Job Board

Welcome to the River Network job board! Here you will find career opportunities within the river and watershed community. If your organization would like to post an available position, please fill out a job submission form. Posting is free for members of River Network and non-members can post for a fee.

Open Positions

Conservation Projects Manager, Prescott Creeks, Application Deadline: November 30, 2016
Employer: Prescott Creeks
Type: Full-Time
City: Prescott
State: AZ

Job Description

Prescott Creeks, a Prescott, Arizona not-for-profit organization, is currently seeking highly qualified applicants for an upcoming opening with its Conservation Projects Manager position. The position will remain open until filled, however, the ideal candidate will be available to begin on or about December 1st, 2016.

The Conservation Projects Manager is the primary Prescott Creeks staff member responsible for the projects complementary to the organization’s mission. Reporting directly to the Executive Director and working closely with other Prescott Creeks’ staff and partners, the Conservation Projects Manager will prioritize attention to the Watson Woods Riparian Preserve Restoration Project with development and implementation of watershed improvement projects and education efforts.

To Apply:
Please visit to view the full position announcement and application instructions.
Colorado Manager - Deadline October 31, 2016
Employer: River Network
Type: .8 FTE, Temporary
City: Boulder
State: CO
River Network seeks passionate and committed candidates for Colorado Manager. This position will be responsible for supporting local coalitions in Colorado who seek to restore and protect water supply for community-driven recreation and environmental goals and values. She/he must have a strong grasp of collaborative processes, applied science, funding sources, an ability to inspire others through written and verbal communications, and familiarity with program development, work planning and budgeting. Through the use of River Network’s existing training and communications platforms (website, webinars, River Rally, peer learning networks, social media), project-specific mentoring and facilitation opportunities, she/he will deliver expertise where it is needed to achieve greater gains for our rivers and funder-specific obligations. We are looking for a team player, with an entrepreneurial spirit, excited about helping achieve a sustainable future where our nation’s rivers are healthy. This is a term limited, nonexempt position.

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 the health of our country.   Visit to learn more or our strategic plan for current priorities.  Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.

•    Provide assistance and mentorship to local coalitions and local leaders to help them build their stakeholder engagement into long-term momentum for stream health, including   increased public and private funding for these local projects.
•    Create and support two learning cohorts of up to five local coalitions per year for sustained engagement and knowledge transfer. The local coalitions in each of the two learning cohort will be in different locations across the state, thereby expanding and growing interest and engagement within four or more of the geographies covered by Basin Round Tables.
•    Identify and disseminate lessons, tools and resources to help grow local community engagement in and funding for stream protection and restoration using a wide variety of distance learning (e.g., webinar, website, etc.) and in-person (e.g., peer exchanges, meetings) modalities.
•    Support the deployment of a knowledge gap assessment tool and develop and implement a responsive plan for meeting gaps in knowledge identified across Colorado in collaboration existing state-wide interests, including a clearinghouse of information related to tool and resources.
•    Support Colorado River basin-wide opportunities to share lessons learned and build a community of practice related to water transactions and restoration practices.


•    Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree in water-related field, and 10 years’ professional experience working in the water community in Colorado (water utilities and authorities, state agencies, river and watershed organizations, and local government), ideally including executive leadership.
•    Deep familiarity with water quantity, security, and supply through direct experience in Colorado, including the relationship between consumptive and non-consumptive water uses, agricultural, municipal, environmental, and recreational considerations and leaders.
•    Experience establishing and supporting learning cohorts specific to water, engaging diverse audiences in learning experiences, and building alliances toward a sustainable water future.
•    Proven ability to design organization and program specific evaluations and knowledge surveys.
•    Exceptional written and oral communication skills specific to water, proven experience translating complex and technical concepts into compelling and clear messages for specific audiences, and critical thinking skills.
•    Detail-oriented, with proven abilities in project management and the ability to deliver assignments with stringent deadlines, including those requiring feedback from collaborators.
•    Positive inter-personal communications style, self-motivated and quick learner able to work cooperatively with a wide range of staff, stakeholders, partners and volunteers.
•    Highly technologically savvy, including Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), and other software.
•    Access to transportation for one-on-one visits with local coalitions, telephone and computer with video camera for virtual engagements, and availability for occasional work on weekends and evenings.
•    This position requires confidentiality, and a sense of humor is a must.


