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.

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River Network - Director of Finance - Flexible / Remote

POSITION: Director of Finance

REPORTS TO: President / CEO

LOCATION: Flexible / remote (headquarters is in Boulder, CO)

TERM & SALARY: Full time, exempt $70,000 – $80,000/year DOE plus comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health insurance; 403b retirement savings plan; vacation and sick leave; employee assistance program; life insurance; technology stipend; and paid holidays.

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

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK: River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.org 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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Organizational Financial Management
    • Lead and coordinate the development of River Network’s annual budget, work with appropriate staff to develop and finalize their departmental/functional budgets, present budget details to Finance Committee and Board of Directors, and integrate final into QuickBooks Online.
    • Direct the organization’s monthly financial and accounting operations in collaboration with external contractors, including month-end functions, reconciliations, production of monthly financial statements, budget performance monitoring with department staff, expense reporting, accounts receivable and payables management, etc.
    • Ensure timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of financial reporting to funders and the President, Leadership Team, Finance Committee, and Board of Directors.
    • Develop, modify, and/or maintain appropriate internal controls and financial policies and procedures to safeguard River Network assets and ensure sound financial management
    • Remain up to date on nonprofit best practices and state and federal law related to nonprofits.
    • Coordinate the annual external audit process and 990 federal tax return preparations.
    • Supervise staff delivering operational support related to accounting and finance.
  • Grant-Related Financial Management
    • Participate in funding proposal and budget development to maximize River Network cost recovery.
    • Provide timely financial reports for interim and final grant reports, and generate invoices on contracts, as requested by staff, funders, or in compliance with existing commitments.
    • Maintain productive communications with program officers, financial staff at government agencies, sponsors of River Network, individual donors, and members.
  • Information Technology
    • Lead evolution of River Network’s technology roadmap in collaboration with external contractors.
    • Ensure new tools and services are consistent with the roadmap, including website and Salesforce integrations and cloud services, managing external relationships and deliverables, etc.
    • Develop and utilize training, reporting and dashboards supporting organizational goals and metrics.
    • Supervise staff and / or consultants delivering information technology support.
  • Human Resources
    • Responsible for compensation administration, including payroll and benefits, in coordination with payroll and benefits providers.
    • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance regarding staff functions.
  • Support for Board of Directors and Finance Committee
    • Provide staff support to River Network’s Finance Committee, including coordinating agenda preparation, attending meetings, presenting regular financial reports and others, as requested.
    • Develop and present financial reporting for the Finance Committee and Board of Directors.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Degree in Business, Accounting or Finance preferred and minimum of five years of nonprofit financial management experience, ideally for an entity with operations in multiple states.
  • Thorough knowledge of GAAP as it applies to nonprofit organizations, experience with administration of government grants, and accounting for restricted revenue sources.
  • Thorough understanding of and experience in using spreadsheets, accounting software, online payroll processing, MS Office programs, donor management / CRM software (e.g., Salesforce), and other electronic programs/software related to the tasks being performed (e.g., QuickBooks, Expensify, Bill.com, etc.). Experience utilizing technology solutions to improve outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to define and track deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and stay on track using project management approaches and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Positive attitude and excellent presentation skills, strong oral and written communications, a growth mindset and demonstrated strength under pressure.
  • Proven ability as a leader to build and be a member of highly effective and well-functioning teams.
  • Commitment to River Network’s Core Values, including respect, integrity, growth, and inclusion.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

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

TO APPLY: Please apply directly through ZipRecruiter.com or send your resume and cover letter as one combined document to nsilk@rivernetwork.org by or before October 16, 2020. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process. No phone calls please. The successful applicant must also meet the requirements of River Network’s background screening process. Consistent with our values and our commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as stated above, River Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Delaware Riverkeeper Network - Staff Attorney - Bristol, Pennsylvania

ORGANIZATION: Delaware Riverkeeper Network

POSITION: Staff Attorney

LOCATION: Bristol, PA

SALARY: Base starts at $70,000, but is negotiable

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: Established in 1988 upon the appointment of the Delaware Riverkeeper, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization. DRN’s professional staff and volunteers work throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed. We also work throughout the four states that comprise the Watershed — including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York — and at the federal level on the issues, actions, regulations, legislation, policies, programs and decisions that impact the health of our Delaware River Watershed waterways and our ability to protect and restore them for the benefit of all.

POSITION SUMMARY: DRN is seeking to hire a seasoned litigator/attorney with experience in environmental law.

