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 you would like to post an open position on this page, please fill out a job submission form. Premium 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. You will be linked to the job submission form upon payment. Valid submission of an open position on this page includes one social media promotion and inclusion of the job opportunity in the Events & Education newsletter.

Open Positions

River Network - Science and Policy Program Associate - Colorado

POSITION TITLE: Science and Policy Program Associate

REPORTS TO: Science and Policy Manager

LOCATION: Colorado. Position will be based out of a home office.

TERM AND SALARY: Full-time, non-exempt with annual salary range between $47,000 and $55,000 commensurate with experience and comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health insurance; 403b retirement savings plan; vacation and sick leave; employee assistance program; life insurance; technology stipend; and paid holidays. Support for this grant-funded position has been secured through June 2021. Beyond that date, the position is contingent upon securing additional funding.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an individual to support its efforts in Colorado and the West to educate and improve the practice of river conservation planning, expand engagement on environmental water transactions, and grow curiosity regarding how to achieve healthy rivers in agricultural landscapes. The position will support on-going peer learning initiatives that aim to improve the practice of environmental water transactions in the Colorado River Basin, and river health planning in the state of Colorado.  The work will include deploying a variety of training and education tools, including on-line content, practitioner surveys, in-person workshops, conference presentations and webinars aimed at improving the quality and quantity of environmental flows, river health, fisheries and riparian corridors.

Additionally, the position will support outreach efforts within rural and agricultural communities in Colorado to highlight examples of multi-purpose conservation projects (i.e. those that provide a benefit to both the water user and the natural environment) and communicate the benefits of agricultural-environmental partnerships and projects.  This will include outreach through local media and other forms of storytelling that are effective in rural environments.

Finally, the position will support a newly established process to define River Network’s niche at the intersection of healthy rivers, clean water, and agricultural production.  Healthy rivers in agricultural landscapes is a new key issue for River Network, and we will be hosting conversations with key players across the US to understand how River Network can best deploy its expertise and add value in this area.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK: River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. 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 an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive workThrough 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.


Provide Training and Support

  • Design,organize and host learning opportunities (webinars, workshops, etc.) related to river health and Stream Management Plans. .  Includes site selection, participant communications, logistics planning, day-of support, follow up, etc.
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the Colorado River Basin Environmental Water Transactions Workshop. Includes agenda development, workshop site selection, participant communications, registration oversight, field trip coordination, meal planning, day-of support, follow up, etc.

Implement Outreach and Communications Efforts

  • Design and implement communication strategies with agricultural water users in Colorado to highlight examples of multi-purpose conservation projects (i.e. those that provide a benefit to both the water user and the natural environment).
  • Implement communication strategies with river science practitioners engaged in Stream Management Plan development.
  • Write content for newsletters, websites, blogs and training sessions in collaboration with River Network’s Marketing and Communications Manager.
  • Attend and present at agricultural, river science and water management events and conferences.

Program Research and Interviews

  • Conduct interviews and surveys with river science practitioners and Stream Management Plan leads to understand successes and challenges and identify training topics.
  • Assist in a discovery process to define River Network’s niche at the intersection of healthy rivers, clean water, and agricultural production through interviews with individuals who work at the intersection of agriculture and conservation as investors, practitioners, and collaborators.
  • Conduct interviews and outreach related to speaker identification and selection associated with the Colorado River Basin Environmental Water Transactions Workshop.


  • Collaborate with River Network staff on program development, grant writing and reporting, and project management.
  • Support planning activities and participate in River Network’s annual River Rally and other regional and national training events.


  • Self-directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • History of working in rural communities, engaging small and large groups of diverse stakeholders, and demonstrated interest in understanding others’ perspectives.
  • Experience designing and implementing surveys, trainings or workshops.
  • Demonstrated passion for river science and/or water management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, group facilitation skills, interpersonal skills,
  • Strong technological abilities (e.g. Microsoft Office programs, Salesforce) and comfort learning new cloud-based systems (e.g. webinar and online communication platforms).
  • Commitment to River Network’s vision and mission, and to our core values of strength, mutual respect, integrity, balance, growth and inclusion.
  • Ability to travel within Colorado (average 4-5 days/month) and nationally (average 2-3 times per year); attend the annual River Rally conference and 1-2 staff retreats/yr.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education with at least 3-5 year’s professional work experience (e.g., water resources management, natural resources communications, river science, facilitation).


  • Familiarity with website content development, especially WordPress.
  • Knowledge of Western irrigated agricultural practices.
  • History of work within the river science, conservation, agriculture or water management fields in Colorado.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Nicole Seltzer ( with “Program Associate” in the subject line of the email. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on Friday, February 28, 2020. Expected starting date: April 2020. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

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.

River Network - Director of Finance - Boulder, Colorado

POSITION: Director of Finance

REPORTS TO: President / CEO


TERM AND SALARY: Full time, exempt $70,000 – $75,000/year DOE plus comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health insurance; 403b retirement savings plan; vacation and sick leave; employee assistance program; life insurance; technology stipend; and paid holidays.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks a dedicated and organized finance professional to oversee its finance, accounting, employee benefits, and information technology operations. This includes leadership and management of finances/accounting, benefits and payroll administration, grant intake and financial oversight, and the overall information technology roadmap for River Network. S/he must have excellent communications skills; experience working with a distributed team; familiarity with program development and work force allocation; grant budget development, tracking, and reporting (and managing third-party providers); demonstrated excellence in nonprofit budgeting and time management; and a complete grasp of restricted v. unrestricted revenue. We are looking for a team player, with an entrepreneurial spirit, who is excited about helping achieve a future where everyone has access to affordable, clean water and healthy rivers. For more information, see our current strategic plan. The right candidate will also have an uncanny ability to build trust and rapport with staff, board members, and external colleagues and contractors.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORKRiver Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. 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 an inclusion are 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.


