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

Policy Analyst - Natural Resource Defense Council - Chicago, Illinois

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

Position Summary:

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

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

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

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

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

Application Deadline:  May 30, 2018

Type: Full-Time

Application Instructions:
Link to job:

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working environment. Salary is based on a non-profit scale and commensurate with experience.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, for positions based in San Francisco, CA we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

We strongly encourage women, people of color, bilingual and bicultural individuals, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to apply.

To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting.

NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422.

Brand Partnership Research Intern - River Network - Boulder, Colorado

Location: River Network headquarters – 737 29th St., Boulder, CO 80303
Deadline for submission: 5 PM MST April 11, 2018
Term of position: May 2018 through August 2018 (flexible)
Work Schedule: 8 – 16 hours per week (flexible)

River Network is the foremost nonprofit connecting water-focused organizations, agencies, businesses, and communities for greater local impact and healthier rivers across the U.S. Our mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and waters that sustain all life. Since 1988, we have helped people and communities take a stand against apathy, neglect, and abuse of our rivers and lakes and become effective caretakers of our waters. Our network includes thousands of local community groups and NGOs, regional collaboratives, and other national conservation organizations. We connect these groups with the people, training, and resources they need to advance equitable water solutions. Our staff consists of water quality experts, field organizers, scientists, lawyers, and policy specialists who work from our national headquarters in Boulder Colorado as well as field offices in six states. Visit to learn more.

River Network is committed to embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion to achieve our mission. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities to increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. River Network is intentional about staffing and engagement practices and strives to increase diversity of our staff, interns, board members, and supporters through strategic recruitment and facilitation of an inclusive workplace culture.

Internship Overview:
Consumers are increasingly demanding that brands and corporations take a stand to protect our natural resources. Many brands, particularly those in the outdoor and natural products industries, recognize the value of producing and marketing sustainable products, as well as playing an active role in environmental conservation and stewardship. River Network believes that this recent upsurge in consumer and brand-driven conservation is an ideal opportunity to increase water restoration and conservation in communities across the country. Our network of thousands of local water protectors and NGOs can help brands and corporations actualize their commitments to the environment by producing on-the-ground stewardship events.

This internship will primarily involve:
• Researching (mostly online, some by phone interview) and identifying local and national brands (primarily in the outdoor and natural products industry) as well as industry associations (e.g. Sustainable Slopes) which have publically stated an environmental goal, mission, or commitment
• Recording and organizing research results, including corporate/brand environmental statements, sustainability officer contact information, and brand priorities areas
• Creating a simple ranking/classification system to prioritize and categorize leads
• Updating River Network’s Salesforce database with priority opportunities
• Regular informal meetings with River Network’s Community Engagement staff
• Attending at least one day of the 2018 Outdoor Retail summer trade show in Denver (July 23 – 26) with River Network staff to interact directly with outdoor brands and promote River Network
• Attending and participating in local River Network events including a restoration project with brewery staff in Fort Collins, CO (May 30)
• Other similar duties as assigned

The intern will learn about the diverse network of organizations, agencies, and businesses working to protect our nation’s waters. The internship offers a strong foundational understanding of national nonprofit management and community engagement at the local level. Valuable skills in primary research, Salesforce database management, and brand engagement will also be gained.

Scheduling and timing are flexible during normal business hours. Reasonable accommodations will be made. The successful candidate will report directly to River Network’s Community Engagement Manager.

Minimum qualifications:
The ideal candidate has a strong interest in River Network’s mission to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers. Desired qualifications include prior project management experience, strong research and writing skills, exceptional inter-personal skills, Salesforce experience, and a basic understanding of the complexity of water resources. Specific background requirements include:

• Self-motivated, organized, and able to work independently
• Ability to conduct primary online research and enter data accurately
• Ability to write clearly and compellingly and engage in productive conversations
• Access to a computer/laptop
• Technologically savvy – basic knowledge of MS Office products including Outlook and Excel
• Available to attend at least one full day of the Outdoor Retailer trade show (July 23 – 26)

Compensation and Benefits:
The Brand Partnership Research Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned nonprofit managers at River Network’s headquarters in Boulder, CO. This is an unpaid internship with no cash stipend nor benefits provided. Letters of recommendation and acknowledgement will be available upon successful completion for the project. Academic credit may also be available.

