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.

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 

Open Positions

Executive Director - River Network - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, Oregon

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is in search of a dynamic, capable and innovative leader to serve as our Executive Director. TRK is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Tualatin River and its watershed, which is located primarily in Washington County, OR, and to the surrounding communities that depend on a healthy river. TRK engages the public in this mission through four overarching programs: recreation, education, advocacy and habitat restoration.

Located in a bustling and growing part of the Portland Metropolitan area, TRK’s membership and volunteers partner with farmers, industry, community based organizations and the private sector to promote stewardship of Washington County’s natural assets and to connect rural and urban residents to the Tualatin River.

TRK is part of a broader global “Waterkeeper” movement that has a rich history of linking human health, justice and livelihoods to clean water and environmental protection.

Currently, TRK has a passionate staff of five who work together as a mission driven team, but in a relaxed and easy going atmosphere. An active board of up to thirteen members works closely with the Executive Director. TRK is financially stable with a budget of approximately a half million dollars.

Recently in 2017, Washington County passed a tax base to support millions of dollars of investment into watershed health, habitat restoration and conservation education. This funding has not been fully defined, but presents an exciting opportunity to expand the organization’s role in the watershed.

Position Description
The Executive Director provides creative and intelligent leadership to fulfill Tualatin Riverkeepers’ long-term mission and successfully executes the organization’s vision for the future. Duties include supervision of program staff, fund development, financial and contract management, and support of a board of directors.

Key Responsibilities
Board and Committee Development – Provide support, assistance and leadership development to strengthen the TRK Board and Committees. The Executive Director is the principle liaison to the Board of Directors and Volunteer Committees.

Philanthropic Development and Implementation – Build an internal culture of philanthropy, develop and execute sound fundraising plans including major donor solicitation, grants and contract management, and increase unrestricted operational dollars.

Organizational Development – Grow organizational capacity, guide strategic planning and
implementation, and ensure equity, justice and inclusivity are integrated throughout the organization and across all programs.

Staff management and supervision – Provide management and supervision of TRK program staff
including development of job descriptions, work plans, and evaluations.

Financial management – In concert with staff and board, develop the annual budget and cash flow
projections, operate within the approved annual budget, coordinate audit/compilation and timely
submittal of tax and financial reports to IRS and State.

Public Relations and Collaborations – Serve as the key spokesperson for TRK’s mission and vision,
build support among key stakeholders to advance TRK’s agenda, support collaborations with a myriad of organizations that may include policy, advocacy, litigation and environmental and social justice strategies.

Required Qualifications
-Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field or a minimum of 10 years Executive Leadership experience
-Commitment to environmental, social justice and cross-cultural competency
-3-5 years in a senior leadership role with specific experience in financial management and staff supervision
-Demonstrated abilities in donor relations and procuring individual gifts
-Ability to develop and execute strategic plans
-Excellent communication skills with an ability to articulate TRK’s vision orally and in writing
-Demonstrated social and emotional intelligence
-Strong understanding of watershed issues, habitats and wildlife

Preferred Qualifications
-Proven cultural agility
-Knowledge of Oregon policies, regulations and political climate
-Established community relationships with key stakeholders

Upper $60’s to lower $70’s, plus comprehensive benefits. The Executive Director position is exempt and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.

Closing date: August 31, 2017

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to
(No phone calls please)

Individual and Corporate Giving Director - River Network - Boulder, CO



TERM AND SALARY: Full time, exempt (salary range $65,000-80,000)

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks an experienced fundraising professional to join our dynamic and geographically dispersed team. The Individual and Corporate Giving Director will identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts from new individual and corporate donors, as well as nurture and encourage existing individual and corporate donors to continue and expand their support. The primary role of this position is to increase unrestricted support for River Network, thereby allowing River Network to become more agile and responsive to the needs of people, communities, organizations and coalitions engaged in protecting and restoring rivers and securing access to clean water across the US. This position will work shoulder to shoulder with the President/CEO and the Community Strategies Director (responsible for River Network’s foundation relations and grand administration) and be on River Network’s Leadership Team.  We are looking for a smart, energetic, organized, and determined individual with a growth mindset, experience germane to designing and executing fundraising strategies, a proven ability to excite interest and investment, and a drive to continually engage with supporters and potential supporters in person and by phone, email, and other means.

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 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. 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, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.


  • Develops River Network’s overall fundraising strategy for individual donors with input from staff and board, and designs and implements this strategy in close coordination with President/CEO, Director of Community Strategies, and Board of Directors, including:
    • Define and execute annual cycle of communications (periodic updates or webinar opportunities) and campaigns (currently two appeals a year) with existing and potential or lapsed donors to maintain excitement about River Network’s work.
    • Define and execute an annual plan for major donor engagement, create a tracking strategy specific to each donor, and define and manage assignments for other members of the River Network team, as appropriate.
    • Persistently and relentlessly identify prospective donors for River Network, actively make appropriate fundraising pitches, and move donors along a continuum toward higher levels of giving.
    • Manage President/CEO’s appointment schedule with prospective and existing major donors, and engage board members and other staff in cultivation efforts as appropriate.
    • Plan and execute 1-3 small donor cultivation/stewardship events per year, hosted by River Network Board members or donors, in coordination with the event host and relevant board or staff members.
    • Communicate persuasively with existing and prospective donors through phone conversations, personal visits, written proposals, direct mail and email campaigns and appeals, and reports.
    • Develop and maintain records and files for all $1,000+ individual and family donors and prospects. Will track all individual fundraising efforts and results in Salesforce database.
    • Produce the Annual Report in collaboration with the President and the Marketing & Communications Manager.
  • Develops and leads River Network’s overall fundraising strategy for corporations with input from staff and board, and design and implement strategy in close coordination with the President/CEO, Director of Community Strategies, and Board of Directors including:
    • Determine River Network’s annual priorities and engage with corporations to advance these priorities.
    • Execute engagement plan for existing and potential major corporate partners to grow their support for River Network in collaboration with relevant staff and board members, and define and manage assignments.
    • Communicate persuasively with existing and prospective corporate partners through phone conversations, personal visits, written proposals, and reports.
    • Persistently and relentlessly identify prospective corporate partners whose business interests align with River Network, and build report and engagement resulting in corporate philanthropy, workplace giving, and larger partnerships.
    • Coordinate with Community Strategies Director to secure and grow corporate sponsorships and exhibitors for River Rally.
  • Fulfills staff and board collaboration responsibilities with candor, integrity, and clarity, including:
    • Supervise Community Engagement Coordinator and their work to deliver on our corporate commitments.
    • Ensure that all outreach, grant-writing, reporting, record keeping assignments related to individual, and corporate, fundraising opportunities are completed by staff in a timely manner.
    • Provide guidance to Membership and Operations Associate on administrative functions related to individual fundraising, including production of acknowledgement letters.
    • Contribute to Leadership Team meetings, staff meetings, and other gatherings in a manner that fosters productive work relationships with others, and follows River Network’s Compact, practices, procedures, and policies.
    • Serve as liaison to the Development Committee and support board members’ engagement in individual and corporate fundraising efforts.