DRN works to protect the Delaware River watershed and ecosystems from threats such as shale gas extraction, pipeline and powerline construction, dredging, stormwater runoff, wetlands degradation, species take, and pollution. DRN’s legal team consists of two full-time staff attorneys, a junior support attorney, a part-time paralegal, and a semester-based law clinic. The full-time staff attorneys report to Ms. van Rossum, who is the Delaware Riverkeeper, leader of DRN, and also an attorney.

Benefits:

  • Insurance: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Short & Long Term Disability
  • 401(k) retirement plan with employer match after one year of employment
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Medical, Dependent Care, Transit & Parking Expenses
  • Generous time-off policies
  • Relaxed work atmosphere and dress code

Location: The position is located in DRN’s main office in Bristol, Bucks County, PA. This position is generally office based. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, DRN staff are currently working remotely from their homes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Manage own caseload: perform legal research; draft strategy memoranda, pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents for timely filing with courts and other government agencies; and write and present comments and testimony before bodies considering proposals that will affect the environment
  • Work both independently and in collaboration with the other members of DRN’s legal team as well as DRN’s advocacy staff
  • Develop and pursue litigation in state and federal courts and administrative tribunals to advance the organization’s strategic objectives
  • Manage relationships with co-counsel, outside counsel, clients, and coalition partners
  • Co-direct the River Resources Environmental Law Clinic, including providing training and legal instruction to law interns
  • Supervise junior attorney, paralegal, and law interns

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Law degree received
  • Admitted to the state bar(s), or willing to apply for admission, in at least one of the watershed states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, or Delaware
  • Two to five years of environmental litigation experience working with the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Natural Gas Act, the Endangered Species Act, and/or other relevant federal and state environmental statutes
  • Experience in administrative and judicial proceedings
  • Experience in undertaking factual investigations
  • Superb research, writing, and oral advocacy skills
  • A demonstrated commitment to public service and public interest litigation

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Submit cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three references, at least one writing sample from recent litigation, and other pertinent information by 10/31/2020.

Please send an email with the required attachments to the attention of Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, at keeper@delawareriverkeeper.org.

Email subject line should read, “Staff Attorney Application.” No telephone calls.

Timeline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

DRN is an equal opportunity employer.

Environment America - Clean Air/Water Campaign Associate - Boston, MA, Denver, CO, or Washington, DC

POSITION: Clean Air/Water Campaign Associate

LOCATION: Boston, MA, Denver, CO, or Washington, DC

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: With Environment America, you protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives. We’re a national network of 29 state environmental groups with members and supporters in every state. Together, we focus on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of our environment and our lives.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Clean Air and Water team is looking for an associate to drive our “Get the Lead Out” campaign. The crisis that unfolded in Flint, Michigan in 2014-15 provided a tragic reminder of the dangers of lead exposure. The drinking water of an entire city had been contaminated with lead. More than 8,000 children under the age of 6 drank lead-contaminated water. A potent neurotoxin, lead affects how our children learn, grow and behave. Now we know this toxic threat extends well beyond Flint. The only way to ensure safe drinking water for our children is to “get the lead out” of our schools and preschools. This involves proactively removing lead-bearing parts from schools’ drinking water systems — from service lines to faucets and fixtures — and installing filters certified to remove lead at every tap used for drinking or cooking.

These steps cost money, but our children’s health is worth it. To convince state and local leaders to act, we’re raising awareness, especially among parents and parent-teacher associations; doctors, nurses and other healthcare givers; and elected officials themselves. We are seeking a Campaign Associate who will spearhead this campaign and work with our experienced team of advocates, researchers, and digital and communications experts.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS

The target annual compensation for this position is $28,000-$30,000 in the first year. Environment America offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Build powerful coalitions: Reach out to like-minded organizations and affected constituency groups to demonstrate support for our campaign goals.
  • Earn traditional media and social media attention: Organize news conferences and write opinion pieces. Build a following on Facebook and Twitter for your campaign.
  • Lobby elected officials: Coordinate strategy with champions in Congress. Make a convincing case to legislators who are undecided on a particular vote. When a critical vote is happening on your campaign, work to demonstrate the support you’ve been building on the ground to help line up the votes needed to win.
  • Research and write reports: Catalogue and analyze data relevant to the issue and our policy proposals to help influence public debate and earn media attention for our cause.
  • Identify and cultivate donors: Reach out to foundations and major donors and ask them to fund your campaign.
  • Run a grassroots campaign office each summer: Run a campaign office for the summer to raise money to support our campaigns, build our organization and membership, and help build critical and timely grassroots support to win key campaigns while honing your organizing and management skills.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply; we provide training on advocacy and organizing skills, as well as oversight and on-the-ground training by an experienced advocate. Ideal candidates will have leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, an eagerness to learn, and be ready for a challenge. We value organizing experience, including building campus or community groups.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Fill out our online application.