To Apply:
Please email a brief cover letter and resume with “2018 Brand Partnership Research Intern” in the subject line to Zak Lance at zlance (at) rivernetwork (dot) org by 5 PM MST on 4/11/18. Candidates will be notified of their application status by 4/13/18. No phone calls please.

Education Coordinator - Nanticoke Watershed Alliance - Vienna, Maryland

NWA Seeks Education Coordinator
Posted by: Beth Wasden | Posted on: March 15, 2018

The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance seeks an Education Coordinator to join our team.

Please see the linked file for the job description, which follows, and please share with any potentially interested candidates.

Education Coordinator – Nanticoke Watershed Alliance

Annual Salary: $26,500

Benefits: In addition to salary, $3,975 will be provided for health care and retirement. Employees have flexible work schedules (full-time, 35 hours/week) and may work remotely one day a week.


The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance is in search of a smart, creative, self-driven individual to help our organization grow. Upcoming projects consist of environmental education presentations, field trips, and action projects with students. The successful candidate will also be responsible for promoting stormwater pollution reduction programs and assisting in homeowner conservation landscaping projects like rain gardens and designer ditches. The position will also assist with our award-winning volunteer water quality monitoring program as well as special events and a wide variety of other projects as needed.


Four-year degree in the environmental field or a relevant subject
Must be very detail-oriented
Able to work in a team or independently
Enjoy developing creative outreach programs
Experience in environmental education
Familiarity with rain gardens and other nature-based landscaping is a plus
Ability to work some evening and weekends for special events.


Be a part of a small nonprofit organization getting ready to sprout and grow! The Nanticoke Watershed Alliance works in Maryland and Delaware in partnership with industries, small business owners, government agencies, environmental groups, land trusts, realtors, academicians, fishermen, restoration groups, farmers, and citizen groups to keep the Nanticoke River on the healthiest rivers entering the Chesapeake Bay. Visit for more information.

To apply please submit your resume and a self-made flier/advertisement for yourself by April 15 to Executive Director Lisa Wool at

Fostering partnership and progress in conserving the natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Nanticoke River Watershed through dialogue, collaborative outreach, and education.

Executive Director - Soque River Watershed Association - Clarksville, Georgia

The Soque River Watershed Association is seeking a full-time Executive Director to implement the organization’s strategic plan and to advance our mission to protect and restore the Soque River, its tributaries and watershed.

The Executive Director serves as the lead spokesperson for the organization, manages staff and volunteers, fosters relationships with community organizations and individual stakeholders, identifies and acquires new funding sources, effectively communicates watershed stewardship goals and practices, implements programs to achieve clean water goals, and insures the long-term stability of the organization.

The Soque River Watershed Association
SRWA is a community based environmental non-profit focused on collaborations with local and regional partners to implement on-the-ground clean water projects. Since the organization’s founding in 1998, the group has received five separate federal non-point source pollution reduction grants. These grants funded prioritized projects resulting in the de-listing of 32 miles of the river from the state’s list of impaired waters for fecal coliform bacteria.

The organization is focused on clean water partnerships that engage watershed stakeholders in streambank restoration, better stormwater management and green infrastructure, upland restoration using mulch and tree plantings, riparian re-vegetation, and dirt-road improvements. SRWA also engages in water quality monitoring, municipal policy and management recommendations, recycling initiatives, greenway/recreational trails development, youth education, water efficiency, and other sustainability programs. The organization is a regional leader in environmental and sustainability education and advocacy.

Principle Responsibilities:
The Executive Director is the lead staff for the SRWA and directs, manages and insures adequate funding for all programs.

Programs and Communications:
• Implement the goals of the strategic plan and revise program goals to meet emerging needs and opportunities.
• With the Board of Directors, staff, and community develop and complete short and long term objectives to carry out the mission and strategic plan.
• Represent the organization before the larger public, including speaking to elected officials, donors, media and experts in watershed management.

