Careers & Professional Opportunities

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

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

Open Positions

Project Manager - Big Thompson Watershed Coalition - Loveland, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position Overview

Under the general direction of the Director, the project manager leads all tasks related to BTWC’s river restoration, stewardship, forest restoration, and outreach/educational projects. The Project Manager is responsible for carrying out tasks related to the management of the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition’s flood recovery river projects, ongoing monitoring and adaptive management river projects, and other project management tasks as assigned by the Director. Project Management tasks include but are not limited to: grant administration and reporting; procurement, coordination and oversight of contractors and consultants; monitoring of pre- and post-project site conditions; and communication and coordination with landowners and other project partners. The Project Manager will also carry out program and administrative tasks including website and social media updates and maintenance; planning and organizing meetings, volunteer, and outreach events; grant and other funding research; providing support and coordination for the board of directors and committees; and other administrative, outreach, and operational duties. Currently, this position is funded through June 2019, with the potential for extension based on pending grant applications and funding sources. The Project Manager will work with the Director to identify long-term watershed needs, future projects, and potential funding sources that could enable this position to extend beyond June of 2019.

We are looking for someone with over three years of professional working experience in the fields of watershed science, ecological restoration, and/or stewardship. Experience with nonprofit administration, federal grant compliance, website maintenance, and GIS are also highly desired. The position will require knowledge, skills and experience in project management, river restoration, watershed science, monitoring, outreach and education, and volunteer recruitment and oversight. In addition, we are looking for a highly organized and motivated self-starter with excellent communication, interpersonal, and project management skills.

Salary and Position Details

Salary range: $42,500 to $47,500 with benefits including paid time off (holiday, sick, vacation, and personal leave) and a bonus in lieu of benefits ($6,000 annually) toward a health plan. The position in located at the Big Thompson Watershed Coalition office, 1530 Boise Avenue, in Loveland. The initial engagement length of the position through June 2019; with the potential for extension based on the finalization of pending and upcoming funding requests.

Essential Job Functions

  • Serve as Project Manager, maintaining responsibility for procurement, outreach, planning and execution of watershed projects, including river improvement, forest health, and stewardship projects. Specifically, this includes, but is not limited to:
    • Oversee and manage contractors and design teams for the BTWC’s current flood recovery river improvement projects, including coordinating access, ensuring compliance with contracts, scope of work, grant requirements, applicable laws, and permit requirements (as necessary);
    • Perform outreach and communication with project partners and landowners;
    • Process consultant invoices, prepare quarterly reports to grant funders, conduct project and grant close-out tasks, ensuring federal grant requirements are complied with;
    • Coordinate with contractors on previously completed river projects to ensure they are maintaining the project site through the duration of the warranty period;
    • Assist in the development and implementation of the BTWC’s monitoring and adaptive management program;
    • Assist in the development and implementation of forest health program;
    • Identify projects and programs that improve and sustain the overall health of the watershed;
    • Coordinate stewardship activities as needed, such as weed control, revegetation, etc., potentially with volunteers or in partnership with other organizations;
  • Complete education and outreach tasks including:
    • Development of quarterly newsletters and a diverse set of outreach materials communicating BTWC projects, news, and events;
    • Schedule, plan and conduct outreach and volunteer events;
    • Assist with updates and implementation of the BTWC outreach strategy; and
    • Update and maintain the BTWC website and Facebook pages.
    • Create and maintain a GIS database of BTWC projects and create maps to support projects, events, and grant applications as needed;
  • Assist Director with researching and preparing grant applications related to funding BTWC projects and priorities, such as river improvement and management, forest health, ongoing stewardship and adaptive management, and outreach and education efforts;
  • Assist Director and BTWC Board with additional fundraising tasks and events, as assigned;
  • Work with Director and Board of Directors to identify long-term watershed needs, future project and program opportunities, and potential partnerships;
  • Carryout other program development tasks as assigned by the Director and as identified in the annual work plan;
  • Give presentations about the BTWC and projects to various community organizations, as needed;
  • Provide support, with the Director, to the BTWC Board of Directors, including:
    • Preparation and distribution of board meeting materials;
    • Presenting at board meetings;
    • Taking notes at board meetings;
    • Provide support and communication for committees of the board;
    • Prepare weekly staff update to Board of Directors;
  • Carry out BTWC administrative tasks and day to day management activities as assigned by the Director, such as:
    • Maintain and update landowner listserve, volunteer and donor databases;
    • Purchase materials and supplies according to the BTWC procurement policy and annually approved budget;
    • Contribute to organizational efforts to ensure compliance with a diverse set of grant requirements; and
    • Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director

Qualifications

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and over 3 years of experience working in a professional environment or equivalent. A background in watershed science, natural resource management, hydrology, geomorphology, or similar will be helpful and is highly desired.
  • Familiarity with watershed concepts and processes, restoration monitoring and stewardship (weed control, revegetation, other monitoring and maintenance) techniques, non-profit and grant administration is highly desired.
  • Ability to express compassion in addressing resident and landowner issues.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and community outreach.
  • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience working with and leading volunteers to collect data and/or stewardship activities.
  • Ability to prepare meeting materials and presentations and assist in facilitating meetings.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public relations skills.
  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, and the ability to learn new computer applications, with preference given to candidates who are proficient using geographic information systems (GIS), and website development and maintenance (WordPress or similar platforms).
  • A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass a background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle; mileage reimbursement available.