We’re also hiring Campaign Associates to work on other campaigns in locations across the country. We accept applications on a rolling basis. For the foreseeable future, all of our staff are working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This position starts in August 2021.

THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU APPLY: Environment America is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit https://jobs.environmentamerica.org/core-values.html?utm_source=River-Network&utm_medium=web-ad&utm_campaign=AMEfall2020&utm_term=331&utm_content=Clean-Air-and-Water-Campaign-Associate for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer.

Deschutes River Conservancy - Executive Director / CEO - Bend, Oregon

ORGANIZATION: Deschutes River Conservancy

POSITION: Executive Director / CEO

LOCATION: Bend, Oregon

SALARY: Salary minimum of $110,000 and commensurate with experience.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The mission of the Deschutes River Conservancy is to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River Basin. For over 25 years, the Deschutes River Conservancy has been working collaboratively with basin stakeholders to find solutions for complex instream water problems while ensuring agricultural needs are met. Through consensus-based projects, the DRC and its partners have made significant progress restoring our local rivers and streams, but there is still more work to do. The Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of the Deschutes River Conservancy provides visionary leadership, developing the strategic direction of the organization and bringing the Mission, Vision, and Values to life.

Organization Description: The Deschutes River Conservancy is based in Bend, Oregon and is dedicated to restoring streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River Basin. For over 25 years, the Deschutes River Conservancy has been working collaboratively with basin stakeholders to find solutions for complex instream water problems while ensuring agricultural needs are met.

POSITION SUMMARY: The Chief Executive/Executive Director of the Deschutes River Conservancy provides visionary leadership, developing the strategic direction of the organization and bringing the Mission, Vision, and Values to life. The chief executive will ensure the DRC is successful in achieving its goals and objectives. The CEO/ED reports to 15 person stakeholder board and leads a team of eight.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Live the Mission and Values.
  • Achieve the current Vision and help create a bold new Vision for the future.
  • Build the brand and help share the DRC story. Attract new interest and solidify long term relationships across the basin and state.
  • Engage all communities in the basin in an inclusive and equitable way; address barriers that all communities experience as it relates to water quality and quantity.
  • Build a most diverse, aligned, and representative movement of stakeholders who support the health of the watershed and communities who depend upon it.
  • Role model justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) in internal/external practices and culture.
  • Strengthen and broaden fundraising support.
  • Build bridges with other river conservation organizations.
  • Build Strategic Planning rigor with a metrics and results-based orientation.
  • Ensure successful oversight of operations including projects, finance, development, and communications.
  • Foster an internal environment of teamwork and cooperation.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Vision – Be able to see what isn’t yet there and bring it to life.
  • Courage and conviction to push through change.
  • Ability to inspire others and bring them along on the journey.
  • Ability to work exceptionally across a broad and inclusive range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to serve as the voice for DRC, or develop that voice within the organization.
  • Ability to run an organization and be accountable to results.
  • Understand the distinct roles of governance and executive leadership.
  • Passion to make a difference in the communities and region we serve through the work of the DRC and its stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including public speaking.
  • Successful candidates will have demonstrated experience, skills and accomplishments in these areas, or have clearly demonstrated the capability to achieve them in the near future.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references electronically to the DRC Search Committee: search@deschutesriver.org. Learn more about us at www.deschutesriver.org. Application Deadline is October 5, 2020.

The DRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

South Yuba River Citizens League - Watershed Science Director - Nevada City, California

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POSITION: Watershed Science Director

LOCATION: Nevada City, CA

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

OVERVIEW: SYRCL’s interdisciplinary Watershed Science team works to ensure a healthy and resilient watershed through diverse restoration, monitoring, and water quality projects. Overseeing a team of nine, the Watershed Science Director brings scientific expertise to shape our vision for a healthy Yuba River watershed. This person will develop projects with staff and partner organizations; implement program goals, strategies, and work plans; and oversee deliverables such as scientific reports and other media. A strong presence as a scientific spokesperson in the local and the scientific community, as well as experience obtaining and managing large grants will also be expected.

