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

Conservation Associate, Little Tennessee River - American Rivers - Western North Carolina

JOB SUMMARY
The Associate will advance the goals of American Rivers’ river protection and restoration work in western North Carolina with a focus on the Little Tennessee River basin due to its significant ecological value including robust biodiversity. The Associate will work closely with American Rivers’ staff to identify high priority river restoration and land protection projects to ultimately improve the water quality in the river basin.

The Little Tennessee River basin is designated as a Native Fish Conservation Area (NFCA). The NFCA concept is a new watershed-scale, non-regulatory approach to long-term conservation and restoration of native fishes. In 2015, the Little Tennessee River basin was designated as the country’s first NFCA, as it (1) hosts a rich assemblage of rare and common native aquatic species; (2) is a focus of multiple fish restoration efforts and (3) has a strong set of 25 partners from 3 states (including agencies, industry, and NGOs from North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia) involved in restoration, conservation, and education. The Associate will work in partnership with members of the NFCA. The position is for eighteen months, and may be extended if additional funding is received.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Work effectively and meet regularly with American Rivers’ staff in western North Carolina.
• Identify the highest priority river restoration projects including but not limited to dam removal, stream restoration, riparian buffer/floodplain restoration, and culvert replacements in the Little Tennessee River watershed. Prioritization will be accomplished by a combination of geographic information system (GIS) analysis, computer desktop reconnaissance, personal communication with resource managers and agencies familiar with the project/resource, and in-person site visits and documentation.
• Identify the highest priority land acquisition parcels to secure under conservation easements. Prioritization will be accomplished by a combination of geographic information system (GIS) analysis, computer desktop reconnaissance, personal communication with resource managers and agencies familiar with the project/resource, and in-person site visits and documentation.
• Use the existing conservation planning tools and input of a technical advisory team made of NFCA partners to support the planning work.
• Participate in an in-person kick off meeting and regular check-in meetings via teleconference or in-person meetings with the technical advisory team made of NFCA partners.
• Identify project managers within the NFCA partnership and others who work in the Little Tennessee River basin to lead and implement projects after identification.
• Complete a final report of all identified priority projects with specifics like photographs, maps, project narrative, and other details pertinent to the project. The highest priority projects identified will include the highest level of detail with consideration to the requirements of potential funding sources to support speedy implementation after the completion of the conservation planning.
• Promote dam removal and other barrier removal projects in western North Carolina, including coordinating with partners and building community support.
• Write blogs, newsletter articles and other informational materials.
• Build upon and establish new partnerships with civic and community leaders, non-profit organizations, government agencies, consultants, and other restoration partners.
• Represent American Rivers at technical meetings, press events and other public events as needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
• A Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Natural or Physical Science, or related field and at least one year of relevant experience, or a minimum of two years of relevant experience working on conservation issues in the areas of natural resource policy or community organizing.
• Excellent written and verbal communications; experience writing reports desirable.
• Experience with geographic information systems (GIS).
• Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
• Strong critical thinking, good judgment, and political astuteness.
• Familiarity with the political, cultural and social dynamics in the Little Tennessee River 
basin desirable.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders including local 
municipalities, conservation groups, agencies, landowners, and volunteers.
• Dependable and self-motivated; able to work independently.
• Must be able to successfully coordinate with colleagues while working from a remote location.
• Team player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to advance the organization’s broader goals and objectives.
• Ability and willingness to conduct field work in rivers, including paddling, wading,
hiking, extended standing, transporting gear, and lifting and carrying 40 lbs. 
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission to protect wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature.

REPORTS TO: Associate Director, Rivers of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas
LOCATION: Home office in western North Carolina

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
This is a part-time position with funding until June 2019. The hourly rate is $20.00. The position is 24 hours per week, with some flexibility in regards to setting the workweek schedule. As a part-time employee the position will be eligible for the 403(b) retirement plan and pro-rated paid time off accruals.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  January 15, 2018:

TYPE: Part-Time

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to: jobs@americanrivers.org with “NC Conservation Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

President - Potomac Riverkeeper - Washington, DC

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network, a leader in the fight to protect and preserve the Potomac River Watershed, is seeking a President. The new President will lead a dynamic team of Riverkeepers, operations staff, and pro bono litigation partners as they monitor the river, engage community activists and sue polluters to ensure that communities throughout the entire Potomac watershed have access to drinkable, swimmable, fishable water.

In 2012, American Rivers named the Potomac the most endangered waterway in the United States for the second time in three years. At that time, the Potomac watershed, which includes the Shenandoah River and numerous other sub-watersheds, was under significant threat from decades’ old industrial and sewage pollution that went untreated, along with more modern urban and agricultural contaminants. Today, the Potomac no longer tops the list of endangered rivers, but the entire watershed – which extends from Pennsylvania, through West Virginia to Washington, DC – remains at risk. The principal threats include nutrient runoff, sediment, bacteria, and deregulation of federal environmental protection standards. In service of the mission to protect the public’s right to clean water in and round the nation’s capital, PRKN carries out its work in three distinct but connected teams: Riverkeepers, Internal Operations staff, and pro bono legal partners. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the new President will lead these teams into a period of significant growth in membership and financial assets, greater internal collaboration and alignment, and an overall increased visibility in the region (and nationally) as the premier defender against entities who threaten the Nation’s River.

The ideal candidate will be first and foremost committed to preserving the Potomac and its tributaries so that residents throughout the watershed have access to clean water and a safe place for recreation and wildlife in and around the river are protected. He/she/they will also be a strong, proven fundraiser with a track record of leveraging local and national networks to cultivate support for conservation or other nonprofit campaigns. This person will be a seasoned leader with significant experience working collaboratively with a board of directors, and the ability to execute short- and long-term strategic agendas. He/she/they will also have proven expertise in implementing internal systems that directly support those agendas. The new President will have senior management experience with small to medium-sized organizations with the talent and skill to bring disparate teams together for a singular mission. He/she/they will be a team builder with expertise in talent development, modeling best practices in collaboration, and cooperative workflow. The ideal candidate will also have the patience, poise, focus and conviction to advocate for the welfare of the Potomac watershed in the face of often intimidating opposing forces.

Application Deadline: December 27, 2017

Type: Full-Time
City: Washington, DC

Application Instructions:
This search is being conducted by Tamar Datan and Erica Nicole Griffin of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, and applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send nominations and/or applications including cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), and where you learned of the position to: PRKN-PRES@nonprofitprofessionals.com

The Potomac Riverkeeper Network is an equal opportunity employer.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group is a national executive search and consulting firm dedicated to serving the mission-driven community. We partner with global mission-driven clients to deliver highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic senior- and executive-level search services.
www.nonprofitprofessionals.com.

Central Valley Restoration Ecologist - River Partners - Turlock, CA

River Partners Background
River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment. We are a rapidly-growing non-profit organization with expertise in plant ecology, restoration biology, wildlife biology, endangered species recovery, community outreach and education, environmental policy, and fund-raising. River Partners’ focus is on-the-ground restoration results, with the majority of our efforts dedicated to implementation of ecologically-based habitat restoration projects. River Partners collaborates with many regional, national and international conservation organizations and agencies to effect large-scale, science-based habitat improvement for riparian-dependent species. Check out www.riverpartners.org for more information.

Duties / Responsibilities
The Restoration Ecologist works directly with biology, field implementation, and development staff to design and implement riparian restoration projects and monitoring programs to further the science of restoration ecology. This position requires effective collaboration with local, regional and international conservation organizations, landowners and resource agency personnel.

The successful candidate also manages personnel; writes and manages the production of plans, reports and articles; manages complex large-scale restoration projects; meets multiple deadlines and provides outstanding customer service; manages multi-million dollar budgets; actively communicates with team members; manages and builds relationships with external partners; clearly communicates with the public; represents the organization to stakeholders; works on a diverse and highly motivated team; works independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; secures environmental permits for complex projects; designs and manages scientific experiments; and assists in the development of new restoration projects.

The Restoration Ecologist in our satellite Turlock office supervises our Central Valley-based biology staff and reports to our Science Director. This position also collaborates closely with our Central Valley-based field implementation staff and our biology team in Chico.

Examples of typical duties include:

• Training entry-level biologists and interns;
• Scheduling staff and resources to meet contractual obligations and deadlines;
• Managing budgets for restoration, mitigation, and consulting projects;
• Securing permits from local, state and federal agencies;
• Completing site specific plans and project reports;
• Assisting with proposal writing and budgeting new projects;
• Reviewing scientific, contractual, and informative documents and supervising their production;
• Collaborating with the field implementation department to translate site specific designs from paper to the field;
• Attending public events, fairs and meetings to promote the organization and its mission;
• Developing and delivering presentations to the scientific community, government agencies, and the public;
• Travelling to multiple restoration projects for planning, monitoring, and project development;
• May involve long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions;
• Other duties as required.

Qualifications Required:
M.S. or Ph.D. in biology, ecology, environmental science, agriculture science or related science, and at least five years of appropriate work experience is required. Work experience in California’s Central Valley is preferred.

Other requirements include:
• Experience in riparian habitat restoration
• Experience in environmental permitting
• Experience in budget and project management
• Experience and background in plant physiology
• Effective oral and written communication skills
• A valid driver’s license with no restrictions

The successful candidate will demonstrate skilled use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and geo-spatial software. Additionally, the successful candidate must enjoy working with a diverse group of people and be a self-starting and effective worker, managing multiple projects and timelines with minimal direct supervision.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
No phone calls please.

Central Valley Restoration Ecologist - River Partners - Turlock, CA

River Partners Background
River Partners’ mission is to create wildlife habitat for the benefit of people and the environment. We are a rapidly-growing non-profit organization with expertise in plant ecology, restoration biology, wildlife biology, endangered species recovery, community outreach and education, environmental policy, and fund-raising. River Partners’ focus is on-the-ground restoration results, with the majority of our efforts dedicated to implementation of ecologically-based habitat restoration projects. River Partners collaborates with many regional, national and international conservation organizations and agencies to effect large-scale, science-based habitat improvement for riparian-dependent species. Check out www.riverpartners.org for more information.

Duties / Responsibilities
The Restoration Ecologist works directly with biology, field implementation, and development staff to design and implement riparian restoration projects and monitoring programs to further the science of restoration ecology. This position requires effective collaboration with local, regional and international conservation organizations, landowners and resource agency personnel.

The successful candidate also manages personnel; writes and manages the production of plans, reports and articles; manages complex large-scale restoration projects; meets multiple deadlines and provides outstanding customer service; manages multi-million dollar budgets; actively communicates with team members; manages and builds relationships with external partners; clearly communicates with the public; represents the organization to stakeholders; works on a diverse and highly motivated team; works independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; secures environmental permits for complex projects; designs and manages scientific experiments; and assists in the development of new restoration projects.

The Restoration Ecologist in our satellite Turlock office supervises our Central Valley-based biology staff and reports to our Science Director. This position also collaborates closely with our Central Valley-based field implementation staff and our biology team in Chico.

Examples of typical duties include:

• Training entry-level biologists and interns;
• Scheduling staff and resources to meet contractual obligations and deadlines;
• Managing budgets for restoration, mitigation, and consulting projects;
• Securing permits from local, state and federal agencies;
• Completing site specific plans and project reports;
• Assisting with proposal writing and budgeting new projects;
• Reviewing scientific, contractual, and informative documents and supervising their production;
• Collaborating with the field implementation department to translate site specific designs from paper to the field;
• Attending public events, fairs and meetings to promote the organization and its mission;
• Developing and delivering presentations to the scientific community, government agencies, and the public;
• Travelling to multiple restoration projects for planning, monitoring, and project development;
• May involve long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions;
• Other duties as required.