  • Financial Management
    • Lead and coordinate the development of River Network’s annual budget, working with appropriate staff to develop and finalize their departmental/functional budgets.
    • Direct the organization’s monthly financial and accounting operations, including month-end functions, reconciliations, production of monthly financial statements, budget performance monitoring with department staff, expense reporting, accounts receivable and payables management, etc.
    • Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial reporting to funders and the President, Leadership Team, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors.
    • Develop, modify, and/or maintain appropriate internal controls and financial policies and procedures to safeguard River Network assets and ensure sound financial management
    • Remain up to date on nonprofit best practices and state and federal law regarding nonprofit operations.
    • Coordinate the annual external audit process and 990 federal tax return preparations.
    • Supervise staff delivering operational support related to accounting and finance.
  • Information Technology
    • Lead evolution of River Network’s technology roadmap.
    • Ensure new tools and services are consistent with the roadmap, including website and Salesforce integrations and cloud services, managing external relationships and deliverables, etc.
    • Develop and utilize training, reporting and dashboards that support key functions and strategic goals.
    • Supervise staff and / or consultants delivering information technology support.
  • Human Resources
    • Responsible for compensation administration, including payroll and benefits, in coordination with payroll and benefits providers.
    • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding staff functions.
  • Financial Resource Development
    • Participate in funding proposal development to maximize cost recovery for River Network, track spending against restricted revenue sources, and prepare, or assist in preparation, of final foundation and government funder financial reports.
    • Generate timely and complete invoicing on contracts.
    • Contribute to revenue generation at River Network where possible (e.g., financial management education for nonprofits, relationships with corporations or foundations, etc.) in alignment with priorities and in collaboration with other functions and staff.
  • Support for Board of Directors and Finance Committee
    • Provide staff support to River Network’s Finance Committee, or the combined Finance and Development Committee, including coordinating agenda preparation, attending meetings, presenting regular financial reports and others, as requested.
    • Develop and present financial reporting for the Finance Committee, or the combined Finance and Development Committee, and Board of Directors.


  • Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance preferred and minimum of five years of nonprofit financial management experience, preferably for an entity with operations in multiple states.
  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP as it applies to nonprofit organizations, experience with administration of government grants, and accounting for restricted revenue sources.
  • Thorough understanding of and experience in using spreadsheets, accounting software, online payroll processing, MS Office programs, donor management / CRM software (e.g., Salesforce), and other electronic programs/software related to the tasks being performed (e.g., QuickBooks, Expensify,, etc.). Experience utilizing technology solutions to improve outcomes.
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to define and track deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and stay on track using project management approaches and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proven ability as a team leader to motivate, lead, and support direct reports in order to build a highly effective and well-functioning team.
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, team work, and diversity.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to positively influence and persuade.
  • Ability to work from our Boulder, Colorado office location.


  • Knowledge of river conservation, current issues in the water arena, challenges related to equity, etc.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Nicole Silk ( with “FINANCE DIRECTOR” in the subject line of the email. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process. Position will remain open until an expectation of a February hire date. No phone calls please. The successful applicant must also meet the requirements of River Network’s background screening process.

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.

National Audubon - Program Manager (Platte River) - Lincoln, Nebraska

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

POSITION SUMMARY: The National Audubon Society has identified the Platte River as a national conservation priority and a centerpiece of Audubon’s hemispheric water strategy. The Platte River watershed spans three states—Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming—and is home to millions of people. It also supports the most significant spring migration event in the Western Hemisphere with half a million Sandhill Cranes, endangered Whooping Cranes, and thousands of shorebirds and waterfowl that use this area for staging on their migration.

Audubon is seeking its first Platte River Program Manager to organize and expand our work across the watershed, and leverage our partnerships and assets to advance a comprehensive restoration and protection plan for the entire basin. Reporting to the Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska and closely collaborating with our Vice President for Water Conservation, the Program Manager is charged with directing conservation planning and engagement among multiple stakeholders, overseeing and strengthening existing programs within the three watershed states, leveraging programs for maximum mission impact, identifying policies needed for implementation, creating innovative strategic partnerships, and executing a comprehensive strategy.

The Platte River Program Manager is seen as an experienced and credible conservation leader, one who is an ambassador of the organization and frequently serves as Audubon’s voice on avian and environmental issues across the Watershed. The Program Manager will serve in a leadership role for National Audubon Society and Audubon Nebraska, working with science, policy, communication, conservation and network staff.

He/she will manage conservation plan development across three states, engage stakeholders for maximum buy-in, facilitate and coordinate program implementation among Audubon and other partner conservation organizations within the watershed, be spokesperson with the media, represent Audubon at regional conferences, and share responsibility for managing major grants, identifying new funding opportunities, and building strategic partnerships that advances our mission. This position will coordinate with nature centers, but will not be directly responsible for managing them.