Current projects include meadow restoration targeted at improving hydrology, biodiversity and carbon sequestration; floodplain restoration projects targeted at improving salmonid and riparian habitat; mine remediation and monitoring for sediment and mercury; invasive species removal targeted at reducing fuel loads and impacts in riparian areas; forest health work targeted at landscape scale habitat restoration and climate resiliency; and water quality monitoring to investigate trends and issues across the Yuba watershed.

As a community-based organization, public engagement is key to our work and is used to inform our scientific priorities and on the ground management actions. The Watershed Science team contributes to policy, advocacy, legal, communications, and education work organization-wide. This position will lead scientific engagement and build relationships with researchers in academia, government, and NGOs, while staying involved with our community.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide vision and leadership for SYRCL’s Watershed Science Program including river, stream, forest and meadow restoration, effectiveness monitoring, and water quality data collection with the goal of protecting and restoring the Yuba River watershed.
  • Conduct scientific research in a relevant area of expertise and develop a long-term set of collaborations to implement research findings for the health of the watershed
  • Supervise and develop SYRCL’s Interdisciplinary Watershed Science Team, currently consisting of seven FTE plus two AmeriCorps members, providing direction on project timelines, goals, and objectives.
  • Develop and implement annual program and project goals, plans, and budgets.
  • Participate on the organization’s Leadership Team and help guide a positive culture for the organization.
  • Fundraise for a program with an annual budget of $1-$2million through identifying grant funders, writing proposals, and ensuring scientific validity of outputs.
  • Work collaboratively with federal, state, academic, local partners and contractors to develop and implement projects, maintaining existing relationships and fostering new ones.
  • Provide oversight and analysis support for data collected and report on findings through reports, peer reviewed journal publications, and presentations as appropriate.
  • Design and develop protocols and monitoring plans for specific projects in collaboration with staff and other scientists.
  • Maintain strong relationships with academic, government, and NGO scientists and researchers; attend and present at scientific meetings with an eye for interdisciplinary science that engages stakeholders.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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

  • Advanced degree in an environmental, biological, ecological, or physical science, or a related field.
  • Experience in watershed science, restoration, fisheries, botany, ecology, geomorphology, or a related discipline.
  • Desire to continue in scientific research within the context of managing watersheds in collaborative partnerships.
  • Ability to supervise, coordinate, train, develop, evaluate and motivate program staff.
  • Proven experience obtaining and managing state and federally funded grant projects.
  • Effective leader with strategic vision and excellent judgment that combines scientific knowledge with political savvy.
  • Ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions, and collaborate with diverse interests.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints with minimal supervision.
  • Strong collaboration, time management, organizational, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills, and a track record of working effectively across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identities.
  • Skills and interest in developing and implementing restoration projects from conception to completion, including design, permitting, implementation, assessment, and adaptive management.
  • Computer skills required including proficiency with Word, Excel, and skills to become competent in R and GIS.
  • Possession of a properly registered and insured personal vehicle, and a valid California Driver’s License.

WORK EXPECTATIONS:

  • Work Environment:
    • Ability to perform under general office working conditions and variable outdoor working conditions.
    • The position requires regular travel within the watershed and often to Sacramento.
    • Requires working some nights and weekends.
  • Physical Requirements:
    • Able to work on a computer including sitting at a desk for extended periods, reading on a computer screen, and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
    • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
    • Able to hike long distances over variable terrain.
    • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds.

HIRING PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by September 27. We recognize this is a challenging time for hiring, both for the organization and candidate due to COVID-19. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel interview. Anticipated start date will be December 1, 2020. Applicants will be expected to provide two to three writing samples and participate in a timed writing exercise.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California non-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit your cover letter and resume electronically at https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/. No phone calls, please. SYRCL is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other protected status.

APPLICATION LINK: https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=40

South Yuba River Citizens League - Communications & Engagement Director - Nevada City, California

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POSITION: Communications & Engagement Director

LOCATION: Nevada City, CA

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

POSITION SUMMARY: People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Engaging the community and working with partners has always been central to our success and we are seeking a Communications Director who is a seasoned professional with experience leading a successful team, who is an outstanding writer excelling at external communications, and strategic thinking. The Director will be highly skilled in using communication and engagement tools to advance our policy, advocacy, legal, and scientific work to protect the watershed.

The Director will also be experienced at community organizing, coalition building, volunteer engagement, mentoring and overseeing program staff, and raising funds. This position will directly manage our communications, outreach, engagement and education staff and will coordinate closely with SYRCL staff across all departments.

