Careers & Professional Opportunities

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

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

Open Positions

River Network - Drinking Water Program Manager - Great Lakes

Position Title: Great Lakes Drinking Water Program Manager

Reports To: Director of Science and Policy

Location: Great Lakes region with preference for proximity to Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago or Milwaukee; will be based out of a home office.

Term of Position: Full-time, exempt (salary range $55,000-$65,000 depending on experience, plus benefits)

Position Summary

River Network seeks an individual with experience in supporting effective organizations and coalitions and connecting diverse sets of stakeholders. We are looking for someone who is dynamic, motivated and highly organized, to join our team as Drinking Water Program Manager for the Great Lakes region (including WI, MI, MN, OH, IL, IN, PA and NY).

This position will be primarily focused on helping create a more informed and engaged regional network of advocates for safe, clean, affordable and sustainable drinking water. The position will serve as a connector, sharing water policy and funding approaches, best practices and success stories between groups across the region, and will support groups to plan for and deploy effective tools and approaches in their communities.

Our ideal candidate understands how small nonprofit organizations operate and has experience working with under-represented groups, particularly racially and ethnically diverse communities. With an emphasis on drinking water, this person will be a network hub and resource to support leaders, organizations, and collaborative efforts to define their goals and strategies; plan campaigns; strengthen their community organizing and civic engagement initiatives; and build effective, multi-stakeholder collaborative efforts for greater impact. The position will work with River Network colleagues and partners to identify opportunities and needs for activities such as trainings and peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and to disseminate success stories and lessons learned to a broad, national audience.

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

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 our About Us section to learn more about our current priorities, including our key issues areas fundamental to addressing today’s water crisis (i.e., clean, safe, affordable drinking water; flood- and drought-resilient cities and communities; healthy rivers in agricultural landscapes; and robust and effective water laws and policies) as outlined in River Network’s strategic plan. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado with staff and contractors working from various locations across the U.S.

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

Essential Functions

  • Analyze, Understand, Share and Leverage Support for Best Practices for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water
  • Ability to research and understand existing tools for safe and clean water and how to strategically deploy them and to identify gaps where new tools and training are needed;
  • Participate and lead meetings, calls, and working groups across the region;
  • Share relevant information (e.g. policies, water system approaches, scientific advances) from within and outside the region with groups across the region;
  • Seize opportunities to convene and facilitate organizations to develop and pursue common goals.
  • Training, Support and Campaign Planning (with a focus on drinking water)
  • Support water groups across the region in building stronger relationships with racially and ethnically diverse groups within their communities;
  • Plan and deliver in-person and virtual training for water groups, community-based organizations, and others to promote increased public participation in decisions related to water and increase the collective capacity to work for clean and safe water;
  • Provide consulting services to organizations and networks on topics related to planning and executing advocacy campaigns and developing/maintaining effective coalitions.


  • Cultivate and strengthen relationships and communication with River Network stakeholders throughout the Great Lakes states, including member organizations, conservation and environmental justice leaders, impacted communities, water utilities, health professionals, local governments, academia and funders;
  • Develop and manage outreach efforts to enhance the visibility of River Network programs and services in the region;
  • Handle referrals to other staff and consultants for assistance in other fields of expertise;
  • Collaborate with River Network staff on program development, grant writing, project management and grant reporting activities;
  • Support planning activities and participate in River Network’s annual River Rally, the Healing Our Waters Great Lakes conference and other state, regional and national training events;
  • Write and prepare materials for newsletters, blogs and training sessions.


  • Positive, self-motivated, strategic thinker and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a diverse set of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers;
  • Experience and professional relationships in the Great Lakes region and/or experience with either coalition leadership and/or advocacy or civic engagement (with any issue(s));
  • Experience and working knowledge of strategies to protect and restore rivers and other waters such as drinking water protection, infrastructure funding and relevant local, state and national policies;
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders and community groups and skills relating to just and equitable outcomes;
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field (e.g., program management, water resources, public or environmental policy, advocacy, and/or organizing) with at least 3-5 years professional work experience; OR equivalent professional work experience;
  • 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);
  • Self-directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track and managing multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Commitment to River Network’s mission, and to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork and inclusion;
  • Ability to travel throughout the Great Lakes region (average 4-5 days/month); attend the annual River Rally conference and 1-2 staff retreats/year.

To Apply

Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Katherine Baer — kbaer (at) — with “GREAT LAKES DRINKING WATER PROGRAM MANAGER” in the subject line of the email. Expected hire date: June/July. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

Foothill Conservancy - Watershed Conservation Advocate - Jackson, California

Position Overview

The Foothill Conservancy Watershed Conservation Advocate will assist with projects related to river, forest, and watershed conservation, primarily in the central Sierra Nevada. The position is one-half time.