Working Conditions

Work is performed inside and outside both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of employee’s personal vehicle. Field conditions will include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the foothills and plains of the Rocky Mountain region. Work may include working weekends. Work includes but is not limited to exposure to sun, noise, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, and oils, moving vehicles, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead and above shoulders, use of both hand and fingers, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Must have correctable near and far vision, ability to hear, speak, and write. Work also includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.

Big Thompson Watershed Coalition is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no otherwise-qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or religious affiliation, sex, familial status, age, genetics, disability, or national origin in any phase of employment for this position. Further, the work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (Section 3) which states that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.

Application Instructions

Please email one PDF with your cover letter and resume (both in one file) to: Shayna Jones at info@bigthompson.co com by October 4, 2018. Include, as the subject of the email: Last Name – Program Manager Position. Files e-mailed as separate PDFs or in formats other than PDF may be rejected. Please use the following file naming instructions for the PDF file: Lastname_Firstname_BTWC. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. Due to the volume of applications received, we will not accept phone calls about the position and we will not be able to individually respond to every written inquiry received. Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted the week of 10/15/18. Ideal start date is in early November.

Executive Director - Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition (PRWC) - Woodbury, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position Overview

The Executive Director (ED) reports to the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and is responsible for carrying out priorities and programs delineated in a Strategic Plan developed in concert with the Board. The ED oversees the activities of a full time Outreach Director, and part-time Manager of Development and Administration. PRWC’s Fiscal 2019 Budget is $250,000.

Essential Job Functions

Main responsibilities include:

  • Enthusiastically support the PRWC’s mission
  • Liaison with staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
  • Program development and execution
  • Stakeholder alliances and relationship management (Town, State, Water
  • Utilities, Conservation Partners and others)
  • Fundraising and donor relations
  • Staff direction and administration
  • Financial management, including budgeting, reporting and general administration
  • Volunteer and Membership development
  • Public and media relations
  • Grant writing and management

Qualifications

Education & Experience

  • A degree or equivalent in natural resource management, planning, environmental policy, science, engineering or business administration
  • Five or more years of professional experience in environmental planning or watershed management, business, public, or nonprofit management
  • Understanding of local, state, and federal environmental policies and regulations protecting rivers, aquifers and riparian lands
  • Relevant experience with watershed management and research, project management, fundraising, volunteer organizing, public relations, financial management and personnel management

Motivation and Communication Skills

  • Demonstrate a commitment to PRWC’s mission
  • Confident, energetic and creative self-starter
  • A team leader and team player
  • Excellent organizational, speaking, interpersonal and writing skills
  • Comfortable with fund raising and speaking to large groups, managing teams, chairing committees, and working independently

Application Instructions

Please submit a resume and one page letter indicating why you believe you would be successful in this position and your compensation expectations via email to:

SearchCommittee@pomperaug.org not later than October 1, 2018

Search Committee
Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition
39 Sherman Hill Road
Suite C-103
Woodbury, CT 06798
203-263-0076

If you have questions concerning this position please send your contact information to the above email address and someone from the Search Committee will contact you.

Director of Fish - Patagonia - Ventura, California

General Summary

The Director of Fish, working in the context of the overall Patagonia product line, develops product, marketing, and assortment and sales strategies for the Fish product line. With their understanding of the Patagonia Brand, the outdoor market, industry best fit/finish, fabric details and specific category knowledge, they build a product line plan that delivers innovative products to grow market share and gross margin dollars. The Director of Fish is also responsible for drafting annually an international business plan including sales/distribution strategy, marketing support, staffing needs and seasonal line plans to maximize growth of the category. The Director of Fish is the central figure in knowledge of the fishing product line; he/she collaborates with all segments of the Company, especially the founder and CEO, to articulate, deliver and sell a successful product line.

Essential Job Functions 

  • Responsible for delivering product that helps achieve revenue, gross margin, inventory levels, and profit contribution.
  • Establish market strategy and direction; develop and implement a business plan that includes sales strategies, staffing needs and seasonal line plans.
  • Develop a line that resonates with the global market, and develop market specific product where appropriate.
  • Plan product line and lead development to achieve product, market, business and organizational goals which also advance company-wide brand and environmental goals.
  • In conjunction with the Design Group, lead product direction. Provide detailed product briefs to designers and developers, and maintain all necessary data in the product line management system.

Product Development

  • In partnership with Design, develop products that stay true to the Company’s design principles.
  • Work with Development Team to take inspiration from vector styles and build them into complete product assortments.
  • Work with Material Development to identify opportunities in performance, logistics, or cost of raw materials
  • Establish strong working relationship with the Company’s Production Department.
  • Explore and develop environmental breakthroughs.
  • Be willing to evaluate and propose strategies that include elements of risk.
  • Keep the Company’s quality standards in all products.

Market Research

  • Gain insight into proper line development by exposure to consumer and/or sport end user in the fishing business.
  • Articulate opportunities/concepts to the Company—flow information into design team, production, sales channels and buying groups.
  • Take product into market during development to gauge response with key fishing dealers globally.
  • Gather input from sales channels/buyers/market to help in line development.
  • Create a seasonal line plan for categories and contribute to the overall business plan for Company.
  • Forge bonds with international channels to facilitate information flow.
  • Define market research needs to the Marketing Department for execution.