  • Working with Audubon leadership and partners, build a Platte River Watershed Initiative Conservation Strategy that assesses threats to birds and other wildlife in the region and defines a plan to address those threats using our advocacy network, on the ground restoration activities, communications and educational programs.
  • Shape and lead a Platte River Watershed policy agenda, including critical water policy and engagement campaigns around the Watershed that advance the strategy’s goals and builds our advocacy network.
  • Strengthen and expand our partnerships with non-governmental partners, agriculture, businesses and governments to best deliver on our conservation goals and leverage limited resources. Work collaboratively with Audubon staff at local educational centers to promote conservation efforts that align with the Initiative in a seamless, integrated approach to present a clear, consistent public face for Audubon in the area and region.
  • Aligned with Audubon’s overall conservation goals and strategies, oversee the continued strategic and measurable implementation of the Initiative that results in the organization’s increased capacity to achieve the conservation of priority birds and their habitats.
  • Engage a variety of stakeholders by shaping outreach and communication strategies in collaboration with communication staff.
  • Serve as spokesperson on Platte River watershed issues and work with Audubon colleagues, subject matter experts and others to develop and implement marketing and communications plans.
  • Represent Audubon as an ambassador and raise Audubon’s profile and visibility with donors, partners, policymakers, and the public.
  • Along with Executive Director of Audubon Nebraska and development staff, raise gifts from major donors, foundations, corporations, government funding and other potential funding sources.
  • Collaborate with and advise key staff across Audubon’s network to share best practices, understand when policies create conflict between watersheds where Audubon works, exchange information and leverage resources to meet our goals.
  • Remain abreast of important issues, policies and regulations affecting birds and other wildlife in the region; exhibit a proactive approach to creating change and leverage Audubon’s grassroots resources to implement strategies.


  • 5+ years’ professional experience managing conservation programs, staff and partnerships with a proven track record of success.
  • A deep knowledge of water resource and wildlife management in the Platte River basin and an advanced degree (at least a M.S.) in natural resource management, public policy, environmental science or related field.
  • Experience with public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in state legislatures and in working with members of Congress.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.
  • Ability to exercise a high level of diplomacy, balance and flexibility when dealing with various personalities and sensitive situations to develop cohesive solutions and negotiate successful outcomes.
  • Experience developing diversified approach to engage and influence the broader public to champion an issue or cause.
  • Demonstrated success with fundraising, in particular with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders.
  • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon to members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for key meetings with staff, funders and other important stakeholders to help advance the project.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and web-based applications required. Comfort with donor management systems such as Salesforce is ideal, but not required.
  • Passion for Audubon’s vision and solidly grounded in conservation issues in order to effectively handle challenges, identify important issues, and covey conservation priorities to a wide audience.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:  Apply directly through Audubon’s Career Portal at

From there, SEARCH CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES (Program Manager, Platte River).

Apply directly through the link.


National Wildlife Federation - Western Water Project Manager - New Mexico

POSITION: Western Water Project Manager

LOCATION: New Mexico

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest and one of the most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation’s mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.

POSITION SUMMARY: To support our mission, we seek a New Mexico-based Western Water Project Manager to join our team. In this role you will coordinate the implementation of the Rio Grande Riparian Corridors Network Initiative to ensure timely completion of project deliverables. Additionally you will coordinate communications with the Healthy Headwaters Alliance and assist with network activities, such as in-person meetings and policy outreach. You will also support NWF’s strategic expansion of the Western Water program by participating in planning, fundraising, and outreach activities and cultivate diverse partnerships with community groups and organizations with shared interests in water and wildlife. You’ll approach program activities with equity at the forefront, and support equity and justice initiatives as they relate to program activities and outreach. You will also coordinate with our state affiliates to ensure cohesion and collaboration across larger conservation initiatives.

This is a remote position and candidates may work from a home office based in New Mexico.


  • Coordinate and implement Rio Grande Riparian Corridors Network Initiative: Working under the supervision of the Senior Director for Western Water, and in coordination with staff from the Rocky Mountain Regional Center, coordinate multiple assessments (science, policy, communications, and institutional) and lead the team and partners in producing an action plan for protecting and restoring riparian corridors in the Upper Rio Grande watershed. Build strong, authentic relationships with community and regional partners, including Native tribes, the acequia community, land grants, and traditional land users, while seeking opportunities to expand project impact and continue work beyond two-year grant period.
  • Build and maintain network relationships among the Healthy Headwaters Alliance:
  • Working under the supervision of the Senior Director for Western Water, establish regular communications among members of the Healthy Headwaters Alliance, including coordinating monthly calls of the leadership team, preparing and sending electronic newsletters to network members, and planning annual convenings.
  • Expand and identify opportunities for new Western Water program work:
  • Participate in regional and national planning and development activities to expand NWF’s Western Water program activities, including identifying partners and funding sources for new initiatives.
  • Media outreach: In cooperation with regional and national communications staff, initiate media outreach to create awareness and promote NWF’s water-related program work through all media outlets. As appropriate, write content for submission to NWF publications, social media, websites, local and regional media, and membership outreach vehicles.


  • Minimum of five years relevant work experience in project coordination, program planning and implementation, and establishing and cultivating relationships with a diverse array of community and organizational partners
  • Experience with project supervisory and/or implementation reporting responsibilities
  • Experience specific to water and/or riparian resources, policy, or conservation


  • B.A. or B.S. in Natural Resources, Environmental Science or Policy, or related field; post-graduate degree and/or relevant work experience desirable
  • Ability to thrive in a multiple-task work environment, work independently with minimal supervision, set priorities and follow through to completion, with excellent attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to identify, engage and cultivate key contacts to develop strategic partnerships
  • Ability to establish and cultivate relationships with potential funders and provide substantial assistance in preparing funding proposals and reporting on grants
  • Strong analytic and communication skills, both oral and written. Proficiency in Spanish helpful.
  • Ability to present to diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities, and to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Apply by 02/29/2020. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.