  • Five years’ professional fundraising and/or sales experience with depth in developing and delivering successful fundraising strategies with mid-level and major donors as well as with corporations.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, proven experience translating complex and technical concepts into compelling and clear messages for specific audiences.
  • Detail-oriented, with proven experience managing multiple projects simultaneously and delivering assignments within stringent deadlines.
  • Highly technologically savvy, with proficiency in donor management systems (SalesForce), prospect research systems (iWave, etc.), and MS Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.).
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork and diversity.
  • Access to transportation to visit with donors and prospects, willingness to travel, and availability for events.


  • Knowledge of current and evolving trends in corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
  • Proven experience managing major donor affinity groups and securing $1,000+ donations from individuals.
  • Experience with Salesforce and ability to comprehend and interpret nonprofit financial statements.
  • Knowledge of river conservation, current issues in the water arena, etc.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Nicole Silk ( with “FUNDRAISING POSITION” in the subject line of the email. References, work samples, simulations, and questions will be part of the selection process. Position will remain open until filled with a preliminary deadline for applications of July 31, 2017 and the expectation of an August / September 2017 start date. No phone calls please.

Associate Director, Clean Water Supply - American Rivers - Cumberland, PA

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 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

The Associate Director manages stormwater programs in support of the Clean Water Supply program in Pennsylvania. S/he will promote water management policies and practices that advance natural infrastructure, particularly green stormwater infrastructure for Pennsylvania’s urban municipalities. The Associate Director will also conduct research on stormwater management issues pertinent to the Commonwealth, while coordinating outreach and engagement with partners and agency personnel as needed.

The activities of the position may include providing technical assistance through workshops, sharing innovations and lessons learned through webinars, and developing and disseminating tools to advance natural infrastructure water management practices. In addition, the Associate Director may help develop comments in response to agency or legislative proposals, regulation or technical guidance. S/he may also need to conduct, review or analyze the application of water quality models or data by local or state resource managers. The Associate Director will work closely with other American Rivers’ staff, especially fellow Clean Water Supply staff, to support the program as guided by the Director of Clean Water Supply in Pennsylvania.

• Work with the Clean Water Supply Director in Pennsylvania to carry out Clean Water Supply work plans within the Commonwealth, with a focus on the rivers of the Chesapeake Bay and the Delaware River watershed.
• Promote planning resources, financing strategies and/or regulatory tools that demonstrate the benefits for water resource management available from green stormwater infrastructure practices.
• Conduct research, outreach, and education for project work to promote state, regional and local planning, financing, and implementation of green stormwater infrastructure for sustainable water management.
• Engage community leaders, municipal and state officials; coordinate with project partners from other organizations. Attend and help lead meetings.
• Help develop strategies to improve local, state and regional green infrastructure practices and stormwater policies. Promote American Rivers’ reports and tools.
• Coordinate with other American Rivers Clean Water Supply staff and engage other American Rivers’ programs as needed.
• Represent American Rivers in public forums and the media.
• Travel as needed to represent American Rivers and conduct project work.

• Bachelor’s degree in Policy, Resource Management and Planning, Engineering, Environmental Science or other discipline(s) relevant to managing water resources and at least 2 years of relevant experience; or a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience with a focus on stormwater management or natural infrastructure.
• Familiarity with current regulation and guidance for stormwater such as: Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) permits, Best Management Practice (BMP) Stormwater Manual, Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), and Erosion and Sediment Control (Chapter 102.)
• Knowledge of stormwater modelling and fundamental computer mapping or Geographic Information System programs is helpful.
• Familiarity with current and evolving funding and financing mechanisms such as: Clean Water State Revolving Program (SRF) and the Green Project Reserve (GPR), stormwater authorities and impervious fee structures and strategies to promote green infrastructure.
• Strong time management skills, including the capacity to engage on several projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
• Dependable and self-motivated; able to work independently and proactively.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research, outreach and coordinate education or training.
• Strong written and verbal communications skills.
• Team player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.

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.

New Cumberland, PA is the central office location for this position; however, a successful candidate with proven capacity to work independently may be eligible to work remotely from the Philadelphia area.

Application Deadline:  August 12, 2017

Application Instructions: Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to:, with “PA Associate Director, Clean Water Supply” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

Executive Assistant - Klamath River Renewal Corporation - Berkeley, CA

About the Corporation
The Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation created via a unique partnership between state, federal, and local governments, tribal nations, and non- governmental organizations. The KRRC was established as a result of the 2016 amended Klamath Hydroelectric Settlement Agreement (KHSA). It is charged with the removal of four hydroelectric dams in Oregon and California and restoring a large portion of the Klamath River after over 100 years of hydroelectric production. When fully implemented, the project will be one of the largest river renewal projects in U.S. history, restoring fish passage to over 300 miles of historic salmon habitat and providing economic stimulus to both the Klamath River and the ocean fishing communities.

KRRC will oversee the river renewal process as well as risk management for the project. It will achieve its mission by accepting ownership of the four dams from the current owner, PacifiCorp, surrendering the hydroelectric license for the dams through a public process before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and then contracting with a construction firm to remove the dams. The KRRC and its work are funded by $200 million in trust accounts from PacifiCorp’s ratepayers, as authorized by the California and Oregon Public Utility Commissions, and by up to $250 million of California bond funds approved by voters in 2014 and appropriated by the Legislature in 2016.

Overseen by a 15-member Board of Directors and its five-person Executive Committee, the KRRC has initiated the processes that will lead to the decommissioning and removal of the dams. Major construction activities are anticipated to start in 2020. PacifiCorp will continue to operate the dams until they are decommissioned. For more information, please visit:

Executive Assistant
KRRC seeks a responsible and energetic person to provide administrative support to the Executive Director and assist with the day-to-day operations of the Corporation. The Executive Assistant will be responsible for managing the Executive Director’s schedule and travel arrangements, ensuring the Executive Director is prepared for all meetings, managing and anticipating upcoming priorities for the Executive Director, logistical planning for and implementation of Board and stakeholder meetings, and managing the office space. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational skills, be able to take direction, and to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision. As the second employee of the KRRC, s/he will work in a fast-paced environment requiring detail-oriented work, independence, and professionalism. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual looking for exposure to high- impact environmental work.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Assistant will perform the following and other duties as assigned:
• Perform all administrative duties to support the Executive Director, enabling him to be highly effective in executing his role.
• Manage the Executive Director’s calendar (schedule calls, plan meetings, etc.), business meetings, and travel arrangements; ensure that his schedule is effectively constructed to support his expressed priorities.
• Work closely with the Executive Director to keep him well-informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities.
• Prepare the Executive Director for meetings by providing preparatory information; take highly detailed notes at meetings and provide follow up support.
• Assist with production and ensure quality control of outgoing work products.
• Schedule Board committee and partner calls and meetings.
• Coordinate and manage logistics for Board meetings and other events, including arranging travel, lodging, and catering, acting as the point of contact for logistics and accommodations questions, and attending Board meetings as logistics lead.
• Assemble Board packets and other meeting materials, including reviewing and compiling materials and supporting printing and distribution.
• Track and review KRRC-related or other relevant news articles, regulatory proceedings, blog posts, and social media for distribution.
• Research, prioritize, and manage responses to incoming correspondence (calls, emails, etc.) and requests; greet visitors.
• Conduct discrete program-oriented research or coordination tasks, as requested.
• Keep and maintain inventory of office supplies and equipment.
• Other administrative duties and special projects as needed.