Sales

  • Working with Sales Managers, craft distribution and dealer strategies that link to product direction.
  • Identify distribution expansion opportunities and key dealers with U.S. Fishing Sales Manager and international leadership.
  • Communicate with reps to identify sales opportunities and key product positions.
  • Establish a concise, prioritized sales strategy for international markets, with defined metrics, and execute against this plan.

Marketing

  • Working with the Marketing Department, craft tools and implement marketing messages to create a line point of view.
  • Communicate line stories and positioning to the Marketing Department.
  • Participate in the planning and execution of global marketing materials including catalogs, advertisement, point of purchase and sales materials.
  • Advise on necessary tradeshows, media, and other aspects of marketing the Fish category.
  • Represent the category internally, and to the media and the public as an advocate and ambassador for Patagonia

Merchandising

  • Set direction for product merchandising in the sales channels.
  • Collaborate with buyers to ensure that the buy supports the product vision. The Director of Fish has a voice in orchestrating the buy so product development plans are properly represented to support new categories and products, color breadth and distribution representation.

Financial Responsibilities

  • Generate revenue and initial margin plan for each season.
  • Set strategies for growth of market share for the category.
  • Develop and maintain team’s budget.
  • Manage preliminary sales forecasting, allocation, and margin management.
  • Ensure business results meet company requirements for P&L, cash flow, and inventory management, asset utilization.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to maintain a composed and professional demeanor within a flexible and (at times noisy) work environment.
  • Must be able to travel utilizing various transportation methods.

Minimum Job Qualifications

  • Extensive experience in sport(s) and/or markets targeted by this line.
  • Demonstrated understanding of key drivers of sales in specific distribution channels in complex markets.
  • Significant experience developing/implementing marketing strategies having demonstrated success in driving sales and achieving targeted objectives.
  • Sales or marketing experience in wholesale, retail or direct businesses.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing product gross margin and operating expenses.
  • Extreme attention to detail and the ability to establish and maintain schedules.
  • Comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
  • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
  • Ability to communicate effectively- verbally, written and visually – with a wide variety of people.
  • Bachelors Degree required.

Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to deanna.lloyd@patagonia.com by August 31, 2018.

Executive Director - Save the River - Clayton, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position Summary

The Executive Director is primarily responsible to the Board of Directors for the administration, program implementation, and financial health of Save The River. In addition to these areas of primary focus, the Executive Director is the principal spokesperson and fundraiser for Save The River.

As a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance the Save The River Executive Director is designated as the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper, serving in this role as the primary voice and advocate for the Upper St. Lawrence River.

The Executive Director will have a strong commitment to Save The River’s mission of environmental protection and will have highly relevant experience for a river protection organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

Program:

  • Intervene/comment on major Save The River policy directions: Design program strategies and conduct policy development and advocacy for river protection. Attend meetings, generate and collaborate on letters and media concerning St. Lawrence River issues. Plan and participate in major Save The River forums/events.
  • Program/Issue support: Develop and maintain key relationships with decision-makers and civic leaders in support of Save The River programs.
  • Community Outreach: Speak and/or write on Save The River’s programs and issues for various interest groups throughout the Thousand Islands community.

Fundraising:

  • Development works: Oversee progress on Development Plan and help raise general funds through cultivation of existing and new family foundations and major donors.
  • Work with board and staff on setting up meetings and events to invest funders in Save The River.
  • Use speaking and writing opportunities to enroll funders in the general vision of Save The River.

Administration:

  • Staff oversight: Maintain smoothly running, congenial office of five staff, plus interns and volunteers.
  • Financial oversight: In consultation with the Bookkeeper and treasurer, prepare yearly organizational and program budgets, review monthly revenue-expense and balance sheets, and maintain oversight of cash flow and required reports.
  • Membership Program: Provide essential oversight of the Membership database, making sure that mailings go out in a timely manner and data base is kept up to date.
  • Board work: Provide staffing for board meetings.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental education, or relevant social sciences.
  • At least four years’ experience in environmental conservation, advocacy, environmental education, or related government work.
  • Strong track record as highly motivated, highly productive professional.
  • Capacity to manage a number of projects at once and deal effectively with the stress of multitasking.
  • Strong commitment to working in a team effort with board, staff, volunteers, and members.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; comfortable teaching volunteers and speaking before small and large groups.
  • Must have facility with Microsoft Professional Office Suite and Google Docs.
  • Familiarity with the Clean Water Act and other protection/restoration laws and techniques strongly preferred.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and two professional references by August 31, 2018. Application materials may be sent to jobs@savetheriver.org or Save The River – Executive Director Search, 409 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624.

Conservation Associate - American Rivers - Seattle, Washington

 

 

 

About American Rivers

Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 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 an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

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. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

Job Summary

The Conservation Associate works to advance floodplain restoration and dam removal projects in the Puget Sound-Columbia River Basin.

The Conservation Associate leads American Rivers’ floodplain restoration work in the Basin, managing projects, building regional capacity to implement floodplain restoration, and advancing policies to support floodplain restoration. The Conservation Associate’s responsibilities include generating and managing floodplain restoration projects and developing basin-scale strategies for reconnecting floodplains to rivers to reduce flood risk, restore ecosystems for fish and wildlife, and improve community well-being and economic resilience. The Conservation Associate works closely with River Restoration Program staff and the PSC Basin Director to manage floodplain projects, advocate for policies that support floodplain restoration, pursue funding opportunities, develop project proposals, and represent American Rivers in county and state working groups and watershed committees. The Conservation Associate also collaborates with American Rivers’ national floodplain restoration team to develop research, informational materials, and written articles for American Rivers’ online Restoration Resource Center and other outlets.