The salary range for this position is $55,000 to $65,000 annually.

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at

If you have a disability and require an accommodation or assistance with our online application process, please tell us how we can help by calling us at 703-438-6244.

American Rivers - Science Program Director - Washington, D.C.

POSITION: Science Program Director

LOCATION: Washington, DC

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS: Named one of the best groups to support 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 annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

At American Rivers, “rivers connect us” is more than just our tagline. Rivers connect all people, refreshing our bodies, renewing our spirits, bringing life-giving water, economic opportunity and recreation to our communities. And rivers do so with no regard to race, ethnicity, social and economic status, where we worship, or who we love. We owe it to the rivers we love and the people we serve to act in this same spirit; to foster diversity, equity and inclusion and justice in all that we do. To that end, we will build a robust, powerful and diverse movement for the conservation of rivers and water resources that is truly representative of the communities across the country. We will honor the values and needs of those communities most impacted by environmental inequities and injustices. And we will strive for an organizational culture in which people of all identities — particularly those who traditionally have not been included — feel valued and have the power to influence change.

JOB SUMMARY: The Science Program mission is to ensure that American Rivers’ conservation work is guided and informed by current scientific understanding and to recognize and undertake opportunities for American Rivers to engage as a leader in river conservation science externally.

A key facet of this role is to ensure that American Rivers’ work is guided by clearly articulated and measurable conservation goals and that progress towards achieving those goals is tracked, interpreted and shared. In addition, the Director of the Science Program is responsible for leading the effort to ensure that climate science informs all our river conservation work as outlined in the 2020-2024 organizational Strategic Plan.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: The salary range for this position is $63,000- $73,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. Full-time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.


  • Provide advanced and highly specialized scientific expertise and serve as a resource and scientific adviser to American Rivers staff.
  • Oversee data collection, visualization, and interpretation to track the conservation impact of the organization.
  • Engage deeply with Conservation staff on projects requiring scientific expertise.
  • Work with Conservation leadership and staff to ensure that climate science informs all American Rivers’ work and that the organization is engaging in relevant and critical climate adaptation and mitigation work.
  • Review and synthesize literature for application to conservation.
  • Provide support for federal policy efforts.
  • Oversee and engage American Rivers’ Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)
  • Convene experts and mobilize broader scientist network, as needed, to increase knowledge and advance organizational goals.
  • Represent American Rivers at scientific conferences and other forums, as needed.
  • Serve as a member of the Conservation Strategies Group leadership team.


  • Advanced degree in environmental science, ecology or related field and five or more years of relevant experience in academia, conservation, natural resources management, etc.
  • General understanding of subject areas relevant to river conservation (e.g., aquatic ecology, hydrology, geomorphology, fisheries biology, climate change, and related topics).
  • Aptitude for learning and willingness to familiarize yourself with and synthesize scientific findings outside of your primary area of expertise.
  • Interest in promoting science-based decision-making.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to translate science for non-scientist audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in sharing applied river science successes broadly through social media and engaging in relevant networks and conferences.
  • Demonstrated excellence in leadership, strategic and critical thinking, time management, sound judgment, and dependability.
  • Ability to work both independently (with minimal direct supervision) and collaboratively to advance the organization’s goals.
  • Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Experience writing grant proposals and other fundraising activities is desirable.
  • Experience tracking, interpreting and sharing conservation metrics and progress towards achieving conservation goals.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should 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


South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) - Restoration Technician - Nevada City, California

JOB DESCRIPTION: The South Yuba River Citizens League is looking for a full-time technician to work in the Tahoe National Forest removing and tracking non-native and invasive weeds. The Restoration Technician will work with the Restoration Coordinator to treat invasive plants in the Tahoe National Forest, specifically in the Yuba and American River watersheds. Restoration Technician will find, identify, and treat specific invasive plants that pose high fire risk within our community to support overall watershed health. Treatment areas will be specified by the Restoration Coordinator based on Tahoe National Forest maps. This position is temporary, beginning in June, 2020 and ending in September, 2020. This is a seasonal position with the possibility for re-hire in 2021.


  • Strong interpersonal skills and organizational proficiency
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience or keen interest in plant identification
  • Excels working on a team and independently
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Great attention to detail
  • Valid Driver’s license and insurance
  • Personal vehicle available for work assignments with reimbursement at the federal reimbursement rate
  • Experience working outdoors
  • Positive attitude and energy
  • Ability to work on remote tablet with GIS compatibility

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work requires strenuous physical labor in difficult environments and roadsides. Requirements include repeated bending at the waist and carrying heavy loads over variable distances. Work is always outdoors and regularly in remote areas. Be prepared for extended exposure to sun, hiking in variable terrain, and poison oak. The applicant must be able to lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

COMPENSATION: Pay is $15/hr and will include travel reimbursement, PTO, and Sick Leave. Benefits may be available, depending on duration of employment.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: Preference will be given to applications received before February 11th. Submit your cover letter and resume electronically to

No phone calls, please.

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

West Virginia Rivers Coalition - Public Lands Campaign Coordinator - Charleston, West Virginia

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The West Virginia Rivers Coalition was founded by paddlers and whitewater enthusiasts who care deeply about restoring and caring for the Mountain State’s renowned free-flowing waters and scenic beauty.

