool to storage in the program’s geodatabase, including data review and quality control.
  • Review data for anomalies requiring follow-up sampling or other action by HRWC or others.
  • Work with HRWC staff, partner organizations and volunteers to execute storm sampling and high flow monitoring.
  • Conduct data analysis, prepare reports, and present results at a variety of stakeholder meetings and other forums.
  • Integrate chemistry and flow data with macroinvertebrate and other data collected by HRWC and other partners.
  • Assist in the collection of data for a variety of studies in the watershed.
  • Assist with the coordination of watershed management programs and initiatives, including organization of meetings, project reports, outcome tracking, permit compliance documents and other requirements.
  • Carry out research and product development for other projects as needed by and under supervision of the stormwater team.
  • Participate in production of a high-quality newsletter, website, and other traditional media and social networking outlets
  • Assist in developing and implementing any needed procedures to continually improve the effectiveness of the organization
  • Participate in staff meetings, and other organization events and activities
  • Support and facilitate the development of new projects and other fundraising efforts
Qualified candidates will have/be:
  • Minimum of 4 years of experience on environmental and/or water resources issues, or a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, natural resources, ecology, environmental engineering, or a related field
  • Experience leading groups of people and/or coordinating volunteers
  • Self-motivated, organized, and collaborative; ability to work independently
  • Access to a vehicle and ability to travel to numerous monitoring sites in Southeast Michigan
  • Values alignment with HRWC, including a commitment to equity, inclusion, and environmental justice
  • Able to occasionally lift and move 50 pounds, walk on uneven ground, and wade in streams
Desired Qualifications
  • 1-2 years of experience in an environmental field.
  • Experience with water monitoring and stormwater management
  • Experience with ArcGIS (including geodatabases) and Microsoft Office Suite, specifically with spreadsheet and cloud data storage systems
  • Strong analytical skills, preferably using statistical analysis techniques, GIS and other watershed management tools
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including experience presenting material to a variety of audiences
  • Familiarity with Southeast Michigan
Physical Demands and Work Environment The physical demands described here are representative of those necessary to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform them.
  • Willingness to travel within four-county area in Southeast Michigan.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends.
  • The employee is regularly required to stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. Specific vision abilities required include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Able to meet the demands of the work environment including physical activity (wading in streams and rivers, carrying equipment), being in indoor and outdoor locations in a variety of temperatures, light conditions, activity, and noise levels.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license for driving in the State of Michigan.
HRWC supports a hybrid work environment with the ability to work both remotely and from HRWC’s offices in Ann Arbor, MI. HRWC staff are expected to be office-based a minimum of three days/week. Benefits
  • Pre-tax retirement account with HRWC match
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Paid time off including 10 holidays, plus vacation, sick and personal time
  • Professional development guidance and assistance
  • Hybrid work environment
Application Process Please submit an application, cover letter, resume, and up to three references at by May 15, 2023. Contact with any questions.

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The Watershed Programs Associate assists with the planning and implementation of environmental monitoring and stormwater outreach programming across the organization. The Associate is primarily respon...