The Conservation Associate supports the lead dam removal project manager with Puget Sound-Columbia River Basin dam removal projects and program-building. The Conservation Associate will assist with providing technical assistance, grant management, budget management, and fundraising assistance to dam removals projects, as well as helping with outreach and multimedia communications for both the project and other restoration efforts throughout the region.

Principal Responsibilities

The Conservation Associate leads American Rivers’ floodplain restoration program in the PSC Basin and supports the Dam Removal Project Manager with dam removal projects, including the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam removal, and program-building.

Tasks include:

  • Lead and participate in coalitions focused on floodplain restoration in the Green-Duwamish, Puyallup-White, Yakima, and Chehalis watersheds.
  • Identify, prioritize and initiate floodplain restoration projects and assist with the same for dam removal projects.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key partners and funders.
  • Proactively identify and pursue opportunities to build new relationships and promote floodplain restoration and dam removal.
  • Engage in advocacy campaigns to improve floodplain restoration policies.
  • Work with Restoration Program and PSC Basin staff to update and implement our regional capacity building plans for growing floodplain restoration and dam removal.
  • Advance floodplain restoration and dam removal in the region through outreach and multimedia communication.
  • Monitor project budgets.
  • Prepare consultant and contractor contract documents.
  • Work with relevant staff to engage in fundraising activities.
  • Represent American Rivers by attending relevant conferences and speaking at events regionally and nationally.
  • Be an active teammate with the American Rivers national River Restoration team and the PSC Basin team, engaging in team meetings, collaborating with colleagues on project ideas and approaches, and participating in team retreats and other related activities.
  • Produce materials for the online Restoration Resource Center, articles for technical and general audiences, press releases and other communications and media pieces.

Minimum Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Minimum of two years of experience working in fields of natural resource management or ecosystem restoration, with an understanding of relevant federal policy.
  • River restoration project management experience preferred.
  • Experience in river management and conservation or a related topic preferred.
  • Strong oral and written communications skills, for both technical and general audiences.
  • Strategic thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines independently.
  • Strong analytical skills and political judgment.
  • Team player and demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues to advance an organization’s broader goals.
  • Ability to work with a team via phone and video conference.
  • Ability to travel by car throughout Washington and Oregon.
  • High energy level, self-motivated.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a one-year position, to be renewed annually dependent on grant funds. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time and full-time equivalent employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to jobs@americanrivers.org with “Conservation Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

Invasive Species Program Coordinator - St. Croix River Association - St.Croix Falls, Wisconsin

 

 

 

Invasive Species Program Coordinator

The St. Croix River Association (SCRA) seeks an Invasive Species Program Coordinator to lead our established Invasive Species program. Someone with a strong commitment to healthy watersheds and to solving environmental problems through partnerships, and a passion for rivers will find this an appealing appointment. SCRA is the official nonprofit partner of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. We work throughout the watershed to protect this national park that flows through its heart.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Invasive Species Coordinator is responsible for the overall coordination of SCRA’s Invasive Species program. The coordinator must be adept at creating and sustaining an active network of partners for prevention and control of invasive species. Further, the coordinator will engage in field work to implement the established invasive species plan for the St. Croix watershed and conduct public education and outreach activities.

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead and coordinate the implementation of the St. Croix Watershed Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan
  • Build, strengthen and maintain partnerships with key watershed stakeholders to complement and enhance local and regional efforts and projects
  • Collaborate on projects and programs with diverse partners including government and tribal agencies, non-profits, lake associations, watershed districts, businesses and other regional stakeholders
  • Conduct invasive species education and outreach through a variety of outlets such as public presentations, press releases, editorials, reports, social media and events
  • Serve as a resource and provide information to the many and varied river-user groups regarding aquatic species threats and impacts
  • Recruit, train, supervise, and evaluate seasonal Invasive Species interns and volunteers
  • Carry out invasive species detection and monitoring activities, which may include boat inspections, survey work, and detection sampling
  • Maintain detailed, accurate and timely accomplishment and budget reports to fulfill multiple grant requirements
  • Pursue additional sources of funding to support program activities and new ideas
  • Other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (conservation, natural resources, environmental education, environmental studies, parks and recreation, etc.)
  • Experience with aquatic and terrestrial invasive species identification, monitoring, control and management
  • Familiarity with grant application procedures, administration, and reporting
  • Ability to track and report relevant data and project results
  • Excellent verbal and writing skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience
  • Experience effectively and cooperatively coordinating projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Excellent computer skills, with Microsoft office, Global Positioning System (GPS) and ArcGIS software proficiency
  • Able to self-manage time and assignments, capable of working under pressure while managing multiple tasks and deadlines and highly developed organizational skills
  • Must have car and valid driver’s license, and be able to work evenings and weekends as needed

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to move and work on all types of uneven surfaces, and both inside and outside environmental conditions
  • Experience with boats or kayaks/ canoes, or ability to learn
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

This position is full time and is based in St. Croix Falls, WI. Salary commensurate with experience. It includes a comprehensive benefits package, an energetic work environment, and the chance to associate with other passionate staff and a wide array of partners committed to protecting the St. Croix River and its watershed.