Desired Experience and Qualifications
The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree.
• At least 5-7 years of experience working as an Executive Assistant or in an office support role.
• Proven ability to work effectively and efficiently with minimal supervision; ability to work under pressure, prioritize, and multi-task.
• Ability to represent the KRRC professionally, maintain confidentiality, and handle sensitive matters with discretion and diplomacy.
• Ability to actively think ahead, anticipate upcoming needs, and propose solutions; strong judgement.
• Excellent personal and interpersonal communication skills.
• Very strong writing skills.
• Previous experience maintaining calendars and coordinating meetings/events.
• Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
• Interest, comfort, and strength working in a small, dynamic environment.
• Experience working with Boards of Directors highly desired.
• Knowledge of the Klamath River and Klamath Basin a plus.

Compensation and Location
This position will be active for the life of the Corporation. KRRC offers an excellent compensation package commensurate with experience and the duties of the successful candidate.

The position will be based in Berkeley, CA with some time based in San Francisco, CA. Periodic day travel and over-night travel in California and potentially Oregon will be required, particularly to attend Board meetings. Other travel may be required.

To Apply
CEA Recruiting is assisting KRRC with this search. To be considered for this position, interested candidates must follow the link below to submit a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements through CEA’s job portal. Please direct all applications and inquiries to CEA Recruiting.

KRRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

MId-Level Giving Manager - American Rivers - Washington, DC

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 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

The Manager of Mid-Level Giving oversees the engagement and growth of the organization’s River Guardian Society, donors giving $1,000-$9,999K annually. S/he engages donors directly through personalized communications and outreach that deepens their relationships with American Rivers. S/he works closely with membership to increase revenue, retention and acquisition of new River Guardians through consistent identification, exceptional engagement, timely online and direct mail solicitation and relevant stewardship. In addition, the position works with the major gifts team on strategies to upgrade River Guardians to major donors. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented, high-energy team of professionals who are making a difference in the environmental field.

• Maintain and cultivate a portfolio of mid-level ($1,000-$9,999K) River Guardian donors; build relationships through phone calls, personalized emails, ongoing contact and other communications.
• Meet minimum annual unrestricted fundraising goal, as specified in the budget.
• Collaborate with membership to develop and implement mail and online strategies for mid-level acquisition, retention and upgrades, including creative design, messaging and data segmentation; ensure plan dovetails with solicitations produced by membership team.
• Collaborate with major gifts team on strategies to move select mid-level donors to major donors with reports and updates in their areas of interest.
• Act as primary contact for incoming calls and email requests from mid-level donors; soliciting feedback and tracking interactions in database.
• Participate in prospect discovery and qualification calls; contacting and qualifying high-capacity prospects to identify and upgrade to mid-level or major donor status.
• Plan and implement River Guardian quarterly webinars and occasional events, and participate and support major donor and institutional events as assigned.
• Collaborate with members of the team on marketing the planned giving program to mid-level donors.
• Manage the gift coding and acknowledgement process for the mid-level program.
• Collaborating with membership, conduct ongoing evaluation of mid-level giving, analyzing trends throughout the year and recommending changes to strategy.
• Working with membership, develop and monitor the mid-level giving revenue and expense budget.
• Utilize the CRM database for tracking and recording actions pertaining to individual River Guardians and for obtaining information to assist in their cultivation, solicitation and stewardship.
• Develop and track annual, comprehensive work plan for the mid-level program.

• Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of development experience, specifically securing annual donations from individuals. Or an appropriate combination of education and at least 3 years of relevant experience.
• Strategic and creative thinker; highly organized and able to meet deadlines and achieve revenue targets.
• Superior written and verbal communication skills, including copy editing, proofreading and finalizing documents.
• Experience managing direct marketing campaigns from concept, copywriting, art direction and print production is a plus.
• Working knowledge of CRM software, (experience with ROI Solutions database is a plus).
• A team player with excellent interpersonal skills.
• Highly organized and resourceful, able to prioritize tasks, work on several projects concurrently and meet deadlines.
• Ability to work effectively with outside vendors as well as staff at all levels, board, and donors.
• Familiarity with environmental/conservation funding community is a plus.
• Ability to travel, outside of normal work hours, to meet donors and attend functions; amount varies depending on portfolio.
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.

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 Deadline
: August 5, 2017

Application Instructions
: Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: with “Mid-Level Giving Manager” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

Senior Director, Major Gifts - American Rivers - Washington, DC

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 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit

The Senior Director of Major Gifts identifies, engages, cultivates, solicits, and stewards current and prospective individual donors in expanding their financial support of the work of American Rivers. S/he is responsible for meeting an annual revenue target by working with an assigned portfolio of donors and prospects to secure gift commitments of $10,000 or more. The Senior Director also supervises a three-member team to ensure the consistent and effective implementation of donor cultivation and solicitation strategies to reach the major gift team’s collective revenue goal.

As a member of Advancement’s Senior Leadership Team, s/he works directly with the President/CEO as well as board members and other volunteer leadership. S/he collaborates with colleagues in development operations, membership, mid-level giving, online strategy, communications and conservation. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented, high-energy team of professionals who are making a difference in the environmental field.

Planning, Strategy and Budgeting
• Develop overall major gift team’s strategic direction, objectives and budget; including fiscal year revenue and engagement goals (e.g., dollars raised, visits completed).
• Lead changes to the annual work plan based on results and ongoing review of program performance to keep team on task and provide updates to leadership and board.
• Develop and execute personalized solicitation strategies for each donor/prospect in assigned portfolio with information about specific initiatives, persons involved in each task, and target dates for each purposeful action; track activities and information in CRM.
• Collaborate with staff in other departments, including advancement and conservation, to create customized solicitation plans and proposals matching the objectives of the organization and interests of the donor or prospect.
• Prepare and conduct donor briefings for President/CEO’s assigned visits or solicitations.
• Effectively manage and supervise the major gifts team, including assistance with donor strategies, providing opportunities for personal and professional growth through regular performance reviews, guidance, and encouraging training while presenting new techniques and recruiting/hiring staff as needed.
• Monitor budgets to align major gifts team resources and programs with organizational goals.

Fundraising Targets and Portfolio Management
• Conduct a significant number of qualified contacts per month with donors and prospects to form and strengthen relationships for long-term.
• Prepare personalized materials for face-to-face meetings or other donor interactions.
• Meet minimum annual fundraising goal, as specified in annual budget and work plan, including both unrestricted and restricted revenue targets.
• Write reports following donor contact; record and enter contact reports and other information about donors in CRM.

Pipeline Development
• Assist with and drive planning of ongoing donor cultivation and engagement strategies using opportunities such as small cultivation events and volunteer meetings.
• Drive implementation of prospect discovery and qualification system; contacting and qualifying high-capacity prospects identified through screenings.
• Define and monitor a set of performance metrics to evaluate major gift program success including portfolio potential, strategies, and execution.
• Coordinate bi-annual review of the major gift team portfolio.

