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

Development Director, The Cahaba River Society, Application Deadline: July 20, 2016
Employer: The Cahaba River Society
Type: Full-Time
City: Birmingham
State: AL
To Apply:

This position is open until filled; we may close applications prior to above date if suitable candidate is found. Send your resume and cover letter to, Beth K. Stewart, Executive Director, Cahaba River Society, 2717 7th Av. South, Suite 205, Birmingham, AL 35233.

The Cahaba River Society is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment for any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.


The Cahaba River Society (CRS) is seeking a creative, self-directed and collaborative fundraising professional who is skilled in funder cultivation, event organization, communications and social media. This person will be the team lead at CRS responsible for growing our strength, partners, and impact. CRS supports work-life balance, is family-friendly, welcomes diversity, and shares a passion for rivers and nature. Starting salary $47,500. Benefits include health insurance, flex time, 2 weeks paid vacation after 1 year increasing to 4 weeks in year 4.

ABOUT THE RIVER AND CRS As an established non-profit since 1988, we have a reputation for working to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life. The Cahaba is the heart of Alabama’s globally-significant biodiversity, with more species of fish per mile than any other river of its size or larger in North America. We also engage and educate the diverse people of central Alabama and the Birmingham metro area who depend on the Cahaba for drinking water and many other needs.

If you are a looking for job opportunity that:
• Connects people to the River for education, recreation & stewardship
• Promotes growth solutions that sustain the River
• Allows flexibility and creativity in fundraising
• Works with a dynamic and engaged Board / staff team
• Is collaborative in its mission and science-based in its solutions

… see process below and a full job description at

FUNDRAISING GOALS & ROLES Cahaba River Society seeks a dedicated individual to organize and lead a Board/staff team approach to fundraising, including membership growth and diversification, increased donor and corporate giving, increased revenues from special events, development and implementation of special appeals, growing and cultivating grant sources, maintenance and marketing of our successful “Save the Cahaba” license plates, and development of a planned giving program. Candidate will organize and lead communications efforts, including press releases, event marketing, member e-news, website, and social media. The Development Director supervises interns and event contractual staff and reports to/supports the development activities of the Executive Director. Accounting and financial management and support for research, database, and social media are provided by the Administrative Director and Office Manager.

Water Quality Coordinator, New River Conservancy, Application Deadline: July 22, 2016
Employer: New River Conservancy
Type: Full-Time
City: West Jefferson
State: NC
To Apply:
Please email resume to

Position:New River Conservancy’s Water Quality Coordinator will manage efforts to collect, analyze and distribute water quality data. NRC has two water quality monitoring programs: New River Water Watchers (citizen science) and New River Basin Coalition (contracted lab). Additionally, NRC disseminates data and research through our InfoShare program. The water quality coordinator is also responsible for developing watershed plans for Clean Water Act Section 319 funds and working with NRC’s network of scientists and researchers, New River Consortium.

In addition, this position will assist with other activities and projects as needed – grant writing, easement stewardship, river cleanups, appeals, outreach events, etc. Some weekend and evening work will be required.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
• Manage, update, analyze, and disseminate water quality data from multiple sources
• Facilitate and participate in various stakeholder meetings regarding water quality
• Train and steward volunteer citizen science water quality monitors
• Manage, analyze, and disseminate data from New River Water Waters
• Manage and help determine the direction of New River Basin Coalition
• Maintain NRC’s status as a NC DEQ Certified Field Laboratory
• Identify, collect, and analyze all data needed to produce reports (primary and secondary), outreach material, and watershed plans to a diverse constituency
• Assist with other activities and projects as needed – grant writing, easement stewardship, river cleanups, appeals, outreach events, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree with focus on environmental science, natural sciences, watershed science, conservation, geography, or other related field
• Proficiency with geospatial software including ArcGIS
• Knowledge of watersheds, water quality, and hydrography
• Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to work with a variety of people with diverse interests and backgrounds
• Strong computer skills
• Flexibility, “can do” problem solving spirit, strong desire to learn, and collegiality

Desired Qualifications:
• Master’s degree with focus on environmental science, natural sciences, watershed science, conservation, geography, or other related field
• Familiarity with water quality frameworks (e.g. TMDLs) and/or watershed planning.
• Experience with water quality and ecological data from multiple sources
• Experience with report writing, facilitation of trainings, and outreach activities/materials
• Proficiency with data management and analysis software including Microsoft Access and Excel or data analytics including R or Tableau.
• Experience/familiarity with environmental regulations such as the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act
• Experience/Familiarity with the USGS and EPA data systems, such as the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Water Quality Exchange (WQX/STORET).
• Website and technology development
• Understanding of or experience with basic computer programming.