Qualifications Required:
M.S. or Ph.D. in biology, ecology, environmental science, agriculture science or related science, and at least five years of appropriate work experience is required. Work experience in California’s Central Valley is preferred.

Other requirements include:
• Experience in riparian habitat restoration
• Experience in environmental permitting
• Experience in budget and project management
• Experience and background in plant physiology
• Effective oral and written communication skills
• A valid driver’s license with no restrictions

The successful candidate will demonstrate skilled use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, and geo-spatial software. Additionally, the successful candidate must enjoy working with a diverse group of people and be a self-starting and effective worker, managing multiple projects and timelines with minimal direct supervision.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
No phone calls please.

Major Gifts Director, Eastern Region - American Rivers - Washington, D.C.

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS
Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

JOB SUMMARY
Reporting to the Senior Director of Major Gifts, the Major Gifts Director will be responsible for soliciting gifts of $10,000 and above for the assigned region. This position is instrumental in promoting the goals of American Rivers, creating strong and solid relationships with individual prospects and donors, qualifying prospects identified through screenings and referrals, and raising funds to meet annual revenue goals. The Major Gifts Officer will work from our Washington, D.C. headquarters and travel throughout the Eastern U.S. to meet with donors up to 60 percent of the time.

We are seeking a dedicated, energetic, and passionate Major Gifts Director to grow philanthropic support for American Rivers. The ideal candidate will have a history of cultivating, soliciting, and closing major gifts from individuals; a track record of identifying and developing a portfolio of individual donors with major gift giving potential; success in building sustainable donor engagement and relationships; knowledge of best practices in major gift philanthropy; and ability to see the big picture and translate strategy into targeted goals and actions.

The position interacts with the President/CEO as well as board members and other leadership. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a talented, high-energy team of professionals who are making a difference in the environmental field.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• 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.
• Conduct a significant number of qualified contacts per month with donors and prospects to form and strengthen relationships for long-term support and engagement.
• Prepare and conduct donor briefings for President/CEO’s assigned visits or solicitations.
• Prepare personalized materials, including correspondence, solicitation materials, briefing materials, and other items for face-to-face meetings and other donor interactions.
• Solicit assigned prospects to meet or exceed annual fundraising targets, as specified in annual budget and work plan.
• Build a robust portfolio through prospect discovery and qualification; contacting and qualifying high-capacity prospects identified through screenings.
• In conjunction with Senior Director of Major Gifts, explore creation of a River Council (Eastern location TBD) that would include recruiting and managing high profile volunteers who contribute a personally significant gift to form the core group to cultivate and solicit others within their network.
• Work closely with the major gifts team on strategy for the overall major donor program as well as for individual prospects.
• Prepare fund-raising reports, budgets, and analyses for assigned region.
• Develop and execute an annual work plan for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects for major and planned gifts in assigned region; assist Senior Director of Major Gifts in developing the major gift division’s overall plan and procedures.
• Ensure that donor contact reports are compiled and maintained; maintain up-to-date CRM reports and contact log.

OTHER
• Stay current with major gift trends and best practices.
• Enthusiastically participate in department meetings, organization-wide meetings and activities, and staff committees.
• Organize or participate in other initiatives to promote the organization and build a culture of philanthropy amongst the American Rivers community.
• Complete administrative requirements such as timesheets, performance evaluations, and expense reports in an accurate and timely manner.
• Perform other fundraising duties and special projects in support of the Advancement Department, as needed.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• An advanced degree and a minimum of 7 years of significant fundraising experience working with individuals. Or an appropriate combination of education and at least 9 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 five, 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.
• Understanding of planned giving principles and vehicles; and ability to coordinate interactions with donors to facilitate a deferred gift.
• Experience interacting with high-net worth individuals and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
• Excellent communication skills coupled with strong writing and presentation skills.
• Proficiency with donor database/CRM applications (ROI preferred).
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
• 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 knowledge of and interest in conservation and environmental issues.
• Personal commitment to American Rivers’ mission.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with experience. Full-time and full-time equivalent employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, and generous leave time.

Washington, DC is the preferred location for this position, however, the successful candidate may be considered from another geographic location where American Rivers already has a presence.
Application Deadline:  12/31/2017

Type: Full-Time

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to: jobs@americanrivers.org with “Major Gift Director, Eastern Region” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Executive Director - Superior Hiking Trail - Two Harbors, Minnesota

        The Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is a nationally renowned and universally loved hiking and running trail along Minnesota’s North Shore that tens of thousands of people enjoy every year. Renewing the Trail and telling members and the world about the wonders of the SHT, and engaging people in the Trail’s mission, is at the heart of this position the Superior Hiking Trail Association seeks to fill. This position is the perfect opportunity for an energetic and creative individual who not only understands the mechanics of fund raising but appreciates that successful fund raising is relationship-building: helping members and donors bring to the fore their commitment to and support for the Superior Hiking Trail.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
• Oversee and manage the organization’s membership and donor operations: new member acquisition, member renewals, fund raising appeals, and other fund raising mechanisms.
• Develop strategies for targeted and customized communications that recognize and speak effectively to the diverse support base of the SHT.
• Lead and develop the SHTA’s communications functions, including generating content for both printed and digital communications, that promote the Trail and generate interest and investment in the SHT.
• Assist in developing events and innovative partnerships with members, North Shore businesses and others to promote the Trail and generate financial support for it.

Required Qualifications:
• A bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or business administration. Some education or practical experience in natural resources or environmental protection helpful.
• At least three years’ experience operating or working in the realm of member-based fund raising and communications.
• Demonstrated communications ability in all modern media, including traditional marketing communications, and excellent understanding of and facility with the written word.

Desired Qualifications:
• Experience with and strong interest in some form of silent sports or outdoor recreation (e.g. hiking, biking, skiing, running).
• Previous professional experience in a nonprofit setting.
• An understanding of the Superior Hiking Trail.
• Creative. An ability to roll with but also create surprises. Gregarious and bold.

Application Deadline:  Nov 27, 2017

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions:
The position will be based at SHTA’s headquarters in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Duluth is 20 miles away, and recreational opportunities abound along the North Shore of Lake Superior and the nearby Superior National Forest.
Please send us a letter expressing your interest in and qualifications for this positon. Include a resume and a writing sample that you created. Address your application to Denny Caneff, Executive Director, hike@shta.org

Executive Director - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, Oregon

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) www.tualatinriverkeepers.org is in search of a dynamic 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. 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 people to the Tualatin River.

TRK is part of a broader global “Waterkeeper” movement www.waterkeeper.org 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 easygoing 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 leadership to fulfill TRKs’ 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.
  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.

  Advocacy – Provide guidance and input regarding ongoing environmental issues in the Tualatin basin that affect the health and resilience of the river and watershed.

Required Qualifications:

 Strong understanding, experience and passion for watershed issues, habitats and wildlife
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

Preferred Qualifications:

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

Salary:
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.

Application Deadline:  December 31,2017

Type: Full-Time

Application Procedure:
Send resume and cover letter to resumes@tualatinriverkeepers.org. (No phone calls please.)

Please include answers to the following questions in your cover letter:
1. What connects you to the River?
2. What connects you to conservation?

Position is open until filled.

Tualatin Riverkeepers is an equal opportunity employer.

Science & Policy Program Assistant - River Network - North Carolina

Position: Science and Policy Program Assistant – part time contractor
Reports to: Director of Science and Policy
Preferred Location: NC Triangle strongly preferred; will work from home office
Term of position: November 15 2017-September 30, 2018; support for this part time grant-funded position has been secured through September 2018 at 15-20 hours/week (flexible work hours) at $20/hour; technology stipend provided but otherwise no benefits.

Overview of Position:

River Network seeks to hire a part time contractor to assist our Science and Policy program with research, writing and outreach related to a cross-section of our work including federal policy synthesis, research on wild and scenic rivers, citizen science and safe drinking water, and webinar and outreach support. The contractor will assist with a variety of work to support our current projects and must be willing to be flexible and able to juggle several different projects simultaneously. We are looking for someone who is excited about helping to connect all people to achieve a sustainable and healthy future for our nation’s rivers and waters.

About River Network:

River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.org to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado with staff and contractors working from various locations across the U.S.

River Network is 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. River Network is intentional about our staffing and engagement practices and strive to increase the diversity of our staff, board, members, and supporters with strategic recruitment and partnerships and an inclusive workplace culture.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Research and case study development on best practices for protecting and restoring Wild and Scenic Rivers;
• Support ongoing tracking of drinking water issues and training tools;
• Support research on clean water policies in specific river basins;
• Assist with researching, writing and editing blogs and web content;
• Support development and management of programmatic webinars;
• Assist with outreach on science and policy issues; and
• Other tasks as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in River Network’s mission to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers, has strong research and writing skills, a background in environmental science or policy or related fields and an interest in aquatic conservation, advocacy or public policy. Specific background requirements include:

• Self-motivated, ability to work independently and track and meet deadlines
• Proactive thinker
• Ability to research and analyze programs and policies
• Ability to write clearly and compellingly
• Ability to organize and plan meetings
• Strong technological abilities (e.g. Microsoft Office programs, Salesforce) and comfort learning new cloud-based systems (e.g. Go-To webinar and online
communication platforms)
• Access to a computer/laptop
• Completed undergraduate degree

Compensation and Benefits:

The Assistant will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable science and policy staff at one of country’s leading river conservation organizations and will have the opportunity to contribute to larger multi-year projects aimed at increasing knowledge of clean and ample water issues among community and watershed groups. Hourly rate is $20/hour.

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Katherine Baer (kbaer@rivernetwork.org) with “Science and Policy Program Assistant” in the subject line of the email. Applications must be received no later than November25th with review starting on a rolling basis. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide references. No phone calls please.

Conservation Outreach Associate - Yakima River Basin - Washington State

ABOUT AMERICAN RIVERS

Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 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 www.americanrivers.org.

JOB SUMMARY

The Yakima River Basin Conservation Outreach Associate plays an important role in building and maintaining support for the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan (“Yakima Plan”) and its implementation, primarily through outreach, communications, media, and coordination of Yakima Plan supporters. The Associate also will engage in project specific communications and community engagement.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•  Work with key Yakima Plan stakeholders to implement an outreach and communications plan in support of specific goals including passage of federal authorizing legislation and state and federal appropriations, and to increase awareness and support for the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan   by local, state, and federal decision makers and the general public on both sides of the Cascades.
•  Coordinate key stakeholders to carry out the outreach and communications plan by:
•  Planning and facilitating media outreach;
•  Scheduling and executing educational field trips for a variety of audiences;
•  Preparing stakeholders for interviews, testimony, public events and media opportunities;
•  Directly reach out to local government, businesses, community organizations and others to brief and educate them on the Yakima Plan;
•  Develop and maintain social media for the Yakima Plan;
•  Coordinate with state and federal agencies in designing, developing, populating, and maintaining a website to serve as a hub for the Yakima Plan;
•  Executing a “rapid response” strategy to address developing events through both media and targeted outreach, in coordination with Yakima Plan Implementation and Executive Committees and subcommittees as appropriate; and
•  Developing fact sheets and other materials as needed by the Implementation and Executive Committees and distribute as requested.
•  Attend Yakima Plan Workgroup and Committee meetings as needed.
•  Build local support for a Wild and Scenic River protection for the upper Cle Elum River system and key river restoration projects.
•  Coordinate with American Rivers’ conservation partners and spearhead online and other communications for the Yakima Basin Conservation Coalition.
•  Help coordinate outreach and communications for a diverse coalition working to fund and implement an multi-faceted water management and ecosystem restoration plan
•  Communicate effectively with diverse audiences to meet the diverse needs of the Yakima Plan coalition
•  Communicate the value of projects and programs of the Yakima Plan, including fish passage projects, water conservation projects, habitat improvement project, floodplains restoration project, Wild & Scenic River protection for the upper Cle Elum River system, and Teanaway Community Forest programmatic development and projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

•  A Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Political Science, Environmental Policy, or related field and at least one year of relevant experience, or a minimum of two years of relevant experience working on conservation issues, in coalitions, and/or communications and outreach.
•  Excellent written and verbal communications.
•  Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
•  Strong critical thinking, good judgment, and political astuteness.
•  Interest in developing leadership skills.
•  Effective advocate with the ability to represent conservation interests while also representing a collaborative working group of stakeholders with a variety of interests.
•  Dependable and self-motivated; able to work independently.
•  Demonstrated ability to conduct outreach and coordinate meetings and events.
•  Must be willing to work remotely but in close coordination with colleagues.
•  Team player with the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners to advance the organization’s broader goals and objectives.
•  Personal commitment to collaborative conservation, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, and American Rivers’ mission.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

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
: November 30, 2017

City: Cle Elum, Ellensburg, or Yakima

Application Instructions:
Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: jobs@americanrivers.org with “Yakima Outreach Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

Legislative and Accountability Coordinator - Conservation Voters of South Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina

Conservation Voters of South Carolina is the political voice of South Carolina’s environmental community. CVSC is a bipartisan, non-profit organization that, along with its sister organizations the CVSC Education Fund and the CVSC PAC, passes laws that protect our environment, elects pro-conservation candidates, holds elected officials accountable, and educates and engages South Carolinians “to protect the South Carolina we love.”  We effectively fight for our air, land, and water through bipartisan and pragmatic political action.

