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

River Network - Institutional Relations Director - Open*

Position: Institutional Relations Director

Reports to: President / CEO

Location: Open*

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

*While the preferred location for this position is at River Network’s headquarters (Boulder, CO), we recognize that the ideal candidate may not be located near this geography. Our priority is hiring the best candidate for this position regardless of location. Additional travel may be required should the person selected not be based at River Network’s headquarters.

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an exceptional and proactive philanthropic strategist and resource development professional, capable of aligning River Network’s goals and aspirations as explained on our website and current strategic plan with the interests of institutional partners (foundations, corporations, and government funding sources). The Institutional Relations Director has lead responsibility for helping River Network achieve and surpass specific annual revenue goals with foundations, corporations, and government agencies ($3.7-$5m+ / year currently). Establishing new opportunities for River Network will be fundamental to the success of this position, as well as maintaining strong relations with existing institutional partners. This position will also lead our event-focused fundraising efforts (e.g. sponsorships, scholarships, etc.) which provide unique opportunities to partner with the business community. We are looking for a smart, energetic, organized, positive and determined leader with exceptional writing abilities, an appetite for impact, a proven ability to excite interest and investment to join our dynamic and dispersed team. The right candidate will also enjoy the challenges inherent with this position, have an uncanny ability to build trust and report with staff and institutional partners, and bring experience demonstrative of a close working relationship with finance and on distributed teams where everyone is not in the same location. They must be a collaborative team player, ready to work shoulder to shoulder with River Network’s President / CEO and other relevant staff.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORKRiver Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore our core values and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and our principles for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.


  • Leads the development, implementation of, and refinement of River Network’s institutional funding opportunities and portfolio (foundations, government, and corporations) in collaboration with River Network leadership to achieve or exceed organizational revenue goals.
  • Drafts compelling grant proposals and vibrant letters of inquiry to foundations, corporations, and government agencies, as well as interim and final reports, and solicits timely feedback from relevant staff.
  • Creates and maintains systems to track opportunities, set clear expectations with staff, and gain timely input from River Network collaborators with adequate and appropriate advance notice.
  • Develops and maintains thorough records and files for all institutional investors in Salesforce and SharePoint.
  • Stays abreast of best practices in partnering with foundations, corporations, and government agencies as well as emerging and evolving priorities that align with River Network’s existing work and aspirations (drinking water, community watershed science, resilient cities and communities, civic engagement, working with the agricultural sector, equity diversity and inclusiveness, etc.).
  • Contributes to River Network’s Leadership Team.
  • Occasional travel to ensure shared priorities across River Network leadership and some weekend or evening work to meet deadlines for strategic opportunities (up to 15%).
  • Candidates with exceptional experience will be simultaneously considered for Director of Philanthropy with oversight of staff responsible for River Network’s individual donor portfolio.


  • Five years professional fundraising and/or grants management, with experience raising funds in excess of $1,000,000 from institutional investors.
  • Exceptional research, writing, and oral communication skills, proven experience translating complex and technical concepts into compelling and clear prose for specific audiences.
  • Extensive experience developing and delivering successful proposals to a variety of foundations, corporations, and government agencies.
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret nonprofit financial statements and an excited determination to work with leadership, program staff, and finance to develop compelling and clear grant proposals and reports.
  • Detail-oriented, with proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and delivering assignments within stringent deadlines. This position requires discretion and confidentiality
  • Highly technologically savvy, with proficiency in donor management systems (Salesforce), grant research systems (Foundation Center), and MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint).
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork and diversity.


  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in charitable giving, particularly in the foundation, corporate, and government funding arenas.
  • Knowledge of river conservation, current issues within the water arena, and equity, inclusion and diversity.
  • Experience engaging with a dispersed team, where everyone does not work from the same office.
  • Interest in growing into the Director of Philanthropy for River Network with added responsibilities associated with our individual donor strategy and related staff supervision.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF or Word document to: with “INSTITUTIONAL RELATIONS” in the subject line of the email. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process.  Position will remain open until filled. The successful applicant must also meet the requirements of River Network’s background screening process.

Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, River Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Tualatin Riverkeepers - Community Engagement Coordinator - Tualatin, Oregon

Position Overview

TRK is seeking a dynamic, outgoing and organized new team member to establish public engagement opportunities in response to the growing cultural and economic diversity within Washington County. The Community Engagement Coordinator will strengthen existing partnerships and seek new partnerships through community listening, outreach and collaborative planning. This position will focus on connecting both community needs and TRK’s mission to create positive outcomes. The Community Engagement Coordinator will work with community stakeholders, engage the sustainable/organic agricultural communities in our watershed, cultivate relationships with underserved communities, and be a liaison to opportunities for equity, diversity, and inclusion work.