•    Experience developing and implementing strategic plans related to river and watershed protection and restoration, identifying strategies for maintaining and enhancing ecological function, building local capacity, and/or serving stakeholder interests related to water.
•    Exposure to and engagement with the academic and technical community on water and related topics.
•    Board experience with local and state-based NGOs related to water, river conservation, recreational access, watershed health, and citizen engagement.


•    May supervise interns and contracts related to specific deliverables associated with this project.

TO APPLY:  Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated document to Nicole Silk ( with “COLORADO MANAGER” in the subject line of the email or apply by mail by sending your materials to River Network, c/o Nicole Silk, P.O. Box 21387, Boulder, CO 80308. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on October 31, 2016. Expected hire date: January, 2016. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.

Program Director, Salton Sea, Application Deadline: November 1, 2016

Job Description

Employer: National Audubon Society
Type: Full-Time
City: San Francisco

The Salton Sea Program Director will grow Audubon California’s (ACA) contributions to conservation in Southern California with specific attention on the Salton Sea. S/He will exercise leadership and management responsibility in developing conservation programs, advancing conservation science and policy, engaging the network and attracting new funds.

The Program Director is charged with expansion and implementation of existing campaigns, with conservation partners, to secure significant and sustained commitments to Salton Sea habitat restoration and management. S/he will also assist with the facilitations of the State of California’s Salton Sea Management Plan (SSMP) that supports Audubon’s goals to protect birds and their habitat at the Salton Sea while also controlling for dust to protect human health. The Program Director will collaborate with and advise a coordinated multi-disciplinary group of policy, science, modeling and other technical experts working to address key water-related challenges at the Salton Sea.

The focus of the Salton Sea Program Director position includes:

– Raising awareness and stressing urgency around the environmental degradation and threat to public health at the Salton Sea, helping lawmakers and other decision makers to understand that the State of California must make a significant and sustained investment in real solutions there.

– Securing the best outcomes for birds and people around the Salton Sea by influencing the State’s SSMP planning and immediate implementation process and ensuring habitat protections in the draft plan, anticipated December 2016.

The Salton Sea is part of the Colorado River Basin; consequently, in addition to his/her work in Southern California, the Program Director will serve as an expert liaison between the Salton Sea and Audubon’s Colorado River program in the context of ensuring water for habitat throughout the lower Colorado River basin.

This position will report to the Vice President of the Pacific Flyway/Executive Director of Audubon California and with a dotted line to Audubon’s Program Director, Western Waters.

Essential Functions:

Policy / Campaign Coordination

– In partnership with ACA’s Director of Public Policy, expand and implement public policy campaign to advance Audubon’s Salton Sea and Colorado River Basin goals with advocacy, lobbying, and/or involvement in state legislature, and in working with members of Congress as well as federal and state government leaders.

– Secure Salton Sea specific policies for a long-term solution and funding from state and/or federal agencies.

– Work with NGO partners to expand and implement a coordinated campaign to secure funding and implementation commitments for Salton Sea habitat restoration and management.

– Educate policy-makers in Southern California, Sacramento and DC Salton Sea issues and gain support for significant and sustained investment in real solutions at the sea.


– Develop and implement engagement strategies that support Audubon’s campaign to secure public commitments to robust habitat restoration and management at the Salton Sea, including:

– Initiating and developing strategic partnerships to bolster efforts already on the ground and give voice to the local community.

– In conjunction with Audubon California’s Chapter Network and Communications teams, boost chapter efforts to engage with voters on Salton Sea related issues.

