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

Wanted: Plant Ecologist/Agronomist
Employer: River Partners
Type: Full-Time
City: Chico or Turlock
State: CA


Do you value clean water, wild rivers, and healthy forests?  Are you willing to lend your voice and your hands to protect fish and wildlife? Would you rather plant a tree than write a report?  Are you excited to work with a team of ecologists, farmers, and entrepreneurs?If you answered yes to all of these questions, River Partners needs your help.

River Partners is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of rivers and floodplain ecosystems. Over the last 18 years, our organization has restored over 8,000 acres of flood-prone farm fields into forests teeming with wildlife. In doing so, we have planted over 2 million native trees and shrubs.   Our staff is committed to getting things done.  Since 2010, we have purchased $33 million worth of real estate throughout California.  Once we acquire property, we implement native habitat restoration that benefits target species. After restoration is complete, River Partners donates the property to State and federal land management agencies to be preserved and protected in perpetuity.  We believe in achieving results that directly benefit people and the environment.

River Partners is a successful, financially stable, entrepreneurial nonprofit. We generate an average of $7 million in revenue each year by securing for-profit contracts and government grants.  We are the largest, and most experienced, riparian habitat restoration contractor in California and we have built strong relationships with the agricultural, agency, and nonprofit communities as a result of our record of success. Our work has been recognized with several awards, including the Governors’ Environmental and Economic Leadership Award.  Notwithstanding our accomplishments and awards, the single best thing about River Partners is the people. Our staff is committed, creative, collaborative and diverse.  We produce amazing results and have a lot of fun along the way.

Job Description

The Plant Ecologist works with River Partners’ biology, field implementation, and development teams to complete riparian habitat restoration projects. The position is based out of River Partners’ office in Chico, CA or Turlock, CA.

This senior-level position includes:
•    Managing complex large-scale restoration projects;
•    Proactively communicating with team members;
•    Managing personnel;
•    Writing plans, reports, and articles;
•    Meeting multiple deadlines and providing outstanding customer service;
•    Managing multi-million dollar budgets;
•    Managing and building relationships with external partners;
•    Representing the organization to stakeholders;
•    Working on a diverse and highly motivated team;
•    Working independently in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
•    Assisting in the development of new restoration projects.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
•    Scheduling staff and resources to meet contractual obligations and deadlines;
•    Training entry-level biologists and interns;
•    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;
•    Traveling to multiple restoration projects for planning, monitoring, and project development – This position will require overnight travel up to 3 nights per month, and some evening and weekend work;
•    May involve long hours and/or weekends in a variety of field conditions;
•    Other duties as required.

Skills & Qualifications:
•    Possess the enthusiasm and drive to assist River Partners in fulfilling its mission;
•    Enjoy working with diverse people and organizations to get things done;
•    Creatively solve problems and delight in learning new skills;
•    Effectively communicate complicated biological findings orally and in writing;
•    Possess knowledge of and experience with basic irrigation techniques and a working knowledge of soil chemistry and plant science;
•    A working knowledge of California native plants, riparian ecology, and river hydrology;
•    Possess the ability to work on both a team environment and independently;
•    Demonstrate good organizational skills, ability to work under multiple deadlines, and flexibility to handle changing priorities;
•    Be able to remain dedicated and focused on multiple tasks;
•    Competently use Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and other programs;
•    Have experience collecting, organizing, and analyzing field data;
•    Possess the ability to communicate in basic Spanish (preferred, but not required).

Education and Experience:
M.S (or PhD) in plant biology, ecology, soil science, agriculture science or related science and at least five years of appropriate work experience.
Work experience in California’s Central Valley is preferred.
Successful candidates must possess a valid driver’s license with no restrictions and be able to lift 40 pounds.
A background in agriculture is desirable.

Term: This is an at-will position.

Compensation:  Competitive salary depending on experience. River Partners offers a comprehensive benefits package.

To Apply:
Email (1) cover letter (2) complete CV/resume, and (3) references to Mona Dagy at  Please put Plant Ecologist-“Your Name” in the subject line.

Please, no phone calls. For full job posting, please see
River Network Internship Position , Application Deadline: December 31, 2016

River Network
Winter-Spring 2017 Internship Position

Position:  Research Intern

Location: SEEC, Suite 290, 4001 Discovery Dr, Boulder, CO  80303

Application Deadline:  December 31, 2016

Term of position:  Jan 2017- May 2017, starting and ending dates somewhat flexible

Work Schedule:  Average 15-20 hours/week, flexible schedule

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 to learn more or our strategic plan for current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado.