Scope of Position: CVSC seeks a highly motivated person with knowledge about environmental issues, experience in advocacy and understanding of South Carolina’s legislative process. It is important to demonstrate a proven ability to be a self-starter with excellent written and oral communications skills and with demonstrated experience initiating projects and advancing them successfully.

The successful candidate will serve as the lead legislative staff for the organization, working in concert with the Deputy Director and other programmatic staff to advance the mission and goals of the organization by developing and maintaining relationships with legislators and legislative staff to advance pro-conservation policies in the state legislature. The Legislative and Accountability Coordinator will assist with the development of advocacy goals, advocate for specific policy solutions to achieve these goals, participate in negotiations on behalf of CVSC to advance these goals, and educate policy-makers on important conservation issues. The Legislative and Accountability Coordinator will also oversee the accountability work for the organization – developing our biennial scorecard as well as develop and implement plans for ongoing in-district communication with voters regarding legislators’ voting records. The Legislative and Accountability Coordinator will be responsible for representing and building the brand of CVSC within the Statehouse as well as in public settings and will work with Communication and Citizen Engagement staff to drive citizen engagement and constituent contacts in the legislative process.

The position reports to the Deputy Director.

The Legislative and Accountability Coordinator is also expected to perform other duties as needed in accordance with the successful operation of a small non-profit organization.

Location:  Work is based in Columbia, SC, however occasional day and overnight travel will be required.

Specific Responsibilities:

The Legislative and Accountability Coordinator is a full-time position devoted to lobbying and accountability outreach activities, with responsibilities including:

• Developing legislative proposals and strategies to advance CVSC’s advocacy priorities, and implement strategies to influence policy and decision-making in favor of CVSC’s conservation goals.
• Serving as liaison and informational contact between CVSC and elected officials, educating legislators, legislative staff, partner orgs, and the public regarding CVSC’s legislative priorities and positions
• Tracking, monitoring, and analyzing legislation, attending hearings, workgroups, and other meetings as need
• Providing research and policy analysis in support of CVSC legislative and policy priorities and tracking
policies and decisions that directly affect CVSC’s conservation goals.
• Coordinating and preparing member testimony, legislative visits, and workgroup meetings.
• Soliciting and coordinating partner organization engagement in the policy-making process, including organizing “lobby teams” during legislative session and arranging “home visits” with CVSC members and partner-org members.
• Writing weekly “Conservation Hotlist” legislative update blog as well as corresponding e-blasts and materials to legislators and supporters
• Overseeing the ongoing accountability programs, such as the biennial Conservation Scorecard and any and all other accountability efforts needed to build the brand of CVSC and educate voters on the conservation record of their legislators.
• Coordinating messaging with partner lobbyists, Coalition partners, and CVSC Communications staff
• Engaging with CVSC Communications team to build CVSC’s organizational profile and procure media to support legislative strategy tactics, including editorial board meetings and story generation.
support legislative strategy tactics, including editorial board meetings and story generation.
• Influencing and building relationships with targeted elected officials by activating board members, donors and other supporters in SC.
• Advising other program staff on coalitions and additional partners necessary to achieve state legislative victories.
• Achieving policy wins that advance CVSC’s mission and advocacy priorities
• In partnership with the Communications staff, developing and promoting grassroots action campaigns to drive citizen engagement with local, state, and federal leaders.
• Event coordination planning, assistance, and participations which may include occasional evening and weekend work.
• Other duties as assigned

Required skills and qualifications:
• A proven commitment to conservation.
• Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy or other relevant field and three or more years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Work on successful policy campaigns (local, state or federal) that target legislative policy makers and/or engage diverse partners and communities in efforts to promote systemic change.
● Excels in directing or participating in complex negotiations and presenting to and communicating with government officials, corporate executives, board members and others.
● Experience with state and federal legislative process.
● Experience working within and building diverse coalitions to accomplish shared goals.
● Demonstrated success presenting to and communicating with government or legislative staff and/or program leadership.
● Understanding of conservation-related social and political dynamics in different regions of South Carolina.
● Proven ability to work well within a team, and with individuals, both internal and external, from diverse backgrounds.
● Proficiency and substantial experience with standard office productivity software and equipment such as
Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Access, Word, Powerpoint), copiers, scanners, email programs, etc.
● Attention to detail and to confidentiality requirements
● Having strong organizational skills; being deadline-oriented and resourceful
● Ability to work independently, yet to ask pertinent questions
● Comfortable in busy office setting and working in shared office space with coworkers
● Ability to read, process, and synthesize printed materials on paper or standard computer screen
● Ability to communicate detailed thoughts in a clear and concise manner in person and over the telephone
● Exceptional organization and time management ability, with proven ability to multitask, and consistently meet or exceed deadlines and goals.
● Strong analytic skills, including ability to identify systemic problems and develop innovative solutions.

Work environment
This is a leanly-staffed, fast-paced organization whose staff has enthusiasm for the mission and tasks of CVSC. We are seeking another effective, productive, enjoyable and highly ethical member of the team who will take responsibility and leadership for growing the legislative and accountability program and implementing assigned tasks.

Terms of employment:
The position is full-time, contingent on continued funding (grants and individual donations). This includes a 40- hour workweek with the need for flexible scheduling, depending on the nature of an issue or timeframe. Occasional out of town travel will be required.

CVSC is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary/Benefits
CVSC offers a competitive non-profit sector salary in the $38,000 – $42,000 range, depending on qualifications, with vacation, retirement, and health and dental insurance benefits.

Application Instructions:
Please submit your resume and a cover letter that addresses how your expertise matches the job description and why you want to work to protect the air, land, and water of South Carolina to rebecca@cvsc.org with Legislative and Accountability Coordinator in the subject line.

The position will remain open until filled. CVSC is seeking to fill this position in advance of the January legislative session.  See on our website at http://cvsc.org/in-the-news/cvsc-hiring-legislative-coordinator/

Drinking Water Project Manager - River Network - Great Lakes Region

Statement of Need
River Network requests proposals from qualified individuals and consultants to support the development, delivery and production of a drinking water toolkit for communities and watershed groups. We are specifically seeking proposals from those with expertise in multiple areas of drinking water management and protection, which might include water quality, legal and policy approaches, financing, affordability, public health and community engagement. The selected consultant will work with River Network staff to develop, test and refine a toolkit in collaboration with our local, state and national partners. Experience interviewing scientists and decision makers, synthesizing complex information, and translating detailed material into practical and understandable formats for a lay audience is required. Consultant will report directly to River Network’s Director of Science and Policy and work in close coordination and alignment with our Leadership Development Manager in the Great Lakes.

This work will build on River Network’s existing efforts in the Great Lakes including capacity building for organizational development and on science and policy water-related issues. The project will involve research, writing, outreach, project management and training. Strong preference is for individuals/consultants located in the Great Lakes region. An initial version of the toolkit should be ready for launch by River Rally in late April 2018. A final version of the toolkit should be ready for dissemination with general audiences by September 2018.

About River Network
River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.org to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission.

Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. We provide opportunities for people working across the United States at the local level to national level to learn from each other and access solutions, technical support, and financial assistance through our staff, website, and quarterly newsletter River Voices, our annual conference River Rally, and our distance learning programs.

River Network has a longstanding focus on helping watershed organizations better understand and implement policy solutions to achieve clean and ample water. Over the past twenty years, we have educated thousands of watershed protection leaders via our annual national River Rally and other regional, state and local training events. In 1999, we published the Clean Water Act Owners’ Manual, now in its second edition. In all, we have trained some 12,000 leaders throughout the U.S. on how to use the Clean Water Act effectively, resulting in stronger clean water protections throughout the country. More recently, we have produced several policy analyses including Protecting and Restoring Flows in our Southeastern Rivers: A Synthesis of State Policies for Water Security and Sustainability, providing guidance on a range of state policies for healthier rivers, and a Delaware Basin Water Policy Review, that examined selected Clean Water Act programs across the four states in the Delaware River Basin.

With this project, we seek to expand our work to provide a broadly accessible toolkit covering the policies and practices communities need to effectively engage a broad range of stakeholders to secure safe, clean and affordable drinking water. Required tasks include:

1. Assist with development and management of a national advisory group of local, state and national drinking water advocates and others with drinking water expertise to inform toolkit tone, content and format;
2. Work with River Network staff and partners to analyze the gaps, needs and opportunities for an effective drinking water toolkit, narrow down possible list of issues to include in the toolkit (see page 3) and develop an outline to share with partners and stakeholders for review;
3. Develop and finalize outline and approach for toolkit – including training topics and delivery mechanisms (e.g. online modules, webinars, training manual, etc.);
4. Research, write and develop main components of toolkit; identify additional expertise needed and work with advisory group members and other outside experts via subcontract to develop and deliver additional key components; secure services of and oversee work of all subcontractors for deliverables;
5. Complete toolkit drafts and training materials in time for presentation at River Rally 2018 (late April);
6. Collect feedback, refine and finalize toolkit materials by August 2018;
7. Coordinate with River Network staff and external contractors in the production of toolkit materials, including written materials, onIine training modules or other delivery mechanisms;
8. Provide 3-6 trainings to Great Lakes leaders and organizations as well as River Network staff through conferences and webinars.

Required Details
The deadline for responding to this Request for Proposals is Monday, September 25th, 2017 with final decisions to be made by our team by Friday, October 6th.

Proposals must include:
1. Consultant/Individual background and experience
2. Cost estimate for all services and direct expenses associated with delivering on Tasks #1-#8 above. Costs may be shown in project phases. Costs are not to exceed $40,000, with an additional $10,000 available for subcontractors (see Task #4)
3. Description of approach and proposed deliverables
4. Timeline for engagement
5. Examples of past work products and client references
6. Any additional information relevant to this project
Please submit your proposal via email to Katherine Baer (kbaer@rivernetwork.org) with “Great Lakes Drinking Water” in the title. No phone calls please.