• Stay current with major gift trends and best practices, using industry data to make strategic decisions.
• Enthusiastically participate in department meetings, organization-wide meetings and activities, and staff committees.
• Perform other fundraising duties and special projects in support of the Advancement Department, as needed, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

• An advanced degree and a minimum of 12 years of significant major gift fundraising experience. Or an appropriate combination of education and at least 15 years of relevant experience in sales or business development or other related fields, in a confidential environment to a sophisticated audience, will be considered.
• History of closing six and seven-figure gifts or sales/ marketing accounts, including the ability to evaluate, qualify and move prospects through the identification, cultivation and solicitation cycle.
• Experience interacting with high-net worth individuals and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
• Previous supervisory experience of gift officers desired, including assisting with strategies and helping track metrics.
• Excellent communication skills coupled with strong writing and presentation skills.
• Understanding and knowledge of budgeting processes.
• Understanding of gift procedures, including restrictions and donor crediting.
• Proficiency with donor database/CRM applications (ROI preferred).
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• High-energy level, flexible and self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently and supervise a team.
• Excellent planning and organizational skills, ability to prioritize, and manage time efficiently.
• Ability to travel frequently, outside of normal work hours, to meet donors and attend functions; amount varies depending on portfolio.
• Prefer candidate with some knowledge of and interest in conservation and environmental issues.
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.

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.

Washington, DC is the preferred location for this position, however, the successful candidate may work remotely from another geographic location.

Application Deadline
: August 5, 2017

Application Instructions:
Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: with “Senior Director, Major Gifts” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

Marketing and Communications Manager - River Network - Boulder, CO (alternate = North Carolina)


LOCATION: Boulder, CO (alternate = North Carolina)

TERM AND SALARY: Full time, exempt (salary range $55,000-65,000)

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks a talented marketing and communications professional to join our geographically dispersed team on a full time basis. This position will be responsible for maintaining River Network’s visual identity, expanding our brand identity, integrating our program work into regular outreach and marketing, overseeing the content management for and production of a number of our regular publications, and promoting our learning opportunities for greater reach and influence. These activities are all part of the River Network’s annual marketing and communications plan that supports goals and metrics articulated in our strategic plan. This position works with every person on the River Network team to deliver results, beginning with the creation of an annual marketing and communications plan. Our ideal candidate is creative, easy to get along with, technologically savvy, likes to find novel solutions, is highly organized, thinks outside the box, and enjoys working across programs, geographies, partnerships, and disciplines to deliver results.

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 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. 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, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters.


  • Design and execute River Network’s annual marketing and communications plan in alignment with our strategic plan and annual work plan that includes:
    • Situation analysis: What is River Network’s unique value proposition, unique role, relationship to others in the marketplace, specific challenges and opportunities (given our brand, assets, etc.).
    • Target audiences: Who is our audience and what are we trying to get them to do? Is there any behavior change that we are seeking?
    • Goals, strategies and tactics: Establish measurable goals with specific strategies and tactics that utilize River Network’s assets (website, newsletters, publications, River Rally, social media, webinars, and of course our staff), provide clarity for how to expand brand reach using stories from programmatic deliverables, and include specific tactics when appropriate (e.g., press kit for River Rally, promotion of River Rally, crowd funding, etc.)
    • Annual calendar and quarterly tracking: In coordination with Leadership Team and others, create and then track an annual calendar of assignments, roles and responsibilities, resulting in shared ownership and focus.
    • Budget: Work with Director of Finance to understand budget for the year and opportunities for growth.
  • Oversee the production of specific regular River Network publications, including coordination with external graphic designers, identification and coordination of staff and external contributors, establishment of timelines for delivery, collecting articles and images and other content for inclusion, currently including:
    • River Voices (2-4 issues a year) and River Currents (currently monthly).
    • River Network Annual Report and Trends Report (both once a year).
  • Maintain and grow River Network’s digital brand, including expanding the reach of programmatic accomplishments:
    • Develop understanding of programmatic work, promote and expand reach of core work to broader audiences, and work with President/CEO as well as program staff to develop plan for blogging and other staff driven communications.
    • Manage and expand our social media presence (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram).
    • Seek “earned media” attention, and when appropriate “paid media”, for River Network “owned media” (produced articles, newsletters, blogs, reports and press releases).
    • Manage and refresh River Network’s website content in collaboration with supervisor and other staff, including developing and posting new content (stories, videos, photography, jobs/events, resources, etc.).
    • Analyze trends using Google Analytics to track website traffic and measure performance.
  • Strategize for and manage River Network’s public relations:
    • Establish relationships with relevant media outlets, create press kits, and write press releases.
    • Monitor news items and current events related to water issues, and make recommendations for response, commentary, or involvement by the organization.
  • Expand the reach of our learning opportunities:
    • Develop marketing content for, manage and implement annual promotion calendar of River Network’s produced and supported webinars and training programs including emails, social media posts, etc.
    • Develop marketing content for, manage and implement annual promotion calendar for River Network’s signature annual conference, River Rally, including emails, social media posts, etc.
  • Help River Network achieve its individual donor and membership/community goals:
    • Support mass e-communications to River Network’s supporters in collaboration with Individual and Corporate Giving Director and President/CEO.
    • Oversee communication strategy and its deployment for all membership levels.


  • Exceptional aptitude and relevant experience in developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies, overseeing brand identity, website management, establishing and delivering social media, using mass email marketing programs integrated with relational databases, and generating press coverage and attention.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills with an impeccable level of accuracy.
  • Highly technologically capable with website platforms (WordPress in particular), mass email programs (MailChimp in particular linked to contacts/accounts in Salesforce), and Microsoft Office Suite and products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, and Sharepoint), and Salesforce (our CRM database), etc.
  • Interpersonal savvy, positive, self-motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, drive to succeed with a wide range of people, and demonstrated ability to excel on a decentralized and virtual team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others; manage multiple projects simultaneously; and meet deadlines on time and within budget.
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork, inclusiveness, and diversity.


  • Experience with graphic design highly desirable (e.g., InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe Suite, etc.).
  • Experience with public relations and media strategy development and execution (earned and paid media).
  • Experience communicating with and including culturally diverse constituencies.
  • Interest in or experience with Salesforce, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and direct mail.
  • Commitment to and interest in learning more about water issues nationally.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Nicole Silk ( with “MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS” in the subject line of the email. Applicants will be asked for references, work samples, simulations, and answers to questions as appropriate to find the best candidate. Position will remain open until filled with expectation of an August / September 2017 start date. No phone calls please.

Stewardship & Education Manager - Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust - Lowell, MA

Job/Volunteer Description:
The Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (LP&CT) is a private, non-profit land trust operating within the City of Lowell, MA. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Lowell through the creation, conservation and preservation of parks, open spaces, and special places. This small, dynamic organization has four staff, a nine-member Board of Directors, and a strong membership base. Our programming is diverse, including land protection, environmental education, historic preservation, and urban forestry. Are you interested in helping this dynamic organization grow? Can you multi-task, work well with diverse partners and volunteers, and engage youth in learning about their environment?