Organizational Development:
• Engage existing and new partners in program activities.
• Recruit new board, staff, volunteers, members, and major donors to build and support the mission of the organization.
• Work closely with the Board president to increase board skills/training, community effectiveness, and participation of the Board in all SRWA activities.
• Establish and or update policies and procedures for conducting SRWA operations.

Management and Finances:
• Oversee the management of SRWA finances (with support staff) including all reporting obligations, development and implementation of annual budgets, and all efforts to ensure financial responsibility
• With the Board of Directors oversee all fundraising efforts to include foundation and grant proposals, membership giving, campaigns and events, major donor recruitment, and sponsorships.
• Develop and implement funding strategies to meet strategic goals and provide for the fiscal sustainability of SRWA.
• Lead and supervise part-time staff, and other contract staff.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic and experienced professional in technical aspects of watershed protection and non-profit management. Applicants should have experience in non-profit watershed protection programs and management. Additional qualifications include:

• Motivated and resourceful, ability to work independently
• A Bachelor’s or graduate degree in water related environmental or biological sciences.
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
• Leadership / management experience
• Willingness to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends
• Ability to prioritize tasks and delegate as necessary to implement multiple programs and projects simultaneously

Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018

How to apply:
In a cover letter, describe why you would like the job and any experience related to the position. Please mail or e-mail as one document a cover letter, a resume, and three references to:

Joel Volpi, Board President and Hiring Committee
PO Box 1901
Clarkesville, GA 30523
Or e-mail to

Phone calls are discouraged. More information about the organization is available at

Summer Water Quality Intern - Neponset River Watershed Association - Canton, Massachusetts

Volunteer Opportunity – Summer Water Quality Intern

Opportunity Description:
The volunteer intern will help with all aspects of the volunteer water quality monitoring program and hot spot monitoring program during the summer of 2018. This includes preparing sampling materials and supplies, field work, data management, sample analysis in the lab, and volunteer coordination. The intern will also assist with planning and coordination for the 2018 Hyde Park Neponset River Cleanup. Depending on the intern and their level of interest there may be the opportunity to take a leadership role on an independent project in analyzing historic water quality data sets or conducting a literature review. The Water Quality Intern works in close collaboration with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Environmental Science Fellow, Executive Director, and community volunteers; providing the intern with a unique, hands-on, environmental science and community organizing experience.

Work will occur at the Neponset River Watershed Association offices (2173 Washington Street Canton, Massachusetts 02021) and in the field throughout the watershed.

Schedule is 2-3 days a week for a minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 hours weekly depending on the intern’s availability, interests and other commitments. Help is needed beginning in May and running through October. A minimum commitment of 10 weeks is requested. The schedule is flexible, but must be consistent from week to week. Work occurs primarily during normal business hours, with occasional early morning or evening activities.

Skills and Special Requirements:
The volunteer should be an undergraduate or graduate pursuing a degree in environmental science or a related field. Familiarity with environmental sampling and analysis techniques is desirable but not required. Self motivation, reliability and the ability to work independently and follow specific sampling protocols are all critical, as is attention to safety procedures. Basic computer skills are necessary and having your own transportation is required. Interns should be enthusiastic to work in the field on uneven terrain and under adverse weather conditions (i.e. rain).

To apply for this volunteer internship, please send an email describing why you are interested in the position with a copy of your resume to Chris Hirsch, Environmental Scientist

Application Deadline: April 30, 2018

Environmental Science Fellow - Neponset River Watershed Association - Boston, Massachusetts

Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship

The Neponset River Watershed Association is seeking applications for the Neponset Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship. This is a 13-month full-time position that provides the opportunity for a recent graduate to gain intensive hands-on experience working with a well-respected regional nonprofit.

The Fellowship is intended to provide broad exposure to the full range of science, advocacy and community organizing functions involved in watershed work. The Fellow will work closely with the Association’s Environmental Scientist, Executive Director, Outreach Director, and other staff.