This position is based in Nevada City, CA. The position may require occasional travel within California (Sacramento and Bay Area). Must be available to work some nights and weekends.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree in communications, environmental science, or a related field a plus.
  • Demonstrated excellence in writing, public speaking, and communicating science to the public.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve problems, raise funds, develop and manage internal budgets.
  • Ability to manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure.
  • Working knowledge of today’s web, email, and social media platforms for education, advocacy, fundraising, storytelling, and general communications.
  • Proven success with media relations including the ability to write press releases and op-eds, organize press conferences and public relations events, and cultivate media coverage by working with reporters and editorial boards.
  • Experience managing and developing staff as well as participating as part of a leadership team.
  • Strong collaboration, time management, organizational, and interpersonal skills are required in addition to emotional intelligence, and a track record of working effectively across race, gender, sexual orientation, and other social identities.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Graphic design and photo editing skills, using Adobe Creative Suite
  • Web development experience, including building new sites and editing content

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide vision and leadership for SYRCL communications, education, and outreach programs
  • Lead SYRCL’s River People and Education teams and supervise staff, currently consisting of 2.6 FTE plus an AmeriCorps member.
  • Develop and implement annual communications goals and plans in collaboration with other department leads, including establishing budget needs, fundraising and advocacy goals, listing growth objectives, and other department priorities.
  • Participate on the organization’s Leadership Team and help guide a positive culture for the organization.
  • Create and adhere to departmental budgets.
  • Ensure effective cross-departmental coordination.

Communications Responsibilities

As SYRCL’s chief storyteller, the Communications Director will oversee the organization’s overall communications strategy aimed at raising SYRCL’s profile, our campaigns, programs, projects, and events. This will include:

  • Identify significant media, science, education, and policy issues that can be leveraged to showcase SYRCL’s work and create and implement plans to build on campaigns as well as breaking news in order to achieve advocacy, science, education, and fundraising goals.
  • Develop materials for outreach and engagement, such as brochures and an annual report.
  • Lead organizational media relations; cultivate relationships with key reporters, editorial boards, media and news outlets, and actively pitch stories, spokespeople, and events during new cycles and campaigns.
  • Oversee management of the organization’s website(s), action alerts, event programs and remarks, press releases, and op-ed pieces.
  • Provide leadership for urgent and timely communications to SYRCL’s various constituent groups, follow stories as they develop, use discretion, and employ good judgment with sensitive information.
  • Work cross-departmentally to create a communications schedule that complements organization-wide efforts.
  • Oversee management of bi-monthly e-newsletters.
  • Oversee management of SYRCL’s social media channels with a goal of staying relevant and engaging the public.
  • Track analytics to measure success across channels and platforms and use data to inform communications strategies.
  • Support Development Department and fundraising communication efforts, including direct mail, e-appeals, and grant proposals.
  • Work with Executive Director on speech writing and presentation creation as needed.

Community Engagement & Education

  • Provide leadership for SYRCL’s Education and Outreach Programs, including expansion, fundraising, and partnership opportunities.
  • Provide leadership for successful marketing and production of events such as the annual Cleanup, State of the Yuba, and Quiz Night, in coordination with Development and other key staff.
  • Oversee staff’s development and management of SYRCL’s educational programming including Salmon Tours, youth field science, Wild & Scenic Film Festival school program, etc.
  • Work closely on communications strategies with policy staff for current campaigns: Stop Centennial, Growing Green, Hydropower Reform, and Yuba Salmon Now.
  • Supervise staff efforts for volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition for SYRCL-wide events and activities.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk for extended periods; to read a computer screen; and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard.
  • Able to speak clearly on the phone and in person and be understood by others.
  • Able to occasionally lift objects weighing up to 30 pounds.

HIRING PROCESS: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to applications received by September 27. We recognize this is a challenging time for hiring, both for the organization and candidate due to COVID-19. First contact will be a phone screen interview; finalists will be invited to video call panel interview. Anticipated start date will be December 1, 2020. Applicants will be expected to provide two to three writing samples and participate in a timed writing exercise.

COMPENSATION: Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California not-for-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus 14 days paid time off (PTO), 3 sick days, 8 paid holidays, and 100% individual health insurance benefits.

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

APPLICATION LINK: https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=39

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • 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)

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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.

APPLICATION LINK: http://www.uppermissouriwaterkeeper.org/were-hiring-join-our-waterkeeper-team/

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 07/24/2020