Possible Topics for Drinking Water Toolkit
Drinking Water 101
1. Learning about sourcewater and where your drinking water comes from
2. Understanding how drinking water systems work and the role of water utilities
3. Learning about drinking water “infrastructure”
4. Consumer education and how drinking water systems are funded and financed–how do we make water affordable for all?
5. Discovering if your drinking water is safe and what to do if it’s not
6. Relevant laws for drinking water (e.g., Safe Drinking Water Act, various portions of the Clean Water Act, state-laws, and special considerations in individual states (e.g., Michigan’s emergency manager laws))

How to Engage Your Community
7. Authentically engaging community members and leaders, including community members that are low-income and of color, in discussions around local water concerns and desired solutions
8. Conducting effective education, outreach and engagement campaigns to elevate community understanding of drinking water issues
9. Identifying, engaging and influencing local utility staff, other relevant decision makers and elected officials
10. Influencing local, state and federal water-related policies
11. Fundamentals of community organizing, including identifying and developing leaders, conducting power mapping, and selecting/implementing appropriate strategies and tactics
12. Water crisis management, including first responder actions and activities
13. Identifying and advocating for financing solutions that work for your community, including Consumer Assistance Programs to support drinking water affordability
14. Using citizen science to monitor conditions and build public trust or agenda for action

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

ABOUT SYRCL:
The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL – pronounced circle) was founded in 1983 by grassroots activists determined to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Ultimately, SYRCL won permanent protections for 39 miles of the South Yuba River under California’s Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With nearly 35 years of achievements, 3,500 members and 1,000 active volunteers, SYRCL is doing great things for the Yuba watershed. SYRCL is a leader in the Sierra headwaters for addressing statewide and regional issues – challenging new dams, recovering endangered species, addressing climate change and drought, water security and water quality. Together, we are extending our powerful coalition from the summit to the sea.

SUMMARY:
People Can Save a River is SYRCL’s guiding principle. Since our founding, SYRCL has defended the Yuba River time and time again. Today, the core of SYRCL’s advocacy work is focused on stopping the proposed Centennial Dam on the nearby Bear River, advocating for wild salmon, negotiating for improved flows and other environmental outcomes in hydropower dam relicensing forums, and always remaining vigilant and prepared for unexpected threats to the watershed.

We are seeking an effective River Policy & Communications Director who is a seasoned advocate and manager with excellent leadership, communication, community organizing and coalition-building skills. The Director will be highly skilled in using policy, advocacy, legal, scientific and communication tools to protect the watershed.

The Director will also be experienced at managing grassroots campaigns, building strategic coalitions, mentoring program staff, and raising funds. The Director’s duties will be primarily dedicated to the Stop Centennial Dam and Yuba Salmon Now campaigns as well as communications and general advocacy on a variety of current issues. The Director will manage at least one community engagement staff-person in this growing department and coordinate closely with SYRCL staff across departments.

KEY QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree required; an advanced degree in law, environmental policy, or related field a plus.
• A minimum of four years’ experience in water and/or environmental policy and advocacy, hydropower licensing, or a related discipline. Experience in water law a plus.
• Demonstrated track record as an effective leader with vision and excellent judgment that combines political savvy and strategic acumen with analytical, communications, and messaging skills.
• Demonstrated experience running grassroots environmental campaigns and mobilizing volunteers.
• Demonstrated ability to build consensus, develop effective coalitions and collaborate with diverse interests.
• Demonstrated experience in strategy development, problem-solving, fundraising, budget management, coaching and leadership.
• Strong research, writing, negotiation, media and public speaking skills.
• Knowledge of federal and state level politics relevant to water and river management.
• Understanding of natural resource policy and management issues relevant to the conservation of salmon and steelhead and their habitats; advocacy experience in legislative and administrative forums a plus.
• Demonstrated experience using social media for organizing advocacy campaigns as well as other digital and web-based and video production.
• Demonstrated media relations experience writing press releases and Op-Eds, organizing press conferences and public relations events, and cultivating media coverage by working with reporters and editorial boards.
• A sense of humor, outstanding written and public speaking skills, strong organization skills, and the ability to work independently.

KEY DUTIES:

The successful candidate will help set and advance SYRCL’s advocacy priorities including:
• Lead SYRCL’s campaign to Stop Centennial Dam (www.damwatchdog.org) using a variety of tactics including creative media and social media campaigns, coalition building and grassroots advocacy, and strategic engagement in relevant regulatory and legal arenas.
• Direct the Yuba Salmon Now campaign to restore wild salmon and steelhead in jeopardy of extinction; develop and implement effective, science-based strategies and messages to promote large scale salmon habitat restoration projects, including fish passage at dams. Advance the vision and opportunities for restoration projects on the lower Yuba River with River Science staff, governmental and agency leaders and other stakeholders.
• Work to secure improved stream-flow and habitat through the process of relicensing hydropower dams in the Yuba and Bear River watersheds.
• Serve as the designated Waterkeeper for the Yuba River Waterkeeper, a SYRCL program established in 2015 focused on advocacy and water quality. Participate in Waterkeeper Alliance and California Coastkeeper Alliance activities and strengthen coalitions with interested members in Sierra issues with statewide and national impacts.
• Lead other direct-action campaigns as needed to protect the Yuba River from inappropriate developments, industrial mining and agriculture, clear-cutting, dam building, etc. through community education, engagement and mobilization.
• Lead the communications and media relations work to ensure that the organization has a strong brand and consistent messaging using SYRCL’s website, email, member and activist alerts, blogging and other new media tools, as well as producing persuasive printed materials.
• Build and maintain strong relationships with key elected officials, policy-makers, agency staff and resource managers at the federal, state and local level, commissions, legislatures and other organizations; reporters and editorial boards; represent SYRCL strategically in public policy, planning, and collaborative processes and forums that impact the watershed.
• Initiate and participate in fundraising, including drafting proposals and reports, identifying and cultivating potential donors, and ensuring grant obligations are met.

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

COMPENSATION:
Salary and benefits are competitive with other Northern California not-for-profit conservation organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits. The position requires occasional travel within California (Sacramento and Bay Area). Full-time position.  Available to work some nights and weekends. [Note: This position is fully funded in year one, and about 70% funded in year two. River Policy Director and Development team will be responsible for securing funding beyond one year.]

APPLICATION INFORMATION:
Application due by October 30 at 5pm; however, this position will remain open until filled. Apply for and attach your cover letter and resume at https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=18.  No phone calls, please.

Application Deadline
:  October 30, 2017

SYRCL is an equal-opportunity employer.

Executive Director - Upper Etowah River Alliance - Canton, Georgia

JOB DESCRIPTION:
Reporting to, supporting and advising the Board of Directors of the Upper Etowah River Alliance, the Executive Director is responsible for operational and administrative duties of this 501(c)(3). The mission of the Upper Etowah River Alliance is to provide regional leadership, resources, consultation, training and educational materials to protect, conserve, and enhance the natural resources of the Upper Etowah River Basin for present and future generations. Its operating budget comes from donations, grants, and proceeds from various fundraising events. The Upper Etowah River Watershed encompasses 610 square miles or 390,400 acres. It includes parts of 5 Georgia counties — Lumpkin, Pickens, Dawson, Forsyth and Cherokee — and over 100 tributaries. With 76 native fish species, the Etowah watershed is biologically one of the most biodiverse river systems in the United States.

Candidate Specific Detail:
This is an excellent opportunity for a highly organized, community minded individual to be part of an organization with unlimited potential. Candidate must enjoy working with a diverse population of stakeholders and value a work culture of inclusion and collaboration. The appropriate candidate will have strong communication and presentation skills and the ability to engage and motivate others.

Key Responsibilities
:
Fundraising – Assists board with driving all fundraising activities. Maintains an up to date database of contributions and donors. Attends all fundraising events and assumes responsibility for collecting, recording and depositing donations. Produces gratitude communications.
Grant Writing – In collaboration with board of directors, assists in selecting appropriate grant opportunities for organization. Serves as administrative resource to persons engaged in grant writing process. Assists with mining and collecting data, provides documents required for submission. Maintains required post award documentation. Independently pursues and manages grant opportunities. Contributes to organization’s grant road mapping plan.
Education – Support board members presenting educational programs K-12 as well as opportunities for adult education. Set up engagements to speak to civic groups such as Rotary, Lions, etc. as well as giving presentations to county government staff and/or officials.
Membership – Responsible for maintaining membership database and all documents related to membership. In collaboration with board of directors, establishes plan to maintain and grow membership. Supports efforts by meeting goals and timelines. Serves as point person for membership events.
Financial/General Admin – Responsible for reporting general ledger activities to board on a quarterly basis. Provides financial data to board members as needed. Issues payment for operational expenses such as utility bills and payroll. Provides input for budget development. Responsible for financial operations of organization. Responsible for recording updates of the organizations Strategic Plan. Responsible for maintaining website, social media and office building and grounds. (approx. 1000 sq. foot building)
Watershed Activities – Demonstrates enthusiasm toward outdoor activities such as paddling. Assist in collecting field measurements and data collection. Maintains solid knowledge base on historical and current events impacting the watershed.

Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience. Coursework in natural or environmental science, public relations or communications is preferred. 1-3 years experience in the non-profit, public or scientific environment required. Solid knowledge of fundraising and community organizing required. Must be proficient in MS Outlook, Excel, Word and Power Point.
Compensation: Salary based on qualifications. Currently part-time, full time possible contingent on funding.

How to Apply:
Contact Board Chair Lori Forrester at brenaucrew@hotmail.com

Program Officer - Climate and Energy Program - Pisces Foundation - San Francisco, California

About the Organization
At the Pisces Foundation, we believe if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. We support innovators who know what it takes and are doing what’s necessary to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and kids with the environmental know-how to create a sustainable world. By mainstreaming powerful new solutions, we will spark immediate gains and lasting benefits for people and nature.

Program Officer
The Foundation seeks a Program Officer to lead its Climate and Energy Program. This position reports to the President and will play an important role in a dynamic, growing philanthropy. The Climate and Energy Program focuses on bolstering reductions of carbon dioxide by decreasing emission of all pollutants that contribute to climate change. To accomplish this goal, the Program’s grants and other activities focus on a powerful class of climate “super pollutants” including methane, black carbon, and HFCs. The more quickly we start to reduce all of the pollutants driving climate change, the more likely it is we’ll have the safe, stable climate our communities need to stay healthy, vibrant places.

Essential Duties

1. Oversee, implement, and regularly evaluate the Foundation’s Climate and Energy strategy:
• Working from a developed strategic plan to achieve program goals, oversee grantmaking including docket planning, research and development, program-related research, and due diligence.
• Provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses of grant proposals and reports, and organize a grant docket for review and approval.
• Effectively manage consultants as needed.
• Implement Foundation systems for monitoring grants and measuring the effectiveness of the overall strategy, including site visits.
• Work with the President and other staff on non-grantmaking aspects of the strategy, which includes work with for-profit entities, convenings, and direct communications.

2. Represent the Foundation to external entities:

• Establish and maintain productive, effective, and respectful relationships with grantees and prospective grantees.
• Build strategic relationships with other foundations, organizations, and consultants, presenting Foundation views or providing technical expertise, and promoting collaboration and coordination between entities.

• Manage relationships with partner and grantee organizations and the implementation of program concepts with responsiveness and approachability.
• Provide clear communications and guidance to grantees, applicants, and other interested parties.
• Contribute to the Foundation’s presence in relevant funder, NGO, academic, and for-profit networks.

3. Internal management, communications, learning, and collaboration:
• Work with colleagues to contribute to a culture of learning within the Foundation, including developing ongoing learning agendas for staff and trustees and preparing presentations and written and oral analyses.
• Work with colleagues in the Environmental Education and Water Programs on projects of significance to the Foundation’s overall strategy and goals, promoting a collaborative approach.
• Supervise a program associate devoted to the Climate and Energy Program, demonstrating superior management, communication, professional development, and mentoring skills.

4. Maintain currency and fluency in key issues in the field, especially on climate, energy, and philanthropy best practices:
• Maintain and share knowledge within the Foundation related to current events, state, federal, and international climate policy, research, trends, and relevant political landscapes.
• Attend or plan training and networking events with grantees and funding partners.