The Foothill Conservancy is a small, community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a primary focus on California’s central Sierra Nevada foothills.

Worksite location: Jackson, CA

Compensation: $18-$22 an hour. Hours per week: 25

The position has the possibility to become full time through resource development.

Salary depends on qualifications. Benefits include paid sick leave, paid vacation, flexible working hours, potential teleworking options, paid holidays, and a health insurance stipend.

Essential Job Functions

Under the supervision of the Foothill Conservancy Executive Director, the Watershed Conservation Advocate will work closely with consultants, and key Conservancy water program volunteers, they will learn how to effectively advocate for river and watershed conservation and restoration in meetings of collaborative river and watershed groups and public agencies; prepare meeting summaries and other written and oral reports; help develop river and watershed- related policies, programs, and projects; assist in watershed-related communication, public education and outreach; support the work of the Conservancy’s Watershed Committee; and assist in raising funds for the Conservancy’s watershed program.

To succeed in the position, the Watershed Conservation Advocate will have, learn, or develop the following:

Knowledge of

  • Current issues facing river and watershed conservation and restoration in the Sierra Nevada and their socio-economic context
  • Basics of wildlife, aquatic and terrestrial biology; forest and river ecology; hydrology
  • Principles of interest-based problem solving and negotiation
  • Requirements of the Federal Power Act, Endangered Species Act, California Environmental Quality Act, and related laws
  • California water rights
  • Current issues in California water, watershed, and forest policy and law
  • Grant research, grant writing, and grant reporting

Ability to

  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with diverse interests and personalities
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Productively participate in meetings including half and full day meetings as needed.
  • Successfully advocate for conservation interests in collaborative settings and public meetings
  • Learn and adapt
  • Research and write grants
  • Work independently and work occasionally on weekends and evenings.
  • Attend conferences, meetings and training sessions held in and out of the local area
  • Proficiently use Microsoft Office software suite
  • Willingness to learn new computer skills, including use of a website content management system
  • Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record as reflected in a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) check
  • Access to a fully insured vehicle to use in the course of business (mileage to be reimbursed)
  • Use a computer for prolonged periods
  • Lift at least 25 pounds

Watershed project work: Approximately 75%

Participate in in-person and phone meetings of the Project 137 Ecological Resources Committee, MAC IRWMP Regional Participants Committee, local and regional water agencies, Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, Mokelumne Salmonid Restoration Team, Hydropower Reform Coalition/California Hydropower Reform Coalition and other organizations; prepare reports and meeting summaries; assist in formulating responses to project proposals and in developing river and watershed-related projects and policies; and other duties as required.

Miscellaneous duties: Approximately 25%

Research and write river and watershed-related grants, assist with public events and other organization activities, and carry out other duties as required.


  • Associate degree and at least three years of relevant, full-time work or volunteer experience or a bachelor’s degree with at least two years of full-time, relevant post-college work or volunteer experience
  • Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office software suite
  • Ability to use a computer for prolonged periods of time
  • Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory driving record as reflected in a California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) check
  • Access to a fully insured vehicle to use in the course of business (mileage to be reimbursed)
  • Ability to lift at least 25 pounds
  • Work independently and work occasionally on weekends and evenings.
  • Attend conferences, meetings and training sessions held in and out of the local area

Desired qualifications, skills and abilities:

  • Strong interest in river and watershed protection and restoration with an understanding of key river and watershed issues in the Sierra Nevada
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree and two years of experience in terrestrial or aquatic sciences, ecology, watershed studies, watershed policy, natural resources management or similar field
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness to learn new computer skills, including use of a website content management system
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail as well as ability to understand the “big picture”
  • Training or experience in collaborative problem solving
  • Ability to productively participate in half or full day meetings
  • Ability to thrive in a rural, family-oriented community
  • Willingness to learn
  • Patience, persistence and dedication
  • Grant research and grant-writing experience
  • Website content management system

Application Instructions

  • To apply, send letter of interest, resume and two writing samples to
  • Subject: Watershed Conservation Associate job application. No calls please.
  • Position open until filled.
Forever Our Rivers - Executive Director - Grand Junction, Colorado

Position Overview

Forever Our Rivers Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was formed in late 2016 with the mission to lead a unique business- and consumer-driven model to fund and support river health. Forever Our Rivers envisions a vibrant national movement – led by the commitment of businesses, consumers and boots-on-the-ground nonprofits – to ensure healthy rivers today and into the future.

Forever Our Rivers seeks a driven and creative individual to help build the Foundation’s programs and direction. The Executive Director (ED) is the first paid employment position for the Foundation; private funding sources have been secured to cover this position for a minimum of one year, with ongoing employment dependent on the success of resource development via institutional partner-paid royalty fees. Forever Our Rivers’ forecast for additional staff includes retention of one support position in 2019, with gradual expansion in the following four years to a total staff team, including the ED position, of six FTEs.

