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

Development Associate - Chattahoochee Riverkeeper - Atlanta, Georgia

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) is a nonprofit environmental and education organization with more than 7,200 members and offices in Atlanta, Gainesville and LaGrange, which works to protect the Chattahoochee River, its lakes, and tributaries through education, monitoring, outreach, and legal actions. The Development Associate is directly supervised by the development director. The Development Associate works with the Executive Director, Development Director and Communications and Marketing Manager to provide support that will promote the fundraising, communications and marketing efforts of the organization. This position frequently represents CRK at outreach events during workday, evening and weekend hours.


• Answer and screen telephone calls for Executive Director and Riverkeeper using tact and judgment; direct all other calls to appropriate staff members.
• Retrieve mail from box and distribute to appropriate staff.
• Order and manage inventory of all office supplies.
• Provide administrative support to the Development Director, Communications and Marketing Manager, and team to reach fundraising, communications, marketing and event planning goals.
• Manage the CRK store.

• Coordinate all check logs and thank you calls.
• Manage and develop CRK’s basic membership plan.
• Work with Database Manager to process member renewals and other direct mail pieces (i.e. special appeals, end of year appeal, etc.).
• Assist Database Manager with Raiser’s Edge (and RE NXT) by creating batches, queries, data analysis and more.

• Attend and provide direct assistance with all events, including but not limited to Sweep the Hooch, River Revival, Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival, Patron Dinner, and all partner events (Aveda Earth Month, Orvis, Save the Hooch).
• Coordinate staffing for all tabling events.
• Recruit and manage Development and Communication Interns.
• Recruit and manage Volunteers for outreach events and office work.
• Coordinate CRK annual Member Celebration.
• Work with Development Director to transition to CRK liaison for EarthShare Georgia, managing all aspects of the relationship.
• Work with Development Director to be trained on all aspects of running the Lake Lanier Aquatic Learning Center Scholarship Program.

Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree.
• Ability to work nights and weekends during event season.
• Organized and effective while managing multiple tasks and deadlines.
• Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to function in a team-oriented environment.
• Ability to problem solve.
• Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
• Knowledge of and desire to learn Development Operations.
• Interest in and knowledge of environmental issues.
• Database experience, including creating and analyzing queries and reports
• Event planning.
• Flexibility and an understanding of the nature of non-profit work.

Salary: Commensurate with experience; full-time employees receive generous benefits.
Application Deadline: June 1, 2018
Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions: Please submit cover letter and resume to Juliet Cohen, Executive Director, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, 3 Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph Lowery Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30318.

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, marital status, or sexual orientation.

Operations & Membership Associate

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network seeks a positive, detail-oriented, and organized associated to provide backbone administrative support to River Network’s leadership. The responsibilities of this position extend to three areas critical to mission success: donor relations, membership, and operations / executive. This position works with River Network leadership to deliver results and is based at River Network’s organizational headquarters in Boulder, Colorado. This position is ideal for someone seeking to add value immediately to a growing nonprofit with national reach.

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK:   River Network is the foremost national nonprofit connecting water-focused organizations, agencies, businesses, and communities for greater local impact and healthier rivers across the U.S. We are the only national nonprofit with this unique focus. We exist to support the 6,000+ groups engaged in efforts to protect and restore the waters of our country at the local level. We envision a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission. Visit to learn more about our current priorities.


  • Donor relations:
    • Create and deliver error-free donation acknowledgement and renewal letters in a timely manner with adequate oversight from Donor Relations Director.
    • Provide superior record-keeping using River Network’s systems (Salesforce).
    • Schedule meetings and travel related to donor visits.
    • Complete or assist in annual state charity filings and charity status changes (e.g., Guidestar).
  • Membership:
    • Provide exceptional customer service to existing and potential members, including assisting with registration and renewal process, answering questions related to membership levels and benefits, solving issues that arise related to webinar registration and dues payments, posting job descriptions, etc. under the guidance of the Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Provide accurate and complete support to staff responsible for delivering membership benefits, including assisting staff with webinar registrations, under the guidance of the Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Make requested changes to website (WordPress) and assist with community engagement events as requested under the guidance of the Director of Marketing and Communications.
    • Provide error-free record-keeping relevant to membership, including member contact information in Salesforce, support for updating and expanding information included on our map, etc. under the guidance of the Donor Relations Director.
    • Support awards administration designed to celebrate accomplishments across our community in partnership with the President / CEO.
  • Operations / Executive:
    • Assist with board packet assembly and distribution, miscellaneous tasks associated with the board of directors, and meeting planning / travel arrangements under the supervision of the President / CEO.
    • Provide operations support under the direction of the Finance Director, including mail processing, bank deposits, supply purchases, and other routine tasks requiring attention to detail and strong communication skills.
    • Support other tasks associated with systems integration, file management, and financial data integrity.