Salary: Starting at $20,000 (.5 FTE) with opportunity to grow into full time, plus benefits, including health insurance, paid vacation, paid sick leave, flexible schedule, mileage reimbursement for work events, and monthly retirement contribution.

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with staff and community partners to create, implement and evaluate TRK’s Green Jobs Training Program
  • Conduct outreach at community events with a focus on events that connect with all generations, rural and urban communities, and immigrant and refugee communities
  • Implement existing sustainable/organic agriculture outreach strategy
  • Direct the planning and implementation of TRK’s community outreach events
  • Record and analyze different outreach strategies and partner building methods
  • Work with staff, board and volunteers through equity, diversity and inclusion trainings to shift structure, perception and power within the organization
  • Assist in planning and implementing TRK’s annual fundraising events
  • Work closely with staff on grant writing and reporting to support this program
  • Present at meetings, conferences, and community groups on Tualatin Riverkeepers and relevant projects
  • Other tasks as assigned


Required qualifications: 

  • Bilingual/ Spanish speaking
  • Cultural competency and experience working with culturally diverse populations
  • Commitment to and experience with environmental work at the grassroots level
  • Experience leading conversations on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Comfortable speaking to the public
  • Able to work with staff in a team atmosphere
  • Highly organized and self-motivated
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or three years of experience in community organizing or similar field
  • Understanding of natural resources and fresh water issues
  • Experience planning and supervising large scale events in a professional atmosphere
  • Fundraising and grant writing experience

Application Instructions

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and 3 references in a single Word or PDF document to Position open until filled, but an immediate hire is preferred.

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.

Copper River Watershed Project - Executive Director - Cordova, Alaska

Position Overview

Copper River Watershed Project seeks an experienced leader to serve as its next Executive Director. This is a chance to live and work in one of the last intact salmon strongholds in North America, continuing our 20-year commitment to projects which diversify the region’s economy while sustaining its resource base and cultural heritage. The ideal candidate has a background in nonprofit management, demonstrated community convening, a deep understanding of natural ecosystems, and a commitment to watershed sustainability. The Executive Director leads a committed staff, manages the financial health of the organization, cultivates and nurtures stakeholder and partnership relationships, directly participates in fund development, is the public face of the organization and works directly with the Board to fulfill CRWP’s mission to promote a salmon-rich intact watershed and culturally diverse communities by forming partnerships for watershed-scale planning and projects. This is an opportunity for a versatile, highly motivated individual to make a difference at a local level, in a dynamic position with opportunities for creativity, strategic thinking, boots-on-the-ground field work, and community engagement.

Essential Job Functions

The Executive Director is the internal driver and external face of the organization, providing leadership of Copper River Watershed Project, staying focused on CRWP’s core purpose of sustainability of watershed and communities and overseeing its day-to-day affairs. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Support a strong Board of Directors. Seek and build board involvement with CRWP strategic direction. Communicate effectively with the Board and provide all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Expand revenue generation and fund development activities to support existing program operations and regional expansion.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of engaging watershed communities and establishing a stronger position for the organization.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities and raise awareness of CRWP.
  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of CRWP, to include submissions of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements to the Board
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, including effective systems to evaluate program components and track strategic plan goals. Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve success.
  • Actively engage and energize CRWP volunteers, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain CRWP’s high-performance staff.


Ideal candidates for this position will share Copper River Watershed Project’s commitment to its core values of sustainability, connectivity, collaboration, integrity and stewardship. The ideal candidate has experience in the nonprofit sector and demonstrates a commitment to the three forms of community capital – social, economic and environmental and brings a variety of experiences and attributes to the organization, including:

  • A team-building, empowering leadership style with a track record of strong working relationships with internal (staff and Board) and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to build bridges and convene diverse groups
  • Financial acumen that lends itself to stewardship of resources and entrepreneurial growth.
  • An understanding of image building, marketing, and external relations.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  • A consummate professional who is approachable and possesses a spirit of warmth, humility, and emotional intelligence.
  • A bachelor’s degree or five or more years senior nonprofit management experience
  • An appreciation for and cultural fit with diverse Alaskan communities.

Application Instructions

The full Position Profile and more information are available at To apply, send an email with a cover letter detailing qualifications, vitae/resume, and salary requirements to (email applications are required). For questions, contact Robin Mayo, Board Chair, Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until July 31, 2019.

Coastal Watershed Council - Executive Director - 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 public audiences and building the grants, major gift and general donation support for Coastal Watershed Council (CWC) programs.

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.

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.