Employment type – full-time, 40 hours per week, salaried and exempt, with flex-time approach.

Supervision – This position will work directly with and report to the Board of Directors.

Essential Job Functions

The primary responsibility of the ED will be to guide and support the start-up phase of Forever Our Rivers, overseeing implementation of the strategic plan, including development and maintenance of:

  1. Cause Marketing-Based Partnerships, Forever Our Rivers’ principal revenue source, to involve Corporate Partners that pay royalty fees to use the Forever Our Rivers’ trademarked graphic, prominently declaring their commitment to the “Forever Our Rivers” movement by displaying the trademark on their products/packaging and in promotional efforts.
    1. Recruit and engage companies in the trademark licensing program to meet goal of 80 Corporate Partners (by December 2021), providing necessary funds for both Foundation grant making and operations.
    2. Achieve a 75% Corporate Partner retention rate by December 2021.
  2. River Health Partnerships, organizations and collaboratives working on-the-ground (including potential grant recipients), that also pay royalty fees to use and prominently display the Forever Our Rivers’ trademarked graphic.
    1. Recruit and engage organizations in the trademark licensing program to meet goal of 40 River Health Partners by December 2021.
    2. Invest $5 million annually in river health projects with River Health Partners by December 2021.
      1. Manage and develop systems to effectively accept and review grant proposals, allocate funds and evaluate recipients’ impact.
      2. Conduct grant award-related record keeping, grant administration and periodic reporting activities.
      3. Track and refine Forever Our Rivers’ grant guidelines, processes and funding priorities to meet the Foundation’s high-level goals and strategic emphases.
  3. On-River Engagement, involving Corporate Partners’ employees and customers with River Health Partners.
    1. Establish and manage a volunteer-based program, including evaluation component to assess program progress on goals as outlined in the strategic plan.
  4. Organizational Management/Administration
    1. Maintain and develop high-quality and strategic relationships with existing and future funders, Corporate Partners, and River Health Partners.
      1. Establish and manage a relationship management/contribution tracking system/database.
      2. Implement the marketing plan, including branding activities that involve development and implementation of communications strategies with targeted audiences, materials development (including coordination with graphic artists, videographers, etc.), maintenance of an up-to-date and relevant website, management of social media and other outreach/communications activities.
      3. Participate in events requiring public speaking and networking.
      4. Build on existing administrative and organizational structure to maintain a fully-functional foundation able to support programming in compliance with all federal, state and industry standards and requirements.
      5. Work with the Board of Directors to utilize members’ expertise in river conservation and restoration science, connections to target industries, fiscal systems and fiduciary transparency, and recruitment of new staff and board members.
      6. Coordinate with the Board of Directors to conduct assessment of progress on strategic goals and annual financial audit; to establish policies and procedures to support achievement of strategic goals and ensure organizational excellence and sustainability; and to improve and enhance all aspects of Forever Our Rivers’ according to the strategic plan and best practices.


Education and experience – Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in business or public administration; or, education and experience that applies well to the responsibilities of foundation development and administration.

Additional requirements – Valid driver’s license.

Application Instructions

Please email cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Mr. Tim Carlson, President,
Application deadline is 5 p.m. on June 14, 2019.

Eagle River Watershed Council - Education & Outreach Coordinator - Eagle, Colorado

Position Overview

Eagle River Watershed Council seeks an education & outreach coordinator to work collaboratively with our staff and board on our mission-driven programs with particular emphasis on our education and outreach activities. This includes serving as a resource to the community on topics pertaining to water quality, quantity, recreation, access, riparian health, wildlife and more. Our education and outreach opportunities attract diverse people, make complex topics understandable and inspire action, enthusiasm and involvement in local watershed issues.

Essential Job Functions

  1. Work with local partners to complement & expand watershed education throughout the Eagle River Valley.
  2. Organize and coordinate a Youth Water Festival annually for Eagle County’s 5th graders.
  3. Organize 6+ alluring Watershed Wednesday programs annually, including the Wild & Scenic Film Festival.
  4. Oversee the monthly RiverWatch water-quality sampling efforts.
  5. Help in the coordination & facilitation of several community planning efforts surrounding the future of water.
  6. Work with the projects & events coordinator to incorporate an educational element in all volunteer projects.
  7. Manage & expand our educational reach through print, radio, TV and digital media, including a monthly column in the Vail Daily.
  8. Support the executive director in fundraising efforts, including grant writing.
  9. Provide support as needed to the executive director, Board of Directors and staff/consultants.
  10. Share in the responsibility of maintaining the office/workplace.
  11. Take on other duties as assigned.


