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. Paid River Network members may advertise their organization’s available jobs & volunteer opportunities on our website for free. Free and non-members must pay a $75 job posting fee. 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

Coastal Watershed Council - Development & Communications Manager - Santa Cruz, California

Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development & Communications Manager is an experienced program and fundraising professional responsible for communicating with key partner, donor and other public audiences to build support for Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) programs through grants, major gift and general donations.

Guided by our Theory of Change, CWC is confident we’re doing the right things, the right way, to create impact at the river that the community is excited about. Now we need to do more of that great work, which means sharing our story with the community and increasing fundraising revenue. This position will help CWC grow and transform the lower San Lorenzo River into a community destination and asset that Santa Cruz is drawn to and proud of.

Annual salary: $64,900-$84,900 DOE

Benefits available after 90-day introductory period: Vision and dental insurance fully covered by CWC. $400 monthly health insurance contribution from CWC, along with SIMPLE IRA retirement plan including CWC contributing 3% of salary. Job-related training opportunities, including a unique commitment to team-building and both professional and personal growth. CWC strives to be the very best place to work in Santa Cruz.

FLSA Status: 
Salaried, Full-Time, Exempt

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

: Prospect and research grant opportunities with corporations, private foundations and government agencies. Prepare and submit grant proposals for less than $20,000. Work with Programs Director to prepare grant proposals for over $20,000. Nurture relationships with and acknowledge funders and prospects.
: Identify ways to constantly listen to and learn from river lovers to improve CWC programs. Manage and implement all communication efforts about CWC programs, including monthly e-newsletter, monthly program event invitations, website, social media and annual report. Tell the community’s and the river’s story to equip and empower those who live, work and play along the San Lorenzo River to take an active role in stewarding the river. Serve as chief acknowledger of all river champions.
Support the Executive Director to steward and grow CWC’s Leadership Circle (donors investing $1,000 or more annually) by researching and cultivating prospects and cultivating and stewarding current donors. Assist Executive Director’s efforts to engage top donors.
: Take ownership of stewarding and growing CWC’s general donation supporters (less than $1,000 annually per household) through invitations to events, program updates and public acknowledgment. Work with the Executive Director to implement a Fund Development Plan to raise $550,000 in FY19-20 and develop and implement a plan for rapid growth in future years. Create and implement direct mail fundraising campaigns. Record donation checks and online donations in Salesforce database and produce acknowledgment letters. Positively represent CWC at public events, donor meetings and in the community.
: Develop and manage a calendar of events to cultivate and solicit major financial support for Meander, a unique river-based fundraising dinner, every June. Lead overall implementation of the event with a team to craft a creative and moving experience for river supporters and generate revenue to support CWC programs.
: Take ownership of Salesforce database administration. Create and manage campaigns, engagement plans, reports and donor records in Salesforce Classic. Serve as lead strategic voice in how Salesforce can help staff successfully implement programs.
: Work with CWC leadership to inform strategy around river revitalization, engaging partners, exciting the community around the cause and prioritizing use of limited resources.
Work with Executive Director to shape an organization-wide culture of philanthropy where the Board of Directors and all staff, volunteers, funders and partners value and understand one another’s roles in CWC’s program and overall success for the community.
: Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience


  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in related field
  • Experience working with donor database management systems/CRM, ideally Salesforce


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Strategic thinking; seeing the forest and the trees and valuing the importance of both
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Technology skills: proficiency with internet research and MS Office in a mixed Mac/PC environment
  • Ability to create marketing and communications materials with little oversight
  • Excellent networking, relationship building, interpersonal, organization and time-management skills
  • Self-motivated in identifying challenges/opportunities and providing recommendations for solutions
  • Knowledge of communications and fundraising best practices and basic environmental principles


  • Ability to communicate with donors and volunteers in English and Spanish.

Additional Information

Direct Reports: None currently but room for this as we grow the budget

Travel Requirements: Minimal

License and Certification Requirements: California Driver’s License

Working Conditions

Working environment is generally favorable. Lighting and temperature are adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust, etc. Ability to lift and carry approximately 25 pounds.

Application Instructions

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019. Submit your application via email to Greg Pepping, Executive Director at Please include: “DCM” in the subject line of your email and attach a cover letter and your resume. Thanks for your interest in transforming the river!