Posted 1 month ago
Waterkeepers Chesapeake (WKC) seeks a mission-driven coalition leader who shares and can help shape our vision of a powerful and inclusive Waterkeeper movement in the Chesapeake and coastal bays region that protects local communities, rivers, and streams from pollution. We seek a leader who demonstrates and values collaboration, and brings the passion, skills, and enthusiasm needed to lead our 5-person team and work with and support our 17 Waterkeeper members. The Executive Director reports to WKC’s Board of Directors. In partnership with member Waterkeepers and the Board of Directors, the Executive Director creates, updates and implements the organization’s strategic vision and plan. The Executive Director plays a pivotal role in forging new and important partnerships in the broader community, including within the funding community, representing our coalition’s vision, values, and strategies effectively. We seek an experienced candidate who values environmental protection, and who is committed to centering racial justice at the intersection of water protection, access, and equity. Key Leadership Qualities
  • Movement building: Commitment to coalition building and supporting a collective action plan centered on the member Waterkeepers;
  • Equity-focused: Ensures strategies produce equitable outcomes, and ensure equitable membership, engagement, and participation;
  • Political savvy: Deep understanding of policy-making systems and how to influence them;
  • Project management: Supports implementation of common agenda across member Waterkeepers and partners, holding individuals and groups accountable for action commitments;
  • Inclusive culture builder: Effective communicator and trusted facilitator who engages, motivates, celebrates, and resolves differences and conflicts among diverse partners, especially for the member Waterkeepers.
Who we are: Waterkeepers Chesapeake fights for clean water and a healthy environment by supporting a coalition of 17 Waterkeepers throughout the Chesapeake and coastal regions as they protect their communities, rivers, and streams from pollution. Statistics show that women and people of underrepresented groups are more likely to apply to jobs only when they meet 100% of the job qualifications. We encourage individuals to break those statistics. No candidate ever meets 100% of the requested qualifications. We look forward to your application. Waterkeepers Chesapeake is an equal opportunity employer. Key Responsibilities: Leadership & Board Engagement
  • Cultivate and implement a shared organizational vision and mission among the Board, member Waterkeepers and staff.
  • As key spokesperson for WKC, elevate our vision and mission to inspire and engage member Waterkeepers, Board members, staff and other stake holders; and raise WKC’s profile through relationships with members, other nonprofits, federal, state, local, and Tribal government agencies, community leaders, foundations, donors, and businesses.
  • Work with the Board and membership to develop, review and update as needed WKC’s Strategic Plan and annual work plans.
Member Support & Program Oversight
  • Ensure the development and implementation of strategies necessary to maintain a collaborative, sustainable, inclusive and supportive environment for member Waterkeepers.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of annual legislative and advocacy agendas and activities, training and capacity building opportunities, including regular monthly meetings and an annual retreat, and member communication, resource and information sharing.
  • Ensure effective administration of all Establish and track key metrics to monitor progress against goals and achievement of results.
  • Assist members to strengthen their programs and uphold the Waterkeeper Quality Standards.
  • Partner with Waterkeeper Alliance through our Chesapeake Regional Rep to represent the member Waterkeepers’ needs and interests, and to facilitate their access to Waterkeeper Alliance as needed.
Fundraising & Resource Development
  • Ensure WKC has the financial resources to advance its mission and goals through cultivation of legacy and new funding sources, timely foundation grant applications and reports, individual donor stewardship, an annual fundraising event, and other creative fundraising activities.
  • Build partnerships to leverage resources and expertise in support of WKC’s mission and work.
Fiscal & Operational Oversight
  • Prepare and track the annual Monitor all financial management systems and provide regular, accurate reporting to the Board. Oversee annual certified audit, and ensure the organization complies with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Direct strategies necessary to maintain a sustainable, inclusive and supportive work environment for all staff.
  • Oversee communication strategies to inform government officials, organizations, the media, and the public about WKC initiatives, and to amplify the Waterkeepers work and collective impact.
External Affairs & Relationships
  • Actively partner with and seek collaborative coalitions with organizations and alliances with similar or complementary strategic goals, in service of WKC’s mission.
  • Provide policy and strategic leadership to help collaborative efforts succeed in protecting the local waterways of the Chesapeake and coastal bays region.
  • Strategically reach out to new communities and organizations to build a coordinated, grassroots movement for protecting the regional waterways from pollution and advancing environmental and climate equity and justice.
Required Experience and Core Competencies:
  • Passion for WKC’s mission and its member Waterkeepers.
  • Proven ability to inspire, articulate vision, and spark engagement with enthusiasm.
  • Proven nonprofit leadership and effective staff and program management skills, including: experience managing organizational change; strong financial planning skills; ability to retain, motivate and attract strong and creative staff; experience in strategy as well as execution of programs to meet goals; demonstrated ability to work effectively with a Board of Directors.
  • Nonprofit fundraising success and demonstrated ability to establish and manage relationships with major individual and institutional donors, nonprofit organizations and alliances, government agencies, the media, and volunteers for the benefit and support of WKC’s mission.
  • Personal and professional understanding of how diversity, inclusion, and justice play a central role in both advancing equity within an organization and in creating a more just and inclusive environmental movement.
  • Strong and effective oral and written communication skills with a high degree of emotional intelligence, humility, and compassion.
  • Ten years of relevant nonprofit leadership experience, and a degree in a field related to WKC’s mission and vision. Experience in coalitions and the Waterkeeper movement preferred.
How to apply & job details The location of the position is flexible within 30 miles of the Washington, DC metro area. We are a hybrid workplace, with most staff working remotely, and our office is located in Silver Spring, MD. Salary range is $100,000 - $120,000 depending on experience. WKC values employee growth and advancement and makes opportunities for these even with our small size. Position includes a benefits package designed for your well-being and a healthy work-life balance including: health insurance, retirement benefit, generous vacation and time off, and flexible work arrangements. The position is available immediately. Please submit a resume and cover letter indicating your specific interest in this position. In addition, you can submit additional materials such as published work. Send to info(at) with subject line: LAST NAME: Executive Director application. Resumes without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications will be accepted until we hire, but we strongly encourage interested individuals to submit their applications as soon as possible. Interviews will be set up on a rolling basis.