The position of Education & Stewardship Manager encompasses duties that relate to our membership, land protection, and education programs. LP&CT is very much a teamwork based environment which requires flexibility/adaptability, self-initiative, goal setting, and interacting with the public – all working toward project accomplishments that meet the clearly defined mission of the Trust. This is an exempt position and some weekend and evening work is expected. Responsibilities below will vary from week to week in consultation with the Executive Director:

• Education Programs (6-15 hours/week) – Coordination of youth and adult education programs. Youth education is primarily offered after-school (Monday-Thursday) in partnership with a co-teacher from Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to programming with youth, this position requires the ability to steward and facilitate program partnerships. Adult education includes coordination of seasonal programs, which may include: animal tracking, maple sugaring, bird watching, property walks, lock tender training, and other events.

• Membership/Operations (6-10 hours/week) – Coordinate and process all membership mailings, which include renewals every 6-8 weeks, Annual Fund, Constant Contact e-news, and special event mailings. Requires attention to detail, ability to use & analyze database, conduct mail merges, and engage donors. Coordinate volunteers for all Trust projects and track their time; track education program and event attendance. Interact with media, send press releases, update website, and track media impressions. Other operations support as needed.

• Stewardship/Land Protection (2-4 hours/week) – Monitor and manage land trust properties and those in which we have a vested interest (including the Concord River Greenway); work proactively to protect high priority parcels within Lowell. Ensure alignment with land trust accreditation requirements. Coordinate volunteer land stewards and group clean-ups. Address property maintenance needs as required.

• Social media (2-3 hours/week) – Prepare and proactively schedule creative, engaging social media content to engage and interact with members of the community.

• Other responsibilities (4-8 hours/week) – will include contributing to the coordination and success of LP&CT programs, including seasonal whitewater rafting (April/May), a monthly (Jan-June) eco-film series, the restoration and maintenance of the historic Spalding House (c.1760), and other program needs as they arise.

Education and experience: Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management/environmental studies/education or a field related to the position. Plus 1-3 years of related or transferable experience with a similar non-profit. A Masters degree can replace some of the work-related experience.

• Strong commitment to urban conservation and the mission and programs of LP&CT.
• Strong ability to be proactive, multi-task/prioritize and provide attention to detail and follow-up.
• Demonstrated experience working with urban youth and/or experiential education.
• Computer Skills: Microsoft Office applications of Excel, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Publisher/InDesign; ability to analyze database, develop reports, conduct mail merges; social media (eg. Facebook, Twitter, Constant Contact).
• Strong writing and editing; ability to write persuasive content.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partner organizations.
• Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines to handle multiple tasks.

o Experience in one or more of the following areas: historic preservation, urban land protection projects, WordPress website management, and/or fundraising (including grant writing).
o Bilingual or ability to communicate in Spanish or Khmer.

Working conditions: Work is performed in a normal office environment. Much of event, education, and other programming work is performed outdoors with potential for all weather conditions and may require climbing, bending, walking, crouching, lifting, reaching, and other physical capabilities.

Compensation: Rate is commensurate with experience, full-time, 40 hours/week. Benefits include accrued paid time-off, workers’ compensation insurance, free garage parking, exercise gym on site, and access to a 403b account.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

To Apply: Please send an attached resume and cover letter via email to: Applicant should describe relevant experience and interests in cover letter.

Please address cover letter to:

Jane Calvin, Executive Director
Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust
660 Suffolk St. Suite 120
Lowell, MA 01852

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis now through July 31, 2017.
Job description is also at:

Seasonal Field Technicians - Galveston Bay Foundation - Houston, Texas

Job Description:
The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) seeks two (2) temporary, full-time field technicians to conduct and promote habitat management and restoration activities on conserved lands throughout the Galveston Bay watershed. GBF protects more than 8,000 acres and is looking for dedicated students, recent graduates, or other interested applicants to assist with conservation management and planning activities. Field technicians will receive job-specific training based on the identified needs of the GBF conservation team. Additionally, the position will provide career development skills to improve prospects for future employment in the conservation field. GBF is looking to fill two positions for 15 weeks, beginning September 1 through mid-December (pre-holiday), 2017.

Specific Duties:
Assist with land conservation management activities including:
• Property and project maintenance and monitoring (e.g. invasive species control, brush clearing, fence/gate repair, trail maintenance, etc.)
• Flora and fauna inventories on conservation properties
• Habitat mapping and delineation on conservation areas
• Management plan development for conservation areas
• Terrestrial and estuarine habitat restoration (e.g. coastal prairie, marsh, oyster reef restoration)

The ideal candidate should possess:
• Background of study and/or experience in land/wildlife management, wildlife biology, environmental science, aquatic resources management, ornithology, botany and/or special knowledge of local flora, fauna, and coastal ecology
• Demonstrated prior experience in field work
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Ability to work well with partners, staff, and community volunteers
• Ability to take instruction and complete assigned tasks with minimal supervision
• Experience with Microsoft-based products (Word, Excel, Outlook)
• Experience in GIS mapping and GPS technology

Special Requirements:
• Must possess a valid driver’s license
• Must be able to lift objects up to 50 lbs.
• Must be able to work outdoors for up to an eight-hour day in conditions associated with coastal environments (possible dense vegetation, biting insects, etc.) and variable weather conditions typical of Texas fall/winter seasons
• Must be able to operate small equipment (chainsaws, weed eaters, various other land management tools)
• Must have experience pulling trailers and operating four-wheel drive vehicles

Application Deadline
: August 7, 2017

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions:
For a detailed job description, including duties, qualifications, requirements, and compensation, visit To apply, email a letter of inquiry stating your interest in the position and resume to by August 7, 2017. Reference the position title in the subject line.

Policy Director - Alabama Rivers Alliance - Birmingham, Alabama


MISSION:  Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide network of organizations working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement.

The Alabama Rivers Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit funded solely by individuals, organizations, and private foundations.


  1. ARA values and supports the need for both local community-based advocacy and state-level policy work in order to best address the systemic threats to our rivers and water resources. Our success is dependent on the ability to balance local support with statewide leadership.
  2. The Alabama Rivers Alliance respects and values the full spectrum of advocacy tools available to accomplish our goals. While we believe that collaboration most often leads to the best outcome and should be our first choice in working to achieve our goals, we understand that sometimes other strategies are necessary.
  3. The Alabama Rivers Alliance recognizes that the success of our organization ultimately depends on our ability to include the perspectives of all Alabama citizens in the work we are doing both within our organization and throughout the broader network we support.
  4. The Alabama Rivers Alliance is an organization that values integrity in all that we do. We define integrity as the ability to balance our passion for environmental protection with the best available science and/or most credible information.

The Alabama Rivers Alliance seeks a passionate, experienced, and knowledgeable candidate to fill the position of Policy Director.  This position is responsible for analyzing issues facing Alabama’s water resources and developing policy and advocacy priorities associated with the Alabama Rivers Alliance’s Alabama Water Agenda and strategic plan. She/he must have a strong grasp of applied science and policy development, an ability to inspire others through written and verbal communications, and familiarity with program development, work planning and advocacy. She/he must engage elected officials and agency personnel at all levels of state and federal government to promote, enact, and implement real and sustainable protections for Alabama’s waters and citizens. The ideal candidate will be willing and ready to become part of our dynamic team and excited about helping achieve a sustainable future toward healthy rivers, healthy people and a healthy Alabama.

