Welcome to the River Network job board! Here you will find career opportunities within the river and watershed community. If your organization would like to post an available position, please fill out a job submission form. Posting is free for members of River Network and non-members can post for a fee.
Friends of the Rouge (FOTR), founded in 1986, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts. The Rouge River is one of the nation’s most polluted waterways and is located in the Metropolitan Detroit area of southeastern Michigan. The Rouge has been the focus of intensive federal, state and local restoration efforts.
Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in the Rouge River watershed. Green infrastructure (GI) uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. The project is designed to teach the public about stormwater issues and corrective actions individuals can take to reduce stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollutants from entering the Rouge River.
The NPS Project Coordinator will coordinate and implement the Green Infrastructure Education, Installation, and Marketing project funded by the MDEQ Nonpoint Source Program through December 2018. The purpose of the project is to reduce the impact of stormwater in the Johnson Creek and Tonquish Creek subwatersheds as well as other green infrastructure projects throughout the Rouge River watershed. The NPS Project Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the River Restoration Program Manager. The position responsibilities involve event planning, communicating with volunteers and FOTR team members, meeting with watershed residents and community groups, conducting soil analysis of GI project sites, selecting GI project sites, developing GI project plans, and leading GI project installations, data entry, as well as promoting the mission and work of Friends of the Rouge.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
Duties for the NPS Project Coordinator shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide excellent customer service to volunteers and community partners.
• Promote FOTR and stormwater management through the creation and distribution of mailings, flyers, and social media posts, press releases and reports.
• Prepare for and implement public education workshops and community meetings related to GI education, installation and marketing.
• Collaborate with community partners to identify sites for GI projects.
• Conduct research on GI project sites to determine risk of contaminating ground water.
• Take soil borings and conduct analysis of soil at GI project sites.
• Design GI projects and submit project plans to MDEQ for review.
• Recruit volunteers and lead workdays to install GI projects (i.e. rain gardens, bioswales, etc.).
• Accurately compile and enter survey data.
• Track program participants and GI project information in database(s).
• Plan and implement workdays to maintain GI projects
Job Duties & Responsibilities (continued)
• Plan and execute invasive plant control workdays
• Track all hours worked and submit timesheets biweekly.
• Provide additional support to other FOTR programs as requested.
• Other duties as assigned.
Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the position. A background in Landscape Architecture or Civil Engineering preferred. Natural Resource Management, Landscape Ecology, or other related field acceptable. Applicant must have a minimum of 1 year experience designing and installing rain gardens or native landscapes. Knowledge, interest and ability to lead hands-on demonstration plantings. Knowledge, interest and experience with soil borings and soil analysis using the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS). Knowledge, interest and ability to prepare landscape designs. Applicant must have the ability to effectively and independently use Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Must be a proactive team player with excellent communication skills, able to multi-task, prioritize and maintain attention to detail. This position requires excellent organizational and customer service skills. Must have reliable transportation.
Knowledge of plants native to southeast Michigan. Knowledge of invasive plant species and control methods. Understanding of the hydrologic cycle. Experience working with volunteers. Familiarity with Microsoft Access a plus.
Office work will include extended periods of time sitting while using a desktop computer. Some physical lifting is required (up to 30 lbs.). Outdoor work may involve walking on uneven ground and steep slopes along the river and bending over during plantings.
This position is primarily an office position with occasional outdoor work. Outdoor work occurs in all seasons.
All interested parties are invited to submit 1) a resume, 2) three references, and 3) a statement indicating why you are interested in this position which describes experience designing and installing green infrastructure. Mail/e-mail to: Cyndi Ross, River Restoration Program Manager, email@example.com, 4901 Evergreen Road KM, Dearborn, MI 48128. Deadline for submission: April 7, 2017. No phone calls please.
Application Deadline: April 7, 2017
West Virginia Rivers Coalition (WV Rivers), a statewide nonprofit organization advocating since 1989 for the conservation and restoration of WV’s exceptional rivers and streams, seeks an outreach coordinator to build support for public lands and raise awareness of both national and local threats. The position will support the work of West Virginians for Public Lands — a vibrant coalition of conservation groups, businesses, and citizens working collaboratively to defend our shared public lands.