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Hybrid position within 30 miles of Washington DC

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The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking applications for our River Stewards of Tomorrow Watershed Conservation Internship positions, available for summer 2023. River Stewards will work on a variety of projects related to watershed conservation, the human dimensions of natural resource management, wildlife conservation, and land protection. River Stewards will be based out of our office in Cornwall Bridge, CT and work primarily in the Connecticut and New York portions of the Housatonic River watershed. Occasional work in the Berkshires may be required. River Steward positions last 12 weeks from June to August. Internship Overview: The 2023 River Stewards will work closely with HVA’s Watershed Conservation and Land Protection Staff. River Stewards will spend approximately 70% of their time in the field, and 30% of their time in the office. Projects that the intern will be involved with include but aren’t limited to the following (in order of proportion of time spent):
  • River Information and Outreach (RIO) Program: Weekend work required. River Stewards will visit popular Housatonic River access sites along Route 7 (New Milford to Falls Village, CT), engage with visitors, conduct outreach about stewardship of the river and land, and collect some data (i.e. interviews and surveys). River Stewards must be willing to work a full-time 5-day workweek that includes at least 1 weekend
  • Follow the Forest Terrestrial Habitat Linkage Assessments: Assess connectors (or linkages) between core forests for wildlife movement at likely pinchpoints. Evaluate what impedes/facilitates wildlife movement between core forests and learn how HVA uses linkage assessment data to set conservation priorities. Stewards will engage partners within the region to complete linkage
  • Road-Stream Crossing Assessments: River Stewards will visit and assess bridges and culverts (using the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative protocol) in the Naugatuck watershed to both identify barriers to fish and wildlife passage as well as assist with post-assessment data management and
  • Stream Corridor Assessments: The River Stewards will assist HVA staff in the field to conduct visual surveys (“streamwalks”) along important stream reaches to document threats and identify restoration
  • Water Quality Monitoring: The River Stewards will assist with ongoing water quality research across the
  • Restoration project monitoring and maintenance: River Stewards conduct maintenance activities like weeding and watering at riparian and aquatic restoration projects. Sometimes this will be in conjunction with our high school youth program called Still River Watershed
  • Follow the Forest Outreach and Communications: Stewards will assist HVA’s Senior Land Protection Manager to lead trainings for partners in Habitat Linkage Stewards may also create social media content and communication tools.
Qualifications: Candidates must be detail-oriented, highly-motivated, passionate about watershed conservation, and able to succeed both independently and as part of a team. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess:
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor field work, including working under potentially inclement environmental conditions (hot, rainy, buggy, );
  • Willingness to work weekends to support the RIO program;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, the ability to approach and interact with strangers, and the ability to represent HVA in a professional manner;
  • Strong organization and data management skills;
  • Experience using GPS and GIS is helpful, but not
Requirements: Daily access to a reliable personal vehicle is a requirement of the position (HVA does not have a field vehicle, so all field work, including any work in New York and Massachusetts, will be done in personal cars with mileage reimbursements.) The intern must also be physically able to participate in potentially strenuous field work (i.e., physically active work outside for several hours at a time during the heat of the summer). Compensation: River Stewards will be compensated at a rate of $18/hour. Work-related travel will be compensated at a rate of $0.585/mile. Housing is not provided. HVA will assist successful applicants in finding summer lodging near the HVA office, if necessary. Application Procedure: Interested candidates should submit the following materials via email:
  1. COVER LETTER explaining your interest and qualifications
  4. Optional but encouraged - Examples of past projects relevant to HVA’s mission (please limit to 1 page, max of three projects)
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and positions filled on a rolling basis. Questions and applications should be directed to: Michael S. Jastremski Watershed Conservation Director Housatonic Valley Association Email: M Phone: (860) 672-6678 ext. 109 Julia Rogers Senior Land Protection Manager Housatonic Valley Association Email: Phone: (717) 881-4518

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