The Fellow’s core responsibilities will include day to day supervision of the Association’s volunteer-based water quality monitoring program and a leadership role in organizing spring and fall river-cleanup events. The Fellow will play a supporting role in other projects potentially including our hotspot monitoring program, development and construction of stormwater best management practice retrofits, stream habitat restoration projects, and stormwater and/or water conservation education programs. The Fellow will be exposed to at least one public speaking and grant writing opportunity, and will prepare comments on a development or permitting issue.

Schedule and Compensation
This is a full-time internship position that runs for 13 months (ideally June 1 to June 30). Compensation includes a salary of $30,000 per year, health insurance and paid time-off benefits. The position requires occasional early morning sampling and evening or weekend events.

The Fellowship is open to applicants who have recently received a master’s or bachelor’s degree in watershed management, environmental science, civil/environmental engineering, or a related field, and who are interested in a natural resource protection career. Applicants should have excellent written, telephone and interpersonal communication skills, and should be comfortable working with a diverse collection of volunteer personalities. They must have a demonstrated ability to plan and implement projects in a fast paced environment, working both independently and as part of a team. Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors, in poor weather, on uneven ground and in a canoe, and must have own transportation. Applications by minority candidates, candidates interested in a career in the nonprofit sector, and residents of the 14 Neponset Watershed communities are particularly encouraged.

Application Procedure:
Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via email. In the cover letter, please describe your interest in the position, relevant academic and/or work experience, and how a one-year Fellowship would fit into your overall career goals. We recommend submitting application materials by mid-April. We hope to make a final hiring decision by early May and to have the new Fellow start work in June 2018.

Send applications to Chris Hirsch, Environmental Scientist at

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018

Community Engagement Manager - South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) - Nevada City, California

SYRCL’s River People Program is seeking a Community Engagement Manager to implement our strategy of community engagement, volunteerism, outreach, and communications. The CEM will exercise judgement and provide management for a range of activities and programs promoting community engagement and membership. These responsibilities include direct outreach, media relations, management of SYRCL’s volunteers, support for Centennial Dam campaign, SYRCL’s advocacy work and Waterkeeper program, production of annual events (Yuba River Cleanup, State of the Yuba, and Quiz Night, among others), and support of other events such as the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


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.

The goal of SYRCL’s “River People” program is to unite the community on behalf of the Yuba watershed. The Community Engagement Manager implements SYRCL’s “River People” program strategy of community engagement, volunteerism, outreach, and communications. The Community Engagement Manager (CEM) reports to the River Policy Director and supervises the Community Engagement Coordinator and the Outreach Coordinator (historically an AmeriCorps position). The CEM is expected to exercise judgement and provide management for a range of activities and programs promoting community engagement and membership including direct outreach, media relations, management of SYRCL’s volunteers, support for Centennial Dam campaign and SYRCL’s advocacy work and Waterkeeper program, production of annual events (Yuba River Cleanup, State of the Yuba, and Quiz Night, among others), and support of other events such as the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.


Bachelor’s degree required.
Minimum two years’ experience in a nonprofit or public service setting.
Proven skills in volunteer management, fundraising, event management and production, and public outreach and media relations.
Requires experience and proficiency in the following areas: project management including staff supervision, verbal and written communications, critical thinking, judgement, dependability and the ability to demonstrate goal development and attainment.
Demonstrated capability to conduct one’s self in a calm and professional demeanor when dealing with the public and/or difficult situations.
Self-starter able to work independently and successfully manage multiple projects and priorities.
Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and planning skills and ability to handle competing priorities.
Ability to work cooperatively with staff and volunteers in a team-environment
Demonstrates initiative and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility

Computer skills required including proficiency with Word, Excel and Outlook
Experience with basic graphic design programs like MS Publisher and Photoshop
Experience with digital media and communications including Facebook, MailChimp, Twitter, etc.
Experience with managing and maintaining websites; WordPress a plus