  • Computer fluency, including use of email, Outlook for scheduling, Microsoft Office suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) for projects and tracking progress, Microsoft SharePoint or similar platforms for file storage and management, and Adobe to generate .pdfs, or demonstrated aptitude using similar software and hardware.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce or similar relational databases to support record-keeping responsibilities, and WordPress or other website platforms.
  • Administrative or project management experience, particularly in relation to executive support, fundraising or sales, operations, bookkeeping, and/or accounting.
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a wide range of personalities.
  • Demonstrated excellence in customer service, defining and tracking deadlines, and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, teamwork, inclusiveness, and diversity.


  • Understanding of internal control procedures and nonprofit businesses.
  • Demonstrated history of attention to detail, customer service prowess, and highly organized.
  • Salesforce and WordPress experience.

Competitive nonprofit salary, depending on experience, with potential for growth. River Network 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.

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated document (word or .pdf) to Storey Blackwell ( with “OPERATIONS & MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATE” in the subject line of the email or apply by mail by sending your materials to River Network, c/o Storey Blackwell, P.O. Box 21387, Boulder, CO 80308. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. MTN on June 7, 2018.

Executive Director - RiversEdge West - Grand Junction, Colorado


RiversEdge West has as strong reputation as a convener, educator, technical resource and supporter of communities, landowners, and land managers who are striving to make their rivers healthier. Founded in 2002, RiversEdge West employs a passionate team of 12 and manages a $1.3M budget. RiversEdge West’s recent rebrand and strategic plan demonstrate the commitment this organization has to sustainability, growth, and being at the forefront of river restoration in the nonprofit sector. RiversEdge West is seeking an entrepreneurial leader with solid nonprofit management skills to lead our high functioning team and help us make an impact on rivers in the West.

The Executive Director (ED) is the leader of RiversEdge West (REW), responsible for providing vision, creativity and passion to advance REW staff and board to achieving results on riparian restoration along western rivers. The ED is ultimately responsible for the stability and accountability of all aspects of the organization. The REW ED needs be creative, strategic, have exceptional nonprofit management skills, fundraising experience and expertise, and a demonstrated ability to successfully manage dynamic, collaborative and partner-driven programs. The ED must be capable of working with a team of experienced and passionate employees, board members, volunteers, and practitioner partners to translate REW’s mission and vision into action and successful outcomes.

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to accommodate project needs including travel and working some weekends. Staff primarily maintains a 4-10 work schedule working M-Th.

Leadership & Culture: Report directly to the Board of Directors. Lead a staff of 12, both local and remote employees. The ED directly supervises the Program Director (who oversees all program staff), Business and Finance Manager, and Outreach Coordinator. Model the values of REW among the staff, Board of Directors and partners. Maintain the organizational commitment to a strong staff and board team, utilizing tools to facilitate team building, professional development, mentoring and coaching. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with community groups and other organizations. Represent the REW’s point of view and mission to organizations, agencies, and the public.

Strategy & Programming: Assure that REW has a long-range strategy which achieves its mission, and makes consistent and timely progress toward accomplishing goals; keep strategic plan up to date.
Provide leadership in developing program, organizational, strategic, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff. Evaluate organizational progress toward strategic planning goals (e.g., program evaluations, performance evaluations, annual reports, etc.). Carry out plans and policies adopted by the Board of Directors. Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the field. Assist with program and project implementation. Hold the organization to a high standard reflected it the quality of deliverables, communications, and other external interactions.

Fundraising: Lead and coordinate fundraising activities for both program and discretionary funds working in coordination with staff and board. Maintain high level and quality relationships with funders, donors, and partners. Write and administer grants and/or oversee effective management by other staff. Oversee development of all fundraising programs and event coordination including individual annual and planned giving, major gifts, membership, campaigns, and other programs.

Administration & Finance: Secure financial stability of the organization through the development of a $1.3M annual budget, which is approved by the Board of Directors each year, including reaching the annual reserve goal set in 2018. Budget vs. actual analysis and forecasting. Manage the accounting and bookkeeping, and comply with annual audit procedures. Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, local, and granting agency regulations (e.g., IRS, Secretary of State, etc.). Coordinate and provide support to the Board of Directors to carry out their work as the policy and governance body of the organization. Responsible for the human resources functions (e.g., hiring, benefits, payroll, health insurance). Ensure organization technology systems, archive, and processes are up to date, utilized effectively by all staff and evaluated.