5. Support organizational development by assisting the Chief Operating Officer with select internal operational tasks, as needed.
• Lead occasional foundation-wide projects that advance the Foundation’s organizational goals.

Skills and Qualifications
• Strong knowledge of climate and energy research, policy and practice;
• Advanced degree preferred and at least 10 years’ experience in nonprofits, foundations, educational institutions, business, or equivalent relevant experience, including some experience directly managing others;
• Experience in the development and execution of strategy to achieve social goals, ideally in a philanthropic context;
• Understanding of social movements and capacity to iteratively improve program implementation by thinking critically about theories of change and working with others to sort and select joint goals and mount and maintain scaled action;
• Understanding of the complex interactions among philanthropy, the private or nonprofit sector, and government, and a depth and range of contacts across relevant organizations;
• Ability to forge new relationships and represent the Foundation in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner;
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and the ability—and desire—to collaborate effectively in complex environments;
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills. Strategic and creative thinker who can forge new ground;
• Self-starter, highly-motivated, resourceful, and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously;

• Strong organizational skills with an excellent attention to detail and commitment to high quality work;
• Sufficient field experience to determine a grantee’s eligibility and capacity to successfully accomplish grant objectives;
• The ability and desire to help create a world-class philanthropy, which includes interest,
comfort, and strength working in a dynamic, “start-up” environment;
• Ability to accommodate travel; and
• Flexibility, emotional intelligence, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and a sense of humor.

Compensation
A competitive salary, based on experience, and a benefits package are available.

How to apply:
Applicants may send a PDF document including a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample to hiring@piscesfoundation.org with the subject line, “CE PROGRAM OFFICER POSITION.” See http://www.piscesfoundation.org/ for more information on the foundation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through October 10, 2017.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Program Associate, Water Program - Pisces Foundation - San Francisco, California

About the Organization
The Pisces Foundation believes if we act now and boldly, we can quickly accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together. Pisces mainstreams powerful new solutions to support innovators who know what it takes and are doing what’s necessary to have clean and abundant water, a safe climate, and an environmentally literate society.

To learn more about Pisces’ work and collaborations, visit: http://piscesfoundation.org/

Program Associate
We are seeking a collaborative, solutions-oriented self-starter to join our mission-driven team as Program Associate, Water Program. The Program Associate plays a critical role in grant management and monitoring as well as core operating functions for the program and the Foundation.

The position reports to the Water Program Director and is located in the Foundation’s San Francisco headquarters. The Foundation has a second office in Washington, D.C., where the Water Program Director is based.

Responsibilities
Grantmaking and Monitoring: Support Program Director in the strategic development of the program and grant portfolios by assisting in: planning, research, development, monitoring, and assessing grant proposals and reports. Assist in assessing grantee and program progress toward strategic outcomes and goals.

Grant Management: Support the mechanics of the program and grant portfolios by: managing program pipeline, budget, and document workflow, maintaining files, and acting as internal/external liaison on document requests and submissions. Collaborates with the Chief Operating Officer, the Grants Manager, and fellow Program Associates.

Communications: Contribute to the Foundation’s voice and presence by drafting presentations, blogs, social media.

Program Operations: Support the program’s day-to-day operations and events by scheduling, producing expense reports, and providing meeting support and events planning.

Foundation Support: Contribute to the Foundation operations by working with colleagues on board meeting preparation, staff committees, organization development (contacts and mailing lists, teambuilding, recruiting/training). Executes special projects as assigned.

Research, Analysis, and Synthesis: Conducts research as directed by the Program Director to advance and stay apprised of field developments.

Skills and Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree and 3-6 years of professional experience within philanthropy, non-profits or other change-making endeavors, whether for-profit or non-profit. Master’s degree a plus.
• Interest, comfort, and strength working in a dynamic, “start-up” environment.
• Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability and desire to help create a thought- leading, world-class philanthropy.
• Excellent organization skills, strict attention to detail, accuracy, follow-through and commitment to high quality work.
• Strong communication skills, written and verbal. Experience in public communications and media relations preferred.
• Excellent interpersonal and diplomacy skills to work effectively and collaboratively with diverse colleagues. Ability to represent the Foundation and build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, partners, and grantees with a professional, courteous, and tactful manner.
• Self-starter; highly motivated and resourceful team-player. Comfortable with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path.
• Strong judgment. Demonstrated ability to think and work independently, and effectively plan, prioritize, follow through and track multiple work streams under deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
• Flexibility, a “can-do” solutions-orientation, willingness to help others, and a sense of humor.
• Highly skilled in Microsoft Office Suite – Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Outlook – and ease with databases.
• Ability to travel occasionally and attend some evening events.
• Passion for the Pisces Foundation’s mission.

Compensation
Pisces Foundation offers an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary that is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:
Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample combined as a single document in PDF format to: Carol Ting at hiring@piscesfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line, “PROGRAM ASSOCIATE.”

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through September 30, 2017.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

Pisces Fellow - Organizing for Greater Effectiveness - Pisces Foundation - San Francisco, California

Background
Inspired by a vision of people and nature thriving together, the Pisces Foundation is dedicated to improving the environment for present and future generations. In March 2017, the Pisces Foundation sparked the creation of a partnership with environmental foundations and non-profits around the country to organize for greater effectiveness.

The OFGE initiative seeks to cultivate new energy and opportunities for a broad range of environmental funders and NGOs to connect with one another, sort and select joint priorities, and pursue large-scale collaborative action. By engaging the environmental field in creating robust field-wide social infrastructure, the OFGE initiative aims to enable the most effective response to immediate challenges as well as the ability to generate maximum, sustained power to achieve environmental protection and conservation goals over the long run. The successful candidate will join our mission-driven team for a two-year term to implement the OFGE initiative internally and externally. The position is located in the Foundation’s San Francisco headquarters. The Foundation has a second office in Washington, D.C.

Primary Purpose
The Pisces Fellow will serve as project manager of the Organizing for Greater Effectiveness (OFGE) initiative. This person will be responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the Foundation’s work on the OFGE initiative, working with the Foundation’s President, including serving as a key point of contact for internal and external constituencies.

The ideal individual will be proactive and anticipatory in approach, possess excellent judgment in a variety of situations, demonstrate superior written and verbal communication skills, have a high attention to detail, exemplify an energetic, poised, and positive demeanor, and demonstrate the ability to balance multiple priorities. As a representative of the Foundation’s leadership, the successful candidate also must maintain the highest level of confidentiality and diplomacy regarding all Foundation matters.

Duties and Responsibilities
• Internally:
o Think strategically about, contribute to, and proactively maintain an updated project work plan with key actions and deadlines (considering the need for pacing, internal dialogue, and review), work with the Foundation President
o Keep Foundation staff well-informed of upcoming OFGE commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately, and support the Foundation President in effectively advancing the project
o Compose, proofread, and finalize complex correspondence, documents, meeting minutes, reports, and meeting materials, using experience and judgment
o Oversee administrative functions related to OFGE (i.e., scheduling, email communications, document management and filing)
o Research literature and examples within and outside the environmental field of movement networks and collaboration
o Conduct due diligence and prepare grants for consideration
o Other duties and special projects, as needed

• Externally:
o Support, and serve as the Foundation’s primary liaison with, the OFGE workgroup, including planning agendas and developing materials for workgroup calls, and helping to implement where appropriate tasks and projects initiated by the workgroup
o Oversee the maintenance of an OFGE-wide high-level work plan with the OFGE Coordinator
o Support, where appropriate, NGO engagement efforts and other OFGE projects
o Coordinate grantmaking with other participating foundations
o Other duties and special projects, as needed

Skills and Qualifications
• Bachelor’s Degree/Experience
• 2+ years of relevant experience with a demonstrated track record of success; exposure to the philanthropic and/or nonprofit sector a plus
• Alignment with environmental field’s mission
• Ability to think big picture as well as attend to day-to-day operations. Forward-looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including foundation staff, nonprofit staff, and community members
• Self-starter; highly motivated and resourceful team-player. Comfortable with ambiguity and the ability to work through solutions when there is no obvious path
• Activator; likes to get high quality work done
• Flexible and reflective; recognizes need for adaptation and evolution of network and job tasks
• Strong communication skills and emotional intelligence
• Cultural Humility; “ability to maintain an interpersonal stance that is other-oriented (or open to the other) in relation to aspects of cultural identity that are most important to the [person]”

Compensation: A competitive salary, based on experience, and a benefits package is available.

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and relevant writing sample combined as a single document in PDF format to: hiring@piscesfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line, “Pisces Fellow/OFGE POSITION.” Please indicate where you saw the posting.
See http://www.piscesfoundation.org/ for more information on the Foundation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and with a variety of skills, experiences, and ideas. We are an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class.

Program Extension Director - North Carolina Sea Grant - Raleigh, North Carolina

NORTH CAROLINA SEA GRANT
The North Carolina Sea Grant Program sponsors research and outreach efforts addressing the state’s rich and diverse coastal resource, which is comprised of miles of sand beaches, coastal rivers, sounds, estuaries and barrier islands. Research and outreach foci are multi-interdisciplinary with a range of emphases including ecosystem health, water quality, aquaculture, fisheries, estuarine health and dynamics, seafood science, coastal processes and hazards, and coastal community resilience and development. This program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. The program currently directs the efforts of 23 full or part-time staff. To review the program and its organization, please see NC Sea Grant’s web page: http://www.ncseagrant.org.

WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF THE UNC SYSTEM
The WRRI identifies and supports research needed to help resolve or address water resource quality and quantity issues and opportunities throughout North Carolina and the Southeast region of the U.S. The WRRI also conducts public education and information transfer activities related to water resource issues and opportunities. The program is part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s national Water Research Institutes Program. The program currently directs the efforts of 6 full or part-time staff. To review the program and its organization, please see the WRRI webpage: http://www.ncsu.edu/wrri.

Essential Job Duties

The North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Water Resources Research Institute Extension Director provides vision, leadership, administration, and active development for current and future Sea Grant and WRRI extension programming. The extension program supports both entities’ missions and couples tightly with respective and combined research and outreach components, resulting in clear benefits to communities and ecosystems across North Carolina, the region and nation. The Extension Director works closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Communications Director and Fiscal Officer as part of the management team supporting robust and long-term, sustainable programs.

Responsibilities and primary functions include, but are not limited to:

A. Designs, implements and leads a dynamic extension program that ensures a mutually beneficial interaction among NC public and private university researchers and North Carolina inland and coastal communities.

1. Consistent with strategic plans and related federal requirements, works with extension specialists, along with representatives from related organizations and programs throughout the state and region, to plan and implement specific short- and long-term cooperative projects with measurable outcomes.
2. Works with the Executive Director and management team to design and implement projects that integrate research, extension and outreach programs.
3. Develops and secures external funding in support of Sea Grant- and WRRI-related extension missions, including federal and state grants as well as from other sources of funding (e.g. foundations) that compliments and expands current Sea Grant and WRRI efforts across North Carolina.
4. Develops and manages overall extension budgets, implementation and compliance, including projected financial planning to support programmatic mission.

B. Supervises, supports, and evaluates the work of Sea Grant and WRRI extension team to facilitate staff success.

1. Responsible for obtaining and aggregating extension program annual accomplishments and impacts to meet state and national reporting requirements.
2. Leads organizational change within extension program based on current and anticipated future program priorities.

C. Promotes Sea Grant and WRRI programming at multiple scales, with varied stakeholders and partners.

1. Establishes and maintains positive lines of communication with representatives of public and private organizations and agencies in order to assess community needs for coastal extension services, and with university researchers and industry to ensure ready access to and timely utilization of research results, including information generated and technologies developed.