Specific Skills Desired:

  • Degree in natural resources, education, or a directly related field.
  • Strong public speaking skills.
  • Passion for fostering collaborative relationships and facilitating conversations among diverse communities.
  • Grant writing, journalism, or related writing skills with an attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media.
  • Familiarity with Vertical Response (or similar), WordPress, and databases.
  • A willingness to learn and expand skills as necessary.

Personality that will thrive in this position:

A self-starter with a positive outlook, good organizational skills, attention to detail and a clear focus on priorities. A creative, forward-thinking planner who is comfortable dealing with diverse community stakeholders, board members, and donors. Someone who is reliable and a strong communicator. A hard worker who is able to ask for direction and collaborate as part of a team. An enthusiastic individual with a sense of humor.

Application Instructions

Send a cover letter & resume to by May 31, 2019.

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association - Executive Director - Durham, North Carolina

Position Overview

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) seeks a new Executive Director to lead the organization in its mission to protect Ellerbe Creek and its tributaries in Durham, NC. ECWA is both a land trust and a watershed protection non-profit. We envision a clean and healthy creek supporting both people and wildlife. We protect, restore, engage, and advocate so that Ellerbe Creek is an asset for all citizens of Durham. The Executive Director will lead ECWA’s dedicated staff to create its programs and partnerships through engagement with watershed stakeholders to protect and manage ECWA-owned conservation lands, address Durham’s stormwater issues through innovative projects, and engage the community in the effort.

Desired Start Date: July 15, 2019

About ECWA

ECWA is the primary watershed organization in Durham NC. Its community-based approach to healing urban waters is unique in the Triangle area and is becoming recognized nationally, as interest in urban watersheds has quickly expanded and intensified. The position will lead a team of five staff members who work with dozens of partners and hundreds of volunteers to protect and steward creekside lands; clean up Durham’s water through innovative, nature-based approaches; and engage the community in these efforts.

As a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, ECWA is both a land stewardship and an urban watershed management organization. Established in 1999, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association has organically and steadily grown from a few volunteers in one local neighborhood to become a key player in ensuring that Ellerbe Creek is an important asset to the watershed, to its surrounding neighborhoods, and to the City of Durham at large. ECWA envisions a living creek connecting human and natural communities in Durham.

Our assets include dedicated board members and volunteers; 420 acres of protected land throughout the watershed, including five publicly accessible preserves, with hiking trails and educational signage, and an equivalent set of non-public (or not-yet-public) preserves; community events that raise both money and awareness; stormwater management projects; and professional staff and consultants, who develop and share these assets in a sincere, inviting way. We challenge ourselves not only to identify the historical exclusion of people who are important parts of the demographic and economic reality of our service area, but also to change the way we operate by building capacity through partnerships in all parts of the watershed. These activities and more are described at our website at

Position Responsibilities

The position of Executive Director has existed at ECWA for eight years as a full-time position, filled by a single incumbent who will stay at ECWA in a part-time position as a staff member responsible for land and water programs.

The specific responsibilities of the position are detailed in the full position description online at These responsibilities include the following general duties for the organization;

  1. Organizational leadership and communication
  2. Planning and budgeting
  3. Fundraising and development
  4. Board and committee relations
  5. Staff oversight
  6. Operations management.

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications

The following characteristics are expected for this position:

  • Three or more years of experience supervising technical and administrative staff, preferably in a nonprofit or government environment, with a proven history of effective staff development of diverse team members
  • Successful budgetary management of at least $200,000 annually
  • Exemplary fundraising experience that regularly meets or exceeds goals
  • Experience crafting fundraising strategies and soliciting gifts from individuals, businesses, and foundations
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent administrative, leadership, and managerial skills
  • Ability to lead a dynamic nonprofit while engaging a diverse community
  • Desire to work collaboratively, and ability to delegate responsibility appropriately
  • Ability to create and implement strategic plans designed to improve the waters of and public appreciation of Ellerbe Creek
  • Watershed management experience in an urban environment
  • Sincerity and an outgoing personality that results in successful networking and partnership building
  • Self-starting: little need for supervision; capability for working based on general Board direction.

The following characteristics would also be beneficial in applicants for this position:

  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Environmental degree or similar life experience in an urban watershed environment
  • Ability to travel to represent ECWA at professional conferences
  • Ability to traverse various terrain to work with donors, land owners, and volunteers
  • Existing knowledge of the NC Triangle area and Durham in particular.

Salary for this full-time position will be a minimum of $60,000. A higher level is possible, based on experience (especially fundraising experience), education, and qualifications. Benefits at this point are a $3,000 annual stipend, paid monthly, for all staff members.