Today, the WV Rivers is the statewide voice for water-based recreation and clean, drinkable, swimmable, and fishable rivers and streams–from the headwaters to wherever water flows in West Virginia. We’re also the West Virginia state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.

Our mission is to conserve and restore West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams. We believe that clean water is the foundation of life, and that all people should respect and be able to enjoy clean West Virginia rivers and streams.

The West Virginia Rivers Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

REPORTS TO: Program Director

POSITION SUMMARY: West Virginia Rivers Coalition is seeking a Public Lands Campaign Coordinator for the West Virginians for Public Lands Campaign. The Coordinator will be responsible for overall execution and coordination of campaign goals and activities. More information about be campaign can be found here.

Work will involve hours outside of a conventional 9-5 schedule. Must be available for regular travel, including regular evening meetings, weekend events, and overnight travel.

This is a remote working position, with West Virginia residency required.


  • Campaign Coordination – 30%
    • Weekly campaign workgroup call. Convene, facilitate and document campaign workgroup calls and campaign ad hoc committees.
    • Work plans. Maintain regular communication with campaign partners to assure campaign work plan is progressing efficiently and effectively.
    • Public education materials. Coordinate development and distribution of campaign-related materials like postcards, brochures, and educational materials. Assist in maintaining appropriate web resources to support the campaign.
  • Outreach – 50%
    • Public education and outreach. Respond to requests for information and pursue opportunities for public presentations/events that lend to generating public engagement.
    • Identify and cultivate partners. Cultivate existing relationships with project partners. Identify additional partners that have an interest in using WV public lands (sportsmen groups, backcountry groups, climbing groups, etc.). Follow up with partners and potential partners as needed.
    • Coordinate action. As the need arises, mobilize organizational actions related to campaign policy priorities (meetings, phone calls, emails, sign-on letters, etc.)
    • Volunteer recruitment. Identify and support volunteer leaders.
    • Media coordination. Identify and support voices for media pieces. Reinforce campaign activities and outreach through social media channels. Provide content for the monthly e-news.
    • Policy updates.Develop content for monthly policy updates.
  • Project Tracking and Reporting – 20%
    • General project management. Manage work plans and reporting on tasks. Work with Program Director on preparing campaign budgets and monitoring project expenses.
    • Administrative tasks. Maintain timesheets, submit required documentation for out-of-pocket reimbursements, maintain all work products on cloud-based shared drive, other duties as assigned.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Interest and ability to learn about policies and legislation impacting public lands. Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; working understanding of, or ability to learn, cloud-based applications like Google Groups, Google Docs, Office 365, and WordPress. Excellent written and oral communications and meeting facilitation skills. Previous coalition building, community organizing, or campaign management experience highly desired.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply: email a cover letter and resume to Position is open until filled. Review of applicants will begin February, 2020.

Alabama Chapter Director - Sierra Club - Alabama

POSITION: Chapter Director – Alabama


ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Sierra Club is the most enduring and influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. We amplify the power of our 3.8 million members and supporters to defend everyone’s right to a healthy world. We are seeking a full time director for our Alabama chapter.

POSITION SUMMARY: Alabama is one of the most exciting and challenging places to do environmental protection and advocacy work. The Alabama chapter has been volunteer-led up to this point. This full-time staff position will implement policies and programs adopted by the Chapter Executive Committee, including national Beyond Coal Campaign priorities on energy policy. The position will manage the staff budget and operations of more than one of the following operational areas: conservation and legislative programs, fundraising, volunteer development and member services, budgeting and financial management, and media relations.

The Chapter Director is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of the Beyond Coal and Alabama Chapter’s priority campaign strategies and activities in Alabama. Collaborates with and coordinates campaign activities with national Sierra Club, the Alabama Chapter, volunteers and appropriate staffing resources. Develops strategies, implements state-level work plans, communicates priorities and benchmarks, provides leadership, promotes participation and reports on campaign effectiveness. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, donors, allies and other organizations, and the public.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.


  • Plan and carry out activities for the Beyond Coal campaign and Alabama Chapter Priority Campaigns. Facilitate the development of strategic campaign plans, goals and objectives for Alabama. Implement the state level aspects of a strategic campaign. Collaborate with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Communications Department, Organizing and Digital Organizing Capacities, Political Team, Sierra Student Coalition, Sierra Club programs — including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships, and chapter volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of an Alabama-based campaign to retire Alabama Power’s remaining fossil fuel power plants and improve the state’s renewable energy assets and energy efficiency programs.
  • Plan and implement effective fundraising strategies that reflect Chapter needs and priorities, working closely with Executive Committee Fundraising Committee and other volunteers. Fundraising is anticipated to comprise roughly 50% of the Chapter Director’s time, with the rest primarily split between administrative duties and programmatic work.
  • Develop an annual budget with input from Chapter Treasurer, committees, and others. Ensure good management of the Chapter’s resources and timely reporting to the Executive Committee and national Sierra Club.
  • Organize events around the state to grow and strengthen the chapter’s membership, contributing to networking and enhancing membership giving.
  • Provide professional expertise, guide and support staff and volunteers. Provide training and motivation to staff and volunteers.
  • Work to develop volunteers and leaders, and ensure that they assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
  • In conjunction with chapter Executive Committee leaders, develop and update the chapter’s strategic objectives and plans to reach those goals.
  • Work with appropriate staff, lead volunteers, committees and campaign teams to develop, track and update campaign plans with concrete goals, strategies and short term action plans.
  • Guide organization on budget, staffing, and contracting needs to advance its conservation goals.
  • Lobby on legislative priorities in Montgomery, and support local issues as appropriate. Support litigation and executive branch advocacy as needed.
  • Coordinate media outreach activities related to campaigns/programs. Serve as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promote media exposure for volunteers.
  • Write, edit, and review educational and advocacy materials.
  • Represent the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
  • Assist with donor communications, cultivation and solicitation in collaboration with chapter executive committee fundraising volunteers and national advancement staff, as appropriate.
  • Report on progress toward established goals and the effectiveness of campaign strategies.
  • Advocate the Sierra Club position on proposed legislation involving environmental and energy issues in alignment with chapter and national priorities; communicate with elected officials, business leaders, governmental agencies, and other nonprofit organizations and allies.
  • Assist in formulation of grassroots campaign and coalition activities in support of legislation at the local and state level.
  • Work on task forces, committees, and in coalitions representing the Club’s objectives or missions as determined by supervisor.
  • Prioritize equity and justice within the overall work of the Alabama chapter and maintain relationships with Sierra Club groups across Alabama.
  • Work with national staff to establish and strengthen an Alabama Beyond Coal team as needed and appropriate.
  • Write chapter grants having to do with environmental and energy issues.
  • Handle miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned by the chapter executive committee.