Essential Job Functions

. 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 annually investing $1,000 or more per household) 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. Manage direct mail fundraising campaigns. Process 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 every June. Lead overall implementation of the event with a team to create a unique 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 (required):

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

Education & Experience (preferred):

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (required):

  • 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

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (preferred):

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

Additional Information:

  • Direct Reports: None currently
  • Travel Requirements: Minimal
  • License and Certification Requirements: California Driver’s License

Application Instructions

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Friday, June 14. Submit your application via email to Greg Pepping, Executive Director at Please include: “DCM & River Network” in the subject line of your email and attach a cover letter and your resume. Thanks for your interest in transforming the river!

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance - Executive Director - Seattle, Washington

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Position Overview

For 35 years Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) has been a leader in the fight to restore and protect Puget Sound. PSA has taken on formidable opponents and trends that endanger the ecosystem on which the region’s iconic salmon and orcas, as well as economic prosperity, depend. As the Seattle area population grows and national pollution prevention regulation is weakened, strong advocacy is ever more critical to saving Puget Sound from oil spills, industrial stormwater, agricultural run-off, marine debris, and pharmaceutical waste. PSA patrols and monitors the Sound, hosts clean-ups, promotes best business practices, and enforces pollution permits.

Today PSA is seeking an Executive Director (ED) to propel the organization into the next generation of protection and recovery of Puget Sound. The new ED will be a visionary consensus builder and an innovative strategist who can engage residents of the Puget Sound, advocates, policymakers, and partners around the crucial work of protecting the Sound. The new ED will also serve as the designated Puget Soundkeeper and act as the lead external-facing clean water advocate for the organization and the face of the organization’s advocacy efforts, spearheading clean water litigation, testifying on legislation and agency rulemaking, as well as speaking and writing as needed on how we can better protect waterways. The ED will oversee efforts to protect more than 16,000 square miles of land and water – from the rocky shores of the San Juan Islands to the mudflats of the South Sound inlets – that form the complex Puget Sound marine estuary system.

The new ED will manage and inspire a talented staff of 12 as they develop new initiatives, advance policy agendas, plan litigation, and increase the visibility of PSA in media and the advocacy community. The ED will also drive PSA’s culture of equity internally and externally and increase engagement between PSA and leaders of color, underserved communities, youth advocates, and tribal representatives. The new ED will engage media outlets to raise public awareness of critical threats to the Sound and ways to help protect it.

The ideal candidate will be, first and foremost, committed to preserving the Sound from all forms of pollution so that Washingtonians have access to clean water, a safe place for recreation, and a vibrant economy. This person will be a seasoned senior manager with experience leading small to medium-sized organizations. He/she/they will be an innovator, a proven fundraiser, and consensus builder. Internally he/she/they will be a coach, mentor, and a talent developer who models and maintains cooperative workflow. He/she/they will have deep networks and rapport in the science and environmental advocacy communities. To succeed in this role, the new ED will need the passion, focus, creativity, humility, and humor to master the co-equal aspects of this work: executive leadership and environmental advocacy.

To read the full position description and review application instructions, visit:

Essential Job Functions

Developing and sustaining collaborative relationships with the Board, staff, and Partners is key to the success of the next Executive Director. The new Executive Director will be a visionary, willing to take on difficult challenges, and innovate and lead the organization to the next level of accomplishing PSA’s mission. More specifically, the new ED will:

  • Cultivate, mentor, and lead a dynamic team. The new ED will inspire staff to advance the mission, develop short- and long-term goals, and identify and implement action steps. He/she will model direct and clear interpersonal communication strategies, delegate responsibilities, and support team member growth.
  • Nurture and Facilitate Board Development and Learning. The ED will support the Board in further development of effective and efficient governing practices. He/she will nurture a board culture that integrates a diverse cohort of members and maximizes individual and collective contributions to the sustainability and impact of the organization.
  • Increase PSA’s revenue and membership. The new ED will build a financial strategy with short- and long-term fundraising goals. The ED will lead the Board and staff on campaigns to enhance member engagement and capitalizes on the strong support from the residents of the Pacific Northwest for protecting our natural resources in the face of competing priorities for other compelling political and social causes.
  • Monitor Puget Sound as Soundkeeper. As a citizen “attorney general” under the Clean Water Act, the Soundkeeper oversees efforts to patrol the waters, enforce discharge permits, coordinate clean-ups, and enlist community partners in advancing policies that will further the recovery of the Sound.
  • Elevate PSA’s mission and impact through external relationships. The ED will capitalize on PSA’s current credibility and track record to increase public awareness of threats to the Sound. Working with the water conservation community, policy makers, advocates, and others throughout the region, it is critical for PSA to engage in difficult conversations with supporters and “naysayers” to build a consensus on regional initiatives. PSA must also help deepen relationships with emergent leaders and leaders of color, including and especially those from tribal communities, and learn from their experiences in addressing environmental injustice.