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

The Coastal Watershed Council reserves the right to alter this description at any time. The Coastal Watershed Council practices the concept of equal employment opportunity with respect to hiring, promotions, transfers, pay discipline, fringe benefits and all other terms and conditions of employment. No individual will be discriminated against and no employment decisions will be made, on the basis of an individual’s race, color, national origin, religion, age, gender, protected disability, marital status, familial status, veteran status, height, weight or citizenship.

American Rivers - Montana Public Lands Fellow - Bozeman, MT

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, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. Our Northern Rockies office based in Bozeman, Montana has four full-time staff and an annual budget of approximately $500,000. 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. Each individual brings life experiences, knowledge, innovation and talent to our work, providing perspectives, experiences and competencies that are critical to our effectiveness.

Job Summary

The Montana Public Lands Fellow will work closely with the Northern Rockies Director and other members of the Northern Rockies team to implement our river conservation goals in Montana. The Fellow will be an active participant in Montanans for Healthy Rivers, a coalition seeking to win new Wild and Scenic River designations on federal public lands in western Montana; conduct research in the field and in the office; conduct grassroots outreach to a variety of audiences; engage in the development of forest plan revisions, resource management plan revisions, and Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs) on federal public lands; assist the Northern Rockies team in planning and implementing special events; and participate in other campaigns, projects and activities as needed. The Fellow will have the opportunity to attend a variety of internal and external trainings aimed at building skills in public policy, campaign management, grassroots outreach and media engagement. The Montana Public Lands Fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with American Rivers staff based in other field offices and participate on internal teams including our Wild and Scenic Rivers/Public Lands Team. This position is fully-funded for two years, with the possibility of being extended depending on funding.


The salary for this position is $45,000 and is not negotiable. American Rivers offers full-time employees a generous benefits package that includes health, dental and life insurance; four weeks of paid vacation plus paid holidays and sick leave, and a retirement plan.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Participate on the Montanans for Healthy Rivers steering committee and help the coalition carry out its goals, objectives and activities by engaging and mobilizing grassroots and grasstops partners, conducting research, generating earned media, and interfacing with key elected leaders at the local, state and federal levels
  • Assist our Northern Rockies team in earning long-term administrative protections for rivers flowing across public lands by engaging in forest plan revisions, land management plan revisions, Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs), and Wild and Scenic eligibility assessments through the creation of detailed policy comments and meetings with stakeholders and officials
  • Work with our Northern Rockies team and our national communications team to mobilize members and supporters to weigh in on federal legislation, forest plan revisions, land management plan revisions, Comprehensive River Management Plans (CRMPs), Wild and Scenic eligibility assessments, and other programmatic priorities in Montana
  • Assist in defending ecologically and recreationally valuable rivers in Montana from activities that threaten their water quality, free-flowing character, and outstanding values
  • Help implement media strategies to build popular and political support for our river protection efforts
    Represent American Rivers and Montanans for Healthy Rivers at meetings, conferences, other public events, and in the press
  • Attend internal and external trainings to build skills in public policy, campaign development, grassroots outreach, and media engagement
  • Collaborate with American Rivers staff in other field offices and participate on other relevant teams including our Wild and Scenic Rivers & Public Lands Team


  • Passion for rivers, public lands and engaging people
  • Bachelor’s degree or related experience, with a strong interest in learning about natural resources policy, environmental planning or science, conservation social science and grassroots organizing
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills
  • Desire to work with a variety of stakeholders, organize events and facilitate meetings, and effectively engage with the media and elected leaders
  • Highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Excellent team player who supports and inspires others
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Willingness to travel and occasionally work irregular hours including evenings and weekends

Application Instructions

Please submit your résumé and a 1-2 page cover letter at

Applications must be received by September 30, 2019.

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

Coalition for the Upper South Platte - Executive Director - Lake George, Colorado

Position Overview

CUSP’s work focuses on forest health, post-wildfire recovery, river restoration and habitat projects, trails projects, monitoring, environmental education, and any other project that helps fulfill our mission of protecting the water quality and ecologic health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the cooperative efforts of stakeholders, with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.

The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership and management of the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) and will implement projects that reflect the organization’s purpose and objectives. She or he will spearhead the further development of CUSP working in concert with the Board of Directors, funding organizations, volunteers, and stakeholder organizations. She or he will oversee staff and allocate resources to fulfill the mission.