Application Instructions

Please submit your cover letter, professional resume, and any salary expectations, preferably via email, to Rachel Cohn at with “Executive Director” in the subject line; or by mail to her attention at Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, P.O. Box 2679, Durham, NC 27715 by May 28, 2019.

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong, growing emphasis on diversity of all kinds in its workforce. ECWA prohibits any discrimination in carrying out its mission on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, sexual orientation, or marital status. This includes all programs, projects, events, and all other activities sponsored by ECWA. People including but not limited to people of color, women, LGBTQ-identified people, and formerly incarcerated individuals are especially encouraged to apply.

Friends of Radnor Lake - Director - Nashville, Tennessee

Position Overview

In Nashville, Tennessee, the Friends of Radnor Lake State Park 501C3 is seeking a savvy professional who excels in hands-on implementation and service-oriented leadership to continue the ongoing successful public/private partnership with Tennessee’s first designated State Natural Area. This opportunity will allow the successful candidate to build on 45 years of partner- focused support of the park. Radnor has grown to host over 1.5 million visitors per year and has grown through the land trust activities of the Friends partnering with many others and in particular with the State of Tennessee to 1400 acres, double its original size. This flexible-time, exempt status position reports to the President of the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include Management and implementation of the operational responsibilities of the Friends of Radnor Lake (FORL) organization to serve and support the organization’s mission to protect, preserve and promote Radnor Lake State Park and Natural Area. These operations involve Board support and communication, financial management, fundraising, marketing, grant support, special events, donor relations, office operations, and relations with key partners and stakeholders. The success of activities requires smooth coordination with park management staff.

Reports to: President of the Board of Directors Friends of Radnor Lake

Coordinates with: State Employee Park Staff Personnel

Status: Full-time; Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Benefits: Sick leave and paid holidays


Principal Functions

  • Financial/Operations
    • Manages FORL financial requirements and serves as a member of the Finance Committee
    • Prepares initial annual budget as working document for finance committee, follow up monthly on budget vs. actual
    • Manages Bookkeeping: daily receipts and expenditures
    • Manages QuickBooks account, bank accounts, file taxes
    • Pays all bills, manages FORL annual budget with at least bi-monthly project budget and grant expenditure updates and reporting
    • Reconciles monthly financials with an independent reviewer
    • Manages audit with auditors
    • Files various annual state required documents, e.g. license plates and charitable solicitations
  • Donor Relations
    • Manages CRM* data base/Little Green Light for timely and accurate donor data
    • Inputs all donor information with specific donations, including pledges, for tracking
    • Generates mailing lists for events, invitations, year-end cards, newsletters etc.
    • Communicates with donors, e.g. thank you and follow up phone calls and letters with safe/secure handling of donor information
  • Fundraising /Marketing/Events
    • Helps prepare and follow-up on grant applications; ensures compliance with FORL objectives and mission
    • Tracks donations and pledges
    • Markets FORL on social media, FORL web site and e-blasts (website updates at least monthly)
    • Designs mailings, e.g. year end giving cards and newsletters
    • Oversees events: Radnor in the Round, Chestnut Art Show, Annual Environmental Awards and other special events
    • Manages special projects and public relations
  • Land
    • Tracks FORL land holdings
    • Helps support processing acquisitions and transfers
  •  FORL Board and Park Management
    • Coordinates board meetings and communicates related board information; prepares for and manages logistics and materials
    • Works with and supports various board committees
    • Coordinates FORL work, events, meetings and scheduling with Radnor Lake Park management staff

Behavioral Skills and Abilities

  • Flexibility
  • Problem solving
  • Data analysis
  • Creativity
  • Communication: speaking, writing, listening and facilitating small group discussions to reach understanding and decision
  • Basic finance and accounting
  • Event planning and special projects
  • Intergovernmental and partner relations and responsibilities
  • Software capabilities including experience with Customer Relation Management database – FORL uses Little Green Light.

Application Instructions

Submit cover letter and resume to by May 26, 2019.

The Nature Conservancy - Sustainable Food and Water Program Director - Colorado

About the Nature Conservancy

With the support of more than one million members, the Conservancy addresses the most pressing threats to people and nature, working in wild places and in human settled areas including cities. Since its founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. Through important and strategic partnerships, we are expanding the impact of our work, finding creative ways to pursue our vision of a world where people and nature thrive together, and building long-term relationships with communities and community organizations, government agencies, and commercial businesses. We create partnerships to apply nature-based solutions to both climate change and the meeting of human needs while conserving natural resources at a new scale.