Public lands in West Virginia and across the nation are under threat. There are proposals in Congress to weaken protections for public lands, open recreation lands to resource extraction, even proposals to sell off national forests and other lands. One bill, co-sponsored by Senator Shelley Moore Capito, seeks to take away Presidential and Congressional authority to designate national monuments. West Virginians for Public Lands was created to ensure WV congressional members know there is broad-based support among their constituents to protect public lands and their many recreational, ecological and economic benefits.
The WV Rivers Coalition Public Lands Outreach Coordinator will be the public face of our effort to garner support for protecting West Virginia’s public lands, including the Monongahela National Forest, the Gauley and New River Gorge national rivers, and our national refuges and historic sites. The position involves extensive travel throughout the state to give presentations to stakeholder groups and educate citizens about the need to get involved in the campaign. This is a terrific opportunity for someone comfortable with public speaking and interested in meeting people from all over West Virginia.
The position is a 40 hours/week, one-year position, with the potential for extension. Preference for an experienced outdoors person, especially someone with a passion for fishing, hunting or enjoying our public lands generally. Persons with experience and success in building diverse coalitions are encouraged to apply.
Excellent written and personal communications skills required; must be a self-starter who can identify potential opportunities and have a willingness to attend evening and weekend meetings involving extensive in-state travel. Organizational skills a must, as is ability to deliver multi-media presentations and speak before public audiences.
How to Apply and Deadline
Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Public Lands Coordinator” in the subject line by March 20, 2017.
Freshwater Future is a catalyst for community action that strengthens policies designed to safeguard the waters of the Great Lakes region. We help create and strengthen community action on water by providing grants and professional development services to over 2,000 community groups working on local issues impacting their water. Through this engagement with groups, we learn of and track emerging issues that impact many communities in the region, and are able to synthesize those concerns into strategic policy solutions. We elevate the voices of many communities to the state, provincial and federal level where policy change happens. We champion the causes of communities and have taken leadership roles in coordinating on issues such as stopping Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes, securing over $2 billion for Great Lakes restoration activities, and passing the Great Lakes Compact to prevent diversions of Great Lakes water.
The Policy Program Associate helps build and support a base of community level organizations
working to protect water in the Great Lakes region and connect those organizations to policy opportunities of interest.
• Track local, state, regional and national policy changes and needs related to water.
• Track and develop stories of policy implementation outcomes.
• Write, and work with guest writers, to develop an ongoing blog that supports water leaders in the Great Lakes region.
• Provide training, coordination and engagement opportunities to grassroots water efforts.
• Connect local community efforts to meaningful opportunities for water policy change.
• Participate in program development.
• Maintain engagement databases and move participants to new levels of engagement.
• Participate in and assist with Freshwater Future staff meetings and events.
• Attend board meetings as appropriate.
• Assist with organizational planning and fundraising when appropriate.
The Policy Program Associate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably with a
water/environmental resource, policy, nonprofit or advocacy background. The position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills; computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, and word processing; organizational skills, ability to work independently and a commitment to protecting water resources.
Freshwater Future is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply please send by e-mail a resume, short writing sample and cover letter to:
Job search will remain open until filled.
The Project Manager joins a talented technical team whose members bring many years of experience in collaborative natural resource management, stream and flow restoration, and multi-stakeholder conservation projects. The Washington Water Trust (WWT) team includes recognized statewide experts in the fields of water law, instream flow transactions, water banking, and funding and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, WWT is a nonprofit leader in river and stream flow restoration throughout Washington, with offices in Seattle and Ellensburg. Using voluntary, market-based approaches and partnerships, we develop water management alternatives that produce environmental, economic and social benefits for Washington’s communities, while serving our mission of improving flows in Washington’s most endangered rivers and streams.
Responsibilities and Expectations
Skills and Attributes
Preferred Experience and Education
Salary and Benefits
Application Deadline: 03/30/2017
Susan Adams, Executive Director
Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2017
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
Opportunity Profile can be found at: http://grandrapidswhitewater.org/opportunityprofile/
Application Deadline: April 8, 2017
Use your business skills and passion for the environment in a place you can truly make a difference! The Foothill Conservancy, a leading nonprofit advocate for California’s Mokelumne River and watershed, is seeking a dynamic individual to grow our organization as its Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for program development and management, capacity building, fundraising, personnel management, board support, community and media relations, communications, finance, and planning. The Executive Director position requires extensive public outreach and sound judgment to ensure that
Foothill Conservancy activities are managed consistent with the organization’s approved policies, procedures, principles and strategies.