– Play a critical role as an ambassador of Audubon, representing the organization with funders, conservation leaders, community members, policy makers and other important stakeholders to advance the project, inform stakeholder opinions and decisions, and harness the power of Audubon’s network.

– Work with other concerned NGOs, together with whom we are sitting on relevant stakeholder committees, as well as the Audubon network to build upon and implement a campaign that engages key public agencies and water user organizations to secure funding commitments to Salton Sea habitat restoration and ensure robust habitat outcomes.


– Seek to achieve long-term solutions for habitat and water that support Audubon’s goals to protect birds.

– Coordinate and communicate with Audubon’s science team and communicate to outside audiences to ultimately advance habitat restoration goals at the Salton Sea.

– Ensure connection and integration of Audubon’s Salton Sea and Colorado River basin programs.

– Lead effort to model baseline habitat at the Salton Sea, so that a habitat “balance sheet” may be used to track projects and ensure that management activities at the sea add up to something meaningful for birds.


– Seek and develop fundraising opportunities to support Audubon’s and its partner organizations’ efforts at the Salton Sea. Work with government, foundation, and individual funding sources.

– Manage program budgets and work with Director of Finance to ensure necessary budget reporting and to ensure the program adheres to budgetary requirements.

Qualifications and Experience:

– Bachelor’s degree in public policy, environmental policy or related field required; advanced degree strongly preferred.

– 7-10 years’ progressive professional experience managing externally-facing conservation projects, to include possessing a deep knowledge of water policy. This position must maintain sophisticated current knowledge and expertise on the legal, diplomatic, policy, institutional, economic, cultural and technical issues relevant to water management in California.

– Demonstrated success and comfort with fundraising, in particular with major donors, foundations, corporations, and government funders preferred.

– Experience with public policy development and advocacy, campaigns, lobbying, and/or involvement in the California state legislature and in working with members of Congress preferred.

– Familiarity with environmental justice and/or community organizations located in the Imperial and Coachella Valleys preferred.

– Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals and organizations.

– Demonstrated experience overseeing complex or multiple projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff and partners.

– Ability to exercise extreme diplomacy, balance and flexibility when dealing with various personalities and sensitive situations to develop cohesive solutions and negotiate successful outcomes.

– Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience, and the ability to effectively represent Audubon to members, state and federal elected officials, donors, and chapter leaders, as well as in traditional and social media.

– Willingness and ability to travel up 50% time for key meetings with decision makers, staff, funders and other important stakeholders to help advance the project.

– Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and web-based applications required.

– Experience developing diversified approach to engage and influence the broader public to champion an issue or cause.

– A willingness to adopt a passion for Audubon’s vision and solidly grounded in conservation issues in order to effectively handle challenges, identify important issues, and covey conservation priorities to a wide audience.

Communications Director, River Alliance of Wisconsin, Application Deadline: October 7, 2016
Employer: River Alliance of Wisconsin
Type: Full-Time
City: Madison
State: WI

Job Description

The River Alliance of Wisconsin seeks a talented communications professional committed to clean water for all. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director will set and guide strategy for all communications, outreach and public relations activities to amplify the voices of members across Wisconsin. This critical teammate will work with development and program staff to identify and employ strategies, messages and tactics that expand our influence and impact.
Essential Professional and Personal Qualifications

• Strong commitment to water conservation and environmental protection
• Compelling storytelling ability, reflected in a portfolio of published materials.
• Experience managing dynamic web pages, e-mail campaigns and social media channels.
• Demonstrated success managing the brand identity of a mission-based organization.
• History of effective relationship management with new and traditional news sources.
• Disciplined approach to continuous validation and improvement based on data and metrics.
• Possesses a Bachelor’s degree and background in communications, journalism, or marketing.
• Willingness to laugh out loud and have fun.