Position Summary

The Colorado Chapter is seeking an energetic and dedicated professional to serve as its full-time Sustainable Food and Water Program Director in Boulder, Colorado. We are looking for a proven leader capable of setting strategic direction for a program, leading and developing diverse teams, and building effective partnerships with non-government organizations, local, state and federal agencies, land and water managers, relevant businesses and others to protect freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems and help Colorado and the region find innovative solutions to meet their growing food and water needs. An individual with proven success in managing projects and leading teams, who works best in a fast-paced environment and enjoys traveling throughout the state, will be an appropriate candidate.

The ideal candidate will have a background and track record that includes:

Minimum Qualifications

  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree plus 7 years related experience.
  • Experience developing partnerships and working with a wide range of people.
  • Experience supervising staff, including motivating, leading, and managing performance.
  • Experience managing complex projects.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Experience working with computers, including database management.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years related experience.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Knowledge of current trends in Colorado water policy and law, watershed management, sustainable grazing land management and/or soil health practices.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing complex projects and agreements.
  • Excellent communication skills, written & verbal.
  • Proven experience managing diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.

To Apply

If you are interested in doing work you can believe in, want to work in a collaborative environment, and like a great benefits package, please visit and search for job ID #47564.

Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST Friday, May 17. 2019.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of diverse people of all genders, backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military or veteran status or other status protected by law.

The Freshwater Trust - Ecosystem Services Analyst - Portland, Oregon

Position Overview

The Freshwater Trust, a non-profit leader in watershed analysis and river restoration, is seeking an Ecosystem Services Analyst with a background in environmental science or ecosystem analytics, with experience coding. This full-time position will be based in Portland, OR and will work closely with other members of the Science and Analytics Team, based in The Freshwater Trust’s Boise, ID and Sacramento, CA offices. The Analyst will work with the team to develop rigorous systems and protocols to quantify the ecological and economic outcomes of various agricultural management practices, on-farm structural actions and habitat restoration actions.

The Analyst must be a self-starter who is able to work in a dynamic, innovative and fast-paced environment that emphasizes quality, analytical rigor, and critical thinking. This role is ideal for individuals with strong research and analytical skills, an interest in natural resource conservation, and a passion for using data and evidence to drive change. The position will focus on modeling, evaluation and design of water quality improvement strategies and decision-support tools to help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of watershed restoration efforts. The Ecosystem Services Analyst should have a basic understanding of conservation actions, agricultural practices, and other land use changes that can be adopted to reduce both point and nonpoint source impacts and improve water quality.


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Generous benefits package, including full health coverage, paid time off (PTO), and retirement contributions

Essential Job Functions

  • Work closely with other members of the Science and Analytics Team to model and track the environmental and water quality benefits of a wide range of agricultural practices and conservation actions.
  • Contribute to the development of a quantitative framework for decision-making based on economic effectiveness, environmental benefit and political feasibility.
  • Communicate with local experts and practitioners to determine typical land uses and agricultural practices to inform restoration opportunities in new project locations.
  • Identify ecologically appropriate conservation actions and on-farm practices for new project locations and develop quality standards that will be used to assess the implementation feasibility and effectiveness of the actions.
  • Conduct original modeling to determine the water quality, quantity and ecosystem services improvements associated with conservation practices in new project locations.
  • Develop feedback loops to better utilize project data to continue to refine and improve effectiveness of conservation and restoration programs.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Data Analytics, Environmental Science, Water Resources, Ecology or related field; Advanced degree desirable
  • 0-2 years of relevant professional experience in water quality, ecosystem analysis, or related field
  • Experience/working knowledge with three of the following: Python, R, SQL, ArcGIS, process automation
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in an open-office, team environment
  • Problem-solver who is excited to work on highly complex problems and find creative solutions
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of data collection and analysis, statistics, and data visualization
  • Strong research and analytical skills, with a focus on identifying gaps and finding solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

Desirable Skills (academic or professional – not all skills are required):

  • Fluency/mastery of at least two of the following: Python, R, SQL, ArcGIS, process automation
  • Experience with SQL ETL operations
  • Experience automating analytical processes
  • Knowledge of regulatory parameters related to the Clean Water Act
  • Foreign language skills preferred

Application Instructions

Please, no phone or email inquiries about this position. Applicants must have legal permission to work in the U.S. Interested candidates from historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Freshwater Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection of candidates for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, military service, family medical history, legal source of income, gender identity, political affiliation, or family leave obligations. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.

The Freshwater Trust - Conservation Programs Administrator - Sacramento, California

Position Overview

Location: Sacramento, CA

Expected Start Date: May/June 2019

The Freshwater Trust, a Pacific Northwest-headquartered non-profit leader in quantified conservation, is seeking an experienced professional to administer conservation programs in California. This full time position will work as part of The Freshwater Trust’s California team, and will work closely with technical support staff in Portland, OR. The Freshwater Trust is currently focused on northern California projects, where we apply the principles of quantified conservation through contracting with municipal, governmental, and nonprofit entities for regulatory compliance and watershed conservation. These programs are a key part of achieving The Freshwater Trust’s mission to increase the pace and scale of watershed conservation, and to ensure a future where clean, abundant freshwater resources support our environment, economy and society.