Some of the activities the Advocacy Director will assist over the next several years include:
See our website at http://www.neponset.org/
Employer: Galveston Bay Foundation
Founded in 2001, the Colorado Water Trust’s mission is to restore flows to Colorado’s rivers in need. We do this by working with willing participants, providing the funds, support, and technical and legal expertise required to put water back in our dry rivers. We work with diverse partners throughout the state to support both rivers and the people who rely on their water. For more information, please visit www.coloradowatertrust.org.
Over the past nine years, we have grown from a single staff person to a staff of nine. Our growth has been intentional and planned, through implementation of a strategic plan and with capacity-building funds secured over the growth period. Continuing to amplify the development needs of the organization is essential for the sustained success of the Water Trust. This is an exciting time for us. For the first time, we are in a position to employ two development staff people: one to focus on institutional giving (Grants Specialist, who is already on staff) and one to focus on individual giving and donor relations, a Development Director, which is the position we are looking to fill with this search.
Anticipated Annual Revenue Goal for the Water Trust:
No calls or drop-ins, please.
About the Alliance: The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, is a regional non-profit organization headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland with offices in Virginia and Pennsylvania, Founded in 1971, the Alliance has been in the forefront of restoration efforts in the watershed. The Alliance mission is to lead, support, and inspire local action to restore and protect the lands, rivers, and streams of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The Alliance believes the best restoration results come from building strong and diverse partnerships with residents, communities, businesses, NGOs, and governments across the six Bay watershed states and Washington, DC. The Alliance works to achieve its mission through the creation and support of innovative local and regional programs that help reduce stormwater pollution, plant trees and conserve forests, build individual stewardship, and produce measurable and lasting results.
The Web Specialist is responsible for providing support to Communications and Program staff including the planning, development, management and maintenance of the Alliance’s website and all user centered digital products and online resources needed to meet the goals of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and/or to support our partners.
Serve as Webmaster for the Alliance website and maintain online platforms;
Provide technical support to the Communications and Development staff to manage the portfolio of Alliance websites and tools, including 1) technical support and guidance on current and prospective websites, 2) conducting or overseeing contract work for maintenance and new feature development, and 3) providing recommendations for future Alliance’s web-based activities;
Design, develop, test, and publish new web pages, revise and ensure all pages are up-to-date, functional, and effective to use;
Maintain optimal site performance, review website statistics, monitor usage and traffic levels, and use search engine optimization to create and maintain compelling web pages;
Take proactive steps to research and recommend new web tools or updates to existing web tools, and access if these changes should be undertaken in-house or performed under contract;
Research and explore ways new technologies and/or tested web tools that can be used to further the Alliance’s mission and expand programs;
Seek out funding opportunities and develop partnerships that further web-based solutions to accomplish the Alliance’s goals;
Ensure proper & best practices for hosting, backups, and data storage/delivery are being utilized in all web tools, providing priorities for improvements and modifications;
Work with the Communication & Development Team and Alliance state office staffs to facilitate efforts and ensure the Alliance’s messaging & branding are consistent;
Support Alliance social media and provide graphic design support for other Alliance communications products;
Work with all Alliance staff to understand the web-related needs of the organization and specific programs, ensuring web tools are up-to-date, dynamic, and relevant;
Advocate the importance of User Experience (UX) and User Center Design (UCD) within the organization, conduct training related to user experience and be able to teach others to effectively communicate science on the web;
Lead the analysis and refinement of requirements for web sites and web-based applications;
Use web analytics and user data to improve social media communication, web content and effectively market online products, and provide monthly reports on analytics.
Research new standards, approaches, and methodologies for the dynamic delivery of environmental information to target audiences;
Research new standards and methodologies for secure and dynamic information delivery for improving the quality, speed, and content of applications;
Assist in the setup of database systems used for websites and web applications.
Bachelor’s Degree with a focus on information technology, computer science, programming, communications or web development or a minimum of 3 years experience in related work with demonstrated expertise in web and graphic design.
Strong writing and verbal communications skills including producing content for websites, newsletters, and social media platforms.
Strong editing and proofreading skills.
Interest/experience with environmental stewardship work preferred.