This is a full-time position that reports directly to the Executive Director and is based in Birmingham, Alabama.


  • Analyze issues facing Alabama’s water resources and work with fellow staff members and Alliance partners to develop and implement fact-based solutions that restore and protect Alabama’s rivers
  • Seek and identify opportunities to address statewide water problems through campaigns to develop or strengthen state-level policy in accordance with the Alabama Water Agenda and ARA’s strategic plan.
  • Build and maintain relationships with state and federal government officials, resource agency representatives, other stakeholders, and new constituencies and facilitate discussions to identify and implement policy, regulatory, and management solutions to address water quality and/or quality concerns.
  • Keep abreast of best practices related to the science and policy of healthy rivers gained from across our community as well as experts in academia, other national and global NGOs, and others.
  • Disseminate best practices across our network through how-to guides, practical training programs, our newsletter, website postings, social media, conference presentations (e.g., at Alabama Water River Rally and the Alabama Water Resources Conference), and facilitated exchanges.
  • Assist the Executive Director in identifying/pursuing opportunities to advance ARA’s current strategies with new funders and help document and demonstrate community-wide lessons, emerging threats, etc.
  • Fulfill obligations associated with specific grants, provide project management support related to grants, and address reporting obligations associated with specific grant opportunities.
  • Lead the design and development of collegial relationships with universities, professional societies, and others to further expand science and policy capacity for river and water advocates and enthusiasts in collaboration with the Executive Director and other staff.
  • Assist in the development of strategic media campaigns
  • Report on progress to the Executive Director and to the Board of Directors as needed or as prompted by the Executive Director
  • Work with Executive Director to develop annual budget for programs
  • Supervise interns designated to programs.
  • Significant statewide daytime travel required. Occasional weekend and evening work may also be required.


  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental policy/studies, natural resources, political science, or similar and 3-5 years experience related to environmental advocacy, river conservation and protection, environmental policy or similar required. J.D, or Master’s Degree in a field related to law and policy development or river and watershed health preferred.
  • Strong experience with analyzing both water quality and quantity data, regulations and laws in order to identify potential policy or regulatory strategies necessary for developing advocacy campaigns to protect rivers.
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude and drive to succeed
  • Ability to work with and communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders including elected officials, industry professionals, agency personnel, partners nonprofits, staff and volunteers.
  • 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.
  • Proven ability as a team leader to motivate, lead, and support in order to implement a highly effective campaign or project.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, public speaking skills, interpersonal savvy, and technological abilities (e.g., Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc…; Google programs such as Gmail, docs, forms, etc…; and social media, such as Twitter and Facebook).
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, team work, and diversity.


  • Experience (1) developing policy and / or regulatory approaches, including drafting legislation, to conserve water resources, (2) creating tools, methodologies, guidance, training programs designed for multiple audiences to support river/watershed protection and restoration goals, (3) translating complex scientific and policy information for public communication and advocacy.
  • Professional experience in Alabama policy advocacy
  • Networked professionally within the water management, science, and policy arenas.
  • Experience communicating with and including culturally diverse constituencies.


Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience.  Vacation and health insurance benefits. Alabama Rivers Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified candidates are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.


Send resume and cover letter to with subject line: Policy Director Search or mail to Alabama Rivers Alliance, Policy Director Search c/o Cindy Lowry, 2014 6th Ave North, Suite 200, Birmingham, Alabama 35203. Questions can be e-mailed to the same address. Phone calls are highly discouraged.

Director of Freshwater & Marine - The Nature Conservancy - Texas (preference for Austin)


The Director of Freshwater & Marine leads the Texas Chapter’s water program; a comprehensive freshwater, coastal, and marine conservation strategy in the state. S/he reports to the Texas State Director and serves as a member of the executive leadership team. The Director manages an interdisciplinary team of scientists, conservation practitioners and project managers. S/he provides strategic leadership and manages the coastal/marine and freshwater conservation work and establishes overall water conservation priorities and major initiatives for the state. S/he aligns the Texas Chapter’s water work with that of The Nature Conservancy’s Global conservation and North American priorities.

Recent and major accomplishments for the Freshwater & Marine Program include the construction of two ambitious oyster reef projects and the launch of the Texas Water Explorer. The oyster reef restoration projects, a 40-acre reef in the Galveston Bay and a 45-acre reef north of Corpus Christi, help us get closer to the goal of restoring fully functional marine habitats in the Texas coastal region. The Texas Water Explorer is a robust online tool that centralizes information about freshwater in Texas and helps manage water in a way that ensures the state will have adequate supplies into the future. Texas is a national leader in oyster reef restoration as a coastal resilience and marine biodiversity strategy.

About Us

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Visit to learn more.

Essential Functions

The Director of Freshwater & Marine develops and leads best practices, provides training, project management, and analyses to best implement organizational measures of success. The Director establishes the Conservancy as a major conservation partner in the area of freshwater and coastal/marine conservation in Texas internally and with external partners. S/he represents The Nature Conservancy to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations, donors, and the academic community. S/he builds strategic, scientific and technical capacity in the field, develops key partnerships with public and private organizations in order to identify and resolve technical issues and to widely communicate solutions and best practices, and develops innovative scientific methods, analyses, tools, and frameworks to address the natural system needs. S/he engages the local community and key influential support for local, chapter, and global conservation efforts, negotiates complex and innovative solutions with government agencies, major institutions, and landowners to conserve and protect natural communities, and develop and implement cutting edge conservation strategies in a high-profile geography. S/he helps advance the mission of The Nature Conservancy and serves as a high level TNC representative.

Responsibilities and Scope

• Bachelor’s degree and 5-10+ years related work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience coordinating multiple projects, setting realistic deadlines, and managing timelines.
• Experience managing a multi-disciplinary team of professionals.
• Experience working with people in various roles, such as board members, donors, volunteers, the public and/or all levels of staff.
• Experience in developing program-wide strategies and guidelines and planning for successful implementation.

Minimum Qualifications

• High level management and leadership responsibility for 6+ staff members.
• Leads internal teams and external partnerships.
• Responsible for developing funding priorities, developing and managing a complex budget with multiple funding sources.
• Serves as part of the leadership team and provides thoughtful input into the chapter’s strategic initiatives.
• Works closely with other conservation teams, science staff, and external affairs to develop and advance freshwater and coastal/marine strategies.
• Responsible for meeting departmental strategic goals and objectives.
• Provides expertise on a variety of freshwater and coastal/marine issues including conservation of groundwater-dependent ecosystems, water management, water storage, water rights, climate change and coastal resilience.
• Develops strategies that will benefit people and align with the Conservancy’s Global Cities Initiative.
• Develops effective partnerships with federal and state agencies, scientific and academic institutions, environmental groups, and other public and private organizations engaged in freshwater protection or coastal/marine protection and resilience.
• Identifies and manages public awards including opportunities related to the BP oil spill funding.
• Knowledge of government award compliance requirements.
• Designs, implements, and directs complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating the work of other professionals, inside and outside the organization. Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
• Highly diversified work involves participation in the formulation and evaluation of broad policies and/or long-term programs, or making decisions, which typically have broad organizational impact.
• May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
• Makes independent strategic decisions frequently based on analysis, ambiguous information, experience and context.
• May require frequent travel domestically and some internationally, and evening and weekend hours.

