Careers & Professional Opportunities

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

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association - Water Management Program Coordinator - Durham, North Carolina

POSITION: Water Management Program Coordinator

LOCATION: Durham, North Carolina

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association 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. ECWA is currently composed of a team of six staff members who work with summer interns/fellows, dozens of partners, and hundreds of volunteers to protect and steward creek-side 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; more than 450 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 and green infrastructure projects; and professional staff and consultants, who develop and share these assets in a sincere, inviting way.

We are challenging ourselves to change the traditional ways we operate by identifying the ways that the conservation movement has traditionally excluded communities and people of color and acting to become an anti-racist conservation organization.
These activities and more are described at our website at

POSITION SUMMARY: The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) seeks a Water Management Program Coordinator to lead the organization’s water management activities. ECWA is a land trust and a watershed protection non-profit that envisions a clean and healthy creek supporting both people and wildlife. We protect, restore, engage, and advocate to ensure that Ellerbe Creek is an asset for all citizens of Durham. The Water Management Program Coordinator will lead ECWA’s water management program in addressing Durham’s stormwater issues through implementing small and medium-sized retrofit and stream improvement projects, building partnerships with government agencies, and advocating for more public investment in the watershed. The Water Management Program Coordinator manages program staff, manages current grants and contracts, and envisions and secures funding for new innovative projects.


The water management coordinator will:

  • Coordinate ECWA’s water management program, including supervision of water management staff.
  • In collaboration with the Land Protection Director and the Executive Director, envision new and innovative water management projects that benefit Ellerbe Creek and take steps to make those projects happen (including attracting funding through grant writing and planning).
  • Manage grants and projects related to water management or work with staff to assign management to appropriate staff as needed.
  • Manage all reporting, budgeting, and invoicing to outside clients and funders as well as contracting details for contractors.

Specific duties include:

  • Serve as the primary staff liaison for ECWA’s water management committee (monthly evening meetings with volunteer committee).
  • Report to ED on progress on key projects.
  • Lead project management, including budget and task maintenance and invoicing, on 2-3 key water management projects.
  • Coordinate contractors for key large stormwater retrofit and stream improvement projects.
  • Work with staff to build a “pipeline” of potential retrofit and stream improvement project opportunities.
  • Help to revamp ECWA’s project management and budgeting system in collaboration with the operations manager and executive director.
  • Identify and apply for new grant funding for stormwater retrofit and stream improvement projects.
  • Coordinate the maintenance of the organizational GIS system, file system organization and management, and limited technical problem solving for ECWA.


The following characteristics are expected for this position:

  • High level of experience in project management, including budgeting, tracking, contracting, and reporting
  • Grant writing experience
  • Experience working with the public
  • Extensive experience in the water management and/or conservation science fields.
  • GIS proficiency, including experience organizing GIS data
  • Engineering background (preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish (preferred)

The Water Management Coordinator should be able to:

  • Work outdoors even in potentially hot or cold weather.
  • Provide their own transportation to/from the worksite.
  • Be willing to work some evenings and weekends for special events and/or attending water management committee meetings.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:Please submit your cover letter and professional resume to ECWA’s Operations Manager, Rachel Cohn, at with “Water Management Program Coordinator” in the subject line by July 25, 2020.

Green Latinos - Clean & Healthy Waters Program Consultant - Flexible/Remote

POSITION: Clean & Healthy Waters Program Consultant

LOCATION: Flexible/Remote


The GreenLatinos Clean & Healthy Waters Program seeks to educate, mobilize, and train Latino communities to advocate for just and inclusive policy-making, actions, and solutions that address the historic barriers communities experience in their efforts to advance water equity & accessibility priorities. These priorities include climate exacerbated flooding, public health impacts of water inequity, climate change and impacts of offshore drilling, and coastal access.


The GreenLatinos’ Clean & Healthy Waters Program Consultant will lead GreenLatinos Water Equity programming with support from GreenLatinos staff including the Director of Policy & Programs, and other program consultants. The scope of this work falls within our Water Equity and the Environmental Justice & Civil Rights core policy priorities.

The GreenLatinos Clean & Healthy Waters Program seeks to educate, mobilize, and train Latino communities to advocate for just and inclusive policy-making, actions, and solutions that address the historic barriers communities experience in their efforts to advance water equity & accessibility priorities. These priorities include climate exacerbated flooding, public health impacts of water inequity, climate change and impacts of offshore drilling, and coastal access.