Core Responsibilities

• Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan.
• Lead the generation of online content that engages audiences and leads to measurable action.
• Use a range of tools to build awareness around fresh water protection.
• Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral.
• Manage all media contacts and track narratives relevant to River Alliance work.
• Develop partnerships to advance the objectives of the River Alliance.
• Other duties as assigned.

This position is full time and based in Madison, WI. Salary commensurate with experience. Includes a comprehensive benefits package, an energetic work environment, and the chance to associate with passionate board members, staff and advocates committed to clean, fresh water.

To Apply:
Please submit letter of interest, resume and a short writing sample to Applications may also be mailed to: Communications Search, River Alliance of Wisconsin, 147 S. Butler St., Suite 2, Madison, WI 53703. No calls, please. Application deadline is October 7, 2016. The River Alliance of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Volunteer Naturalist, Tualatin Riverkeepers, Application Deadline: December 1, 2016
Employer: Tualatin Riverkeepers
Type: Volunteer
City: Tualatin
State: OR
To Apply:
For more information contact Charissa at or call 503-218-2580.

Tualatin Riverkeepers Mission: Tualatin Riverkeepers (TRK) is a community-based organization working to protect and restore Oregon’s Tualatin River system. TRK builds watershed stewardship through education, public access to nature, restoration and advocacy.

Position Description: TRK seeks enthusiastic volunteers to assist its outdoor education field trip programs.

Volunteer Naturalists will facilitate school presentations and field trips using curriculum developed by the Environmental Education Coordinator. TRK works with children in grades K-8 who attend school in the Tualatin River watershed with an emphasis on serving students from low-income Title I schools. Field trips take place outside at Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard (11130 Tigard St, Tigard OR).

Principal Duties
– Implement Nature Awareness school field trip programs, in classrooms and outdoors while ensuring educational messages are delivered and participants have a positive and safe experience
– Help lead school field trips, time commitment for each school field trip is approximately four to six hours

Required Qualifications:
– Interest in working with youth to develop their appreciation and awareness of the natural environment
– Flexible schedule that allows for weekday availability, typically from 8:00am – 12:30pm
– Ability to pass a background check
– Attend Volunteer Naturalist Training
– Able to be on time and prepared for each volunteer commitment
– Able to walk on uneven surfaces, be outside in inclement weather, and safely carry up to 15 pounds

Preferred Qualifications:
– Strong communication skills
– Ability to speak comfortably in front of groups
– Willingness to provide programming to diverse audiences
– Experience in Environmental Education
– Multiple language proficiency
– CPR/first aid certification

Director of Advocacy and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Application Deadline: October 28, 2016

Blue Water Baltimore Seeks
Director of Advocacy and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper.
Blue Water Baltimore – the leading water quality nonprofit in Baltimore – seeks a Director of Advocacy and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper to lead legal, policy and legislative advocacy and monitoring efforts needed to advance our clean water goals and programs. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with one of the most dynamic and effective environmental nonprofits in the region.

Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities. Blue Water Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that takes on and accomplishes a wide range of work, and partners with a variety of organizations to accomplish its restoration, greening, and advocacy goals. Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer. Our office is a LEED Gold certified green building. Read more at

Position Overview:
The mission of the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Program is to protect and restore Baltimore Harbor, the greater Patapsco and Back Rivers and their tributaries through enforcement, fieldwork, and citizen action in order to make our waterways suitable for recreation, including fishing and swimming, to improve public health, and to improve the health of our river ecosystems. Our legislative and policy program works to pass strong laws that protect our waterways from sewage, stormwater and trash pollution both on a local, state and federal level.

The Director of Advocacy and Waterkeeper is a full-time director-level position that manages programmatic advocacy operations, including legal, legislative and regulatory advocacy, and supervises field operations, including compliance and ambient water monitoring. The Waterkeeper reports directly to the Executive Director, supervises Water Quality and Public Policy program staff, and staffs the Board of Directors’ Litigation & Advocacy Committee.