  • B.A./B.S. degree in a policy, environmental, or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
    At least 5 years’ experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes strategy, organizing, media relations and contacts with political and business leaders.
  • Expert knowledge of energy solution issues and the unique cultural and political environment of Alabama. Knowledge of renewable energy industry and economics preferred. Knowledge about water policy, public lands policy, sustainable agriculture, coastal conservation issues, and environmental justice.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with and commitment to incorporating principles of justice, equity, and inclusion into campaign process and outcomes. Demonstrated cultural competence.
  • Ability to problem-solve and work under deadlines.
  • Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.


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


Ipswich River Watershed Association - Environmental Planner - Ipswich, Massachusetts

POSITION: Environmental Planner


ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Founded in 1977, we serve as the Voice of the River and work to ensure there is enough clean water for people and nature and to provide opportunities for people to have fun outdoors. We are a small but nationally known organization with a big record of accomplishments. Our team consists of six staff who are supported by an engaged board, several committees and hundreds of volunteers. We work in 21 communities throughout the watershed and are based at Riverbend, our beautiful 23 acre headquarters on the bank of the River in Ipswich. For more information, go to

POSITION SUMMARY: The Ipswich River Watershed Association seeks candidates for a full time Environmental Planner (EP) to join our team. The EP reports directly to the Executive Director and is primarily responsible for developing and leading implementation of our various water conservation, coastal resiliency and habitat restoration plans and actions with municipalities and partners. In addition, the EP will actively participate in many aspects of a small but dynamic environmental management and advocacy organization.


  • Direct and manage our Municipal Services Program which seeks to assist municipalities in implementation of various organizational action plans focusing on areas of mutual benefit;
  • Help manage the Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership ( and implementation of its Action Agenda;
  • Help manage our Greenscapes Coalition and implementation of its programs;
  • Lead our municipal vulnerability and resiliency planning & implementation efforts;
  • Oversee our water withdrawal monitoring and compliance program and work with state officials and water suppliers on withdrawal permitting & issues;
  • Participate in various policy planning efforts and advocate for public and private entity policies and actions that protect and enhance the environment;
  • Review and comment on legislation and regulatory changes at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Help organize workshops and educational events for the public and technical groups;
  • Research and prepare reports, provide public presentations and facilitate public discussions;
  • Keep informed about current planning & policy issues, resources, and programs;
  • Review and comment on development projects, legislation and regulatory changes at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Interact and liaise with environmental and public policy organizations, state agencies, and the public.
  • Participate in grant writing and contribute to organizational fundraising efforts.


Candidate should have demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following:

  • federal, state and local environmental and land use policy issues, laws, and regulations;
  • current best planning practices for sustainable resource management in areas such as water quality, stormwater, water supply, wastewater, wetlands, and coastal resources;
  • current best planning practices related to climate adaptation and building resiliency through green infrastructure and nature-based solutions;
  • current best practices related to water resources management;
  • experience in low impact development and sustainable management of water and other natural resources.

In addition, the candidate must demonstrate all of the following:

  • strong research, writing, and communication skills;
  • ability to work independently and with a team in a small not for profit environment;
  • strong organizational skills and ability to work effectively with community groups and government officials; and
  • strong public process, facilitation and collaboration skills;

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: To apply, please send cover letter and resume to:

Wayne Castonguay, Executive Director (
Ipswich River Watershed Association
PO Box 576, Ipswich, MA 01938


Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, Oregon


Tualatin Riverkeepers is a community-based organization that protects and restores the Tualatin River watershed. We build watershed stewardship through engagement, advocacy, restoration, access, and education. We envision a healthy Tualatin River watershed and a community committed to protecting it.


Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is in search of a new leader to serve as its Executive Director. TRK is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River and its watershed, located primarily in Washington County, OR, and to the surrounding communities that depend on a healthy river. TRK engages the community in this mission through four programs: recreation, education, advocacy and habitat restoration. TRK collaborates with farmers, industry, community based organizations and the private sector to promote stewardship of the natural world and to connect rural and urban residents to the Tualatin River.

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.

TRK has a passionate staff of five who work together as a mission driven team, but in a relaxed and easy going atmosphere. An active board of directors of up to thirteen members works closely with the Executive Director. TRK has an annual budget of $500,000.