Strong attention to detail, flexible, adaptable and able to manage multiple projects and tasks.
Ability to communicate technical web speak and problem-solving methods to staff, funders, and partners.
Desire and ability to work independently in a self-directed, small-office environment and to manage priorities and meet deadlines especially during times of peak activity
Strong organizational skills and storytelling expertise.
Proficient in WordPress, including a strong understanding of core as well as the ability to write/modify plugins & custom functionality, required.
Graphic Design ability with experience in Adobe CC products: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator.
Familiarity with server and domain management preferred.
Experience with Google Analytics, GIT, SCSS, Grunt/Gulp, Frameworks (Bootstrap & Foundation) preferred.
Solid interpersonal skills, team player able to work with diverse groups.
Supervision: The Web Specialist reports directly to the Director of Communications and Development.
Location: The Web Specialist will be based at the Alliance’s headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland.
Salary: 38K-50K based on experience. Benefit options available. Full-time.
Closing date: March 1, 2017
To Apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: email@example.com with Web Specialist in the subject line.
No phone inquiries please.
Application Deadline: 03/01/2017
The Harpeth River Watershed Association seeks an outgoing, highly organized and savvy individual to work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and program staff to manage and implement the organization’s philanthropic efforts and communications.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the position will be responsible for:
– Managing individual donor, foundation, and corporate relationships, other than major donor relationships
– Helping develop and implement new fundraising strategies that both expand donor support and the organization’s reach
– Coordination of signature fundraising events including sponsorship and logistics
– Managing and implementing membership fundraising campaigns and communications, including responsibility for the annual newsletter, web site, social media, and other fundraising materials
– Forming and managing organizational committees and volunteers for donor and fundraising activities
– Networking to promote the organization’s mission
– Managing donor records with complete confidentiality
– Bachelor’s degree or higher with 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector managing a combination of donor development, fundraising events, publicity, and outreach
– Established ties and networks in middle Tennessee, particularly Williamson and Davidson Counties
– Professional, detail-oriented, energetic and outgoing, and passionate about conservation
– Excellent writing ability, and communication/public relations experience, that includes social media, website management, marketing, and design of donor outreach materials
– Strong management abilities, and experience managing the financial aspects of fundraising
– Excellent technology and computer skills including in-depth experience with DonorPerfect or similar donor management software, and familiarity with web design, and social media platforms as must
– A team player with demonstrated experience in project management leadership with staff and volunteers.
– Have an understanding of water quality, conservation, or environmental issues in general
– Able and willing to work outside of the constraints of a standard work week, as required, including weekends and before and after scheduled hours
About the Harpeth River Watershed Association:
Founded in 1999, the Harpeth River Watershed Association is a, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee as an expansion from our founding efforts on the State Scenic Harpeth River, as it flows through six counties in the greater Nashville area. HRWA collaborates with a broad range of federal, state, and local public and private sector partners to implement river restoration and watershed conservation and shape conservation policy based on our experience in the Harpeth to ensure biologically healthy rivers and clean water around the state. Our work leverages the scientific and technical training and experience of our staff, advisors, partners, and board with the efforts of a diverse corps of volunteers who are crucial to every aspect of our programs. Support for our programs comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, government grants, events, and contracts.
Application Deadline: 02/28/2017
Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to:
Streamflow Restoration Specialist
The Division of Ecological Restoration works with community-based partners to restore aquatic ecosystems. The Division’s ecological restoration work brings clean water, recreation opportunities, and other ecosystem services to the citizens of Massachusetts.
The Streamflow Restoration Specialist works with partners to gather and assess high quality data on streamflow and to promote and support restoration of more natural streamflow regimes and aquatic ecosystem health. This position will support the collection and analysis of streamflow data to inform sustainable water management and ecological restoration actions. Work will involve monitoring equipment installation and maintenance, field measurements, local outreach and education, volunteer coordination, technical and policy support, and data analysis and modeling. The Streamflow Restoration Specialist will also coordinate and manage holistic streamflow restoration projects, and provide technical assistance, such as monitoring support, to the Division of Ecological Restoration’s river and wetland restoration projects.
This is anticipated to be a one-year contract position. The salary assumes 1800 hours over a period of a year with an added stipend in lieu of benefits of $2.68/hour that has been included in the hourly rate.
Application Deadline: 2/08/2017