Qualified applicants please send cover letter and resume to monicaz@scramail.com.

Application deadline is July 27th, 2018 or until the position is filled. The SCRA is an equal opportunity employer.

Project Coordinator, Watershed Science and Stewardship Program - Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group - Niwot, Colorado

 

 

 

 

Employment Status: Full Time
Reports to: LWOG Executive Director
Office Location: 6800 Nimbus Road, Longmont, CO 80503
Salary Range: $34,246-$48,775

General Description

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, serve as project coordinator on watershed science and stewardship projects. The project coordinator is responsible for carrying out tasks relating to implementing and overseeing stewardship and watershed science projects such restoration site monitoring, citizen science projects, weed control, revegetation, and other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director. The project coordinator will also carry out program and administrative tasks including planning and organizing meetings and outreach/volunteer events, grant research, preparation and compliance.

We are looking for someone with over three years of professional working experience in the fields of watershed science, ecological restoration, and/or stewardship. The position will require skills and experience in restoration monitoring and watershed science (such as specialties in watershed science, ecology, geomorphology, hydrology, water quality, fisheries or similar), stewardship (weed control and revegetation), and volunteer recruitment and oversight. In addition, we are looking for a highly organized and motivated self-starter with excellent communication, interpersonal, and project management skills.

Tasks

Primary tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

Serve as project coordinator (and project manager, as appropriate) of watershed science and stewardship projects. Specifically, this includes but is not limited to:

  • Overseeing and implementing restoration project monitoring tasks and monitoring tasks to assess overall watershed health;
  • Preparing an annual state of the watershed report;
  • Researching and preparing grant applications related to funding LWOG’s watershed science program;
  • Coordinating monitoring efforts with citizen science groups, and stewardship efforts with volunteer groups;
  • Maintain a restoration and watershed monitoring database and provide regular updates to internal and external parties.
  • Represent LWOG in the community and marketing LWOG as a science-based organization that other coalitions can look to as a resource;

Complete education and outreach tasks as assigned by the Executive Director, such as organizing monitoring training activities, and organizing outreach and volunteer events, and distributing watershed related information to the community.

Coordinate stewardship activities on project sites as needed, such as weed control, revegetation, and more.

Maintain a GIS database and create maps as needed.

Coordinate site access and communication with landowners.

Complete fee for service monitoring activities for partner agencies.

Carryout other program development tasks as assigned by the Executive Director and as identified in the annual plan.

Carryout LWOG administration tasks and day to day management activities as assigned by the Executive Director such as:

  • Maintaining and updating a landowner database, volunteer database, and donor database.
  • Preparing meeting minutes at LWOG Board meetings.
  • Researching, selecting, comparing, and purchasing appropriate materials and supplies while adhering to LWOG’s procurement policy and annually approved budget;
  • Scheduling, planning, and coordinating education and outreach events and project related activities;
  • Contributing to ensuring compliance with grant requirements.

Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree and over three years’ experience working in a professional environment or equivalent. A background in watershed science, natural resource management, hydrology, geomorphology, or similar will be helpful. Understanding of watershed and restoration science highly desired.
  • Ability to express compassion in addressing resident and landowner issues.
  • Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and community outreach.
  • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Familiarity with restoration monitoring techniques including vegetation surveys, geomorphic assessments (x-sections, long-profiles), benthic macro invertebrate sampling and more.
  • Familiarity with stewardship techniques including weed control and revegetation.
  • Experience working with and leading volunteers in data collection and/or stewardship activities.
  • Ability to prepare meeting materials and presentations and assist in facilitating meetings.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills.
  • Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Ability to learn new computer applications, with preference given to candidates who are proficient using ESRI geographic information systems (GIS) and GPS units.
  • Experience with relational database development and management, as well using data queries in Access.
  • Experience with development and adherence to data collection standard operation procedures.
  • Experience with statistical analysis is a plus.
  • A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle, mileage reimbursement available.

Working Conditions

Work is performed inside and outside both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of employee’s personal vehicle. Field conditions will include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the foothills and plains of the Rocky Mountain region. Work may include working weekends. Work includes but is not limited to exposure to sun, noise, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, and oils, moving vehicles, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead and above shoulders, use of both hand and fingers, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Must have correctable near and far vision, ability to hear, speak, and write. Work also includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.

Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no otherwise qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or religious affiliation, sex, familial status, age, genetics, disability, or national origin in any phase of employment for this position. Further, the work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (Section 3) which states that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.

Salary and Position Details

Full-time salaried position, annual salary will be in the range of $34,246-$48,775, depending on skills and experience. Benefits include paid vacation and sick time, an IRA with 3% company match. The location of the office for the position will be at the Left Hand Water District office, 6800 Nimbus Road in Longmont CO.

To Apply

Please email one PDF with your cover letter and resume (both in one file) to: Jessica Olson at applylwog@gmail.com by July 23rd. Files e-mailed as separate PDFs may be rejected. Please use the following file naming instructions for the PDF file: Lastname_Firstname_Lefthand The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted the week of July 30th. Ideal start date is in early to mid-August.

San Joaquin Valley Restoration Biologist - River Partners - Turlock, California

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you value clean water, wild rivers, and healthy forests? Are you willing to lend your voice and your hands to protect fish and wildlife? Would you rather plant a tree than write a report? Are you excited to work with a team of ecologists, farmers, and entrepreneurs? If you answered yes to all of these questions, River Partners needs your help.