Candidate should have a minimum of seven years of increasingly responsible nonprofit or government sector leadership or managerial experience, at least five of which have been in a supervisory capacity. Experience and knowledge of conservation issues – ideally, understanding of riparian restoration – is required. Experience in leadership in the nonprofit or governmental sector related to conservation, including skills in fundraising, strategic planning, program development, and collaborative partnerships is essential. Knowledge of water and river management issues in the western United States is a plus. Must have a demonstrated ability to work well with diverse stakeholders and communicate effectively both internally and externally about the organizational mission and priorities. Candidate must have strong collaboration skills and experience working with nonprofits, local governments, private business, public land managers, elected officials, and other important stakeholders. Experience working with an active and engaged nonprofit board is also desirable.

A self-motivated and dynamic leader, with significant fundraising experience.
Leadership style must be mission-driven, outcomes-focused, and collaborative in nature. Must be comfortable interacting and maintaining a visible role with a wide variety of allies, elected officials, the business community, and natural resource managers. Must have strong management experience, ideally from the nonprofit or governmental sector, and understand the technical aspects of managing a nonprofit organization. Able to think creatively and strategically, and demonstrate an ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions from scientific and policy research. Proven ability to manage positive relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders and viewpoints with diplomacy and tact. Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences using a variety of formats, including print, electronic, and social media formats.

Attainment of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college is required – an advanced degree is preferred. REW is open to a range of educational backgrounds, including: nonprofit management, environmental sciences, natural resource management, law (particularly water law or environmental law), hydrology, urban or land-use planning, business, and public policy. Advanced training or experience in nonprofit or business management is desirable.

Application Deadline: June 6, 2018

Application Instructions:
Please submit in one PDF document a cover letter, resume and list of three references. Please submit to with “Executive Director Position” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is June 6 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time. No phone calls please.

Membership & Events Coordinator - Gills Creek Watershed Association - Columbia, South Carolina

The GCWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the Gills Creek Watershed by bringing together citizens, local government, businesses, and other organizations. The position is to manage and increase the Gills Creek Watershed Association’s (GCWA) membership program and assist with fundraising events.

Work Areas:

1. Membership
Coordinator will be responsible for increasing and managing the membership program. This includes managing the membership database, sending renewal reminders, thank-you notes, updating e-newsletter database, providing membership reports to the Executive Director, assist the Executive Director with writing/sending monthly e-newsletter to GCWA mailing list.

2. Events
Assist the Executive Director with GCWA’s two fundraisers/membership events each year. These duties include marketing, solicitations, event coordination, and event reporting to the Executive Director.

Minimum Qualifications:
High school diploma; Bachelor’s degree preferred.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with Salesforce, database management, Mailchimp, marketing, events coordination and working with a non-profit organization.

Knowledge/Skills/Expertise Required:

Required: Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and membership email programs. Proficient with internet-based database management and data entry. Able to assist the Executive Director with fundraising events and increasing membership.

Preferred Experience: SalesForce database management (with Non-Profit Toolkit) and online marketing tools such as Mailchimp. Experience in event-based fundraising for non-profits.

Membership and Events Coordinator is a contract-based position, to be renewed at the end of each six-month period. Some times of the year may require more work hours than others. Compensation is $15 per hour, with a maximum of 25 hours per month. GCWA expects to renew this contract every six months for the foreseeable future. However, GCWA can decide not to renew this contract at any time. It is anticipated that normal membership management workloads will not exceed 5 hours per week, with more hours around special events.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2018

Application Instructions: Position will be open until filled. Send a cover letter and resume to the attention of Executive Director at

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Producer - South Yuba River Citizen's League - Nevada City, CA

The South Yuba River Citizen’s League is hiring for a Film Festival Producer to lead a team in the production of the largest festival of its kind in the US, taking place each January in Nevada City, CA. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Festival Producer is responsible for maintaining a sustainable and financially successful Wild & Scenic Film Festival that educates and inspires our watershed community and beyond. The Festival Producer is responsible for the oversight and management of the event overall and will directly manage logistics and fundraising. The Festival Producer is also responsible for oversight and management of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival On Tour program and other Film Festival related and/or other events such as Wild & Scenic On Tour San Francisco.

More details and complete job description here:

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions: Apply through application portal found here:

Watershed Coordinator - Alpine Watershed Group - Woodford,, California (Lake Tahoe area)

The Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) is hiring for the position of Watershed Coordinator. The Watershed Coordinator manages all aspects of AWG’s monitoring and restoration programs, including the coordination of volunteers, communication with partner agencies and planning watershed activities. The Coordinator will also assist with event planning, outreach, office management and organizational fundraising. The Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

The Alpine Watershed Group’s mission is to preserve and enhance the natural system functions of Alpine County’s watersheds for future generations. The Alpine Watershed Group’s role is to facilitate collaboration and planning around watershed management and restoration efforts.