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will manage SYRCL’s volunteer, outreach and communications programs as well as support our policy and campaign initiatives related to Yuba River Waterkeeper, Yuba Salmon Now and Stop Centennial Dam. These program responsibilities include:

Communications and Community Outreach

Create outreach, media and communications materials for SYRCL’s programs and community events, including the Yuba River Cleanup, the State of the Yuba, and Quiz Night among others.
Manage the River Ambassador program including developing and implementing a detailed program plan and budget.
Supervise the Community Engagement Coordinator who organizes SYRCL’s community outreach events and communications activities, and the Outreach Coordinator who spearheads the River Ambassador program.
Manage the PR/Marketing of SYRCL events
Manage SYRCL’s website and social media sites

Volunteer Management

Manage volunteer recruitment, evaluation, placement, training, scheduling, and recognition for volunteers at all major SYRCL events like the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Quiz Night, State of the Yuba, Post-It, Wild for the Yuba, and the Yuba River Cleanup.
Oversee SYRCL’s volunteer management platform and database for staff to communicate volunteer opportunities to the public online, schedule volunteers, track volunteer hours, and record volunteer history.
Oversee volunteer participation in SYRCL’s River Ambassador and coach the AmeriCorps staff who manages River Monitoring and Restoration programs.

Policy Support

Track public meetings as pertinent to SYRCL’s advocacy work
Assist in mobilizing members and the community to participate in grassroots efforts and public meetings and organizing campaign-related events.
Support the Centennial Dam Work Group and the Advocacy Committee
Write press releases, organize press conferences and public relations events, and cultivate media coverage by working with reporters and editorial boards.

Event Production

Serve as the primary manager for Quiz Night, State of the Yuba, and Yuba River Cleanup, including responsibility for developing and implementing a detailed event plan and budget.
Build, train, engage and promote the Clean-a-thon (fundraiser portion of the River Cleanup) to cleanup site leaders, volunteers and participants.

Other Duties/Responsibilities

Assist with grant writing and seeking sponsorships for the River People programs.
Prepare monthly staff report for the Board, and occasional “weekly wins” as directed.
Create and manage budgets, including: Outreach, Volunteers, River Cleanup, Quiz Night, State of the Yuba and the River Ambassador Program.

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

Evening and weekend work is required for several events throughout the year.
Travel is occasionally required for this position
Able to work on a computer for up to 8 hours a day and 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 40 pounds

This position is open until filled.

To apply, follow this link:

Development Coordinator - American Rivers - Washington, DC

As a member of the Advancement team, the Development Coordinator is responsible for gift processing and acknowledgements and high-level administrative and substantive duties to support the department’s fundraising activities. This includes engaging volunteers and organizers through the National River Cleanup® program.

The position works closely with the fundraising team as well as community volunteers. It reports to the Executive Director, Development Operations Director, and to the Corporate Relations Director.

National River Cleanup® (50%):
• Work closely with the Director, Corporate Relations to execute the National River Cleanup® program, including supporting local cleanup organizers and meeting corporate sponsorship requirements.
• Coordinate logistics for corporate and other organizational cleanup events, including traveling to and serving as a spokesperson at select events.
• Support local organizers with their river cleanup events by processing trash bag requests, posting events on American Rivers’ website, developing organizer tools and resources, and sending mailings, as well as obtaining their cleanup data.
• Support internal and external program communication activities including publishing blogs, increasing volunteer engagement, drafting internal program updates, and engaging field staff in program activities.
• Track program data and draft annual sponsorship reports.