• Manage and execute legal and regulatory advocacy projects, including reviewing enforcement of existing laws to protect Baltimore’s waterways and advocating for stronger laws to protect waterways
• Review and provide organizational comment for water pollution regulatory actions and legislative matters, such as proposed Clean Water Act permits and 303(d) actions
• Compile data to support citizen enforcement action and other legal action, where necessary, and manage enforcement and legal actions with outside counsel, Executive Director, and Board of Directors
• Conduct field investigations, in coordination with Water Quality Manager, of Baltimore’s waterways and in response to waterway pollution reports
• Recruit and manage pro-bono legal representation and legal and legislative interns to support advocacy programming
• Fundraising and budget management for all Advocacy programs and projects.
• Attend and represent Blue Water Baltimore and the Waterkeeper Program at public meetings, business meetings and presentations
• Conduct outreach activities to public, including press communications and interviews, to raise awareness about the right to clean water, the work of the Waterkeeper Program, and what citizens can do to protect their rights and clean water for Baltimore
• Undertake work to reduce pollution and support communities with partners in the social justice and public health sectors
• Participate in national and regional affiliations, including as a member program of both Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeepers Chesapeake
• Working with the Executive Director, and other Directors, contribute to the overall mission of the organization, including development, fundraising, staff management ,and external affairs


• Juris Doctor or other advanced degree relevant to environment, law, or policy
• Minimum of 5 years of experience and background with water-quality and advocacy
• Strong understanding of legal and regulatory framework and relevant issues concerning water pollution and waterway protection
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to write and speak publicly on topics for diverse audiences
• Demonstrated passion and commitment for preserving the environment, sustaining healthy communities, and promoting environmental justice
• Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with lawmakers, elected officials, agency staff, community groups and members of the public
• High level of organization and ability to think creatively and strategically
• Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team; manage and supervise staff; and develop open communications with the Executive Director, staff, Board committees, donors, volunteers, partners, and citizens
• Proficient in the use of MS Office including Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Physical ability to perform essential duties of position, including ability to lift and move items weighing up to 25 pounds.
• Live or relocate to the Baltimore region

Preferred experience:

• Knowledge and experience with social justice and public health issues in Baltimore
• Professional experience with water issues in an urban environment
• Professional experience or knowledge of Baltimore and especially its waterways
• Familiarity with the Chesapeake Bay watershed and the Waterkeeper movement

Salary & Benefits:

• Salary commensurate with experience
• Competitive health and retirement benefits available

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample (≤5 pages), and salary requirement to with “Waterkeeper” in the subject line.
This position will remain open until filled. Blue Water Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.


Americorps/VISTA Program Associate for Green Alleys and Urban Forests, Application Deadline: November 15, 2016
Employer: Cumberland River Compact
Type: Volunteer
City: Nashville
State: TN

Job Description

We are seeking an Americorps/VISTA volunteer to work with Compact Staff to:
Help develop and implement an urban forestry program that works with communities to coordinate tree planting,
Help develop and implement a tree maintenance program that includes community residents participating in the care of these trees,
Expand the Green Alley Project (this program installs rain gardens in alleys in the city),
Increase the number of riparian plantings throughout mid-Tennessee,
Engage stream stewards in stream cleanups and adoptions,
Assist with the development of both and, the Compact’s websites that focus on citizen stewardship and water quality,
Walk streams to identify restoration opportunities to remove small dams, identify pollutants and restore riparian buffers.
Take the lessons learned in Nashville to improve urban waters into other rapidly growing cities in the basin.
We are looking for someone with a passion for rivers and an interest in Community Organization, Communications, Non-Profit Management , Fund raising/Grant Writing , Education , Environment , Public Speaking , Urban Planning and Writing/Editing.

To Apply:
This position is an Americorps/VISTA position. If interested in the position, you will need to become a VISTA volunteer. For more information about becoming an Americorps/ VISTA volunteer and apply for this position, follow this link. interested VISTA volunteers will be referred to the Compact from VISTA directly.