This is a full-time, exempt employee position based in Woodford, CA. Please see complete Job Announcement for position responsibilities and qualifications:

Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

: Full-Time

Application Instructions
To apply, please email resume, cover letter and references to Sarah Green at by May 31. Application process may remain open until position has been filled.

Director of Development - Galveston Bay Foundation - Houston, Texas (Clear Lake area)

The Galveston Bay Foundation seeks dynamic, strategic-thinking individual to serve as its Director of Development and lead its multi-faceted fundraising program, with a focus on major/planned giving. The position reports to the President and is responsible for creating and executing strategies for major/planned gifts, annual giving, donor stewardship and recognition, fundraising events, and special campaign initiatives. The Director of Development will manage a development team and work closely with the Board of Directors and development committee. Bachelor’s degree and minimum of 5-7 years of experience required. For a full list of duties and responsibilities and key qualifications, please visit To apply, email resume and cover letter to by Thursday, May 31, 2018.
Type:  Full-Time


Executive Director - Deschutes River Conservancy - Bend, Oregon

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) is a non-profit based in Bend, Oregon with a mission to restore stream flow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin.

The Executive Director is responsible for developing a strategic direction for the organization that can be supported by a consensus of the seven distinct interests represented on the DRC board of directors. In accordance with this consensus strategy, the Executive Director directs the staff to carry out the initiatives, programs, and projects approved by the Board of Directors.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references electronically to the DRC Search Committee:

Lead Scientist, Global Water - The Nature Conservancy - Anywhere

Lead Scientist, Global Water

Position Summary
The world faces pressing global challenges, from climate change to increasing food, energy and water demands. The Nature Conservancy believes we can meet these challenges and make progress towards a future that balances the needs of people and nature through major changes in decisions about natural resource management, economic development investments, and market systems. The Conservancy seeks a scientific thought leader with a proven record of success in water resource management to drive a high impact global research agenda. The Lead Scientist, Global Water provides science technical and strategic leadership and is a senior subject matter expert for freshwater strategies and science for the entire organization. S/he will direct strategic science processes, fundraise for freshwater science work, and develop and maintain partnerships with external subject experts and institutions to strengthen strategic approaches and technical methods. As a member of the Science Cabinet, a collaborative group of the Conservancy’s top scientists, the Lead Scientist, Global Water will contribute topical expertise to cross-cutting science issues and represent the organization in professional conferences, university partnerships, and high-level global events around critical conservation issues.

About Us
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
TNC’s Global Water community includes freshwater scientists, policy experts, economists and on-the-ground conservation practitioners, working across six continents. We collaborate with academia, governments, corporates, other NGOs and communities, and together we are making real progress. In 2017 our Murray Darling Balanced Water Fund in Australia was awarded the Banskia Capital Award. Our work to help governments achieve energy needs while protecting rivers has been supported by new funding from the Inter-American Development Bank; and we have just launched China’s second Water Fund in Hangzhou –bringing the global total to 30.

Essential Functions
The Lead Scientist, Global Water develops and monitors the implementation of a vision for applied Freshwater Science that is aligned with TNC’s Shared Conservation Agenda Framework. They collaborate with the science community at large to enhance the freshwater conservation practices of TNC and others and continue to strengthen TNC’s status as a global leader in Freshwater Conservation Science. They guide development and dissemination of scientific methods, tools and guidelines for freshwater strategies, conduct original research and publish findings to add to the body of Freshwater Science knowledge and support of TNC organizational goals. S/he will drive efforts to establish TNC as a global leader in freshwater science as a foundation to addressing the world’s most pressing water resource challenges.
The Lead Scientist, Global Water will report to the Managing Director of Global Water, and will be an active collaborator with the Science Cabinet in the Office of the Chief Scientist – a collaborative group that brings top level thought leadership to the organization’s strategy leaders, establishes and advances critical science issues with the external academic and practitioner communities, and takes on joint research to address pressing trans-disciplinary issues in conservation.