Gift Processing and Acknowledgments (45%):
• Prepare daily deposit memo for all gifts received in DC Headquarters corresponding to the daily check log and stock/ACH notifications and using standard templates and G/L coding protocols. Seek input from the Director, Development Operations and program managers, as necessary, to complete general ledger coding for new grant revenue and restricted contributions.
• Maintain complete chronological electronic records of all deposit memos with supporting documentation in shared drive and outlook.
• Ensure accurate, timely, and complete updates to the donor database through daily entry of all contributions and related transactions through batch process (corresponding to daily deposit memo and stock gift/ACH notifications) or transaction upload (quarterly payroll deductions, , periodic workplace giving campaign updates, etc.).
• Using data from multiple sources including daily acknowledgement files, workplace campaigns, payroll, events, etc., generate acknowledgement letters using standard templates for specific constituencies and gift types within 48 hours of receipt. Scan signed letters, prepare for mailing, and maintain chronological electronic record of all sent letters and their original source files.
• Send notification cards upon receipt of honor/memorial gifts; maintain archive of sent notifications and record contact in donor database.
• At the direction of the Director of Development Operations, perform periodic transaction maintenance in donor database including, but not limited to, source code adjustments, corrections or reversals.
• Assist with administrative duties required for participation in the EarthShare workplace giving campaign, including processing state registrations and donor acknowledgements.
• Attend and/or coordinate appropriate staff to represent American Rivers at EarthShare events.
• Verify contributions for matching gift eligibility through online portals or paper forms.
• Process credit card contributions through donor database.

Administrative (5%):
• Provide telephone coverage; answer, screen and respond to general inquiries.
• Schedule and coordinate weekly team and monthly department meetings, arrange conference calls.
• Coordinate and document Senior Vice President’s travel and expense reports.
• Create and maintain accurate constituent records in donor database (ROI).
• Support Senior Vice President for Advancement with scheduling and preparation for Board committee meetings.
• Compose, edit and prepare time-sensitive correspondence, reports and proposals as needed.
• Train and supervise student interns and temporary employees as needed.
• Participate in organization-wide activities: Enthusiastically and effectively participate in planning and activities.
• Perform other fundraising duties and special projects in support of the Advancement Department, as needed.

• Bachelor’s degree and at least one year of relevant experience, or at least two to three years of relevant fundraising experience. Ideally, work related experience will have been gained in conservation/environmental organization with emphasis on fundraising in an advancement or development office.
• Highly-detailed; proven ability to manage multiple projects effectively and efficiently, prioritize competing tasks and meet deadlines.
• Superior written and verbal communication skills.
• Excellent analytical skills and the ability to locate and interpret financial and biographical information from a variety of sources.
• Must be able to write concise research documents with attention to accuracy.
• High energy level, flexible, self-motivated, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• High level of professionalism, integrity, and discretion.
• Ability to work effectively with a range of personalities and working styles and with people at all levels of the organization who are geographically dispersed ,including staff, board, foundation officers, and donors in person and remotely.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
• Personal commitment to the American Rivers’ mission. Preference given to candidates with some knowledge of and interest in conservation issues.

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
: March 31, 2018

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: with “Development Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.

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

Executive Director - Alpine Watershed Group - Woodfords, California

The Alpine Watershed Group (AWG) mission is to preserve and enhance the natural system functions of Alpine County’s watersheds for future generations. The Alpine Watershed Group’s provides leadership and facilitates collaboration among diverse stakeholders from throughout the watershed to identify and implement monitoring, assessment and restoration needs. AWG engages volunteers as stewards through water monitoring and watershed restoration activities. Alpine County provides an ideal rural setting for watershed stewardship and preservation, located at the headwaters of five major rivers of California and Nevada. In close proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley, the region offers a beautiful place to work and live.

Position Description
The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for strategic planning, organizational development, financial management, fundraising, staff supervision and program operations. The ED currently supervises three staff members and one contractor and reports to the Board of Directors. Job Status: 30 hours/ week, exempt; potential for full time in future

Organizational Management
• Responsible for overall leadership of staff in the development and implementation of all programs, projects and events
• Develops and implements strategic plans, in partnership with the Board of Directors, that meet AWG’s mission and goals
• Plans and coordinates monthly board meetings and bi-monthly stakeholder meetings including development of meeting agenda and meeting materials in collaboration with Board Chairman
• Manages all grants with assistance from staff, including reporting, invoicing, work plan implementation, budget tracking and grant manager communications
• Oversees all human resource functions including the staff/ contractor hiring and supervision and, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, development of personnel policies and procedures