River Partners is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of rivers and floodplain ecosystems. Over the last 18 years, our organization has restored over 8,000 acres of flood-prone farm fields into forests teeming with wildlife. In doing so, we have planted over 2 million native trees and shrubs. Our staff is committed to getting things done. Since 2010, we have purchased $33 million worth of real estate throughout California. Once we acquire property, we implement native habitat restoration that benefits target species. After restoration is complete, River Partners donates the property to State and federal land management agencies to be preserved and protected in perpetuity. We believe in achieving results that directly benefit people and the environment.

River Partners is a successful, financially stable, entrepreneurial nonprofit. We generate an average of $7 million in revenue each year by securing for-profit contracts and government grants. We are the largest, and most experienced, riparian habitat restoration contractor in California and we have built strong relationships with the agricultural, agency, and nonprofit communities as a result of our record of success. Our work has been recognized with several awards, including the Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.

Notwithstanding our accomplishments and awards, the single best thing about River Partners is the people. Our staff is committed, creative, collaborative and diverse. We produce amazing results and have a lot of fun along the way.

Position Title: Restoration Biologist
Office Location: Turlock, CA
Reports to: Restoration Ecologist

Organizational Summary: River Partners is a private, nonprofit corporation located in Chico, California. River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment.

Position: The Biologist works with the Science Team and Implementation Team to identify, evaluate, implement and complete restoration, mitigation and consulting activities and interacts with agency staff, research scientists and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
• Biological monitoring of restoration projects including monitoring and reporting on occurrences of nesting birds and species of special concern within the project area.
• Developing data collection and monitoring protocols and implementing these activities.
• Collaborating with the field implementation department and assisting in the translation of the site specific design and sensitive species avoidance protocols across the project area.
• Reporting the results of monitoring to the River Partners team orally and in writing.
• Working on educational activities for the public, as well as attending public events to promote the organization and its mission.
• Developing and maintaining good relations with agency personnel, contractors, and neighbors.
• Working long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions.
• Traveling to multiple restoration projects for planning and monitoring, which may include, which may include River Partners’ other branches.
• Other duties as required.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
• BS in biology, ecology, environmental science, or related science.
• Three years of appropriate work experience.
• Creatively solve problems and learn new skills.
• Demonstrate good organizational skills and ability to work under multiple deadlines.
• Driver’s license with no restrictions.
• Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required).
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
• Must enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done.
• Effectively communicate complicated biological findings orally and in writing.
• Possess knowledge of California plants, riparian ecology, hydrology, soils and /or wildlife.
Experience with bird monitoring protocols a plus.
• Ability to work on both a team environment and independently.
• Demonstrate good organizational skills, ability to work under multiple deadlines, and flexibility to handle changing priorities.
• Experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data.
• Experience with MS Access or other relational database programs.
• Understand effective use of GIS information.
• Ability to communicate in basic Spanish preferred, but not required
• Ability to read, understand, and follow oral and written instruction.
• Integrity and ethics beyond reproach.
• Commitment and enthusiasm to carry out River Partners mission.

To Apply:
Email (1) cover letter describing qualifications for this position and interest in River Partners, (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) contact information for three references to Mona Dagy at info@riverpartners.org with “San Joaquin Biologist” in the subject line. Applicants may be subject to background checks. The position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified. Please submit questions via email (no phone calls) to info@riverpartners.org. River Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Naturalist I (Education Specialist) - Cleveland Metroparks, Watershed Stewardship Center - Parma, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

Job Description

The Naturalist I (Education Specialist) is a temporary full-time grant funded position at the Watershed Stewardship Center at West Creek Reservation. The Naturalist I (Education Specialist) plans, develops and implements Outdoor Experiences programs to increase the public’s environmental awareness and concern for the conservation, preservation, and management of local watersheds and their plant and animal communities through interpretation education, and stewardship activities.

Naturalist I is a temporary position that is grant funded by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and is currently funded through 12/31/2019.

Primary Responsibilities

Proposes, plans, develops and implements innovative watershed programs emphasizing the natural, historical and cultural aspects of Cleveland Metroparks in support of the mission of conservation, education and outdoor recreation in support of the centers mission to improve the health of urban watersheds: Coordinates programs held at assigned reservations and off-site locations, and may include but are not limited to:

  • school groups
  • professionals
  • community groups
  • special interest groups
  • general public programs
  • special events
  • interpretation of onsite storm water control features and in-field restoration efforts; sustainability initiatives; programs in support of Outdoor Experiences and other divisions within the Park District.

Communicates watershed science through natural and cultural history, outdoor education, environmental and park-related information to the communities we serve and co-workers, peers and volunteers: Maintains up to date understanding of the Park District’s rules and regulations, strategic plans, land acquisitions, and relationships of divisions; designs and co-leads programs that mutually benefit outdoor education, recreation, natural resources, and other Park District divisions; communicates information through personal contact, telephone, Internet, employee portal, park publications, social media, other written information, and the media by utilizing the individual’s strengths/talents in, but not limited to:

  • field and/or laboratory skills
  • curriculum development and delivery
  • audio/visual programs
  • social media communication
  • coordinating workshops and activities
  • written articles
  • interpretive lectures
  • original artwork and photographs

Researches, designs, reviews, and maintains interpretive exhibits and displays in nature centers: Implements graphic arts and design elements for use in temporary exhibits; implements graphic arts and multimedia elements for design of effective educational exhibits and basic signage; researches and designs creative new temporary or permanent exhibits based on thematic relevance to nature center and interpretive goals.