Preferred Qualifications

• Master’s degree and 12 years’ experience in environmental policy, marine science, ecology, or a similar discipline, conservation practice, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience developing practical applications of scientific concepts and technical innovations for conservation purposes.
• Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental affairs.
• Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
• Experience working as part of a fundraising team including strategy, program funding needs and identifying donor prospects.
• Politically savvy.
• Bilingual (Spanish speaking) appreciated.

How to apply

To apply to position #45552 visit  and submit resume and cover letter.   Application deadline: August 27, 2017.

Executive Director - South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) - Nevada City, CA

The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), located in beautiful Nevada City, California, is seeking an Executive Director to lead this dynamic, community based river conservation organization. The Executive Director leads SYRCL, which is a financially sustainable non-profit organization with a staff of 20, and an annual budget of nearly $2M. SYRCL programs include River Science, Communications and Advocacy, Development, Finance/Operations, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. With over 34 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,300 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. Qualified applicants can apply via the link below:

Executive Director and Riverkeeper - Ogeechee Riverkeeper - Savannah, GA

The Board of Directors of the OGEECHEE-CANOOCHEE RIVERKEEPER, INC. (the “Ogeechee Riverkeeper”), seeks an outgoing professional for the combined position of Riverkeeper and Executive Director of Ogeechee Riverkeeper®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance®. The mission of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper is to protect, preserve, and improve the water quality in the Ogeechee River basin. Its operating budget comes from donations, grants, and proceeds from various fundraising events. The position is overseen by a board of directors.

The position would be an excellent permanent position with growth potential based on skills of leadership that accomplish the mission, attract donations and grants, and stimulate volunteerism within the organization. The position has three main aspects: running a nonprofit Waterkeeper® organization, being the “go to” person for environmental issues that pertain to the river, and fundraising, such as organizing activities and events that involve the membership and the general public, and seeking grants. The successful applicant must establish rapport with the public throughout the watershed and with policy makers, environmental agency personnel, potential funding organizations, and activists throughout Georgia and beyond. The position involves a broad range of actions for which few will be fully prepared, so it is essential to know how to learn independently.

The status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the license with the Waterkeeper Alliance must be maintained. The successful applicant must use effective people skills to motivate volunteers, stimulate donations, apply for and manage grants, and educate the public about the river. The successful applicant will need to network with other Riverkeepers and environmental groups, and to learn aspects of environmental regulation and science as issues arise. The applicant must also see that bills are paid, financial and tax records properly kept, and equipment is maintained.

The Ogeechee River is a coastal plain river with unique fish and wildlife. The watershed is home to over 500,000 people and covers portions of 22 counties. Planted pine forest, coastal sands and clays, and wetlands are major features of the landscape. Environmental concerns include impacts to fish, wildlife, public health, wetlands, tidal marshes, river water quantity and water quality from activities such as titanium and zirconium sand mining, forestry practices, paper mills, solid and hazardous waste disposal sites, residential and industrial development, and invasions by exotic animals and plants. This position provides an opportunity to positively impact the environment of southeastern Georgia and to join coalitions to protect Georgia’s coast and all of Georgia’s natural waters.

Degree in natural science, law, or engineering; advanced degree or relevant experience with an environmental nonprofit organization, environmental agency, or environmental consulting or law firm; outgoing personality; fundraising and community organizing abilities; experience with environmental field measurements, evidence evaluation, and data interpretation; familiarity with modern electronic media and communication methods.

Somewhat negotiable. Please state minimum requirements.  This is a full-time position.

Deadline:  07/29/2017

Application Instructions:Applications accepted by e-mail or mail. Send resumé, names of three references, minimum salary requirements, and a letter stating your reasons for interest in the position to:

Ogeechee Riverkeeper
PO Box 16206
Savannah, GA 31416
866-942-6222 phone/fax

After an initial screening, the following may be requested: complete curriculum vitae, college transcripts, proof of any professional certifications, and three letters of recommendation.

Stormwater Program Coordinator - Grand Valley Metropolitan Council - Grand Rapids, MI
Office Manager - Riverlink Asheville, NC

Founded in 1986, RiverLink promotes the environmental and economic vitality of the French Broad River and watershed as a place to live, learn, work, and play.

We seek an individual with experience maintaining and managing a small but effective office. This includes bookkeeping, daily postings, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, profit and loss statements monthly using QuickBooks for nonprofits, webpage updates, proof reading, desktop publishing, interface with volunteers, bulk mail, filing, telephone, inventory of office supplies, use of Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge Software and WordPress, and other duties as assigned.

Reporting to the Executive Director, you will be a key member of a small staff and your primary responsibility is to keep the office operating in an efficient and effective manner. This includes maintaining and updating the database, and financial accounts and payroll. Strong attention to detail is a must. Basic responsibilities include:
• Post all account information daily to general ledger and database
• Compose and produce routine correspondence and memoranda
• File and manage paper, periodicals, news clips, video, audio, photos, periodicals
• Manage the database including upgrades, modifications, creating and compiling database reports and summaries for all uses in the office (fundraising, volunteers, membership, public relations etc.)
• Inventory control of office supplies and equipment
• Interface with auditors, board, staff, volunteers and public
• Weekend and night work as necessary
• Clerical and administration support for executive director and staff as needed
• Interface with tenants and coordinate rental space as needed
• Posting to the WebPages updates interface with Webmaster
• Brochure preparation and desk top publication using MS Word, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Publisher as needed, proofreading

Our successful candidate will be innovative and a self-starter with a proven record of office organization skills and several years of relevant experience. Excellent computer skills are a must. Strong communication skills, written and oral, are required as are superb people skills. Preference will be given to candidates with accounting experience, two or more years of college, and online income management such as WooCommerce and Transfirst.

Hours and Salary
Ideal candidate will be able to work 32 hours per week at a salary commensurate with experience.

Asheville, NC

June 9, 2017

To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to

President and CEO - Grand Rapids WhiteWater (GRWW)

Grand Rapids WhiteWater
(GRWW), a newly created nonprofit, is dedicated to revitalizing and putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand River for everyone’s enjoyment.

GRWW is seeking a President & CEO to be a steward of the “river vision,” a catalyst for design and project initiatives, a skillful manager, and a collaborative leader to oversee an active, complex organization as well as manage consultants, budgets, and advocacy efforts.

The CEO will work with diverse stakeholders to implement and execute the Grand River Revitalization Project on time and on budget. Upon completion of the Project, the CEO will transition GRWW to a model focused on river front property development, environmental management, access, maintenance, and dynamic programming.

Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Type: Full-Time

Opportunity Profile can be found at:
Apply to:

Application Deadline April 8, 2017
Reference: GRWW President & CEO

Grants Management / Development Associate - Groundwork Hudson Valley

Groundwork Hudson Valley is an environmental justice non-profit that works with communities to improve their physical and social environment. This is done by collaborating on projects, among them: turning vacant lots into community gardens, planting trees, replacing graffiti with murals, and forming alliances within the community. Some of these projects are done through school programs and many of them are intergenerational. We are dedicated to environmental stewardship and community empowerment. All of our projects engage local residents in hands-on projects, from design to implementation. Program areas include Healthy Communities, Sustainability and Science Education, Youth Development, Rivers and Trails, and Community Art.

Major accomplishments include:
1.    the $35M daylighting of the Saw Mill River in Downtown Yonkers;
2.    development of an award winning youth conservation program which has been recognized by the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the EPA, and the White House;
3.    the ongoing development of the Yonkers Greenway, a multi-use pedestrian trail utilizing a former rail line to link downtown Yonkers to Van Cortland Park and the NYC subway line;
4.    recognition by the Omega Institute’s Leadership in Sustainable Education Award.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Grants Management & Development Associate will work under the Director’s supervision to prepare grant proposals and applications, write progress reports, and handle donor communications and research. The Associate will also be responsible for grant administration: tracking and coordinating the logistics of the organization’s grant and Foundation fundraising, capturing and monitoring grants activity in the organization’s database, and keeping a schedule of upcoming and completed grants. The selected candidate will also assist with grant research to identify and develop new fundraising opportunities; and will also provide writing support to the organization’s overall fundraising efforts. The position is located in downtown Yonkers, NY, a thriving urban community with easy access to Metro North and bus lines. Groundwork Hudson Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer–people of color, people with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace, and to supporting our staff with ongoing opportunities for career development.


Principal responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1.    Maintain funder and prospect records in the department database, maintain accurate mailing and contact information for funders, generate mailing lists and income reports from database;
2.    Review foundation and government funding guidelines, write grant reports and funding proposals and manage relevant staff through the process, produce relevant supporting materials;
3.    Maintain accurate records of all incoming funds as well as ongoing funding projections;
4.    Maintain records of incoming gifts and write acknowledgement letters for foundation grants;
5.    Share grant agreements and reconcile foundation gifts with Finance team;
6.    Update, maintain and track grant proposal and report submission deadlines as well as ongoing engagement activity with funders in database; apprise appropriate development and Program staff of upcoming deadlines, work closely with senior staff to assist with meeting deadlines and maintaining grant-funder relations;
7.    Draft correspondence with funder contacts and help to implement a funder communications strategy;
8.    Prepare cultivation materials and mailings for funder contacts and help to organize meeting prep and funder-related travel plans for the Executive Director and other senior staff;
9.    Conduct research on current and prospective funders;
10.    Other duties as assigned.


The successful candidate must demonstrate the following experience and skills:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills: Verbal and written communication is a significant component of this role, and the right candidate must possess proficient skills and have substantial experience with persuasive and compelling writing, understand writing to unique audiences, and editing other people’s work. The right candidate will also be proficient with working with numerous internal stakeholders, building relationships and practices to ensure the collection and tracking of all needed information regarding grants administration.

Exceptional detail-oriented project management skills
: The ability to manage a lot of projects simultaneously and to move between them with ease is a requirement of this role. A command of details of content and financial budgets for grants is essential, as is the ability to bring projects to timely completion. The successful candidate must also demonstrate an ability to be comfortable working in a fluid, multiple-stakeholder environment, and think creatively about sourcing for the organization’s projects.

Commitment to customer service
: This candidate will serve as the first point of contact for funders and s/he must be comfortable answering questions and enthusiastically educating funders about the programs of our organization. S/he must know how to handle challenging personalities and be able to maintain a mature response to the occasional challenging interpersonal exchanges with funders.

Interest in Racial Equity
: Our organization is committed to building and deepening its commitment to racial justice. The successful candidate will share this commitment and be willing to expand his/her knowledge about the role that racial inequity plays in our society through professional development and work in our organization.

Government and Foundations
:  Experience writing, applying to and managing grants from Federal, State and Local municipalities and/or Foundations.

Style of Work:  Preference for working as a team player, with a cultivated sense of humor and wit.

:  Bachelor’s Degree required.


The salary for this position is commensurate with experience. We offer a generous benefits package for employees working 20 hours or more per week, including participation in our health insurance plan, 11 paid holidays per year, 10 paid vacation days per year, 7 paid sick days per year, and additional paid comp-time at the discretion of the Executive Director. We also offer a Simple IRA and access to TransitChek pretax transportation benefits.

How to Apply: Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this position to  Include your salary requirements, your résumé, and a writing sample.

Part-time Advocacy Director - Neponset River Watershed Association - Canton, Massachusetts




Position Background
The Advocacy Director is a key member of the Association’s senior staff team, helping to achieve fishable-swimmable water quality standards, restore more natural in-stream flows, enhance and restore aquatic and wetland habitats, preserve natural areas and open the river up as a recreational resource for local residents.

Some of the activities the Advocacy Director will assist over the next several years include:

  • Provide technical assistance to watershed municipalities on updating stormwater bylaws, zoning, and other rules to reduce polluted runoff
  • Encourage municipalities to allocate adequate funding for stormwater, water and wastewater infrastructure through mechanisms such as stormwater utility fees
  • Work with public and private land owners during local and state permitting processes to ensure that wetland resources and in-stream flows are protected, appropriate public access is provided, stormwater pollution is prevented, contaminated sediments are cleaned up, and stream habitats are restored.
  • Represent the Association before legislators and state or federal agencies on policy issues that affect water quality, streamflow, habitat, funding for infrastructure needs, and operating budgets for environmental agencies.
  • Engage with permittees and agencies to ensure that water withdrawal, stormwater, and wastewater permits incorporate effective protections.
  • Support efforts to increase ecosystem and infrastructure resiliency in the face of current and anticipated climate change.
  • Organize community support and partnerships to advance the Association’s agenda.

Position Details
This permanent position is available immediately. It is presently funded for 20 hours per week. It may continue as a long-term, part-time position or there may be an opportunity to expand it into a full-time role in the next 12 to 24 months. The schedule is very flexible but requires regular participation in evening meetings and occasional weekend events. The Advocacy Director reports to the Executive Director and works closely with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Outreach and Education Director and other staff. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

The successful applicant will have broad experience with environmental law, civil engineering, hydrology, or watershed management, with 3-5 years related work experience at a minimum. They may be rooted in a science, engineering, or policy background, but will be able to bridge all three of these disciplines. They will have worked with at least some of the following permitting programs: the MA Wetlands Protection Act, the Water Management Act, the MA Stormwater Policy, the USEPA MS4 program, the 21e program, and/or Chapter 91. They will have excellent writing skills and be able to write effectively for lay, legal, and technical audiences. They will have strong presentation skills and the ability to cultivate strong working relationships with agency and municipal officials in spite of the potential for differences of opinion. They will have a strong work ethic, and be able to plan projects and work independently in a fast paced environment. They will be motivated by the opportunity to apply their skills and creativity to advance the Association’s mission.

To Apply
To apply, please submit a copy of your resume and a cover letter describing your interest to Ian Cooke, Executive Director, via email to

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