Essential Job Functions

Board Development:

  • Serves as the primary staff person for Board of Directors
  • Promotes Board of Directors’ engagement in critical thinking, strategic planning, resource/financial development, and overall organizational wellness
  • Works closely with the Board of Directors to develop policies, guidelines, and priorities


  • Oversees bookkeeping, accounting, and financial activities with key administrative staff, and reporting to grantors and funders
  • Assures compliance with laws, regulations, CUSP bylaws and policies, and accountability to funders and donors
  • Engages with Treasurer and Board in financial planning, management, and diversification activities
  • Oversees HR functions and directs organization staff in implementing their work
  • Assures safe working conditions for all staff and volunteers

Program Planning and Operations Management:

  • Builds quality volunteer management, public relations, and education programs
  • Ensures appropriate management and leadership of projects and programs
  • Works with staff to assure quality control of projects including excellence in monitoring and reporting duties

Public Relations, Fundraising, and Marketing:

  • Oversees fund development, with an emphasis on corporate giving, foundation giving, and state/ federal agency grant acquisition
  • Oversees educational and outreach initiatives
  • Enhances the relationship between and partner organizations, stakeholder groups, and the community at-large
  • Serves as primary spokesperson for CUSP including through participation in various organizations, round tables, advisory committees, etc

Preferred Qualifications

  • A degree in a natural-resource field, nonprofit management, or public administration, with at least 10 years of progressive work experience, or a combination of experience and education that demonstrates the needed skills to lead CUSP… including but not limited to:
    • Interest in water quality, forest health, and other natural-resource issues, and experience in implementation of programs addressing the same
    • Enthusiasm for carrying out the work of a mission-driven, place-based, boots-on-the-ground environmental organization
    • Significant and proven organizational leadership skills, including understanding of financial management, development, and HR
    • Understanding the management of not-for profits or similar experience in the public or private sectors
    • Experience working with Boards of Directors and volunteers
    • Ability to move seamlessly within the agricultural, recreation, business, government and environmental communities
    • Visionary, trustworthy, diplomatic, and innovative
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, with strong public speaking skills
    • Strong interpersonal skills that include the ability to inspire and motivate, as well as the ability to be effective at conflict management
    • Excellent analytical skills to utilize data for decision making.

Application Instructions

Full description available at

Submit resume and cover letter to by 9/14/2019.

West Virginia University Research Corporation - Project Manager of Water Research Institute - Morgantown, West Virginia

Position Overview

The WV Water Research Institute at WVU is seeking applications for a Project Manager for its water quality monitoring program. The incumbent is responsible for environmental water-related research and reclamation projects. This requires tracking multiple project technical progress, financial tracking of budgeted versus expended, ensuring deliverables are met on time and within budget; addressing and correcting problems that arise; collaborating with state and federal agency personnel, watershed associations, university researchers, and external contractors and landowners; and securing permits and preparing bid packages for construction of AMD passive treatment systems.

Essential Job Functions

In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:

  • Implement mine land reclamation projects.
  • Conduct complex data analyses.
  • Perform laboratory experiments.
  • Establish and maintain sampling protocols.
  • Implement and manage field investigations.
  • Supervise GRAs and student workers.
  • Develop standard operating procedures for field projects and chemical hygiene plans for laboratory experiments.
  • Maintain field equipment ensuring all is functional, calibrated, and working properly, including tracking, scheduling and keeping field vehicles maintained in working order.
  • Develop, format, and oversee population and maintenance of databases of field and lab data.
  • Prepare maps and overlays using GIS.
  • Work with research teams to develop articles for submission to scientific journals.
  • Represent the Water Research Institute at professional meetings, conferences and symposiums by making presentations and exhibiting.
  • Identify research opportunities, preparing grant applications and proposals, including coordinating research teams, writing statements of work, preparing budgets, timelines, data management plans, etc. for submission to federal, state, and private agencies.


  • Master’s degree in science or equivalent combination of bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, environment science or other natural resources-related field and experience in design, implementation, and management of environmental remediation projects
  • Minimum of two years of experience in water quality research and developing grant proposals.