Finance & Fundraising
• Responsible for the financial management of the organization, including the development and implementation of the annual budget, with guidance from the Finance Committee and Board of Directors
• Maintains fiscal tracking system and oversees the development of all necessary financial reports in partnership with bookkeeper
• Manages all fund development activities, including grant writing, donations and events, in order to ensure stable financial status and meet long-term financial needs
• Oversees and cultivates an unrestricted giving program including individual donations and business sponsorships

Public Relations/Communications
• Develops creative strategies to expand public awareness and ensure effective internal and external group communications (members, stakeholders, and partners)
• Oversees the development of strong working relationships with community partners and the promotion of regional/statewide coordination
• Directs and develops organizational and project-specific publicity activities such as outreach events and press releases

• Bachelor’s degree; natural resource science/ management or related field preferred
• Minimum 2 years of experience in organizational management and administration, nonprofit desired
• Proven ability to administer multiple programs and grants simultaneously
• Strong fundraising and financial management skills, including budget administration and oversight, grant development and management, small and large donor cultivation
• Proven track record of developing successful partnerships and facilitating discussions with diverse stakeholder groups
• Strong organizational skills, excellent verbal and written communication skills, computer literacy, office administration

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include paid time off, sick leave and 11 holidays.

Submit resume, cover letter and one professional writing sample (grant proposal, annual report, data summary, newsletter, etc) to Open until filled.
Target start date: May 1, 2018.
Application Deadline: April 6, 2018

Program Specialist - Chino Basin Conservation Trust - Montclair, California

We are seeking an energetic and innovative education professional with knowledge of inquiry-based teaching pedagogies, environmental education best practices, and Next Generation Science Standards. The ideal candidate will also have a background in environmental science and/or sustainable landscaping and at least two years of work experience in a classroom or informal education setting. The successful candidate will possess an engaging teaching style and creative and collaborative spirit that empowers individuals to make a water-saving lifestyle the new norm for Southern California. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, and proactive approach to achieving the District’s goals and mission is a must. The right candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and work well with teams.


Under the direction of the Community Programs Manager, the Program Specialist is responsible for developing curriculum, programs, and partnerships that increase watershed literacy within the District’s service area. Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Develop curriculum and evaluation tools for K-12, community science, adult education, service-learning, and professional training programs that build watershed literacy and bring cultural relevancy to programming;

• Train and mentor pre-service teachers, volunteers, interns, and staff members to support K-12 and public programming;

• Identify and pursue strategic partnership and grant funding opportunities by developing relationships and facilitating meetings with community stakeholders and school administrators;

• Coordinate and involve community members and stakeholders in the development of interpretative signage and public education programming for urban greening projects;

• Assist with coordination of public events and contribute to outreach materials and website maintenance;

• Translate outreach materials and informational handouts for both English and Spanish speakers.

It is desired that candidates have a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in areas of environmental studies, ecology, resource management, hydrology, geology, education, communications, or directly related fields. Proficiency with Adobe products is a plus. Fluency in Spanish is strongly preferred.

• Proficient in ArcGIS.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint
• Interest in using, and ability to use, engineering knowledge to identify creative and innovative approaches to projects.
• Passionate belief in the mission of the Colorado Water Trust.
• High degree of integrity, professionalism, and attention to detail.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to effectively balance multiple competing projects and issues.
• Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective relationships.
• Demonstrated willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

For more information and to apply, please visit
Filing deadline is 3/2/2018
• Sense of humor.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to travel.

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week, exempt position. The Colorado Water Trust offers a competitive benefits package including a comprehensive insurance package that includes health insurance and, as funds permit, long- and short-term disability, life, vision, and dental; an FSA; generous paid time off; other need-based leave; and a retirement fund with employer contributions.

The Water Trust works statewide, based in our office located in Denver, Colorado.

Colorado Water Trust is an equal employment opportunity (EEO) employer.

Application Deadline:   February 16, 2018

Application Instructions:
Please submit a resume and cover letter, and three references, by February 16. via e-mail to with “Engineer Position” in the e-mail subject line. No calls or drop-ins, please.

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