2. Develops effective formal and informal agreements for extension staff to work with government agencies, private organizations, industries and community organizations.

3. Works with communications team to share program impacts across the state, region and nation through publications, presentations, and various internal and external avenues (e.g. social media, extension blueprints, videos, blogs, Coastwatch magazine articles).

Other Work/Responsibilities

1. Participates in, and provides leadership, on various boards, associations, etc. with local, state and national Sea Grant and WRRI partners as appropriate.
2. Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

• Master’s degree with substantial work experience (more than 5 years) relevant to the duties described, in the natural or social sciences.

Departmental Required Skills

• Demonstrated capabilities in the management, performance and evaluation of extension and outreach programs.

• Extensive program management experience, including large and geographically distributed staff supervisory experience, a thorough knowledge of budgeting and financial planning, and a proven record of success in securing external funding.

• Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, collaborate in a team setting, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

• Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.

• Knowledge of national, regional, and state coastal, marine and water resource issues.

• Experience working with different aspects, and multiple stakeholders, in environmental and social sciences that promote leadership in coastal and water resources research, education and outreach.

• Commitment to support increasing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and within extension programming.

This position is based at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Work outside regular business hours including weekends is sometimes necessary in order to complete the requirements of the position. Monthly travel throughout the state is typical as are multiple out-of-state trips for this position.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

• Earned doctorate in a field relevant to Sea Grant and/or WRRI mission (e.g. natural or social coastal or marine sciences, water resources, natural resource management, ecology, environmental policy, environmental health) with an academic and applied publication record.

• Substantial knowledge of the NOAA/Sea Grant and USGS/Water Resources Research Act missions.

• Extension program management and integration of research with extension, education and communication activities.

• Significant experience in implementing and managing meaningful public outreach and education programs.

• Extensive experience working in collaboration with industry, national, state, or local government agencies, or conservation organizations.

Required License or Certification

NC drivers license.

Review of applications will begin October 9, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The original posting is here:  https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/90287

Application Instructions:

You will need the following required Documents:

Cover Letter
Contact Information for References
Resume/CV

Optional Documents

Resume
Transcripts
Transcripts 1 (required of finalists)

Please attach a cover letter, a resume/CV, and a separate document containing contact information for references.
Position number 00061741 will be posted until September 15, 2017, 5:00 PM ET.  Apply at the following link:

https://jobs.ncsu.edu/login

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Headwaters Magazine and Content Editorial Fellow - Colorado Foundation for Water Education - Denver, Colorado

Job Description:
The Colorado Foundation for Water Education is seeking a creative, informed, enthusiastic and talented editorial fellow to work on Headwaters magazine, the blog and other content and publications. The fellow will work closely with our Headwaters editor to report on water issues in Colorado, produce original news stories, graphics and/or multimedia packages, develop story ideas and content plans for the web, and have the opportunity to be involved in every part of the editorial process.

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education is a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to reaching a statewide audience with quality information, education and leadership programs focused on water. We believe water is our most valuable resource, that decisions about water affect everyone, and that water is too important for citizens not to be informed and engaged. Headwaters magazine is CFWE’s flagship publication, dedicated to in-depth reporting on the latest challenges and trends in water. Printed three times each year, Headwaters reaches 10,000+ people with every issue. In addition to the magazine, digital content programs include a blog, website, social media, webinars, and a radio partnership with Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations.

Join us for the fall semester and gain valuable experience working on a top-notch publication for a big state. You’ll work primarily from our office in uptown Denver.

Required Skills:

• Demonstrated interest in natural resources, preferably water
• Excellent written/verbal communication
• Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
• Strong research abilities
• Passion for journalism
• Experience with social media platforms

Sept.-Dec. 2017 | 10 hours per week | unpaid

Application Deadline: 09/30/2017

Type:
• Internship
• Part-Time

Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter, and writing samples by Sept. 30 to Caitlin Coleman at caitlin@yourwatercolorado.org

Verde River Exchange Manager - Friends of the Verde River - Cottonwood, Arizona

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY

The Verde River is one of the last remaining healthy, perennially flowing rivers left in the arid desert state of Arizona. The Verde River system, including its connected streams, creeks and groundwater resources, supports the economies of rural Verde Valley communities and businesses both as a vital water supply and as a driver of tourism and recreation. Friends of Verde River Greenway is a nonprofit conservation organization that has been working collaboratively at the local level for the past decade to restore and sustain river flows and riparian habitat, while building community connections to the Verde River and its tributaries. The organization has been experiencing significant growth an expansion in the scope of its programs and funding.

The Verde River Exchange is an innovative new voluntary “Water Offset Program” developed and run by Friends with local partners. Friends is seeking a Verde River Exchange Manager responsible for managing the program, including recruiting business participants to the program and helping represent the program to business leaders, Verde Valley residents, elected officials, and other local stakeholders; managing water offset transactions, contracts, and projects with program participants, water users, and partner conservation organizations; managing the programmatic budget, grant proposals and reporting to support the program; and coordinating, managing, and administering other aspects of program implementation and development. This is a full-time, salaried/exempt position.

Friends of Verde River Greenway’s offices are located in Cottonwood, Arizona, a community in the vibrant Verde Valley of central Arizona. Recently honored as one of only twenty National Geographic “geotourism” destinations, the Sedona-Verde Valley is home to spectacular natural resources, friendly small-town communities, and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. The region boasts a blossoming local wine industry, rich historic cultural resources and heritage, excellent local restaurants, and nationally recognized festivals and events. From the verdant oasis of the Verde River flowing through Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Camp Verde – to the magnificent red rocks of Sedona – the Verde Valley is a special place, offering an extraordinary quality of life.

FRIENDS PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES:

Friends of Verde River Greenway accomplishes its mission primarily through collaborative, partner-driven programs that focus on a “boots-on-the-ground” approach to habitat restoration, flow restoration and water management, and community outreach. The key programmatic themes shaping the Friends’ work are described below:

Sustaining Flows

The Verde River Exchange is a first-of-its-kind community- grown solution to the unmanaged groundwater pumping that threatens to deplete flows in the Verde River. The Verde River Exchange provides a voluntary mechanism for groundwater users to “offset” the impact of their groundwater pumping on the Verde River. The Exchange is a key part of Friends’ work to preserve a perennially flowing Verde River while also promoting sustainable economic development in the Verde Valley.

The Verde Land & Water Planning Toolbox is a project of Friends that focuses on working with land use planners, water managers, and community leaders to reduce demand and consumptive use of water. The project involves development of a series of tools that highlight different strategies for improving the integration of land use planning decisions with water management in response to the intense growth pressures in the Verde Valley. The Toolbox will provide resources and inspire innovation in planning that helps to sustain water resources and minimize the impacts of continued growth on the Verde River.

The Verde River Flow and Riparian Restoration Initiative is a shared public-private conservation effort that has the dual aim of restoring river flows and riverside habitat while also supporting the irrigation needs of Verde Valley farmers. Led by Friends’ partner, The Nature Conservancy, the Initiative recently received $2.8 million in federal funding, which is supporting our collaborative efforts to restore flows by improving irrigation systems and wildlife habitat along the river.

Restoring Habitat

The Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition (VWRC) is a collaborative program, composed of a diverse group of public and private stakeholders, working to improve and restore riparian habitat in the Verde River watershed. Working with over twenty partners and more than 200 private landowners, VWRC utilizes three main hands-on methods to protect the Verde River from the harm caused by invasive plants: outreach to local communities and private landowners; treatment to remove invasive species; and monitoring to ensure the continued health of treated areas. Working with Conservation Corps, veteran crews, and countless volunteers, VWRC is a true community collaboration, bringing people together to improve the health of the Verde River system. Recently,VWRC is expanding its collaborative work to address other aspects of river and riparian health.

Promoting Community

Friends is a significant partner in the Verde Front, which is a regional collaborative initiative fostering proactive dialogue, coordination and collective action on stewardship of natural and cultural resources. It is a landscape-scale “all hands, all lands” approach to addressing community outdoor recreation challenges and enhancing the joint capacity of land managers, communities and recreationists to implement well-managed recreation, education, and restoration projects that sustainably connect people to the land. The geographic scope of the Verde Front is the Verde River, its tributaries and surrounding Verde Valley uplands from Sycamore Canyon downstream to Beasley Flat, the gateway to the Wild and Scenic Verde River. Friends of Verde River Greenway serves as the fiscal agent for the Verde Front, which is headed up by local elected officials and land management agency leaders. The Verde Front is developing a long-term and comprehensive approach to recreation that will link communities throughout the Verde Valley, including Camp Verde, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Sedona, and Yavapai County, along with the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The Verde Front is also working on a regional sustainable recreation plan, and a river and trails commission that will maintain stakeholder support and coordination.

The One for the Verde program is a business community outreach effort that provides important funding for river and stream improvement projects along the Verde River and its tributaries in the Verde Valley. Because a healthy river sustains a healthy economy, One for the Verde partners with local Verde Valley businesses to protect the Verde River. These partner businesses collect funds for One for the Verde that are used to support river and stream improvement and education projects in the Verde River Watershed. Every One for the Verde project is selected from locally developed proposals that are submitted by Verde Valley local governments, schools, government agencies, and non-profits.

PROGRAM LEADERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS

Experience

• Candidate should have a minimum of three years of experience in a relevant field, potentially including at least one of the following areas: business    and community outreach; project management; or flow restoration/water transactions and projects.

• Commitment to community based projects, to the mission of the organization, interest in working with a team, ability to work with technical projects  a must.

• Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects required.

• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse stakeholders.

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (both verbally and in writing).

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

• Experience with contract management and administration preferred.

• Local and regional travel required; reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance required.

• Knowledge of river conservation, water resources management, or natural resource markets is a plus

Education

Attainment of an undergraduate degree from an accredited university or college is required – an advanced degree is preferred.

Applicants should provide the Search Committee a resume or CV, cover letter, and three professional references by email to Laura Jones at laura@verderivergreenway.org, subject line “Verde River Exchange Manager.”

Applications may also be sent via postal service to: ATTN: Verde River Exchange Manager Search Committee Friends of Verde River Greenway, P.O. Box 2535, Cottonwood, AZ  86326.

See our other jobs at http://www.verderivergreenway.org/get-involved/job-opportunities/

Deadline for submissions is September 25, 2017. Salary Range for this position in $45-55,000/year.

Wetland Analyst - Gulf Restoration Network - New Orleans, LA

The Gulf Restoration Network (GRN) is a non-profit organization made up of an alliance of groups and individuals committed to uniting and empowering people to restore the resources of the Gulf region.

GRN values and respects all types of diversity and strongly encourages applicants from traditionally marginalized groups to apply. We prohibit discrimination and harassment and provide equal employment opportunity without regard to, and not limited to, ethnicity, religion, race, national origin, abilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or genetic information. We are committed to recruiting, hiring and promoting those from traditionally marginalized groups.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Reviews and comments on destructive Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetland fill permit applications in Gulf states, focusing on Louisiana and Mississippi;

Tracks applications as well as the decisions made by Gulf agencies as part of a Wetland Review team
Conducts GIS analyses (desktop GIS, kmls, carto.com) of historic and current oil and gas, residential, and other industrial impacts to wetlands of the Gulf Coast;

Collaborates with design staff to construct graphical communications pieces from maps
Attends hearings and meetings to comment on wetland fill permits;

Communicates with GRN’s members, community members or the affected public when appropriate to mobilize them to comment and/or attend public hearings or meetings on wetland fill permits.

Works with the Community Science Director and other staff to identify coastal wetland fill permits that are inconsistent with coastal restoration projects or programs, fill permits that are part of environmental racism, or fill permits that are arbitrarily large.