Application Instructions

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Foothill Conservancy - Executive Director - Amador County, California

Job Location: Amador County

Time base: 3/5 time (24 hours per week)

Position type: Regular, at-will, hourly employee

Schedule: Variable, flextime; partial telework option available

Benefits: Vacation, sick leave, and holidays as provided per Foothill Conservancy policy; may be negotiated.

Compensation: Competitive wage and benefits package depending on qualifications. Hours per week: 24 The position has the possibility to become full time through resource development. Standard benefits include paid sick leave, paid vacation, flexible working hours, potential teleworking options, paid holidays, and a health insurance stipend. Compensation package negotiable.

Job Description

Foothill Conservancy is seeking a dynamic, outgoing, self-motivated, effective individual to serve as its part-time executive director. The executive director is responsible for program development and management, capacity building, fundraising, personnel management, board support, community and media relations, communications, and planning. The executive director position requires extensive public outreach and sound judgment to ensure that Foothill Conservancy activities are managed consistent with the organization’s approved policies, procedures, principles and strategies. The Foothill Conservancy is a small, membership, community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a primary focus on California’s central Sierra Nevada foothills working to protect, restore and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties. Its office is in Jackson, California, in the heart of the historic Mother Lode region. Read the full description of job duties.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of full-time, relevant post-college work experience, including at least three years of increasingly responsible business or nonprofit management experience. Planning, project management, human resources, personnel management, and grant research, writing and implementation skills and experience required.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), community outreach and negotiating skills.

Desired Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated dedication to river and watershed conservation, land use planning and sustainable community development
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in nonprofit or business management, public policy, public administration, terrestrial or aquatic sciences, ecology, watershed studies, watershed policy, natural resources management or similar field
  • Ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment, and enroll, motivate and inspire staff, volunteer, donors, members and community members
  • Demonstrated ability to build organizational capacity
  • Training or experience in collaborative problem solving
  • Patience, persistence and dedication
  • Social media, web and technical proficiency

Technical and Physical Requirements

  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office software suite
  • Valid driver’s license, fully insured vehicle and safe driving record
  • Ability to use a computer for prolonged periods of time
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
  • Available to travel within the state and occasionally outside California as needed

To Apply

E-mail your letter of interest, resume, and two writing samples to no later than August 18, 2019.

Subject: ED job application and your name.

No calls please.

Benton Soil & Water Conservation District - Operations Manager - Corvallis, Oregon

Position Overview

This position provides operational management and administrative support for the District. The Operations Manager’s duties are central to the day-to-day functioning and smooth/safe operation of the District. This position provides high-level, and in some cases confidential, support to the Executive Director in managing office operations. Essential abilities include strong organizational and strategic skills to anticipate District needs; attention to detail and the ability to see the larger context; ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to document and present information and ideas clearly and effectively to BSWCD staff, Board of Directors, contractors, volunteers, project partners, Benton County residents, vendors, and a variety of stakeholders with diverse needs and backgrounds; exceptional communication and customer service skills; and the ability to professionally represent the District to elected officials, donors and supporters, and the media. These duties are expected to be performed with tact, integrity and transparency, following established District policies and procedures.

Essential Job Functions

Operations Management (50%)

  • Provides leadership and direction in promoting exceptional office management and workflow; provides strategic input to improve daily operations and long-term organizational sustainability; approves expenditures and serves as authorized signatory in Executive Director’s absence.
  • Implements policies, procedures and best practices to ensure sound fiscal and human resources management; ensures compliance with state and federal laws that regulate employers and municipal corporations.
  • Coordinates fiscal transactions to ensure accurate documentation, tracking, and reporting of all District expenditures; manages cash flow and makes bank deposits; supports annual audit process.
  • Consults with Board and Executive Director on budget status, analysis, and forecasting; creates and distributes budget reports.
  • Facilitates coordination and communication between District support services (IT, accounting, annual audit, office maintenance, etc.).
  • Ensures compliance with SWCD Program requirements of Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and serves as liaison to ODA’s SWCD Program staff.
  • Updates and administers staff benefits and District policies.
  • Stays up to date on trends, legal issues, and best practices that affect Special Districts.
  • Ensures smooth equipment and facilities management; coordinates building/lease responsibilities with landlord and other tenants.
  • Proactively and expeditiously leads and manages operational initiatives as needed.