Responsibilities and Scope
• Fosters innovation and risk taking to strengthen the use of freshwater science within the organization.
• Leads project teams and/or staff and provide technical input in support of a major economics research initiatives or projects.
• Communicates findings and best practices in high-level international forums and peer reviewed publications, and cultivates an external presence in coordination with TNC Science Communications team as an expert and leader in relevant disciplines.
• Provides critical, evidence-based thought leadership, advising on and influencing the creation and execution of major strategies for priority global programs.
• Leads efforts to translate findings and best available science into regionally or sectorally appropriate guidelines, tools, and/or best practice for the organization, the broader conservation community, and other key actors and sectors.
• Enlists academic economists in research on challenges of interest to the organization.
• Places special emphasis on research and synthesis that advances the evidence base for understanding the effectiveness of freshwater conservation strategies in improving biodiversity and human well-being.
• Identifies, cultivates and solicits major donors and grant opportunities in support of program activities.
• Travels 50% or more in both the US and internationally.
• May work in variable weather conditions at remote locations, hazardous terrain and/or under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications
• PhD degree in science related field (preferably hydrology, water resource engineering or water management), plus at least 10 years related experience in applied water resources science or equivalent combination of education and experience that may include experience working in the private sector.
• Supervisory experience, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance.
• Experience in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors.
• Expert knowledge of current and evolving trends in freshwater ecosystem sciences, including hydrology, geomorphology, ecology, and water management or related fields.
• Experience publishing in peer reviewed scientific journals.
• Fundraising experience (with foundations, government agencies and individuals) for broad programs and projects.
• Experience with networking in the global freshwater scientific and management community.
• Experience working, building relationships and communicating with a wide range of partners.
• Experience with decision making with legal, financial and reputational results and consequences.

Desired Qualifications
• Experience connecting freshwater science to economic outcomes.
• Experience in designing interventions or incentives and implementing them with demonstrated impacts on the environment and communities.
• Record of ability to produce freshwater research that balances data and resource limitations with rigor and credibility.
• Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience.
• Familiarity with the conservation sectors’ particular challenges and opportunities.
• Experience in identifying, cultivating and soliciting major donors.
• Experience creating or functioning within university partnerships.
• Established connections and/or collaborations with prominent freshwater research and practitioner groups and individuals.
• Ability to resolve large-scale, complex problems through systematic and thorough studies.
• Ability to propose, implement and manage short and long term programmatic goals.
• Ability to participate in the formulation of broad, strategic approaches and policies.
• Ability to manage and guide project and teams.
• Ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with all levels of management and staff.
• Proven negotiation and persuasion skills.

Application Deadline
: May 20, 2018
Type: Full-Time
State: Anywhere

Application Instructions: To apply to position 46269 visit and submit resume and cover letter.

Executive Director - Missouri River Relief - Columbia, Missouri

Position: Executive Director (ED)

Location: MRR office in Columbia, Missouri

Status: Exempt/Full Time, Salaried $38,000

Who We Are: Missouri River Relief is a community, volunteer and equipment-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people to the Missouri River through hands-on river clean-ups, education events and stewardship activities. More information at

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES of the Executive Director:

• Responsible for overall management and operation of Missouri River Relief (MRR) and protection of the organization’s financial assets and organizational culture while ensuring compliance with board directives and applicable grantor, federal, and state requirements.
• Guide the Board and Executive Officers and staff in clarifying the current mission, vision, and strategic goals of MRR.
• Responsible for building and maintaining an organizational culture that supports the MRR mission.
• Represent the organization’s mission in the community through interactions with media and at public events.
• Raise the funds needed to implement the goals and objectives of the organization through grant writing; seeking support from corporate, governmental and individual donors; and special fundraising opportunities.
• Ensure that equipment and resources are well managed, accounted for and reported to the Executive Officers/Board and any grantors on a regular basis.
• Recruit, train, supervise, monitor and report on all of the activities of paid and contracted staff as well as all activities completed by volunteers sponsored by MRR.
• Reports to: the Missouri River Relief Board of Directors
• Supervises: A staff of seven employees

• Handles all aspects of human resource management including but not limited to hiring and termination, developing position descriptions, performing individual job performance evaluations, proposing compensation and applying board-approved employee policies and benefits in accordance with federal and state requirements; Supervises MRR administrative and program management staff, consisting of salaried and contracted personnel.

• Develops and maintains an organizational funding plan and budget. Oversees all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, capital asset and property management and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, board policies and procedures, and all other applicable rules and guidelines. Reports on a regular basis to the Executive Officers/Board.

• Oversees general grants and contracts management, including grant writing and negotiating funding agreement terms that reflect the needs of MRR; monitors progress of agreements and maintains agreement documentation to ensure fulfillment of agreement terms, including receipt and expenditure of funds.

• Conducts private sector fundraising, including corporations, individuals and foundations. Guides program staff in all fundraising pursuits.

• Works closely with MRR staff and volunteers to ensure they are provided with appropriate support in the areas of event preparation, logistics support and related administrative functions. Coordinates with program staff and volunteers for final event schedule and resource allocation.