Works with GRN staff to develop outreach materials, maps and map data, blogs, talking points, and power point presentations on coastal restoration, environmental justice, water pollution, public health, climate change, and community resiliency.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

Construct reference maps for internal GRN policy and administrative review;

Participate in staff meetings and assist other staff as needed;

Author blog posts and newsletter articles regarding wetland restoration and other coastal issues;

Perform other duties, as needed.  This is a full-time position.

Qualifications

This position requires a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, experience using GIS in public communication, proficiency in ArcGIS, Excel, Google Earth, and some experience in the area of environmental science, policy, advocacy or other relevant fields.

Application Deadline:  October 5, 2017

Application Instructions: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, a short writing sample and 3 references to
jobs@healthygulf.org

Executive Director - Tualatin Riverkeepers - Tualatin, OR

 

 

 

 

Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) www.tualatinriverkeepers.org 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 www.waterkeeper.org 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.

Advocacy – Provide guidance and input regarding ongoing environmental issues in the Tualatin basin that affect the health and resilience of the river and watershed.

Required Qualifications
– Strong understanding, experience and passion for watershed issues, habitats and wildlife
– 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

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

Salary
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.  This is a full-time position.

Application Procedure
Send resume and cover letter to resumes@tualatinriverkeepers.org. (No phone calls please.)
Please include answers to the following questions in your cover letter:
1. What connects you to the River?
2. What connects you to conservation?

Closing date: September 20, 2017

Tualatin Riverkeepers is an equal opportunity employer

Program Manager - Save The River - Clayton, NY

Organization Overview
Save The River, a member-based, nonprofit environmental organization, has been the “voice for the St. Lawrence River” in the U.S. and Canada since 1978. Save The River’s mission has always been to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. In 2004, Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and became a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance with the goal of a swimmable, fishable, drinkable River.

As the leading grassroots advocacy organization working to protect the St. Lawrence River, Save The River takes an active role in River policy issues, engaging decision makers, community leaders, residents, visitors and volunteers to make positive change. Every year we work with school districts in the watershed to educate 1,000+ students in a place-based curriculum that stresses age appropriate aspects of stewardship.

Significant progress has been made in protecting the St. Lawrence River’s water quality and habitat, and in expanding the number of people and communities involved in that effort during the 39 years of Save The River’s existence. However, much remains to be done and we are looking to expand our team to take on the task.

Position Summary
The Program Manager develops, coordinates, implements and evaluates all aspects of Save The River’s current educational programs, and events. In addition, they recommend and develop new programs to advance the mission of Save The River. The Program Manager works closely with the Outreach Coordinator on volunteer involvement and on communications to keep the Board, membership and the public informed about programs and events, and participates in fundraising, strategic planning, and setting program goals and budgets. The Program Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Program Management: Responsible for all aspects of Save The River’s ongoing In the Schools, On the Water and Riverkeeper and Jr. Riverkeeper educational programs, including:
— developing and implementing long-term goals and strategies to achieve successful outcomes
— planning the delivery of the programs
— developing, with the Executive Director, annual budgets and funding proposals to ensure sustainability of the programs
— designing and implementing a system to evaluate program success and suggest improvements
— engaging and managing volunteers as appropriate in the delivery of programs
— designing and implementing new education programs consistent with the mission and strategic goals of Save The River

– Volunteer Management: Responsible for coordinating volunteer involvement in BeachWatch, Catch and Release, Tern Restoration, Shoalmarking and events, including:
— assessing the need for, and developing, promoting and implementing volunteer involvement in all programs
— developing, with the Executive Director, annual budgets and funding proposals for volunteer activities
— tracking volunteer participation and quantifying their contribution to each program
— evaluating volunteer involvement and recommending improvements as necessary

Other Responsibilities:
— with Outreach Coordinator develop written and online promotional material for Save The River programs and events.
— identify and develop partnerships that will enhance Save The River’s ability to fulfill the goals of its programs.
— other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
– Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, environmental policy, or environmental education plus a minimum of four years experience in relevant field.
– Excellent oral, writing and listening communications skills, effective public speaker in varied settings.
– Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a team-oriented, multi-task work environment.
– Ability to manage a number of projects, partnerships and professional relationships.
– Ability to plan, organize and think strategically and independently.
– Driver License, Passport and ability to travel to Canada.
– Knowledge of St. Lawrence River, and environmental policy and restoration techniques strongly preferred.
– Proficient computer skills with a knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, Google Office applications, and Apple hardware a plus.
– Ability to lift 40lbs.
– Commitment to Save The River’s mission and values.

Work Environment
– Office environment with considerable outdoor river-related activities during the late spring, summer and early fall.
– Some weekend work.
– Ability and willingness to travel throughout the River region and occasionally beyond for meetings and conferences.
– Opportunity for professional growth.
– Salary commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits.
– Save The River is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline
:  October 4, 2017

Employer
: Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter and references, preferably in .pdf format, via email to bridget@savetheriver.org.

Outreach Coordinator - Save The River - Clayton, NY

Organization Overview
Save The River, a member-based, nonprofit environmental organization, has been the “voice for the St. Lawrence River” in the U.S. and Canada since 1978. Save The River’s mission has always been to restore, preserve and protect the ecological integrity of the Upper St. Lawrence River through advocacy, education and research. In 2004, Save The River was designated the Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper and became a member of the international Waterkeeper Alliance with the goal of a swimmable, fishable, drinkable River.

As the leading grassroots advocacy organization working to protect the St. Lawrence River, Save The River takes an active role in River policy issues, engaging decision makers, community leaders, residents, visitors and volunteers to make positive change. Every year we work with school districts in the watershed to educate 1,000+ students in a place-based curriculum that stresses age appropriate aspects of stewardship.

Significant progress has been made in protecting the St. Lawrence River’s water quality and habitat, and in expanding the number of people and communities involved in that effort during the 39 years of Save The River’s existence. However, much remains to be done and we are looking to expand our team to take on the task.

Position Summary:

The Outreach Coordinator works closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of internal and external communications with the Board, membership, supporters and the public. In addition the Outreach Coordinator assists the Program Manager with delivery of Save The River’s education and volunteer programs, and the Development Director with design and preparation of fundraising materials. The Outreach Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Preparing written and online communications from concept to publication, including website organization, developing content for Save The River’s website, social and print media, such as newsletters, press releases, brochures, fundraising appeals and fact sheets.
• Coordinating with publication vendors when required.
• Maintaining and utilizing Save The River’s annual media / publications calendar to coordinate staff input and ensure communication deadlines are met.
• Participating in direct outreach, community education and public speaking.
• Cultivating partnerships with other not-for-profits, community organizations and local governments to promote Save The River’s programs and enhance Save The River’s ability to fulfill its mission and the goals of its programs.
• Assisting the Program Manager in delivering education and volunteer programs.
• Communicating regularly with the Executive Director about current and potential outreach activities.
• Staffing events.
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in communications, natural resources, environmental policy, or environmental education plus a minimum of two years experience in relevant field.
• Excellent oral, writing and listening communications skills, effective public speaker in a variety of settings.
• Prior experience communicating scientific, technical and / or research findings and reports to a general audience a plus.
• Strong organizational skills and a strong commitment to working as part of a team.
• Capacity to manage a number of projects at once and deal effectively with the challenge of multitasking.
• Ability to manage projects, partnerships and professional relationships
• Ability to plan, organize and think strategically and independently.
• Demonstrated skills with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, photo-editing software and social media applications.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, Google Office applications, and Apple hardware a plus.
• Prior work experience with conservation or environmental not-for-profit.
• Prior work or recreational experience either boating, kayaking/canoeing, and/or fishing.
• Driver License, Passport and ability to travel to Canada.
• Knowledge of the St. Lawrence River, and environmental policy and restoration techniques strongly preferred.
• Ability to lift 40lbs
• Commitment to Save The River’s mission and values

Work Environment

• Office environment with considerable outdoor river-related activities during the late spring, summer and early fall.
• Some weekend work.
• Ability and willingness to travel throughout the River region and occasionally beyond for meetings and conferences.
• Opportunity for professional growth.
• Salary commensurate with experience, plus generous benefits.
• Save The River is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Deadline
:  October 4, 2017

Employer:
Save The River / Upper St. Lawrence Riverkeeper

Application Instructions: Send resume, cover letter and references, preferably in .pdf format, via email to bridget@savetheriver.org.

For more information about Save The River, visit www.savetheriver.org

Project Manager - The Liquid Assets Project - Location Flexible

About the Liquid Assets Project
The Liquid Assets Project supports the development of impact-focused investment deals that are designed to help advance water sustainability across the American West. The project is advancing two types of investments that provide environmental, social and financial returns:

• Agricultural and Ranchland Investments, using land purchases or joint ventures to improve profitability of agricultural and ranching operations and generate marketable water; and
• Innovative Municipal Financing, designing green bonds, environmental impact bonds and joint benefits authority financing vehicles to finance green municipal water solutions.

The Liquid Assets Project team will originate, structure and diligence initial pipelines of deals for sustainable municipal and agricultural investments, and will raise investment capital for those deals. The Liquid Assets Project is a partnership between investment and water experts. Partners include Trout Unlimited, the impact investment firm Encourage Capital, the water law firm Culp & Kelly, and several consultants. The project’s fiscal sponsor is the Windward Fund. The Project emerged from the October 2015 report Liquid Assets: Investing for Impact in the Colorado River Basin, by Encourage Capital and Squire Patton Boggs.

Position Overview

The Liquid Assets Project is seeking a Project Manager to lead a multi-organizational effort to advance water sustainability through deployment of impact-focused private capital. The Project Manager will coordinate the work of a distributed team of partners, support fundraising efforts, and assist as needed in developing the two pipelines of deals. The Project Manager position is a full-time position that could be managed either through a contract or through employment at the Windward Fund. The Project Manager will report to a leadership committee composed of representatives of the project partners. This is currently a one-year position, with continuation dependent on funding. The location of the position is flexible.

Position Responsibilities

• Support work on the municipal and agricultural deal pipelines as directed by LAP team leaders.
• Keep apprised of developments in impact investing and municipal and agricultural water innovation and share developments with the team.
• Develop communications materials in consultation with LAP team members.
• Support development of grant fundraising strategy and oversee implementation tasks.
• Support development of investment fundraising strategy and oversee implementation tasks.
• Draft fundraising proposals and progress reports, with support from Windward Fund staff.
• Manage the project budget, sub-grants and contracts, in coordination with Windward Fund staff.
• Support the work of Trout Unlimited in managing their USDA Conservation Innovation Grant.
• Manage and coordinate the activities of LAP team partners in deal development and implementation.

Key Qualifications
:
• Minimum of five years of professional experience in areas related to water and/or impact investing.
• Experience in municipal water management and green infrastructure desired.
• Strong organizational, analytical and strategic skills.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong professional and ethical standards.
• Comfort in working in a distributed team environment.
• Comfort in working on new and untested strategies, and flexibility in adjusting work tasks as circumstances evolve.
• Must be self-motivated, possess a balance of personal confidence and humility, and enjoy having fun while working.

The Liquid Assets Project is a project of the Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The Windward Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The Windward Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.

Contact Information:
Margaret Bowman
Bowman Environmental Consulting
Margaret.bowman@live.com
(202) 258-7644

Conservation Director - Friends of the Mississippi River - St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN

The Mississippi is one of the world’s great rivers, a natural resource of global significance. In the Twin Cities metro area, the Mississippi provides recreation and a sense of place for millions of residents and visitors. Unfortunately, the River still faces many threats. Friends of the Mississippi River works to protect, restore, and enhance the river and its watershed along a 72-mile stretch, conserving and restoring land improving water quality, and protecting the river’s unique natural, scenic, cultural and recreational qualities. The organization has an annual budget of $2.4 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 19 who work on land conservation, water quality, land use policy, and other related areas.