Organizational Support (45%)

  • Selects and schedules Special Districts Association of Oregon and other training modules for staff and follows up to determine effectiveness.
  • Securely maintains personnel files, server backups, archives; follows established District records retention schedule.
  • Maintains District’s tax-exempt status and various legal agreements.
  • Maintains office supply inventory in a cost-effective and timely manner.
  • Maintains written policies, procedures, Board resolutions, and contracts.
  • Supports bookkeeper for payroll processing; tracks staff accrual/use of leave time, retirement and health benefit contributions; oversees W-2 distribution, W-9s and 1099s from individuals, vendors and organizations.
  • Prepares and mails monthly board/budget meeting packets; attends board/budget meetings, takes board/budget meeting minutes and distributes approved minutes. Maintains Board meeting and budget notebooks.
  • Provides public notice of all Board/Budget meetings and ensures meetings comply with Oregon Public Records and Meetings Laws.
  • Participates in weekly staff meetings; maintains professional development by attending conferences, trainings and workshops.
  • Assists BSWCD staff to prepare an annual work plan and annual report; participates in short- and long-range strategic planning efforts.
  • Provides customer service by responding to phone calls, walk-ins, and emails; receives and distributes District mail.
  • Serves as District safety officer to ensure monthly safety committee meetings take place.
  • Performs additional administrative and programmatic duties as assigned.

Capacity Building (5%)

  • Assists with public relations and increases public awareness of the District.
  • Assists with SWCD board election process; helps recruit new Board Directors and Associate Directors; sets up training and orientation for new Board Directors and Associate Directors.
  • Participates in The Confluence co-working space planning.
  • Provides other capacity-building duties as assigned.


  • An Associate Degree or higher in a related field such as nonprofit or public sector administration, business or finance; minimum of 5 years progressively responsible experience in office administration, financial/business and human resource management; OR any equivalent combination of experience, training, and/or education that has prepared an individual to excel at this job.
  • Fluency with computer technology including excellent skills in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel spreadsheet development and management; basic knowledge of QuickBooks and TSheets, and a commitment to accuracy and maintaining data integrity.
  • Excellent organizational/logistical ability and time management skills to address multiple priorities, meet tight schedules/deadlines, and stay on track despite frequent interruptions.
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills (reading, writing, editing, listening, and representing the District at public venues).
  • Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to interpret and implement District policies/procedures and best practices.
  • Commitment to cultivating a welcoming environment with a positive attitude; adept at interacting with people who have different perspectives and learning styles.
  • Ability to anticipate organizational needs and independently solve practical problems.

Application Instructions

Operations Manager Full Job Description: found at

Submit all application materials below in hardcopy or electronic form:

  • BSWCD job application form (found at or obtain a paper copy at our office.
  • Cover letter describing your qualifications for and interest in the Operations Manager position. Please explain how you personally connect with the BSWCD mission, and the skills you would use to be successful in this job.
  • Resume (include your email address and phone number in the header).
  • At least two writing samples that demonstrate your professional writing style, for instance, meeting notes/minutes, budget report, or other sample relevant to the office manager position.
  • Three professional references, at least one of which is a past supervisor.

Send electronic submissions to: with the subject heading Operations Manager Application. Attach all application materials as a single PDF. Please do not include attachments in the body of your email.

Mail hard copy application materials to:
Attn: Holly Crosson
Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
456 SW Monroe Avenue; Suite 110
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

Finalists will be contacted for an interview. We will notify all qualified applicants when a decision has been made. Thank you for your interest in this position and for taking your valuable time to apply for a job with Benton Soil and Water Conservation District!

Applications should be received by 4 PM on Friday, August 30, 2019. Submit all application materials requested. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Faxes will not be accepted.

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils - Executive Director - Salem, Oregon

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Position Overview

Network of Oregon Watershed Councils (NOWC) is hiring a new Executive Director. This is an excellent opportunity for a leader with a powerful commitment to collaborative community based conservation, a strong focus on organizational development, and proven fundraising ability.

The ED will serve as the public face of the organization and work with watershed councils statewide and other conservation partners including the Oregon Association of Conservation Districts and the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts to collaboratively advance conservation and restoration throughout Oregon. The position also entails working in a political environment, working with partners to track legislative actions, and interface with elected officials and state agencies.