The Clean & Healthy Waters Program Consultant will focus on deepening GreenLatinos’ work and engagement of its network on clean water equity issues. The Program consultant will identify opportunities to elevate the voices of Latino community members in programming, policy, media, and will promote policy and legislative solutions that benefit the well-being of Latino communities within the broader environmental movement, among Latino and ally organizations, with federal elected officials, and the Administration. The Clean & Health Waters Program Consultant will work in accordance with the GreenLatinos’ Framework for Civil Rights, Environmental Justice, Health Equity & Public Engagement in its operations, partnerships, and engagement strategies.

The Clean & Healthy Waters Program Consultant must be a well-organized individual who is comfortable working with diverse constituencies (communities of color, local organizations, businesses, government, foundations, and green groups), working in coalition with grassroots and national environmental organizations, and advocating for and implementing fair and equitable partnership practices with these communities. The Program Consultant must have the ability to develop and execute a work plan that includes policy, communications, grassroots engagement and fundraising strategies while developing and maintaining the goals of the program, utilizes resources effectively, and establishes measurable results.

The ideal candidate is self-driven, a team player, and comfortable working within a casual working environment which may at times include flexible working spaces. The ideal candidate will be able to communicate (verbally & in writing) their working needs clearly with their supervisors and other staff to ensure success. The ideal candidate understands that it is critical to uphold professional practices as a representative of GreenLatinos and its network during all work related functions including travel, receptions, and events.

The Clean & Healthy Waters Program Consultant will report directly to the Director of Policy & Programs.

POSITION TYPE: 1099 Contractor – Monthly contract ($3,500- $5,000 monthly based on experience & time – minimum of 15 hr. weekly)


  • Lead on the creation of policy education materials including fact sheets, infographics, legislative updates related to the Clean & Healthy Waters Program portfolio issues including climate exacerbated flooding, public health impacts of water inequity, climate change & impacts of offshore drilling coastal access, defense of WOTUS, and the Clean Water Act.
  • Assist in the development of communications content including press statements, social media content, graphics, blog posts, op-eds etc to be disseminated to GreenLatinos members, partners, and the general public on issues under Clean & Healthy Waters Program
  • Lead GreenLatinos participation in Clean Water For All, Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus via PolicyLink, the Offshore Drilling Coalition, and other water specific coalitions.
  • Work with GreenLatinos staff to develop a strategy and work plan for the Latino Communities Impacted by Climate Flooding program which includes development of grant criteria, submission process, outreach, budget execution, grants management and reporting for grantees.
  • Serve as primary lead for Water Equity Core Priority Working Group and expand the capacity of the working group staff and program consultants
  • Work with the staff to plan and implement congressional meetings/briefings/advocacy training and fly-ins related to issues in the clean and healthy waters portfolio.
  • Develop and cultivate a growing list of GreenLatinos members active and interested in water equity and ocean conservation issues.
  • Assist with the preparation of talking points, briefing materials, and reports related to GreenLatinos’ water portfolio for GreenLatinos CEO, Board, and GreenLatinos Members when necessary.
  • Assist in the planning and execution of GreenLatinos National Summit (Digital) in Fall 2020
  • Assist in the planning and execution of GreenLatinos Members Updates including Monthly Webinar, Quarterly Newsletter, Update Emails, Announcements, and more.


  • Must hold at minimum a Bachelor’s of Arts or Bachelor’s of Sciences or equivalent years of work experience
  • Comfort and experience analyzing and synthesizing national and state/local policy. Preference to those who have experience in the area of water and the environment but not required
  • Experience working effectively with diverse communities
  • Dedication to equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice in the environmental movement
  • Ability to communicate effectively and concisely via writing and verbally
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or ID for travel
  • Must have a personal laptop computer and cell phone to use for work
  • Spanish speaking and writing capabilities are a plus.
  • Location Flexible – must maintain reasonable EST working hours.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Required Application Documents (below) must be emailed to; cc: Applicants must submit all information by Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Documents include:

  • Resume/Bio
  • Writing Sample
  • Cover Letter
Groundwork Denver - Director of Water Programs - Denver, CO

POSITION: Groundwork Denver Director of Water Programs

LOCATION: Denver, Colorado


Reporting to the Associate Director, the Director of Water Programs (“Water Program Director”) will oversee Groundwork Denver’s urban waters program, including but not limited to water quality testing, watershed improvements, youth employee engagement, and community education. The Water Program Director will align all activities to Groundwork Denver’s environmental justice strategy and vision.