The Conservation Programs Administrator will be primarily responsible for the administration of an existing groundwater and habitat conservation project with a wastewater utility in northern California and a compliance reporting program for Senate Bill 88. This position will involve client coordination and oversight of deliverables, timelines and budget. The Program Administrator will also support additional projects, business development and outreach efforts, and other duties as assigned.


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Generous benefits package, including full health coverage, paid time off (PTO), and retirement contributions

Essential Job Functions

  • Administration of a >$2m contract, including but not limited to: client coordination; scope of work tracking, staff delegation of task progress; budget tracking; timeline management; deliverable management; partner communications; meeting documentation, and coordination of partner meetings.
  • Collaborate with The Freshwater Trust’s technical teams to meet project scope requirements.
  • Manage databases to store and track data from Analytics team and program participants.
  • Developing a sophisticated understanding of the complex technical, social, and political contexts for watershed-scale programming.
  • Local travel required for this position; at times travel may be expected on short notice. Travel and other work related assignments may include weekends. Trips to Portland, OR may occur 3-4 times per year.


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, natural resource management or policy, water resources or related field, master’s degree a plus
  • 5+ years’ experience with large projects (>$1m) including project set-up and task and budget oversight
  • Familiarity with northern California watersheds
  • Strong general knowledge of water quantity, quality, agricultural BMPs and conservation actions
  • Strong communication skills with team members, clients, and in written documentation
  • Capacity to proactively juggle multiple tasks and competing priorities within a high energy environment
  • Strong passion for The Freshwater Trust’s mission to ‘protect and restore freshwater ecosystems’ Highly organized multi-tasker with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Enjoys working with technical teams and finds joy in an organized spreadsheet
  • Highly responsible, trustworthy, dependable with a strong sense of ethics; and passionate about the mission and vision of The Freshwater Trust
  • Strong time-management skills with ability to be flexible and responsive to changing task priorities
  • Well versed in a variety of technological tools to manage databases, track projects and communications, schedule and coordinate video conference meetings, edit and revise communications materials, update web content, etc.
  • Ability to quickly learn and adapt to new tools.

Other Position Requirements:

  • Candidates should possess professionalism, confidence, intellectual curiosity and energy
  • Candidates must have legal authority to work permanently in the United States
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license

Application Instructions

Interested candidates from historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Freshwater Trust is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection of candidates for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, military service, family medical history, legal source of income, gender identity, political affiliation, or family leave obligations. ADA accommodations will be provided upon request.

American Rivers - Winyah Bay Coordinator - Horry/Georgetown County, SC

Position Overview

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. 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 Winyah Bay Coordinator (“Coordinator”) leads efforts in the Winyah Bay watershed of South and North Carolina to implement our source water protection initiative and expand riverside land protection along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail. The Waccamaw River Blue Trail extends the length of the river from its headwaters in North Carolina to the Winyah Bay, South Carolina spanning some 140 miles. The Coordinator leads outreach and conservation planning with local partners, helps secure funding for land protection, and collaborates with the local communities to promote public benefits of the Waccamaw, all of which further the goal of connecting people to nature, bolstering existing land and water conservation efforts, and protecting local quality of life. In addition, the Coordinator leads a source water protection initiative building on our Blue Trail successes to find innovative ways to work with elected officials, water utilities, conservation organizations and agencies to create a funding source for the long-term protection of local drinking water supply through the conservation of riverside lands. The Coordinator works closely with American Rivers’ staff in the Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas Basin, and Riverside Land Protection Program to implement project deliverables and ensure that program and policy work is consistent with organizational goals. This position works from a home office located in Horry or Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Compensation and Benefits

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

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with American Rivers’ Riverside Land Protection program and Basin staff to develop and implement a source water protection initiative that protects riverside lands and drinking water supply in the Winyah Basin which includes the Waccamaw, Pee Dee and Black rivers
  • Secure new funding to further land and water conservation goals including working strategically with water users and other stakeholders to leverage non-traditional funding mechanisms
  • Coordinate conservation planning with stakeholders along the Waccamaw corridor in South Carolina
  • Engage local communities to connect them to the local rivers and educate them about the importance of clean drinking water, river protection and land conservation
  • Lead the development and use of communications materials for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail that highlight the importance of clean drinking water, ecotourism, economic benefits, and quality of life values
  • Represent American Rivers at conferences, technical work groups, press events, and other public functions
  • Assist in drafting letters of intent, grant proposals and grant reports
  • Leverage state and federal resources for local land protection efforts


  • Strong passion for protecting coastal rivers
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years of experience successfully executing similar projects in the areas of natural resource management, water policy, or community organizing or a minimum of three years of relevant experience
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated proficiency using GIS for creating maps and conducting analysis related to water use and land conservation
  • Familiarity with the political and social landscape of the coastal region of South Carolina is a plus
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • An effective advocate with strong oral and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including local municipalities, conservation groups, landowners, water utilities and volunteers.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team with core local partners to advance project goals
  • Experience writing grant proposals, reports, and other fundraising activities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited direct supervision
  • Ability and willingness to work from a home-based office in Horry or Georgetown County, South Carolina
  • Ability and willingness to work some evenings and weekends, and travel as needed
  • Ability and willingness to use canoes/kayaks and transport gear as needed for Blue Trail events

Application Instructions

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.

Openlands - Vice President of Regional Conservation - Chicago, Illinois

About Openlands

Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region to ensure cleaner air and water, protect natural habitats and wildlife, and help balance and enrich our lives. Openlands’ vision for the region is a landscape that includes a vast network of land and water trails, tree-lined streets, and intimate public gardens within easy reach of every city dweller. It also includes parks and preserves big enough to provide natural habitat and to give visitors a sense of the vast prairies, woodlands, and wetlands that were here before the cities. In sum, Openlands believes that protected open space is critical for the quality of life of our region.

Position Overview

The Vice President of Regional Conservation serves on Openlands executive team that leads the work of the organization and provides a leadership role in developing and executing organizational strategy and regional conservation goals. S/he is an accomplished conservation leader responsible for directing and overseeing region-wide conservation activities for the organization, ensuring successful and meaningful short-range, intermediate, and long-lasting results. The Vice President of Regional Conservation will:

  • Advance the organization’s region-wide priorities by developing actionable land, water, and policy solutions; executing plans; engaging the board of directors; and recruiting and developing emerging leaders
  • Be responsible for formulating, coordinating and accomplishing the permanent protection, restoration, and stewardship of land and water resources in furtherance of Openlands’ mission

Essential Job Functions

Organizational Strategic Leadership and Management

  • Provide close support to and maintain open communication with the President & CEO, Executive Vice President, and other executive team members on a wide variety of operations matters, strategic priorities, and policy initiatives
  • Lead Regional Conservation team comprised of three directors and two managers that are responsible for large landscape protection, government affairs, greenway and water trail work, ecological restoration, and the Conservation at Home program. Provide guidance to advance the recent merger with Conserve Lake County to build depth in Lake County activities including the integration of Openlands programs
  • Establish and implement work plans, evaluate outcomes, and adjust priorities; manage alignment of resources and priorities among work teams
  • Collaborate with other staff to develop and implement policies and positions which reflect regional organizational values and priorities
  • Advances organization commitment to diversity and inclusion that is reflected in its organization culture, values, norms, and behaviors
  • Manage budgets; secure funding and financing, including market-based mechanisms, to advance the work

External Relations, Fund Development, and Partnerships 

  • Originate, execute, and oversee innovative and complex multi-party projects to advance regional conservation goals; generate support and guide public engagement efforts to accomplish successful outcomes
  • Grow and sustain a portfolio of relationships among leadership of government and private partners, including philanthropic institutions, elected officials and agency representatives
  • Provide leadership within the state-wide land conservation and environmental communities to advance mutual goals; serve on committees and panels as appropriate to advance the Openlands’ regional agenda
  • Cultivate land owners regarding real estate transactions that culminate in permanent land protection; work with legal staff to execute deals
  • Oversee the operational and stewardship of the Openlands Lakeshore Preserve


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental or natural resource field or other applicable fields such as political science, legal studies, business administration; Advanced degree desirable
  • Ten years relevant experience managing a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience with conservation strategies, conservation finance, and trends and emerging issues; experience with lands trusts a plus
  • Experience managing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals
  • Exhibits an understanding of issues relating to diversity and racial equity
  • Experience developing region-wide strategies and policies
  • Proven skills and experience negotiating complex, high profile agreements
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage relationships with donors in the foundation and corporate sector
  • Ability to work independently and well with people and agencies
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to travel frequently throughout the Chicago region; access to automobile and driver’s license required throughout the term of employment

Work Environment

Loop office is ADA accessible.

This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, and scanners. Employee is regularly required to talk, hear, see, and communicate effectively via computer.

Smoke- and drug-free environment.


Salary range is market competitive. Benefits include health, life, and disability coverage, a 403(b)-retirement plan, paid holidays and vacation time.

Application Instructions

This position is open until filled. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter explaining why your skills and experience would complement this position to Please include “VP of Conservation” in the subject line.

Openlands is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. Openlands does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. Openlands is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.