Over the course of nearly 25 years, FMR has established deep relationships and credibility with thousands of citizens, landowners, neighborhood organizations, volunteers, government agencies and elected officials. The organization has become a national model for conservation and watershed protection. In 2011 Friends of the Mississippi was recognized by Minnesota Philanthropy Partners as a “top nonprofit” in Minnesota. In 2014 FMR won the Environment Initiative Award for its influential “State of the River Report” and was a finalist for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Mission Award in Advocacy.

In the coming years FMR sees an opportunity to build on its past accomplishments including growing its conservation program. With a well-known and respected brand, a seasoned and effective staff, a strong Board of Directors, and a growing base of support, FMR is poised for continued growth and success.

The Position
The Conservation Director leads and manages FMR’s efforts to protect and restore an ecologically functioning corridor of natural habitat along the Mississippi River and important tributaries in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Director leads the Conservation team (which currently includes two full-time ecologists). Reporting to the Executive Director, the Conservation Director works closely with public and private landowners, funders and other partners to advance the permanent protection, restoration and management of priority parcels within the organization’s focus corridors. FMR possesses a modest land protection fund and the Conservation Director works with the Board of Directors to recommend the expenditure of those funds to maximize results.

This position is right for a seasoned land conservation professional with a passion for protecting and restoring the natural environment — a person who wants to use their leadership, experience and energy to grow and deepen the organization’s impact. The ideal candidate will have strong leadership and management capability, outstanding interpersonal skills and an ability to work with and inspire trust with a broad range of partners including landowners, funders, other staff and board.

FMR is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from a diversity of candidates.

Responsibilities
♣ Serve as a key member of FMR’s senior management team.
♣ Provide leadership, direction, management, and evaluation of all of FMR’s land conservation efforts and processes, including the development of the annual program budget and work plans.
♣ Inspire, lead, support and supervise FMR’s conservation team.
♣ Define and clearly articulate the goals of the land conservation program.
♣ Lead the implementation of the program’s multi-year strategic plan.
♣ Lead FMR’s landowner outreach efforts and foster good working relationships with landowners in FMR’s focus area to promote land protection and restoration.
♣ Serve as FMR’s lead staff on land protection projects.
♣ Work with the Development Director in proposal development and reporting for fundraising activities associated with the land conservation program. Take the lead in developing and providing program specific details required for this fundraising.
♣ Manage the process for government grant writing, reporting and invoicing.
♣ Assist the Stewardship Director in the development and implementation of educational and stewardship activities related to the Conservation Program.
♣ Identify and combine all the elements essential to fostering new protection and restoration projects (identification, outreach, funding and partnership building).
♣ Identify and foster positive working relationships with other environmental organizations, agencies and community leaders to help attain program goals.
♣ Provide leadership and support to the Land Conservation Committee of the Board of Directors.
♣ Make recommendations to the Executive Director and the land conservation committee regarding the use of the land protection fund.
♣ Collaborate with the Communications Manager to promote the activities of the conservation program.

Qualifications
♣ Commitment to and passion for the mission of Friends of the Mississippi River.
♣ Six to eight years of land conservation experience with a record of increasing responsibility.
♣ Thorough understanding and experience using land protection methods, options and tools.
♣ At least three years experience and demonstrated success in supervising and managing staff.
♣ Bachelor’s degree (advanced degree preferred) in biology/ecology or related field.
♣ Exceptional interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with multiple internal and external partners.
♣ Excellent written and verbal communication skills and comfort speaking and presenting to groups.
♣ Proven success in grant proposal writing and grant management.
♣ Strong organizational skills including the ability to plan work meet deadlines and balance multiple projects and priorities.
♣ Ability to work collaboratively across multiple internal departments and program areas.
♣ Ability to outdoors in a range of weather conditions and terrain.
♣ Ability to work a flexible schedule, including occasionally long hours, some evenings and occasional weekends.
♣ Strong knowledge of basic of ecological principles and of natural plant and animal communities native to this region of Minnesota is desired.

Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time position. Friends of the Mississippi River offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement plan with employer match, parking/transit allowance and generous paid vacation, sick and holiday leave.

Application Deadline
: October 6, 2017

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions:
Please consolidate your application into one PDF document that includes: a cover letter summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position, a 1-2 page resumé, and the names, titles and phone numbers of three professional references (or two professional and one personal reference).

Please include your last name in the file name and email it as an attachment with “Conservation Director” as the subject line to wclark@fmr.org

The position will remain open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by October 6, 2017.

For more information about Friends of the Mississippi River please visit http://www.fmr.org

Director of Finance - Galveston Bay Foundation - Houston, TX


Job Description:
The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) seeks a highly qualified Director of Finance to fill key functions within its leadership and to ensure effective financial management of the organization. This position reports directly to the President. The position is responsible for a wide range of duties including financial management and reporting, accounts receivable and payable, banking and cash management, annual audit oversight, budgeting, and human resources, among others. The position also oversees the work of a full-time Accounting Associate. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting and 5+ years of professional experience in nonprofit finance and/or auditing including 2+ years in a supervisory role. CPA, CPA candidate, or MBA preferred. The ideal candidate must be experienced and conversant in nonprofit accounting, fiscal management, and financial modeling and have a thorough working knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Experience with or ability to learn Blackbaud’s Financial Edge accounting system, payroll processing system, and advanced Excel functions also required. Experience with writing financial statements, cost allocations, and preparing and negotiating indirect cost rates strongly preferred. Managerial acumen and extraordinary organizational, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills are essential. To view the full job description, including detailed duties and qualifications, please visit http://galvbay.org/about/about-us/work-for-gbf/.

Application Deadline: 09/15/2017

Type: Full-Time
City: Houston (Clear Lake area)
State: Texas

Application Instructions:
To apply, email cover letter and resume to jobs@galvbay.org by Friday, September 15, 2017. Please reference position title in subject line of email. If selected for an interview, be prepared to provide at least three professional references. If selected as a final candidate, a background check will be conducted.

Habitat Restoration Coordinator - Galveston Bay Foundation - Houston, TX

The Habitat Restoration Coordinator oversees the direction and administration of GBF’s community-based habitat restoration activities. Through these programs, GBF restores lost or degraded habitats as well as guides others in implementing projects and best management practices that preserve and enhance the Bay. This community-based approach involves working with private landowners, business owners, municipalities, and others in restoring critical habitats. A major focus area for this position is oversight of GBF’s oyster reef restoration program, including the oyster shell recycling, gardening, and reef restoration projects. In addition, the position provides key technical duties related to project site permitting, monitoring plan development, data management, and mapping, as well as outreach duties. The position is well-suited to someone who can manage multiple projects independently and who enjoys a good mix of “behind the scenes” project management duties and field work.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
• Habitat restoration program planning and administration
o Coordinating and leading habitat restoration projects, currently focusing on GBF’s ongoing oyster reef restoration projects around Galveston Bay
o Overseeing the implementation of projects/programs by field staff and assisting with field events/activities, as necessary
o Managing grants and contracts, tracking budgets, writing progress reports, and maintaining open communication and good relations with funding agency contacts
o Writing grant proposals for future funding, either on own or in conjunction with development staff
o Conducting public outreach and developing outreach materials in support of restoration projects/programs
• Technical document preparation and tracking
o Applying for, renewing, and tracking the status of all restoration project permits (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), site leases (Texas General Land Office), and transplant permits (Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
o Creating project site monitoring plans
• Data management and tracking
o Logging outputs/results of all habitat restoration activities in a timely manner
o Ensuring accuracy and integrity of data
o Mapping restoration projects using GPS equipment, GIS software, Google Earth, etc.
• Site coordination for GBF’s community-based events
o Planning site logistics for events such a Marsh Mania, Trash Bash, etc., alongside the Volunteer Programs Coordinator

Key Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required in a field of study such as marine biology, marine science, environmental science, or a related field
• Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience; nonprofit experience a plus
• Habitat restoration experience, with some knowledge of oyster ecology and/or living shorelines preferred
• Project management experience, including tracking progress and writing reports, tracking expenses and budgets, and writing grant proposals preferred
• Technical experience in GIS software, GPS equipment, and agency permitting processes strongly preferred
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and Outlook required
• Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and manage productive relationships with staff, consultants, partners, and the community
• Ability to work on multiple projects at once, meet deadlines, and adaptively manage projects/programs

To view the full job description, including key duties and qualifications, please visit galvbay.org/about/about-us/work-for-gbf.

Application Deadline: 
09/15/2017

To apply, email cover letter and resume to jobs@galvbay.org by Friday, September 15, 2017. Please reference position title in subject line of email.

The Water Quality Programs Coordinator - Galveston Bay Foundation - Houston, TX

The Water Quality Programs Coordinator position serves to directly engage the local citizenry in monitoring Galveston Bay. One of the position’s most essential responsibilities is the oversight of GBF’s Water Monitoring Team, a group of 60+ volunteers who are trained to collect monthly data at sites around Galveston Bay. The position also helps facilitate the Galveston Bay Action Network, which is GBF’s innovative webpage and mobile application that allows citizens to report pollution events directly to the proper authority. In addition, the position assists with water quality data analysis and presentation, including developing unique ways to communicate these data through outreach and marketing materials, social media and web content, as well as scientific writing. The position is well-suited to someone who can manage multiple projects independently, enjoys working with and presenting to diverse audiences and volunteers, has a dynamic personality, and thrives on team collaboration.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
• Managing GBF’s Water Monitoring Team:
o Providing volunteers with training, guidance, supplies, and data management
o Building relationships with and among volunteers on the team
o Coordinating schedules for Water Monitors to drop off and Volunteer Lab Assistant to receive and process bacteria samples
o Ensuring the accuracy and integrity of all water monitoring data on an ongoing basis
o Promptly preparing and delivering sampling results to volunteers and other stakeholders
o Working with the Water Quality Manager to communicate the data to various stakeholders and community groups
o Upholding GBF’s Quality Assurance Project Plan for volunteer water quality monitoring
o Co-leading Water Quality Research Internships with Water Quality Manager
• Helping run GBF’s Galveston Bay Action Network (GBAN) pollution reporting app:
o Facilitating communication with and among GBAN partners to ensure tool meets their needs
o Recruiting new partners to tie into and receive citizen pollution reports from GBAN
o Promoting GBAN across the region and training citizens how to properly submit reports
o Promptly responding to questions and working closely with developer to complete any improvements or maintenance needed based on feedback from citizens, partners, and GBF staff
• Assisting with other GBF water quality programmatic data, including:
o Analyzing GBF boater perception surveys collected through GBF’s Dockwalker program
o Creating deliverables to communicate data to desired audiences
• Managing special projects as assigned by Water Quality Manager

Key Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in water resource management, environmental science, or related fields
• At least one (1) year of professional experience in environmental science; experience in environmental outreach and volunteer management preferred; nonprofit experience a plus
• Background in applied water quality concepts, field and laboratory skills, and data management required
• Highly energetic and motivated personality with the ability to identify and respond to operational issues, specifically with managing volunteer and data management systems
• Strong organizational skills, a keen eye for detail, and quality control are imperative, as well as being able to multi-task and work on multiple projects at once
• A commitment to customer service; excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
• Demonstrated success in working in a team-oriented environment as well as ability to work independently, once trained
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and Outlook; Access preferred

To view the full job description, including key duties and qualifications, please visit galvbay.org/about/about-us/work-for-gbf.

Application Deadline
: 09/15/2017
Type: Full-Time
City:Houston (Clear Lake area)
State: Texas

Application Instructions
:
To apply, email cover letter and resume to jobs@galvbay.org by Friday, September 15, 2017. Please reference position title in subject line of email.

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: www.klamathrenewal.org.

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.

http://job.ceaconsulting.com/jobs/executive-assistant-berkeley-ca-39165

KRRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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:

https://syrcl.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=16&source_rivernetwork

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