• Guides the development of current and long-term organizational goals and objectives as well as policies and procedures for MRR operations. Establishes plans to achieve goals and implements policies (subject to approval by the Board of Directors).

• Communicates board priorities to staff and volunteers, and helps board understand concerns and needs of staff and volunteers.

The executive director must possess knowledge and skills that may result from formal education or experience in non-profit operational and financial management. To perform effectively in this position, the individual should demonstrate the following core competencies.

• Leading people: Team building, cultural awareness, integrity and honesty, conflict resolution, managing in stressful situations

• Leading change: Demonstrate openness to different ways of doing things by employing a culture of continuous improvement. Recognize and understand factors outside of the organization.

• Communicating and building community: Employing interpersonal skills, communicating both verbally and in writing. Partnering with other organizations.

• Exercising business judgment: Fiscal responsibility, strategic management, making data-informed decisions

• Preferred knowledge and skills: Knowledge and experience with the Missouri River community; experience with QuickBooks and modern computer skills; experience developing and managing website content; outdoor/recreational experience on Missouri waterways.

• BA/BS degree in a related field
• Experience with a non-profit organization including: fundraising, grant writing, grant administration, grant reporting, program evaluation, developing and implementing personnel policies and procedures, financial management, budgeting, and reporting
• Experience communicating with the public and/or media, both written and verbal, including: writing press releases, planning and implementing media and social media campaigns
• Experience in planning, organizing and implementing special events for fundraising and education
• Proficiency in modern computer skills.
• Ability to travel throughout the Missouri River Basin.


• Capability to perform manual labor in all kinds of weather, including standing, walking, lifting, kneeling and crawling.

• Regional travel and flexible hours. Many weekend events are required.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer granting equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons, without regard to race, color, gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or veteran status.

To apply please send cover letter, resume and two references to board president, Kory Kaufman, at Interviews will begin as early as April 15, 2018, and position will remain open until filled.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

All the up-to-date details are on our website at –

Policy Analyst - Natural Resource Defense Council - Chicago, Illinois

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation’s most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, and the support of more than three million members and activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Founded in 1970, NRDC staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws. Today, our staff of more than 600 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and communications experts, and others, works to protect and create environmental progress from offices in New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC’s Healthy People and Thriving Communities Program seeks to hire a Policy Analyst for its Water & Climate Team in our Chicago or Washington, D.C. office. Our Water & Climate Team is an important voice for much-needed policy changes in the way our nation prepares for and responds to natural disasters and the impacts of climate change. The Water & Climate Team’s efforts focus on addressing the impacts of climate change, particularly sea level rise, inland and urban flooding, and ensuring the nation’s water infrastructure is more resilient to future conditions. The Team is currently comprised of one Senior Policy Analyst, one Attorney, and one Program Assistant. The Policy Analyst will play a key role in acquiring and analyzing data on natural disaster risks, damages, and costs; developing policy proposals; working with partner organizations around the country; and conducting advocacy. The Water & Climate Team’s work places a priority on solutions that benefit low-income individuals and communities, who often lack the financial resources to invest in the long-term solutions they will eventually need in order to adapt to climate change.

The Water & Climate Team’s specific current projects include:

-Reforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a key policy that must be changed to address escalating risks associated with flooding and sea level rise. This work includes changes in federal policy, improved implementation, and better enforcement.
-Creating a Federal Flood Protection Standard that would require federal financed projects to be designed with an additional margin of safety for future flood risk and sea level rise.
-Creating new funding to support the development of climate-resilient water infrastructure that can continue delivering critical community services decades from now, under a wider range of operating conditions.
-Advocating at all levels of government for decisions that account for the possibility of natural disasters that are more frequent or of greater magnitude in a changing climate.

The Policy Analyst must have exceptional research skills, including an ability to locate relevant scientific information and data, independently conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis, and synthesize this information for an array of audiences. The Water & Climate Team will rely on the person in this position to stay well-informed on current scientific research and policy developments regarding the impacts of climate change and the rapidly evolving understanding of sea level rise, flooding, and the consequences of these events. This Policy Analyst will substantively contribute to the Water & Climate Team’s efforts to analyze legislation, regulations, and agency guidance; prepare public comments and testimony; issue memoranda explaining NRDC’s positions and goals; and communicate findings to the public and decision makers. Recognizing the importance of government investment in climate preparedness, the Policy Analyst will also be responsible for assessing federal budget proposals from the Executive and Congress, tracking trends in funding from year to year, and advocating for agency funding in the arenas of risk management and disaster response.