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 will be intentional about our staffing and engagement practices and strive to increase the diversity of our staff, vendors, board, members, and supporters with strategic recruitment and partnerships and an inclusive work place culture.

Overview of Internship:

River Network is seeking a Research Intern to support the Community Engagement team in tasks related to funder and member research, prospect evaluation, and data management. This position will give the individual experience in prospect research and relational database skills.

Primary responsibilities and duties:

  • Identify potential funders (foundation, corporate and individual) through online research, utilizing professional prospect research tools and other internet search tools;
  • Identify potential River Network members (organizations and professionals working in the river conservation and water management fields);
  • Create and update accounts for prospective funders and members in Salesforce database;
  • Producing frequent funder prospect briefings and profiles for River Network Leadership Team review and use.

Minimum qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in River Network’s mission and has a true desire to learn development and membership related skills to support the conservation community. Specific background requirements include:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Attention to detail and highly organized
  • Ability to multi-task and manage short- and long-term deadlines

Compensation and Benefits:

Intern will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable professionals at one of country’s leading river conservation organizations. River Network is located on the University of Colorado- East Boulder campus, in a multi-tenant nonprofit office space. Intern will have the opportunity to network throughout the course of the internship. No monetary compensation is available, but letters of recommendation will be available upon request.

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume with ‘RN Research Intern’ in the subject line to by 11:59pm on December 31, 2016.  No phone calls, please

Executive Director, Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Employer: Kentucky Waterways Alliance
Type: Full-Time
City: Louisville
State: KY

Job Description

Kentucky Waterways Alliance (KWA) is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead us into our next phase of growth that will build upon over 20 years of successful work protecting and restoring the waterways of Kentucky. The next Executive Director will work with the Board to develop strategy and a plan to achieve the organization’s goals; oversee programs that serve the KWA mission, including raising funds to support the program work; and supervise, select, and cultivate the KWA staff that implement the programs. The Executive Director is responsible for implementing the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. He/she both supports and reports to the board of directors. The ideal candidate is a dynamic person with a track record of leadership, fundraising, nonprofit management, and policy advocacy. Salary commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1993, Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. is a statewide non-profit organization. KWA’s mission is to protect, restore and celebrate Kentucky’s waterways. We accomplish our mission through education, community engagement, planning, and advocacy. KWA is the state affiliate partner of the National Wildlife Federation. The position will be based in KWA’s Louisville office. Operating Revenues: Currently $500,000 – $600,000 annually. New revenues needed for Strategic Plan are an additional $750,000 to $800,000 over 3 years. Current staffing level in Louisville office: 6 full-time staff.

Leadership Attributes and Values of the KWA Executive Director

Keen analytic, organizational, and problem-solving skills and ability to set priorities, make strategic decisions, and creatively pursue our goals.
Outstanding presentation and communication skills.
Ability to recruit, support, and retain a team.
Coalition building and negotiation skills to work effectively with diverse partners.
Strong commitment to the conservation, restoration, and protection of surface waters, groundwater resources, and watersheds.

Minimum Qualifications Include:

Broad knowledge of Clean Water Act programs.
Four or more years of relevant experience, including at least two years with staff management responsibility.
Prior nonprofit experience, preferably in leadership.
Experience developing and managing organizational budgets.
Demonstrated success as a fundraiser including writing grants, securing sponsorships, and building and maintaining relationships with donors.

Key duties of the Executive Director Include:
Personnel Management
Determines staffing needs.
Hires, evaluates, promotes, and terminates staff.
Supervises and directs staff in the performance of their duties to meet program goals.

Planning and Board Relations

Works closely with the board to develop and implement the organization’s strategic goals.
Informs the board about organizational activities, opportunities, and financial status in a regular and timely manner.
Schedules and staffs board meetings and committee meetings as needed.


Develops and presents an annual budget to the board of directors.
Directs all financial operations of the organization.
Ensures strong fiscal and administrative controls are in place.

Community Relations

Serves as the public face of the organization.
Communicates closely with funders, community partners and contractors on key program activities.


This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary will be determined by qualifications and experience of candidate.  A specific benefits package will be negotiated as a part of the overall compensation package in the Executive Director’s employment contract.

Kentucky Waterways Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

No telephone calls please.

To Apply:
Please visit Kentucky Waterways Alliance to view the full position announcement and application instructions.
Program Director, Salton Sea

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.

Americorps/VISTA Program Associate for Green Alleys and Urban Forests
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.   All interested VISTA volunteers will be referred to the Compact from VISTA directly.