Assists with wild animal care (reptiles, amphibians, and fish) for animals housed in naturally reflective exhibits, and the care and enhancement of nature center outdoor wildflower gardens: Researches and designs creative new temporary or permanent exhibits based on thematic relevance to nature center and interpretive goals. Maintain the appearance of temporary and permanent exhibits, including animal care; completes regular hygienic maintenance of enclosures, proper handling, and veterinary care ordering and stocking and offering food items, security and protection of wild animals featured in exhibits; oversees maintenance and beautification of entryway gardens to offer visitors a welcoming experience.

Researches, writes, develops and reviews written interpretive materials: Writes content, publishes, and monitors social media educational posts (e.g. Cleveland Metroparks Facebook page and Emerald Necklace newsletter articles;) prepares maps and location guides (publications); designs and publishes brochures, handouts, signage, and rack cards; enhances and edits photo files; prepares and packages files for outsource printing or in-house press printing.

Participates in environmental research and special projects specific to each nature center/reservation that utilize an individual’s strengths/talents: Organizes observations, prepares reports, and communicates findings effectively to the Center Manager and Natural Resources division; completes special projects including ecosystem restoration, biomonitoring, stream monitoring, and monitoring of spring migration of amphibians.

Reviews program feedback and visitor input to continually improve programming: Gathers and reviews feedback via online program evaluation surveys provided to teachers, camp coordinators, camp counselors, home-school parents, and adults in attendance of public programming; researches new and creative opportunities for enhancing experiences of visitors and program attendees by monitoring journals, magazines, newsletters, organizational websites for new and exciting program ideas to weave into the curricula.

Participates in field training and related assignments: Attends in-services, conferences and workshops locally, within the state and out of state; serves as guest speaker for other organizations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in watershed/coastal management, natural resources, biology (aquatic/field biology emphasis), environmental education, environmental studies, natural history/cultural interpretation, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in informal science education, classroom education, field exposure including wildlife contact. Watershed experience preferable.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license under the laws of the State of Ohio. Must be certified as an interpretive guide (“Certified Interpretive Guide — CIG” by the National Association of Interpretation, or obtain certification during employment.
  • Knowledge of state and local regulations as they relate to environmental management, urban design, engineering, and/or policy.
  • Enjoys interacting with and serving the public.
  • Ability to organize and effectively manage a diversity of program services
  • Ability to convey and instill a solid philosophy of outdoor education and recreation to employees and park visitors
  • Clear understanding of the relationship between people and the environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.
  • Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.
  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.
  • Management skills and strong business acumen, including problem solving, vision, ability to manage multiple programs and meet deadlines, collaboration, leadership, decision making and ability to analyze diverse facts and develop clear and concise reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.
  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.
  • Must be available to work a variable schedule, including weekdays, weekends, occasional evenings and holidays.
  • Must be non-smoker/tobacco user.

Filing Deadline: 7/31/2018

Application Instructions

Submit an electronic application and resume on the Cleveland Metroparks career site: https://recruiting.adp.com/srccar/public/RTI.home?c=1151751&d=ExternalCareerSite&r=5000371897806#/

Online Media and Marketing Intern - River Network - Boulder, Colorado

Location:  River Network’s headquarters in Boulder, CO

Application deadline:  July 31, 2018

Term of position:  August – December 2018

Work Schedule:  10-20 hours a week

Do you love clean rivers and drinking water as much as reporting about environmental issues and promoting success stories? If yes, this internship is for you!

For 30 years, River Network has worked with determination and purpose to become the foremost national organization connecting, empowering, and expanding the efforts of over 6,000 groups and coalitions—and countless individuals—who work on river conservation and water equity across the United States. That network includes local community groups, national conservation organizations, First Nations, environmental justice groups, municipal water supply providers, government agencies, foundations, companies, and individual supporters.

River Network provides that network with training, tools, resources, and collaborative learning opportunities necessary to advance water solutions. Our staff include water-quality experts, field organizers, scientists, lawyers and public policy specialists, and educators who work from our organizational headquarters in Boulder, CO and locations throughout the U.S. River Network embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion in all areas of our work. We cultivate an inclusive workplace and culture. Visit www.rivernetwork.org to learn more.

Internship Overview:

The internship will involve: (1) developing online content, including interviews, blogs, articles, and social media posts (2) supporting monthly communications such as River Voices, our e-newsletter (3) and developing special campaigns and online promotion plans. Through this internship, the successful candidate will learn about the nature of our nation’s water challenges and the wide network of nonprofits, agencies, and businesses engaged in protecting this precious resource. This is an opportunity to cultivate valuable media and marketing skills, plus experience foundational to a career in marketing and communications for nonprofits or for businesses with strong social and/or environmental missions.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Tracking and soliciting network member news, events, and community successes for ideas and coverage.
  • Conducting and producing interviews of member groups and community leaders, board members, donors, and River Network staff.
  • Collecting ideas from staff for stories and writing at least one article per week.
  • Creating 3-5 social media posts weekly: edit photos, incorporate River Network brand visuals, and draft concise, compelling text.
  • Assisting with special campaigns that promote River Network membership, online toolkits/guides, workshops, webinars, and events.
  • Helping to build monthly newsletters in WordPress.
  • Creating email campaigns in Mailchimp.
  • Writing content for and updating website (WordPress) as needed.
  • Drafting press releases and performing media outreach, as needed.
  • Collecting metrics for quarterly reports.
  • Participate in staff meetings.
  • Other marketing responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in River Network’s mission to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and water, strong research and writing skills, project management experience, exceptional inter-personal skills, and an understanding of digital content and social media best practices. Specific background requirements include:

  • Self-motivated and excited by independent work.
  • Familiarity with social media and digital media best practices.
  • Strong journalism training and/or digital media experience.
  • Impeccable editorial skills. Proven ability to distill information and articulate ideas using clear, concise, compelling language.
  • Comfortable setting and conducting phone interviews, transcribing interviews, researching environmental topics, and polishing drafts for publication. Receptive to feedback.
  • Good eye for photography, and basic photo-editing skills.
  • Copyediting and proofreading training preferred.
  • Access to a computer/laptop. MacBook or Apple laptop recommended.
  • Comfort working in Google Analytics, WordPress, Canva, Hootsuite, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, MS Office products, and Outlook calendar preferred.

Compensation and Benefits:

Intern will gain career-relevant experience and mentorship from marketing and communications director and other staff at River Network’s headquarters in Boulder, CO. The successful intern can expect future employment support, such as recommendations, job leads, and networking opportunities. No cash stipend or benefits are available. Academic credit may also be available.

Think you have what it takes to intern with this fast-paced, growing nonprofit? To apply please provide your resume and a cover letter answering the following questions:

  • What is the most important river, lake, or stream to you? Why?
  • What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Please email your cover letter and resume with Online Media and Marketing Intern in the subject line to Radha Marcum (rmarcum@rivernetwork.org) no later than July 31, 2018. No phone calls, please.

Stormwater and Water Conservation Specialist - Neponset River Watershed Association - Canton, Massachusetts

Organizational Background

The Neponset River Watershed Association is a regional nonprofit conservation group working to protect and restore the natural resources of the 14-town watershed area that drains to the Neponset River in Greater Boston. The Association’s tight knit and mission-driven staff of eight applies its expertise in watershed science, policy, and communications to the cross-disciplinary challenges of managing an urban watershed. Two critical goals for the Association are to reduce stormwater pollution and restore more
natural streamflow patterns in our highly developed watershed. Toward those ends, we work with municipalities and property owners to reduce polluted stormwater runoff, increase groundwater recharge, reduce peak flows, and reduce the volume of water diverted from the watershed by municipal water supply and wastewater management activities.

Position Description

The Association has an immediate opening for a part-time Stormwater and Water Conservation Specialist. The Specialist will work alongside our other program staff to provide technical assistance, training, and outreach to residents, business owners and municipalities on stormwater management and water conservation issues. This may include activities such as:

  • Working with businesses or municipal staff to evaluate opportunities to install stormwater BMP retrofits or update fixtures to increase water efficiency.
  • Analyzing water use data to recommend and implement targeted water conservation outreach interventions and/or incentives.
  • Contacting landscapers and retailers to encourage compliance with the MA fertilizer law and best practices.
  • Delivering technical training for municipal staff, business groups or local residents on stormwater and water conservation topics and organizing training to be delivered by third party instructors.
  • Helping to organize regional collaboration among municipalities in order to more efficiently implement stormwater and water conservation initiatives.
  • Working with citizen and institutional volunteers to conduct education and implementation tasks such as installation of educational signage or constructing demonstration best management practices for stormwater.

Applicant Qualifications

The successful applicant should have a bachelors or masters degree in civil or environmental engineering, hydrology, geology, hydrology water resource management or a related field.

Experience with stormwater management, water supply, and/or wastewater management will be invaluable as will experience working with municipalities.

Experience with locating and designing stormwater best management practices and/or management of municipal water conservation programs will be very helpful.

The position requires strong analytical skills, including the ability to use spreadsheet, database, and GIS software to collect and make sense of environmental and utility data and develop evidence-based strategies to achieve environmental results.

The position requires strong communication and interpersonal skills that will allow the Specialist to effectively engage, educate, motivate and assist local residents, business owners, municipal staff, and volunteers in various settings including over the phone, through one on one interaction, group meetings, workshops and written communications.

Finally, the successful applicant will be excited about the opportunity to work in the nonprofit sector and apply their creativity and skills to produce tangible environmental results in partnership with a small team that has the freedom to focus on achieving meaningful conservation outcomes.

Position Details and Application Process

This is a part-time (20 hr/week) permanent position, with the potential to expand to full time work in the future if desired. The schedule is very flexible and the position is based out of the Association’s office in Canton, MA. Applicants must have their own transportation and be comfortable working outdoors on uneven terrain. The position requires occasional participation in evening or weekend meetings or events. The position reports to the Association’s Executive Director. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Applicants should forward a resume and a cover letter explaining their interest and relevant qualifications via email to Ian Cooke, Executive Director at cooke@neponset.org. Please also indicate where you heard about the opportunity.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We expect to begin scheduling interviews for promising candidates by mid-June 2018. Visit www.neponset.org/about/employment

Application deadline August 31, 2018.

Want to apply your science or technical expertise to further the cause? Our River Science Connection helps member organizations share their science and technical service needs. We hope to catalyze no-cost mutually beneficial partnerships, but the connection includes paid contractual opportunities as well. View open science and technical service requests