-Master’s degree or equivalent
-5 years of experience conducting comparable scientific research, quantitative analysis, policy analysis, and/or public policy advocacy.
-Deep intellectual interest in the impacts of climate change and potential solutions for addressing these impacts, particularly as they relate to flooding and sea level rise.
-An affinity for creative thinking that can advance NRDC’s climate preparedness agenda.
-The ability to communicate complex issues involving scientific findings and matters of public policy.
-Exceptional communication skills and the ability to connect with a variety of audiences through written documents, oral and multimedia presentations, and social media.
-A strong independent work ethic and ability to substantively contribute to the efforts of an interdisciplinary team.
-Highly motivated to affect positive change in the nation’s policies and achieve tangible results.
-Demonstrated commitment to public service as well as environmental and social justice issues.

Application Deadline:  May 30, 2018

Type: Full-Time

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Executive Director - Charles River Watershed Association - Weston, Massachusetts

Charles River Watershed Association is seeking an Executive Director upon the retirement in Summer 2018 of its leader of 28 years.


Fifty years of progress by Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was instrumental in transforming the “Dirty Water” Charles River of the past to the cleanest urban river in America. In its 2014 Environmental Merit Award to the organization, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency described CRWA as committed to: “strong science, robust civic engagement, and unprecedented innovation and entrepreneurism…(CRWA has) built one of, if not the most, effective watershed protection organizations in the world, and we are all the better for it.”

One of the country’s oldest watershed organizations, CRWA was founded in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups in the 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. Initiatives over the past five decades have dramatically improved water quality and streamflow, and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.

Today CRWA’s strong science and engineering, research, and advocacy promote smart environmental policies while informing CRWA’s green infrastructure and urban design projects. Combined, CRWA’s work promotes resilient communities and a healthy river ecosystem for the people that enjoy the river, and the fish and wildlife that depend on it. Reflecting this history of accomplishment, CRWA was awarded the prestigious Thiess International Riverprize in 2011 by the International RiverFoundation for excellence in river management.

Charles River Watershed Association, strives to:

*Develop a sound, science-based understanding of the competing and complex human and ecological systems in the watershed.
*Protect and bring attention to the entire river from its source at Echo Lake to the Boston Harbor.
*Define cutting-edge solutions to watershed problems in the face of climate change.
*Promote sustainable watershed management practices with governmental agencies and private entities.
*Advocate for the protection, revitalization, and expansion of public parklands along the Charles.

With science, research, advocacy, and community organizing expertise within its staff of 11 and corps of more than 100 citizen scientists, as well as an active Board of Directors and Board of Advisors, CRWA influences both local and state leaders and national colleagues on river conservation and its far-reaching benefits.

Consistently the strongest voice for protecting the Charles, CRWA’s history, staff, constituency, and growing individual support will bring reliable resources for innovative leadership to its next Executive Director.


CRWA is seeking an Executive Director who will relish the opportunity to lead an organization with a national and international reputation that is grounded in the community within which it resides. The Charles River is not only a priceless natural resource, but a place that immeasurably improves the quality of life for every person who walks, runs, bikes, rows, canoes, kayaks, fishes, photographs, paints, or gazes at it. Understanding the dynamic, complex ecological and social systems that make up the Charles and respecting the value each of these represents for a thriving river will be the first and most critical criterion for any Executive Director candidate.

The next CRWA Executive Director will examine the organization’s unique strengths in research science, planning, and legal advocacy, and align these assets toward full restoration of the Charles and a collaborative vision for its place within Greater Boston. Reporting to the Board of Directors, and building upon the extraordinary dedication of the active Board of Advisors, citizen scientists, and members, the Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to make a difference addressing the challenges of climate change and adaptation, rapid development, demands on municipal infrastructure, and more.

This position will require not only vision and collaborative goal setting alongside a number of excellent advocates working on behalf of the Charles, but also extraordinary communication skills to articulate why this “urban gem” and “People’s River” requires as much protection and restoration as ever before. As a spokesperson for CRWA and the Charles, the Executive Director will need the ability both to define the need and rally support through the multitude of communication channels required in today’s crowded marketplace. Inviting those who care about the Charles to support CRWA’s work through volunteerism, board leadership, and a culture of philanthropy will also be critically important for the new Executive Director. CRWA has enjoyed support from an impressive range of leaders willing to invest in CRWA’s future and its innovative efforts to develop cross-cutting solutions and to achieve strong environmental protection for Massachusetts. The next CRWA Executive Director will build inclusive, welcoming opportunities for those supporters to maintain and to grow their investments in the Charles.