The ED will lead all NOWC organizational activities, including financial, programmatic, strategic and administrative. They will also be responsible for coordinating with NOWC leadership, staff and partner organizations to shape the future evolution of the organization and its programs. They will work closely with the Board of Directors and committees to ensure NOWC’s financial integrity and strategic positioning.

In addition to your work with watershed councils the ED will manage a $500,000 grant from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) that funds the work of the Oregon Conservation Partnership to support and grow conservation and restoration work in Oregon.

Essential Job Functions

The successful candidate will have a broad understanding of the environmental challenges we face, and an appreciation for the diverse perspectives of our partners. They will bring a deep commitment to and passion for the restoration of our environment.

Statewide travel is expected and some evening and weekend work may be necessary. A valid driving license must be maintained; mileage plus meals and lodging expenses for overnight trips will be reimbursed per Network policy (tied to the state rate). The employee will be provided an office in Salem but may be able to perform some tasks from a remote office.


Required Experience

  • Experience in a nonprofit leadership position. Preference given for experience in natural resource-related and/or or other environmental fields;
  • A proven track record in fundraising and development, cultivating major donors, ensuring foundation, government and business philanthropic support;
  • Experience with budget preparation and oversight that assures the financial integrity of the organization;
  • Experience leading and collaborating with an effective Board of Directors;
  • Experience managing staff and contractors;
  • Proven history of collaborative leadership and ability to build effective partnerships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate clearly through written and oral, formal and informal, electronic and traditional means;

Desirable Experience

  • Experience planning, organizing and facilitating training events
  • Working knowledge of the state of Oregon, including conservation activities, policy environment, and agricultural and other landowner communities;
  • Marketing and outreach skills;
  • Uses time effectively and efficiently (i.e. values time and concentrates efforts on the most important priorities);
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Oregon and occasionally regionally or nationally, including overnight and weekends

Leadership Competencies

  • Manages Vision and Purpose: Communicates a compelling and inspired vision or sense of core purpose; talks about possibilities; is optimistic; creates mileposts and symbols to rally support behind the vision; makes the vision sharable by everyone.
  • Motivates Others: Creates a climate in which people want to do their best; empowers others; invites input from each person and shares ownership and visibility; makes each individual feel their work is important; is someone people like working for and with.
  • Strategic Agility: Sees ahead clearly; can anticipate future consequences and trends; has broad knowledge and perspective; can create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans.
  • Interpersonal Agility: Relates well to all kinds of people – inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; is sensitive to and patient with the interpersonal anxieties of others; is a good listener.
  • Political Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively and quietly; is sensitive to how people and organizations function.
  • Delegation: Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; broadly shares both responsibility and accountability.

Application Instructions

To review the full job description including application instructions please follow this link:

Choose Clean Water Coalition - Communications and Outreach Manager - Annapolis, Maryland

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For 10 years, the Choose Clean Water Coalition has been responsible for ensuring the coordination of policy and messaging within the Chesapeake Bay restoration community. The Communications and Outreach Manager for the Choose Clean Water Coalition will be responsible for ensuring that strong internal and external communications strategies continue to be developed and implemented to support the work of the Coalition and its more than 240 member organizations.

The National Wildlife Federation serves as co-chair of the Choose Clean Water Coalition Steering Committee and provides fiscal and staffing support. In this role you will report to the Director of the Choose Clean Water Coalition and will be based in our Mid-Atlantic Regional Center in Annapolis, MD.

As the Communications and Outreach Manager you will identify and provide the resources needed for Choose Clean Water Coalition members to engage in our work and to communicate effectively about local, state, and federal campaign efforts. You will also be responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of multiple events that convene the Chesapeake Bay community and are critical to our work.

In this role you will:

  • Be responsible for the planning and execution of our annual conference, including acting as lead on securing critical sponsorships. This event brings together more than 350 members of the clean water community and is a key component of the Coalition’s work.
  • Support the planning, coordination and execution of the press event during the Coalition’s annual Chesapeake Bay Day on Capitol Hill. You will also assist with registration, trainings, and additional planning as needed.
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and support to help improve and expand Coalition members’ communications capacity.
    • Provide tools and technical assistance to our members to better support local/state/watershed communications strategies.
    • Use Coalition communication resources, including traditional tools and social media, to support the Coalition’s policy priorities and bring attention to member successes by leveraging member communications assets.
    • Provide training opportunities for both experienced and inexperienced members to learn and develop their communications and marketing skills.
  • Strengthen the Coalition’s brand to bring attention to member work and gain influence with decision makers.
    • Write Coalition branded press releases, op-eds, etc. to help bring attention to the Coalition and its membership.
    • Engage decision makers using social media platforms to help elevate the Coalition’s brand and priorities.
  • Work with the Coalition Director to identify and create strategic communications campaigns that support the Coalition’s policy priorities.
  • Facilitate the work of the Communications workgroup to help identify ways to improve overall communications throughout the Bay watershed.
  • Identify opportunities to expand and communicate about the Coalition’s commitment to elevating diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Coordinate the development of an annual report and other promotional materials.
  • Create and manage content for Coalition website, newsletters, blog and social media platforms that elevate the work of the Coalition and our members.
  • Develop an internal communications plan that details the different types of communications tools and outlets we use, what they are used for, and their schedule.
  • Collaborate on the development and submission of grant proposals and reports; manage grant budgets and create and implement plans to meet all grant deliverables.
  • Manage contractors and interns as needed.


  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience or equivalent
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and able to work effectively under tight deadlines
  • Has experience with large-scale event planning and coordination
  • Has experience fundraising through events and corporate giving
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize communications tools to achieve campaign objectives
  • Experience managing an organization’s social media presence and knowledge of social media trends
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully working with the media and organizing successful media events.
  • Strong grasp of water and other environmental issues in the Chesapeake Bay Region
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including strong copy-editing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize work, and meet deadlines
  • Must be a self-starter who possesses a high degree of initiative
  • Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus.

Travel Requirements

2-5 days per month throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed (New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia)

Salary Range and Benefits

This position pays in the range of $60,000 – $65,000 per year.

The Choose Clean Water Coalition is a partner and program of the National Wildlife Federation which offers excellent benefits, including 16 weeks of paid FMLA leave, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a complementary team and strongly support candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


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 people and wildlife 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 meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we support your application. If selected, a background check will be conducted.

If you are interested you should submit a cover letter and resume via this link: 

Galveston Bay Foundation - Seasonal Field Technician - Houston, Texas

Position Overview

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) seeks two (2) temporary, full-time field technicians to join the conservation team to conduct and promote habitat management and restoration activities on conserved lands throughout the Galveston Bay watershed. GBF protects more than 8,000 acres and is looking for dedicated students, recent graduates, or other interested applicants to assist with conservation management and restoration activities. Field technicians will receive job-specific training based on the identified needs of the GBF conservation team. GBF staff will provide training, supervision, and direct feedback throughout the entirety of the 15-week term. Training will focus on specific data collection methods, habitat restoration and management techniques, and project-related monitoring requirements. Additionally, GBF staff will help field technicians develop career development skills such as public speaking, grant writing, and effective job interviewing, with the goal to improve prospects for future employment in the conservation field.

Essential Job Functions

Assist with land conservation management activities including:

  • Property and project maintenance and monitoring (e.g. invasive species control, brush clearing, fence/gate repair, trail maintenance, etc.)
  • Flora and fauna inventories on conservation properties
  • Habitat mapping and delineation on conservation areas
  • Developing management plans for conservation areas
  • Terrestrial and estuarine habitat restoration (e.g. coastal prairie, marsh, oyster reef restoration)


  • Background of study and/or experience in land/wildlife management, wildlife biology, environmental science, aquatic resources management, ornithology, botany and/or special knowledge of local flora, fauna, and coastal ecology
  • Demonstrated prior experience in field work
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well with partners, staff, and community volunteers
  • Ability to take instruction and complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision
  • Experience with Microsoft-based products (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Experience in GIS mapping and GPS technology

Special Requirements

  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be able to lift objects up to 50 lbs.
  • Must be able to work outdoors for up to an eight-hour day in conditions associated with coastal environments (possible dense vegetation, biting insects, etc.) and variable weather conditions typical of Texas summer/fall seasons
  • Must be able to operate small equipment (chainsaws, weed eaters, various other land management tools)
  • Must have experience pulling trailers and operating four-wheel drive vehicles

Application Instructions

To apply, email a 1) letter of inquiry stating your interest in the position and 2) resume to by Friday, July 26, 2019. Reference the position title in the subject line.