SALARY: $65,000 – $75,000


  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick leave
  • Paid medical and dental insurance
  • Retirement contributions
  • Eleven paid holidays as well as the weekdays between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day


  • Philanthropic Development and Implementation – Build an organizational culture of philanthropy that empowers all staff, board, volunteers and members to engage in development. Create and execute a development plan to engage multiple generations of donors through major gifts, annual donations, membership, planned gifts and acquisition, focusing on upward momentum for all donors.
  • Engaging the Whole Community – Build and sustain partnerships with organizations that represent communities of color. Create collaborative programming based on shared values, trust and reciprocity. Prioritize cultural competence for staff, volunteers, members and board of directors to create a welcome and inclusive organizational culture.
  • Financial management – In concert with staff and board, develop the annual budget and cash flow projections, operate within the approved annual budget, coordinate audit/compilation and timely submittal of tax and financial reports to IRS and State.
  • Organizational Development – Guide strategic planning and implementation, program development, implementation and evaluation.
  • Public Relations and Collaborations – Serve as the key spokesperson for TRK’s mission and vision, build support among key stakeholders to advance TRK’s agenda, support collaborations with a myriad of organizations that may include policy, advocacy, litigation and environmental and social justice strategies.
  • Board and Committee Development – Recruit new leadership to represent the community TRK serves. Provide ongoing support for the board of directors and committees.
  • Advocacy – Provide guidance and input regarding ongoing environmental policies that affect the health and resilience of the Tualatin River and watershed.
  • Staff – Provide leadership to four TRK program staff including development of job descriptions, annual work plans, and evaluations.


Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with diverse communities
  • Cultural competence
  • Demonstrated emotional intelligence
  • Five years in a senior leadership role with proven development experience; specifically grant writing, corporate and major donor relations and direct solicitation
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated abilities in financial management and staff supervision
  • Strong understanding, experience and passion for watershed issues, habitats and wildlife
  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to articulate TRK’s vision orally and in writing
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic plans

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Established community relationships with key stakeholders
  • Knowledge of Oregon water law and land use policies, regulations and political climate
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field


Send resume and cover letter to by March 31, 2020. (No phone calls please.) Please include answers to the following questions in your cover letter:

  1. What is your experience serving diverse communities?
  2. What is your experience cultivating funding sources?
South Yuba River Citizens League - Science Director - Nevada City, California

 ABOUT SYRCL: The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and again. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With 37 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality.

POSITION SUMMARY: SYRCL’s interdisciplinary River Science team works to ensure a healthy and resilient watershed through diverse restoration, monitoring, and water quality projects. The Science Director develops and implements program strategies and workplans, overseeing a team of eight and working collaboratively with multiple federal, state, academic and local partners.

Current projects include meadow restoration targeted at improving meadow hydrology, biodiversity and carbon sequestration; floodplain restoration projects targeted at improving salmonid and riparian habitat; mine remediation and monitoring for sediment and mercury; invasive species removal targeted at reducing fuel loads and impacts in riparian areas; forest health work targeted at landscape scale habitat restoration and climate resiliency; and water quality monitoring to investigate trends and issues across the Yuba watershed. This work is used to inform our on the ground management actions and science, policy, advocacy, legal, communications, education, and restoration work organization wide.


  • Provide vision and leadership for SYRCL’s River Science Program including river, stream, forest and meadow restoration, effectiveness monitoring, and water quality data collection with the goal of protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed.
  • Supervise and develop SYRCL’s Interdisciplinary River Science Team, currently consisting of six FTE plus two AmeriCorps members, providing direction on project timelines, goals, and objectives.
  • Develop and implement annual program and project goals, plans, and budgets.
  • Participate on the organization’s Leadership Team and help guide a positive culture for the organization.
  • Fundraise, through grant writing, to support a program with an annual budget of $500k-$1m.
  • Work collaboratively with federal, state, academic, and local partners and contractors to develop and implement projects, maintaining existing relationships and fostering new ones.


An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed below.

  • Advanced degree in an environmental, biological, ecological, or physical science, or a related field.
  • A minimum of six years of experience in watershed science, restoration, fisheries, botany, ecology, geomorphology, or a related discipline.
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate, train, develop, evaluate and motivate program staff.
  • Proven experience managing multiple, complex state and federally funded grant projects (3+ years).
  • Effective leader with strategic vision and excellent judgment that combines scientific knowledge with political savvy.
  • Ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions, and collaborate with diverse interests.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints with minimal supervision.
  • Strong collaboration, time management, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills, and a track record of working effectively across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identities.
  • Experience developing and implementing restoration projects from conception to completion, including design, permitting, implementation, etc.
  • Computer skills required including proficiency with Word, Excel, R, Access, and GIS.
  • Possession of a properly registered and insured personal vehicle, and a valid California Driver’s License.
  • Provide oversight and analysis support for all data collected as part of the water quality monitoring program and to assess restoration project effectiveness.
  • Design and develop protocols and monitoring plans for project specific monitoring.
  • Analyze data and report on findings through reports, peer reviewed journal publications, and presentations.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls, please. Submit resume and cover letter online:

SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

American Rivers - Urban Stormwater Associate Director - New Cumberland or greater Philadelphia area

POSITION: Urban Stormwater Associate Director

LOCATION: New Cumberland or greater Philadelphia area

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS: Named one of the best groups to support 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 annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 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. Every individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.