The next Executive Director of the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance should first and foremost be passionate about waterway health, especially that of the Puget Sound. He/she/they will also be a seasoned manager who empowers the staff, partners with the board, and builds robust and trusting external relationships. While no one candidate will meet all of these criteria, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and experiences:

  • Experience managing small and/or medium sized teams to transform internal systems and ensure collaborative workflow;
  • Track record of building and sustaining the economic viability of an organization;
  • Success conceiving and implementing strategic, innovative initiatives addressing complex environmental challenges;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and an inherent curiosity for exploring new project areas and opportunities for growth;
  • Demonstrated experience working in and with diverse communities;
  • Willingness to set measurable goals, experiment and course correct;
  • Ability to inspire Board, staff, and regional partners to take on new challenges in the face of opposition and competing priorities;
  • Ability to integrate diverse perspectives into consensus solutions both within the organization and in the community-at-large;
  • Effective oral and written communication;
  • Familiarity with the technical aspects of ecological protection and ecosystem management;
  • A bachelor’s degree in business, communications, nonprofit management, ecology, or a related field is required; an advanced degree is an added asset.
  • Experience with boats is desirable, but not required.

Application Instructions

This search is being conducted by Tamar Datan, Erica Nicole Richardson & Chris Cannon of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group.

Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Please send nominations and/or resumes, including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications to:

The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. More information about the PSA may be found at:

American Rivers - Director, Central Valley River Restoration - Sacramento, California

About American Rivers

Named one of the best groups to support by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. 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 Director, Central Valley River Restoration will help American Rivers build regional capacity for river and floodplain restoration and implement exciting new projects to protect and restore rivers and floodplains in the Sacramento-San Joaquin river and delta system, promote opportunities for Central Valley communities to recreate on Central Valley rivers, and promote river protection policies among California decision makers. American Rivers has recently secured funding for river and stream restoration projects that will contribute to flood safety, habitat restoration and improved water quality. The position will report to the program director and will work closely with the numerous partner organizations, including other conservation and environmental justice groups, government agencies, universities and communities. In addition to project management, the Director, Central Valley River Restoration will contribute policy and technical expertise to our efforts to restore Central Valley aquatic ecosystem functions and reform policy to protect rivers and clean water for people and nature at the state and national level.

We are seeking a new team member who is capable of managing complex on-the-ground restoration projects, including managing budgets and schedule for state and federal grants, and coordinating with multiple agencies, partners, and consultants. Projects include both restoration of urban streams that will benefit underserved communities, as well as large-scale floodplain restoration on major rivers surrounded by agriculture. Our Central Valley program, of which this position will be a part, also addresses protection of water quality for people and the environment, green infrastructure, water resource management, water equity, land use planning, and flood management.

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

  • Coordinate American Rivers’ Central Valley team and build external partnerships to increase capacity to reconnect and restore floodplains. Work with American Rivers’ Central Valley and national staff to develop and implement strategies for increasing the practice of floodplain restoration.
  • Project management: develop and manage project budgets, schedules, scopes of work, and contracts, and oversee teams of multiple consultants.
  • Help develop solutions to technical, legal and political challenges of habitat restoration and water management in the San Joaquin and Sacramento River basins.
  • Assist with implementation of stream and river restoration projects in the Bay area and the Central Valley, including partner engagement, budgeting, contracting, invoice tracking, public outreach etc.
  • Evaluate new opportunities for floodplain restoration and multi‐benefit flood management projects in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys.
  • Draft fundraising proposals and write quarterly reports to funders.
  • Draft comments and advocacy letters to shape river and water management projects, programs and policies.
  • Represent American Rivers in public planning forums as appropriate.
  • Working with American Rivers’ National River Restoration team, transfer Central Valley floodplain practice and policies to national efforts, and learn from other state practices and policies for potential application in the Central Valley.


  • Graduate degree in a relevant field, and at least 5 years of relevant experience; or an appropriate combination of education and at least 7 years of relevant experience.
  • Experience in project management, including budget management and overseeing consultant teams.
  • Experience leading watershed management or river/creek restoration or similar projects/programs.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor, and ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people.
  • Initiative, coupled with creative and strategic thinking.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to Sacramento and other parts of the Central Valley.
  • Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.
  • Experience in community engagement in the project development process, particularly in disadvantaged and underrepresented communities is a plus.
  • Experience with excel-based analyses a plus.
  • Experience with fundraising for restoration and watershed stewardship a plus.

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.

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.