CRWA’s small but immensely talented team is critical to the future of the Charles. The next Executive Director will ensure that not only are the funds for growth available, but also that clear goals, measures of success, and practical systems are present to permit these experts to do their jobs well. The Executive Director must bring training or experience in environmental science or advocacy in order to fully collaborate and leverage the knowledge, skills, and abilities the current staff apply in protecting the Charles. With the staff leadership and an engaged Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring CRWA’s long-term organizational health: programmatically, fiscally, and with regard to talent and capital.

Key Responsibilities

The next Charles River Watershed Association Executive Director will:

*Both collaborate with and report to the Board to focus the vision, establish clear and measurable goals, and marshal the strategies and resources to accomplish them.

*Serve as the principal point person for all fundraising, engaging current and new major donors, and supporting the Director of Philanthropy in opening new philanthropic channels for CRWA.

*Attract and retain the staff expertise that allows CRWA to combine research, advocacy, the law, and grassroots engagement to benefit the Charles and its watershed.

*Represent CRWA as chief spokesperson within both the political and regulatory circles in which it currently excels, and with the general public to enlist the Charles’ many admirers to greater stewardship and involvement in its protection.

*Continue CRWA’s legacy of innovative local environmental solutions that establish precedents for watersheds across the country.


While no candidate may be able to demonstrate each and every quality and qualification that might be ideal, CRWA has identified critical leadership capabilities it seeks in its next leader, and the ideal experience and personal qualities that successful candidates will bring.

Collaborative, Visionary Leadership

In order to successfully transition CRWA after almost three decades of leadership under its outgoing Executive Director, the successful candidate must articulate a crisp, passionate vision for CRWA and the Charles that knits together science, advocacy, and the river as an attractive and compelling asset for Eastern Massachusetts. This will require the next Executive Director to continue and expand CRWA’s history of practical and creative solutions that municipalities can embrace, that protect the ecology of the watershed, and that facilitate people’s use and enjoyment. It is not possible to do that alone, however, and the new Executive Director will partner with the growing number of leaders from the nonprofit, university, corporate, and citizen communities concerned about the Charles and the effects of climate change on the region.

Community Engagement

CRWA has enjoyed an almost unprecedented level of volunteer engagement among area residents who—by the thousands—have measured water quality, pulled invasive water chestnuts, or participated in riverbank clean up days year after year. The next CRWA leader will leverage this support to bring the message of the Charles and its critical role in the area’s future to new generations. Further, the Executive Director will build upon CRWA’s reputation as an honest broker and fierce science-based advocate to mobilize new constituencies to the local, state, regional, and national work necessary to protect the Charles and the environment for the future. None of this will be possible unless the next Executive Director successfully enlists the investment of both the philanthropists that have made New England’s environmental organizations the strongest in the country, and new supporters who seek leadership opportunities and deep engagement in their giving priorities.

Outstanding Management Skills

Since CRWA’s founding, the systems and expectations for even a small nonprofit organization have become more complex. In order to achieve the expansive vision CRWA’s supporters have, the next Executive Director must bring 21st century skills in business planning, communications, evaluation, and talent management to operations that meet and exceed those of high performing nonprofits in competitive markets. In addition, the Executive Director will serve as a thought leader locally and nationally working within an environmental movement that seeks not just to oppose but also to offer progressive solutions to seemingly intractable challenges. Finally, the Executive Director will bring a talent for finding efficiencies and effective approaches that succeed within limited, but growing, resources.

Ideal Experience

*A proven track record as an innovative leader of people and social change, within a watershed, conservation, environmental, outdoors, climate change, or comparable organization.

*Experience in environmental protection or the advocacy for which CRWA is a leader.

*Demonstrated success as a fundraiser to create a culture of philanthropy that engages individuals with capacity for six and seven figure investments as well as young adults and grassroots volunteerism.

*Outstanding communication skills spanning social media to public addresses, journal articles to Beacon Hill testimony.

*Sound operational expertise to organize the financial, talent, and evaluative systems to succeed.

Additional Personal Characteristics

*Gutsiness and a willingness to take difficult, principled stands but also to collaborate.

*Creativity and imagination to foster the long-term potential for CRWA and watershed organizations.

*A sense of humor, patience, and realism about leading a small nonprofit.

*Passion for the Charles!

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions:
Charles River Watershed Association is an equal opportunity workplace and is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its hiring, workplace, and work.

CRWA has partnered with Carolyn O’Brien Consulting LLC to lead this search. Please email to apply, nominate a candidate, or for more information. Applicants should submit a thoughtful cover letter and detailed resume (using the following naming convention for files: Lastname_resume and Lastname_cover). All applications will be read and acknowledged. Only applications closely meeting the candidate profile will be contacted for additional information. All inquiries and applications are confidential.

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