POSITION OVERVIEW: American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program works to ensure all people have access to clean water and a healthy river. We do this by helping municipalities integrate their water management practices, advance natural infrastructure, and engage underrepresented communities in decision-making for clean water.

The Associate Director positions at American Rivers coordinate project work and support broader program activities led by program Directors. The Urban Stormwater Associate Director (USAD) position will be part of the Clean Water Supply program, with a mission of reducing municipal impacts on river water quality. The USAD will advance American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply program work in Pennsylvania, the Delaware River watershed and Pennsylvania’s rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. The Clean Water Supply program’s work in these locations champions green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) and improving state stormwater management policies. The USAD will work to increasingly improve GSI practices, policies and water infrastructure funding. Specifically, this position will help urban municipalities advance GSI in planning and practice by leveraging and advancing the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits of the Clean Water Act. To achieve this work, the USAD will collaborate with partners, coordinate with local, state, regional and national leaders, and engage with communities in a variety of capacities and projects to ensure healthy rivers can provide clean water for everyone. The USAD will conduct local outreach, convene partner meetings and deliver presentations throughout the study area to help achieve these goals. The USAD reports to the Director of the Clean Water Supply program and assists the director, as needed, with administrative tasks including grant writing and reporting.


  • Be the Clean Water Supply program team’s lead on opportunities for urban municipal stormwater management programs to advance GSI, with a particular focus on stormwater policies, such as the MS4 permit, and the intersection of those policies to other infrastructure sectors, like transportation.
  • Represent the Clean Water Supply program of American Rivers in Pennsylvania, the Delaware River basin and the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay within Pennsylvania.
  • Coordinate partner collaboration in advocacy and educational trainings as lead of Pennsylvania’s Stormwater Workgroup for Clean Water.
  • Maintain current relationships and foster new ones with strategic partners, stakeholders, and policymakers, including conservation and citizen-based watershed organizations, local, state and regional elected leaders, practitioners and designers of GSI, and others.
  • Maintain meeting and work schedules to ensure assigned scopes of work achieve deliverables on time.
  • Help collaborate with Clean Water Supply program team members and American River’s communication staff to highlight local work through the media.


  • Strong passion for protecting local water resources and supporting communities’ clean water needs.
  • Experience or education in water management, conservation or a related topic.
  • Understanding of the impact of environmental injustices to underrepresented communities.
  • Effective advocate with strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Strategic thinker; organized and able to meet deadlines.
  • Team player: demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues and partners to advance organizational goals.
  • Capacity to balance being a team player and being resourceful and able to work independently.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to travel throughout locations served by the USAD position and to occasional meetings and conferences elsewhere in the nation.
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following: 1) the role of the Environmental Protection Agency managing water under the Clean Water Act, 2) Pennsylvania’s municipal urban stormwater program, and/or 3) the region’s driving conservation programs, such as the Chesapeake Bay Program, Delaware River Watershed Initiative, Delaware River Basin Conservation Act, the work of the Delaware and the Susquehanna River Basin Commissions.
  • Minimum three years of relevant experience; or a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of relevant experience.


Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until February 5, 2020. Applicants should 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.

Colorado Water Trust - Water Transaction Coordinator - Denver, Colorado

Position Overview

The Colorado Water Trust is the only statewide nonprofit solely dedicated to restoring flows to Colorado’s rivers in need. By working within Colorado’s complex water laws, we take the tools and systems that were created to withdraw water from rivers and instead, use them to do the opposite; return water to rivers with low flows or no flows at all and restore them to health.

The Water Transactions Coordinator will evaluate, develop, and implement flow restoration projects throughout Colorado using collaborative, voluntary, market-based approaches. S/he will work in a team environment under the direction of the Director of Programs.

The ideal candidate will share our passion for Western water and healthy rivers, is adept at thinking outside the box to advance the Water Trust’s goals, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills in addition to technical skills, is comfortable communicating complex technical information to a variety of audiences, and is persistent despite occasionally skeptical audiences or difficult, long-term projects.

Essential Job Functions

  • Conducts technical evaluation of potential projects, including water availability analysis, water rights due diligence, historical consumptive use and stream depletion analyses, and analysis of streamflow needs to support healthy aquatic habitats.
  • Supports stewardship of the Water Trust’s existing projects, including monitoring climate conditions and project water use, guiding project implementation and operations, and reporting project impacts.
  • Conducts site visits to support the development, implementation, and stewardship of streamflow restoration projects across the state.
  • Represents the Water Trust in front of agricultural interests, water users, NGO groups, watershed groups, and state and federal agencies.
  • Develops and maintains relationships throughout the water community, based on integrity, confidentiality, and mutual understanding.
  • Prepares technical memos, reports, grant reports, and presentations.
  • Prepares web content, newsletters, blogs, and other project-related communications.
  • Prepares ArcGIS maps.
  • Participates in general organization fundraising efforts (e.g. events, etc)
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree or equivalent experience in agricultural or water resources engineering, natural resources, environmental or physical sciences, or closely related field.
  • 0-3 years’ experience, with strong interest in western water rights, conservation, and water issues in the west.
  • Proficient in ArcGIS.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Passionate belief in the mission of the Colorado Water Trust.
  • High degree of integrity, professionalism, and attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to effectively balance multiple competing projects and issues.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Willing to go the extra mile to get the job done.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel extensively throughout Colorado.

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and three references, by January 17th 2020, via e-mail to with “Water Transaction Position” in the e-mail subject line. No calls or drop-ins, please.