  • Oversee the implementation of activities in the urban waters initiative, including water quality testing, watershed improvements, youth employee engagement, community education
  • Successfully meet grant and contract deliverables, including data collection and reporting requirements
  • In coordination with multiple external stakeholders, complete the Alternative Plan for the Lower Bear Creek with EPA and CDPHE approval
  • Successfully manage and administer water program grants and contracts, including adhering to contract billing and financial reporting requirements, ensuring appropriate expenses are allocated, and staff time billing is accurate
  • Supervise volunteers, staff, and consultants working on water-related programming, including Blue Team youth
  • Build partnerships and participate in collaborative efforts related to urban waters
  • Represent Groundwork Denver at external meetings, collaborations and community events related to urban waters


  • Participate in volunteer days when needed
  • Participate in shared office responsibilities like cleaning, organizing, and risk management
  • Collaborate respectfully and productively with co-workers to achieve Groundwork Denver’s overall mission
  • Contribute to a positive office culture
  • Attend all staff meetings and other meetings as assigned by the Associate Director


  • Passion for Groundwork Denver’s mission and for clean urban waters.
  • At least 5 years work history in non-profit or water-related industry, with 1-3 years of direct leadership experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent related work experience required. Master’s degree in water-related field preferred.
  • Background in microbiology, data analysis, and hands-on water quality field work highly preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Highly organized to be able to track activities for multiple jobs at once, budget detail, and deadlines, and to collect long-term data.
  • Ability to work both independently without close oversight, but also a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels of seniority within and outside of the organization.
  • Supervisory experience and ability to mentor staff in ways to meet program goals through their programs/projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage residents from low-income community in targeted projects or programs.
  • Understanding of race and class equity and a commitment to continuous personal learning and growth around issues of race and class equity.
  • Those with experience working with Groundwork Denver’s target communities, or who have similar life experiences or backgrounds, will be prioritized.
  • Fluency in Spanish in addition to English is highly desired.

SALARY AND OTHER BENEFITS: This is a full-time salaried position. This is a grant-funded position; currently, grant funding is committed through June 30, 2021. The salary range starts at $55,000 per year depending on experience. Benefits include: paid sick, holiday and vacation hours; health and dental insurance for employee, and optional coverage of family members (at employee’s expense).


  • The job requires both office and field work. Office work includes utilizing computer systems, managing phones, and sitting in meetings. During COVID-19 precautions, Program Director will primarily work from home utilizing a GWD-issued computer. Field work includes wading through streams in all season conditions, picking up trash, planting native plants, invasive species removal, and other physically challenging tasks.
  • Ability to utilize computer systems, manage phones, and travel to and from meetings and appointments.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license.
  • A background check will be completed prior to start of job and as much as annually.

TO APPLY: Please email a one- to two-page cover letter and no more than 2-page resume to
In the cover letter, please describe:

  • Why you are interested in this position
  • Your experience in working in urban waters, community engagement, and project management, especially in low-income neighborhoods
  • Your experience managing budgets and grant-funded programs

Preference will be given to applications received by July 6, 2020.

Groundwork Denver provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status or civil union status, past or present military service, or any other protected classification. This policy applies to all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, compensation and training.

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper - Outreach Director - Bozeman, MT

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Upper Missouri Waterkeeper (UMW) is a grassroots-based, regional nonprofit organization that serves as a public advocate for clean water and healthy communities in Southwest and West-Central Montana. We investigate pollution issues, patrol landscapes and waterways, and work with stakeholders to protect and improve the health of local waterways. We also hold polluters and our decisionmakers accountable by enforcing and improving environmental laws, and educate and empower the public in defending our right to fishable, swimmable, drinkable water and healthy river systems.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Outreach Director plays a key role designing and leading activities and initiatives that engage citizens in water resource decisionmaking, expands public education opportunities, and builds organizational partnerships. The position reports to and works alongside the Executive Director. The ideal candidate will have a background that demonstrates effective campaign-building, communications & outreach, and community organizing skills. The ideal candidate is an organized and hard-working self-starter with a deep commitment and passion for conservation, environmental justice, and the intermountain West.

This is an excellent position for an individual seeking a leadership role with significant influence over the presence of a cutting-edge Montana water protection organization. We welcome creative ideas and innovative approaches to building effective campaigns that leverage strong science, citizen action, and the law to protect some of our nation’s Last, Best waterways.

The position is based in Bozeman, MT.