Research and Communications Assistant, River Network, Application Deadline: July 29, 2016
Employer: River Network
Type: Part-Time
Location: Flexible. Preference for applicants located near River Network staff in the following regions: Maryland/Virginia/DC or North Carolina/South Carolina/Georgia.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to Diana Toledo ( with “RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT” in the subject line. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. The position will remain open until it is filled.

River Network seeks a motivated and committed individual to join our team on a part-time basis to assist with research, writing and outreach related to our programmatic work in the areas of: 1. Science & Policy and 2. Urban Waters. The Outreach & Communications Assistant will assist with a variety of work to support our current projects and must be willing to be flexible and able to juggle several different projects simultaneously.

This position will work with River Network staff and key partners to: 1. advance efforts to grow and strengthen the Urban Waters Learning Network, a national, peer-to-peer network of people and organizations that share practical on-the-ground experiences in order to improve urban waterways and revitalize the neighborhoods around them; and 2. support the River Science Connection, a novel science collaborative designed to link citizen watershed organizations with academic institutions to promote increased applied public research in the area of watershed stewardship, and to research and summarize new best-available technologies and science resources.

Primary responsibilities associated with this position include communications, planning and outreach to strengthen the interaction within the Urban Waters and River Science communities of practice; support training programs offered by River Network (e.g. webinars, etc.); conduct research on topics including citizen monitoring, data access and analysis, remote sensing, GIS, and other watershed science resources; and harvest success stories and lessons learned from various urban waters initiatives to share with a broader audience through River Network’s website and social media platforms.

She/he must have strong verbal and written communications skills, familiarity with principles of freshwater science/watershed protection efforts, and experience with a variety of online search and data-sharing platforms, research methods, and research and analysis. We are looking for a team player who is self-motivated, able to work independently and excited about working with a national river conservation organization. This position is tailored for a communications and/or outreach professional with 1-3 years of experience and provides an excellent opportunity to break into the world of river conservation and communicating for environmental progress to a national audience.

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 the health of our country. We help concerned citizens, local community groups, First Nations, and others take action for our waters. Our staff consists of water quality experts, field organizers, scientists, and educators. Visit to learn more.

• Research, draft and publish written urban waters case studies to disseminate successful approaches to urban waters restoration and urban community engagement to a national audience. Tasks include conducting online research, reviewing background documents, conducting interviews, drafting case studies and overseeing the editing, review and approval process. Disseminate case studies through various channels, including various websites, listservs, and social media.
• Research and outreach to universities, institutes, and other research organizations to identify and mobilize science resources for our community of water organizations and to identify best practices in citizen science.
• Research and outreach to new organizations and staff to enhance science outreach and services to the water protection community and increase their science and technical capacities.
• Research and identify the leading open source technologies for data collection and sharing and develop compendium of best applications.
• Assist with managing an online community. This may include directly posting information and announcements, responding to information requests and encouraging online discussions.
• Identify topics for blogs and social media posts to share with our community;
• Manage and populate repositories of science resources.
• Provide support in the production of multiple webinars/quarter. Tasks will vary but may include securing dates and presenters, developing and disseminating promotional language, developing web-based registration forms, communicating with registrants as needed and assisting presenters with webinar software. Conduct webinar follow-up as needed.
• Assist with all grant-driven reporting obligations associated with the above tasks.

• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a field related to environmental studies, watershed science or communications, with 1-3 years professional working experience.
• Excellent research skills, environmental or professional writing or editing skills, oral communication skills, interpersonal savvy, and technological abilities (e.g., Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.), including social media.
• Positive, self-motivated, and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a wide range of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track using project management approaches and managing multiple projects simultaneously.
• Commitment to values of mutual respect and collaboration, team work, and diversity.
• Ability to excel on a decentralized and virtual team.

• Experience (1) supporting or participating in professional peer communities that rely on virtual communications platforms, (2) translating technical information for public communication, and (3) updating existing websites with new content using WordPress or other website platforms.

This is a part-time (15-25 hours/week) non-exempt position that pays $20/hour. Hours are flexible with approval from supervisor. River Network is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. River Network is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

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