  • Develop community outreach programming through educational and action events and presentations based on UMW campaigns and current water resource issues
  • In collaboration with our team, develop and execute long-term and near-term media campaigns that highlight our work, including content for internal and external publication
  • Manage, plan, and help execute rapid response(s) to breaking news
  • Attend events to network and promote our organization and mission, many of which occur outside of traditional business hours
  • Represent Upper Missouri Waterkeeper on various working groups and coalitions
  • Assist with a variety of research, policy, and education activities (plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and aspects of water resources conservation)


  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in communications, environmental studies, journalism, creative literature, marketing, political science, or related field
  • Excellent organizational, public speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated experience managing volunteers or group programming, including budgets and work-plans
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and social media platforms
  • Commitment to mission of Upper Missouri Waterkeeper and the public interest
  • Driver’s license, vehicle, and willingness to drive to various locations in Montana


  • 2+ years of experience in non-profit advocacy, political organizing, cause–oriented campaigning, journalism or similar field. Demonstrated experience in public outreach/education, advocacy campaigns, or event planning preferred.
  • Experience developing or managing communications for public interest campaigns or non-profit outreach efforts
  • Relevant professional experience working in the American West
  • Intermediate or higher-level proficiency with Microsoft Office (or equivalent), WordPress websites, Adobe Creative Suite essentials like Photoshop and InDesign, and Final Cut Pro (Adobe Premier).
  • River paddling, outdoor guiding, or water science backgrounds are a plus

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Email a single PDF document containing a cover letter not exceeding 2 pages, a resume or CV, and contact information for two references to: Guy [at] UpperMissouriWaterkeeper [dot] org. Please indicate in the subject line ‘Application – Outreach Director.’

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application by July 24th, 2020. No telephone calls or office drop-in’s, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Upper Missouri Waterkeeper is an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and organizational needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.



The Freshwater Trust - Senior Conservation Project Manager - Sacramento, CA

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Freshwater Trust is a Pacific Northwest-headquartered non-profit leader in quantified conservation. The Freshwater Trust protects and restores freshwater ecosystems. Using science, technology and incentive-based solutions, we’re changing the course of conservation on a timeline that matters.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Freshwater Trust (TFT), a Pacific Northwest-headquartered non-profit leader in quantified conservation, is seeking an experienced professional to manage large-scale conservation projects in California. This full-time position will work as part of TFT’s California team, but will coordinate closely with technical support staff in Portland, OR. TFT is currently focused on northern California projects, where we apply the principles of quantified conservation through contracting with municipal, governmental, and non-profit entities for regulatory compliance and watershed conservation. These programs are a key part of achieving TFT’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 Senior Conservation Project Manager will be responsible for the management of existing complex multi-benefit projects in northern California and will be in frequent contact with the technical team in Portland and Boise. This position will interact directly with partners and stakeholders and will have direct oversight of deliverables, timelines and budget. The Senior Conservation Project Manager will also support business development efforts that help forward strategic objectives, including occasional outreach to regulatory and
conservation interests, grant support, development of work scopes, and other duties as assigned.


  • Achieve a comprehensive understanding of TFT’s existing program goals, systems, and tools
  • Inform decision making with extensive knowledge of California water policy and freshwater ecosystems, including groundwater
  • Oversee all aspects of assigned projects, including but not limited to: staff delegation of tasks; tracking of progress; timeline management; technical review; deliverable management; partner communications; scope development; subcontractor oversight; risk management; budget tracking and management; and, client relationship management and meetings
  • Closely collaborate with both TFT’s technical teams and outreach teams to meet scope requirements
  • Work with team members, clients, and partners to work on project and program development, and secure future grants and contracts
  • Cultivate relationships and maintain regular communication with all project partners and stakeholders
  • Contribute to organizational vision and strategy based on California policy and environment
  • Travel required for this position approximately 20%; primarily local, often in remote areas. Occasional outreach and coordination work in evenings and sometimes weekends.



  • Relational & collaborative: excel in building trust and finding common understanding between diverse stakeholders, and working with others to achieve multiple benefits
  • Commitment to effective project management and tracking scopes, schedules and budget
  • Quick learner with the ability to adapt to new processes and contexts
  • Highly responsible with a strong sense of ethics; trustworthy, dependable, and passionate about the mission of TFT to ‘protect and restore freshwater ecosystems’


  • Exceptional communicator (written/verbal), facilitator and mediator; able to distill complex scientific or policy concepts and present them to broad audiences and foster dialogue among diverse stakeholders
  • Strong people- and time-management skills with ability to be flexible and responsive to changing priorities
  • Ability to set realistic goals and identify the appropriate resources and tools to achieve them
  • Capacity to proactively juggle multiple tasks and competing priorities within a high-energy environment
  • Ability to provide recommendations to inform decision-making using critical thinking and risk management skills


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, natural resource management or policy, water resources or related field, master’s degree a plus
  • 10+ years’ experience with project management, including direct staff supervision, client management, project set-up and scope development, and budget oversight
  • Strong working knowledge of freshwater ecosystems, including groundwater, water quality, agricultural BMPs and conservation actions
  • A track record of managing and completing complex multi-million-dollar programs
  • Familiarity with northern California watersheds and water politics

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Supply the following three items in a single PDF: cover letter; resume; and 3 references at: