Welcome to Career Notes the Career Services newsletter for VLS students in the masters programs.
Please let us know if you plan on applying to any of the jobs below so that we can help you with your applications and/or find similar jobs to include in future newsletters.
A note on where we find these jobs…
I have received a few questions regarding the sources and contact information for some of the job postings in this and past newsletters. I try to post enough information in this newsletter that you can “re-find” the posting or at least the organization even if it is not from the original source. We are also very willing to help you locate a job you see in this newsletter. However, in some cases if you do not act fast the posting may have expired or have been filled.
There are a number of ways that I receive and find the job descriptions I post. In most of these cases you can do exactly the same thing on your own. In fact, we encourage you to do so! Here are just a few of our methods and sources…
- VLS Alums and friends send them to us
- We actively solicit jobs from past or prospective employers (often these are summer or temporary opportunities with organizations we have a strong relationship with, but we get longer term or full time positions as well)
- Employers seek us out (we have a “Post a job” button on the VLS website, and we also welcome employers sending us jobs directly via email)
- We have “alerts” set up on several sites that will send us links to particular types of jobs
- We actively search various job websites for interesting postings relevant to you (Idealist.org, ecojobs.org,….)
– We go directly to the websites of various governments, organizations, and businesses and check out their “join us”, “employment”, or “career” pages
Reminder: We post many of these and other jobs like them on Symplicity, our jobs database. All VLS students and Alums have access. Symplicity jobs are generally focused on internships and jobs requiring 0-5 years experience. You may access Symplicity via the Careers Portal on the VLS homepage. The database requires a login, which you should have received during your first semester, if you don’t have it or have misplaced it please let us know and we can email you another (please tell us if your email has changed).
Reminder: Newsletters may also be accessed through our blog: http://wordpress.vermontlaw.edu/careers/ this is especially convenient for graduates who want to keep in touch.
Career Tip of the Week
4 Networking Tips for Non-networkers
BY SURABHI LAL
I have a confession: even though my role as a career coach has me talking frequently about the importance of networking, I do not love large networking events. You know the ones where you walk into a loud happy hour and have the urge to walk right back out?
I have, in fact, walked into one of these events, turned right back around, and took a walk around the block. During that short walk, I got into a different headspace so I could meet new people. Then I went back into the event, which ended up being one of the most enjoyable I have attended.
There is no doubt that it is important to develop a network, but there are more ways than just attending happy hours to expand your professional circle.
Say Yes to Informational Interviews
A few years ago, I saw networking described as a combination of curiosity and generosity. This is an ideal way to think of an informational interview. Whether you are connecting with someone over a cup of coffee, a phone call, or at their office, the first step is figuring out who you want to meet with and why.
Who is in your network (and in your network’s network)? Find out who works in the issue area of interest to you. Is there someone who already has your ideal role, or who might have a connection at the organization that you’re eyeing?
Once you have reached out and set up a meeting, you’ll want to prepare. Even though you are not going on a formal job interview, put your best professional self forward.
Be curious. Ask questions to learn more about the person:
What is important to them? What are their interests, passions, or hobbies?
How did they get to their position?
What was their career path?
Do they have any advice?
Is there something they wish they knew when they were in your shoes?
Remember to always write a thank you note to let them know you appreciate their time.
Say Yes to Being a Resource, Too
Similarly, when someone asks you to share your experiences, say yes. Whether someone asks you about your profession, organization, school, or volunteering, share the stories of your successes and things you wish you knew before you started.
Be generous. Think about what you can offer:
Articles or events that might be of interest.
Connections to people, employers, or organizations.
Skills that might be of use to the person you’re talking to.
Say Yes to Professional Associations
There are many professional associations in the nonprofit and social impact space. Many are locally based, some are national, and many have regional chapters. If you’re a student, take advantage of student membership rates.
There are a number of ways to get involved in a professional association:
Attend events: Many are focused on a specific topic so not only will you learn something, you are likely to share some interests with the other attendees.
Volunteer to sit on a committee: Professional associations rely on active members to help. Attending committee meetings will provide you with an opportunity to meet others while building skills.
Get involved in a mentor program (some organizations have them): You can get paired up with experienced members who are looking to share their knowledge with new professionals.
Say Yes to Reconnecting with Past Colleagues and Clients
Some of the best people in your network are your past colleagues and clients, yet many people overlook them once they are no longer working in the same office.
Stay in touch: Take the initiative to get a group of old colleagues together a few times a year.
Work on projects together: Identify opportunities to collaborate by presenting at conferences or hosting webinars together.
Share best practices with each other: Talk about trends, policy changes, and organizations that are in the news.
Even if you say yes to all of these ways to expand your professional network, you still need to know how introduce yourself to a stranger at a large event. Be prepared for the first question that most people will ask when they meet you: tell me about yourself. You never know when you’ll need the skill and for what. From there, you’ll be on your way to better and more meaningful connections!
Job / Externship Postings of the Week
CONNECTICUT RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL RIVER STEWARD – UPPER VALLEY (NH & VT)
The Connecticut River Watershed Council (CRWC), the principal citizen advocate for protecting New England’s largest river ecosystem, is seeking candidates to be its new Upper Valley River Steward covering New Hampshire and Vermont. CRWC has advocated for the entire, four-state Connecticut River watershed since 1952. We work to protect the river, its tributaries, the fish, native plants and the critters that live here.
Our River Stewards are watchdogs, technical experts, problem-solvers, intervenors, policy wonks, and partnership builders. The Upper Valley River Steward will work closely with our existing upper valley staff person, who focuses on river restoration projects in NH and VT, as well as in conjunction with our two River Stewards in MA and CT. S/he will report to, and be supervised by, the Executive Director who is located in our Greenfield, MA headquarters.
Key competencies & experience
- Ability to manage multiple issues at the same time involving a wide variety of parties.
- Ability to clearly articulate, both in writing and verbally, complex ecosystem issues and technical jargon to our members, the general public, state legislators, CRWC funders and others.
- Ability to think creatively, thoughtfully, and work collaboratively to develop public policy positions on our priorities, including FERC hydro relicensing, water quality standards, solid waste reduction, and fisheries-related issues.
- Ability to create effective advocacy partnerships and coalitions with other non-profit organizations, local commissions, towns, and individuals in NH and VT in line with our mission.
- Proven experience and understanding of relevant state and federal water quality laws and environmental regulations, as well as the science behind healthy fisheries and aquatic ecosystems.
- Ability to raise funds through grants, individuals, and sponsorships.
Job responsibilities (include but are not limited to)
- Work cooperatively with our existing upper valley staffer to ensure a seamless organizational approach to our work in NH and VT, as well as our other staff on initiatives such as the annual Source to Sea Cleanup.
- Develop a close working relationship with state agency partners, local commissions, other non-profit groups, the media, our members, Trustees and funders.
- Keep abreast of and understand the principal environmental issues and proposals in NH and VT (as well as federal) affecting the upper Connecticut River and its tributaries.
- Carry out our strategic plan priorities and policy initiatives for this region.
- Develop and present position statements and comments on proposed public policies, licenses, regulations, new development, solid waste, and permits affecting the NH and VT part of the watershed.
- Represent CRWC in committee meetings and other proceedings (including NH water quality standards, NH Instream Flow rule making, and the NH aquatic invasive species committee, as well as the FERC relicensing of 3 hydro dams in NH and VT).
- Promote awareness of, interest in, and support for our work through personal contacts, group presentations throughout NH and VT, public outreach events, press releases, etc.
- Help raise funds and write grants in coordination with other CRWC staff, as well as participate in outreach and engagement activities.
This position will operate out of your home office (preferably within this region of the watershed) with costs for communications and supplies covered by CRWC. Extensive travel throughout New Hampshire and Vermont will be required (as well as monthly trips to Greenfield, MA) and is reimbursed at the federal rate.
Qualified candidates should have a degree in ecology, freshwater biology, environmental law, and/or related work experience. The ideal candidate will have advocacy and public policy experience related to clean water, fish and wildlife, and the environment. On-river experience and enthusiasm for outdoor recreation is desirable. This position requires someone who is outgoing and self-motivated, able to work well on his or her own, able to set priorities and meet deadlines, comfortable establishing partnerships, and traveling throughout the watershed.
Salary & benefits
This position will be full-time, but flexible hours and days are potentially acceptable. Compensation will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include employer supported retirement program, plus generous paid leave.
The application deadline is April 5, 2017. Start date is negotiable, but May 15 is target.
Email resume, cover letter, and two river/environmental related writing samples to: email@example.com
Put “UV River Steward” in subject line.
CRWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to work place diversity.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking a full-time Communications and Marketing Coordinator to work at our headquarters facility in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This is an entry-level position with growth potential within the organization.
The Communications and Marketing Coordinator is responsible for creating and maintaining content across multiple platforms. The person selected for this position will also be responsible for contributing to and helping execute a marketing plan designed to both raise awareness of the foundation’s programming and mission, and also increase program and membership revenue. Aldo Leopold’s life and legacy defy easy categorization; therefore the Communications and Marketing Coordinator has a strong understanding of how to leverage the value of connection, listening, and inclusion in sharing messages about the land ethic to ensure relevance in the 21st Century. The Communications and Marketing Coordinator connects with our primary audiences (natural resource professionals, educators, people who love the land, and potential donors) and welcomes and engages new audiences to help us build a land ethic together.
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is seeking a skilled communicator with a proven track record to lead the foundation’s communications and marketing efforts. We need a master storyteller, a relentless connector, and an opportunistic big thinker. The ideal candidate will be creative, flexible, energetic, and committed to advancing an inclusive land ethic. Required: An undergraduate degree in communications, marketing, or journalism and one to three years relevant work experience in communications and marketing for either a for-profit or not-for-profit company; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Some experience with WordPress or a similar content management system preferred. We also ask all our staff and fellows to play an active role in helping build an inclusive community and culture at the foundation.
Starting salary $35 – $40k DOE, plus benefits including health and dental insurance, vacation, and paid holidays.
Position is open until filled.
Send a resume, cover letter, contact information for two references, and at least one professional writing sample via email to gro.dlopoelodla@liam. Use the subject line “Communications and Marketing Coordinator-WEB.”
The Aldo Leopold Foundation is an equal opportunity employer, and recognizes that just as a healthy ecosystem depends on biodiversity, cultural and social diversity are also essential to a healthy human society. We are committed to expanding the conversation on land ethics by acting to achieve a rich diversity of staff, board, volunteers, members, supporters and those we seek to engage with our programming. We encourage applicants to address this foundation goal in their application materials.
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection Internship
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Legal Affairs, is seeking highly qualified law students for paid summer internships.
Interested students may obtain more information and submit an application by visiting the DEP website at http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/job_opportunities/internships.shtml.
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Water Quality Monitoring Assistant
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Management Division (Springfield, VT)
Job Title: Water Quality Monitoring Assistant
Who Can Apply: 1L, 2L, Masters
Deadline Date: 3/20/2017
How To Apply: Submit application materials to VLS Career Services by March 20, 2017
Ms. Marie Levesque Caduto
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Watershed Management Division
100 Mineral Street, Suite 303
Springfield, VT 05156-3168
Application Materials: Submit resume and cover letter to Career Services by Monday, March 6, 2017.
Job Description: Position Objective: Coordinate and support the work of volunteer river monitoring programs in southeastern Vermont. Position Period: Beginning mid-May – ending late-August (earliest) mid-September (preferred) or later if available. Major Tasks to be Performed: Coordinate and assist with coordinating, two volunteer watershed associations’ water quality monitoring programs. Recruit volunteers, participate in and provide volunteer training, organize and distribute program supplies, maintain and update volunteer contact information and laboratory data, perform water quality sample collection, transport samples to testing laboratories when needed, perform data entry and data management tasks and provide other ongoing program support. May create and present public outreach programs on water quality issues if time allows. Resources available to intern: office (Springfield, VT), computer, phone, with option of working from home. Supervision: The intern will be supervised by a VT DEC Watershed Coordinator and Watershed Association (WA) directors and will receive training and gain experience in the following: understanding water quality parameters; monitoring protocols; data management; quality assurance procedures; program coordination and public speaking and presentation skills. Training Provided: LaRosa Lab Volunteer Training Day – attendance April 7 if possible Introduction to WQ monitoring and parameters – Watershed Coordinator Basic water sampling quality control techniques – LaRosa Lab & WA Conductivity testing – SeVWA Site locations – WA Bacteria testing – CRWC Working with volunteers – WA Basic GPS waypoint documentation – WA Detailed Tasks to be Performed: 1) Volunteer recruitment assistance a) Using information from the watershed associations, promote the programs and recruit volunteer water sample collectors for programs b) Produce posters and outreach materials for recruitment efforts 2) Volunteer coordination a) Determine volunteer availability b) Schedule regular samplers, back-up samplers and assign sites c) Assist with and provide volunteer training and support d) Submit pre-submission testing requests and bottle requests to two water quality labs in an appropriate amount of time before those items are needed e) Prepare and provide supplies to all volunteers prior to sampling dates (bottles, labels, field sheets, Chain of Custody forms, etc.) f) Record duplicate and blank water sampling assignments for quality control checks g) Update and maintain a spreadsheet with volunteer contact information h) Send regular e-mail notices to volunteers regarding upcoming sampling events, results, etc. 3) Pick-up samples at drop-off locations or staff collection rendezvous stations on sampling days a) Verify completeness of all field sheets b) Receive samples and monitor sample temperatures c) Track and document Chain of Custody d) Conduct conductivity tests as needed 4) Transport samples to labs within required hold times if necessary a) Travel to labs in Greenfield, MA &/or possibly Burlington, VT b) Deliver samples and Chain of Custody forms to labs and log in c) Assist with sample processing and analysis as needed d) Collect equipment and supplies for next sampling dates e) File field data sheets and Chain of Custody forms in office on return 5) Data input and management a) Using spreadsheet software (Excel, Sheets, etc.) – log in samples, sites, field notes, on-site data (air and water temp’s) and analyzed parameters (e.g. conductivity) b) Download data from state site, review and transfer to WA databases c) Receive/download and review E. coli lab results; transfer to WA databases d) Distribute results to media outlets, partners & volunteers e) Maintain hard copy files and back-up all electronic work f) Assist with or perform updates of GIS map of WQMP sites g) Create graphs for data sets as time allows 6) Provide education and outreach for WA’s as time allows a) Staff table events b) Attend association meetings as needed for WQ program 7) Work with WC on WQMP as needed 8) Special project of personal interest if time allows. Required Skills: Excellent written, verbal and online communication; proficiency in MS Excel and Word; online data processing and collaboration using cloud services; high attention to detail and self-motivation; previous work with volunteers and/or in a lab setting a plus. Compensation: This is currently an unpaid internship but stipend funding is being sought. Reimbursement for miles traveled in the course of job duties at the current rate per mile. Personal vehicle and internet access required. Work Schedule: Full days Wednesdays for monitoring days beginning June 21. Schedule can be variable at other times. Expected time commitment: 15 – 25 hrs/week. Watershed Groups: SeVWA – Southeast Vermont Watershed Alliance; DRWA – Deerfield River Watershed Association; CRWC – Connecticut River Watershed Council.
Office Mgr/Recruiter for Top Water Group!
Austin, TX, US
Job posted by Clean Water Action of Austin, Texas on March 15, 2017
Since 1972, Clean Water Action has been a top national, grassroots nonprofit organization advocating for water conservation, clean energy, and political accountability.
We are seeking a dynamic, motivated office manager to assist our Directors with daily office functions focused on our door-to-door canvass-based operations.
Answer incoming calls, screen prospective applicants for canvass positions
Schedule qualified applicants for interviews with the Canvass Director and conduct interviews as needed
Maintain daily records of canvass performance, preparing weekly and monthly canvass reports and trainee and staff payroll
Maintain personnel files and track staff benefits accrual and use
Assist in tracking and coding expenses to departments; maintain and reconcile petty cash records
Process information requests from the public and refer to appropriate staff
Provide programmatic support, including maintaining issue files and sorting and sending letters generated by the canvass
Team with the Canvass Director to plan and implement recruitment efforts
Carry out other duties as directed by the Canvass Director
Strong oral and written communication skills
Detail oriented with strong math skills and personal organization
Passion for environmental, political, and/or social justice issues
Experience with computers required, particularly database systems
Adept with social media platforms and posting high quality content
Prior door-to-door or phone canvass experience preferred
Must be available to work 9AM-5PM, 3 days per week
600 W. 28th St. #202 Austin, TX 78705
Please send your resume’ with short cover letter to email@example.com using “CWAOM” in the subject line. Thanks!
Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator
Santa Monica, CA, US
Job posted by Los Angeles Waterkeeper on March 15, 2017
Los Angeles Waterkeeper (LAW), a dynamic nonprofit organization founded in 1993 to protect and restore the Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, Los Angeles River, and adjacent waterways, is seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator. As part of a cohesive effort to safeguard not only our coast but also our inland waterways, LAW aims to significantly expand outreach efforts and partnerships throughout LA County. Diverse, bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
The Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator will: oversee Waterkeeper’s engagement in community events throughout LA County, support other staff and contractors in organizing LAW’s signature fundraising and outreach events, grow and mobilize our volunteer base, and support efforts to increase LAW’s recognition in the community.
This position reports to the Communications Manager.
Community Outreach & Events
On an annual basis, develop a master events plan (including LAW’s signature and programmatic events, and outside community events), outlining clear goals, objectives and action plans to achieve desired outcomes.
Oversee Waterkeeper’s involvement (e.g., boothing) at community events, street fairs and other non-LAW events throughout LA County, including: overseeing annual calendar and tasklists, coordinating all logistics, recruiting/ overseeing volunteers, and participating in such events as needed.
Lead Waterkeeper’s beach and river clean-up efforts (including Waterkeeper’s site at Coastal Cleanup Day), including: coordinating logistics, serving as liaison with partner organizations and/or sponsors, promoting LAW’s involvement, recruiting and overseeing volunteers and participating in such events as needed.
Work with LAW’s Marine and Watershed staff to coordinate regular outreach and programmatic events throughout LA County; support programs staff in organizing and staffing community partner events.
Manage outside contractors in coordinating LAW’s signature Stand Up For Clean Water paddle event and marine festival.
Support LAW’s development and communications staff and outside contractors in organizing LAW’s signature Making Waves fundraiser.
Manage all aspects of outreach materials, including maintaining, storing and stocking Waterkeeper materials.
Assist Communications/Development Managers with any membership, communications, and marketing efforts; for example, liaison with design consultants to develop LAW brochure and other collateral materials as needed.
Support Development Manager in executing membership benefits program and managing correspondence with members, when needed.
Volunteer Engagement & Communications
Recruit outreach volunteers in order to establish and sustain a volunteer core that is trained and knowledgeable in Waterkeeper’s programs, and who can effectively represent LAW to the community at outreach and fundraising events, speaking and education forums, and other related events.
Assist with recruitment of and data organization related to: watershed, marine, legal, and other volunteers and interns, in an effort to support programs and advocacy staff in volunteer/intern management.
Field and manage all volunteer inquiries that come to Waterkeeper, working with Waterkeeper staff to properly place.
Coordinate, streamline and improve volunteer communications.
Organize volunteer orientation and appreciation events on a quarterly basis.
Assist Communications Manager with managing social marketing strategy, maintaining LAW’s blog and social media accounts, and circulating monthly online newsletter The Surge and other e-advocacy efforts—particularly as items relate to volunteer recruitment/events, community events, outreach etc.
Support any grantwriting or other fundraising activities needed to support outreach efforts.
Develop and manage LAW’s outreach and volunteer budget.
Provide regular progress reports on outreach and volunteer activities for the Waterkeeper board of directors and managers.
Provide other support to the LAW team as needed to help further Waterkeeper’s recognition throughout the LA community.
Qualifications & Requirements:
Applicants must have a college degree and at least two years of outreach, volunteer management, and/or event planning experience—preferably in the nonprofit arena. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills as well as highly developed organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to motivate and manage community volunteers.
The ideal candidate is hard working, extremely organized, self-motivated, enjoys working in a team setting, and demonstrates a deep commitment and passion for conservation and environmental protection. The ideal candidate is an outgoing ‘people-person’ with bilingual proficiency. Spanish language fluency is strongly desired.
Candidates with database management experience (e.g. Salesforce, eTapestry, Constant Contact), website and design software familiarity, and social media expertise preferred.
Job requires ability to work in standard office environment as well as at event sites, which often requires physical exertion, such carrying cleanup supplies and setting up outreach booths events. Weekend work and the ability to drive throughout LA County needed.
Salary, Benefits & Terms
Salary: $42,000-$46,000, based on qualifications
Schedule: Full-time position. Candidate must be open to working a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends.
Benefits: Paid health and dental insurance, vacation and sick leave
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Los Angeles Waterkeeper is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. Los Angeles Waterkeeper maintains a policy of non-discrimination in regard to age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
About Los Angeles Waterkeeper:
Founded in 1993, Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s (Waterkeeper) mission is to protect and restore Santa Monica Bay, San Pedro Bay, the Los Angeles River, Ballona Creek and adjacent waters through enforcement, fieldwork, and community action. LA Waterkeeper is a proud member of the California Coastkeeper Alliance and is one of more than 300 members of the international Waterkeeper Alliance, led by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Waterkeeper works not only on pollution issues specific to the Los Angeles area, but also with our Waterkeeper partners on issues of statewide and national significance.
Seattle, WA, US
Job posted by Washington Water Trust on March 14, 2017
The Project Manager joins a talented technical team whose members bring many years of experience in collaborative natural resource management, stream and flow restoration, and multi-stakeholder conservation projects. The Washington Water Trust (WWT) team includes recognized statewide experts in the fields of water law, instream flow transactions, water banking, and funding and implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, WWT is a nonprofit leader in river and stream flow restoration throughout Washington, with offices in Seattle and Ellensburg. Using voluntary, market-based approaches and partnerships, we develop water management alternatives that produce environmental, economic and social benefits for Washington’s communities, while serving our mission of improving flows in Washington’s most endangered rivers and streams.
WWT seeks an experienced professional to join our team as a Project Manager. This full time position requires a person who will partner with landowners, tribes, conservation districts, land trusts, local, state, and federal agencies to implement and fund innovative programs and projects with lasting benefits to endangered fish, streams, and local economies. Project Management methodology must include a collaborative, consultative approach in addition to a technical and scientific skill set so that high quality services are delivered which leverages flexible funds for each project.
Responsibilities and Expectations
Develop effective working relationships that result in projects and/or proposals with water rights holders, public agencies, tribes, local governments, conservation and irrigation districts, and salmon recovery funders in WWT’s targeted basins
Identify opportunities , have discussions about active water management, water rights, hydrology, and ecological priorities, and develop projects that will demonstrate meaningful and measureable benefits
Manage collaborative projects which contain a level of complexity commensurate with Project Manager’s (PM) experience and expertise; entry level complexity might be a single entity, a single landowner, or less complex constraints and issues within the project
Research and prepare, for internal review and approval, ecological, economic, financial, legal and political data for inclusion into regional flow restoration and water rights acquisition strategies and water rights agreements
Prepare fact sheets for Board approval, with input from other PMs, for seeking outside funding for project proposals and offers
Provide technical representation and convene stakeholder groups to develop strategic watershed plans that identify and prioritize restoration activities. Demonstrate that outreach activities have been developed and are leading toward a project proposal
Negotiate basic acquisition agreements
Help develop new funding and program opportunities for organization’s priorities and partner with other agencies to clarify priorities
Participate in WWT compliance monitoring of agreements, flow outcomes, and help coordinate and communicate with partners on flow and project effectiveness monitoring
Complete performance metrics reporting
Manage project files, databases and all supporting scientific and economic information
Represent and support WWT’s mission and be a passionate spokesperson
Skills and Attributes
Working knowledge of Washington state water management and water law
Understanding of biologically-based flow needs and flow-habitat relationships
Strong project management and organizational skills, including task management, developing timelines and schedules, developing and tracking budgets, managing project files
Be self-directed as well as able to collaborate and coordinate among stakeholders and team members
Ability to develop and make persuasive presentations and influence negotiations
Able to manage project data, spreadsheets, and databases, provide succinct and persuasive reports and scientific summaries using analytical tools
Able to read and interpret GIS maps
Able to assess simple water/land use to determine who owns water rights and how the water is being used; understand the data associated with stream and land management
Ability to write simple contracts; research and close simple water rights transactions
Demonstrated critical thinking and creative problem solving
Ability to write basic grants, technical reports, scientific reports, proposals
Ability to learn quickly on a steep learning curve
Able to thrive in a fast-paced environment
Strong communication and interpersonal skills that articulate the WWT mission and goals
Willingness to travel frequently throughout Washington state
Preferred Experience and Education
Working knowledge of western water rights law
Understanding of agricultural practices
Understanding of hydrology and watershed restoration
Working knowledge of water markets/banking, real estate acquisition, or conservation easements
Understanding of alternative funding strategies for market-based natural resource conservation
Demonstrated negotiation expertise, including at least one year’s experience negotiating real estate or water right acquisition agreements for conservation purposes, or equivalent experience
Understanding of local communities in rural Washington highly valued
Experience in the use of ESRI ARCVIEW or equivalent GIS software preferred
Experience establishing and promoting conservation markets (water banks or alternative ecosystem service models) a plus
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field required; graduate degree a plus
Associate I, Flood-Prepared Communities
Washington, DC, US
Job posted by The Pew Charitable Trusts on March 14, 2017
Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities initiative is working to reduce the impact weather-related catastrophes such as flood and hurricanes have on the U.S. economy, communities and environment through four main policy areas:
Reforming of the National Flood Insurance Program
Increased federal investment in mitigation programs to help communities prepare for future floods
Improved resiliency and durability requirements for infrastructure that is rebuilt after catastrophes
Protecting ecosystems such as wetlands, salt marshes, and dunes that can absorb storm impacts and help shield property
The Associate I will work closely with the Project Director and campaign staff to execute campaign related activities for Pew’s Flood-Prepared Communities initiative. The Associate I will support the production of campaign-related materials such as web analysis, research-related reports, white papers, fact sheets, e-advocacy, field materials, and official campaign materials. This position will support the research component of the campaign and will, at times, work with external research partners. The Associate I will coordinate with communications, government relations, and field staff on advocacy outreach and policy research. This position, based in Pew’s Washington, DC, office, will report to the Project Director, Flood-Prepared Communities. It is expected that this position is for a term period through December 31, 2017, with the possibility of an extension pending the success of the program, funding sources and board decisions on continued support.
Conduct short-term and long-term research in support of campaign policy goals;
Collaborate with external research partners/contractors on research projects on behalf of the campaign;
Develop outreach materials in support of government relations, communications and grassroots activities;
Draft campaign content such as web analysis, fact sheets, and e-advocacy materials for public distribution;
Monitor and track third-party research related to flood preparedness;
Maintain database of external relevant research;
Identify opportunities for the campaign to publicize research materials such as educational briefings, events, conferences, publications, etc.;
Support the development and distribution of materials in support of the campaign’s field operations;
Edit and fact-check campaign materials;
Participate in meetings with external stakeholders and coalition groups.
A minimum of one year of experience in a fast-paced, dynamic, environment required.
A bachelor’s degree required.
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work productively and diplomatically with a wide array of different people and institutions.
Outstanding organizational and time management skills, ability to handle several projects at different stages simultaneously and a strong capacity to track details are required.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills (including proofreading) and the ability to express oneself concisely and clearly using correct grammar.
Excellent analytic and problem solving skills, and highly results-oriented.
Travel: The position is based in Washington, DC, with limited domestic travel.
Compensation: Pew offers a competitive salary and benefits package.
The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Providence, RI, US
Job posted by Clean Water Action – Rhode Island on March 13, 2017
Clean Water Action is currently looking for environmental advocates to grow with our organization. The position would require one to organize local grassroots campaigns to protect the health, economy, environment and livelihood of communities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Additionally, you would be working on national campaigns to protect the environment and public health. Ideal candidates possess strong communication skills and a genuine commitment to the environment, progressive politics and the empowerment of our fellow residents.
Our staff consists of committed, professional, and highly-skilled activists. New employees receive extensive training and continuing support on issue knowledge and campaign skills. All staff members receive regular updates given by political or environmental authorities or from within our organization. We have a strong and early focus on staff career development that involves travel and management training opportunities.
Our grassroots political organizers speak to citizens about local and national issues, inform and educate the public, and build support, which we then channel into action. We work on a wide variety of issues, but are currently focusing efforts on:
– Clean Water: Protect waterways to keep our drinking water and recreational areas pristine
– Toxic Chemicals: Make sure that toxic chemicals are left out of household products.
– Environmental Justice: Ensure that our lowest income neighborhoods and most vulnerable populations are not disproportionately burdened by negative environmental issues.
– Sustainable Energy: Promote energy efficiency and renewable energy programs that will help mitigate climate change disasters, improve overall public health, and create a green working economy
Hours: Monday through Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., You must be available to work a minimum of 3 days per week.
Rewarding work with a casual work setting.
Paid training, gain knowledge of local politics, campaign strategies, and environmental issues
Leadership will be rewarded through rapid advancement and be considered for future employment
Opportunities for travel throughout the U.S., including national and regional conferences
Job Type: Full-time (part time opportunities available)
Salary: $12.00 /hour plus bonus
Montpelier, VT, US
Job posted by Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG) on March 10, 2017
VPIRG is seeking a Development Manager to steward and grow our network of over 40,000 supporters and lead multiple fundraising campaigns to annually raise over $2.5 million.
Now celebrating our 45th year, VPIRG is a strong and growing advocacy organization with 20 full-time, year-round staff and a team of over 60 summer canvassers. Because our power comes from our members, the Development Manager must ensure members feel heard and have a voice in the organization. It’s also why all VPIRG staff participate in activities to steward, retain and strengthen this membership. As such, a passion for training and empowering staff to succeed in fundraising is as important to this role as personal excellence in fundraising.
The ideal candidate brings both experience in fundraising program planning and analysis as well as a proven ability to run the day-to-day tasks required of individual donor management. The Development Manager will lead a dynamic team to conduct: major donor drives, donor prospecting and cultivation; direct mail, phone and online giving campaigns; grant-writing and related member communications and cultivation activities.
About VPIRG: VPIRG’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of Vermont’s environment, people and locally-based economy by informing and mobilizing citizens across the state. From fighting climate change to protecting public health, air and water to reining in the influence of big money in politics—VPIRG has a track record of advancing solutions to pressing problems facing society. You can find more information about VPIRG and our campaigns on our web site at: www.vpirg.org. This is a full-time, exempt position based in Montpelier.
Job Summary: The Development Manager will contribute to VPIRG’s work by coordinating and implementing various components of VPIRG’s fundraising and development activities.
Development planning and analysis: Craft annual fundraising plan to raise over $1.5 million annually from individual giving campaigns including: major donor, monthly giving, direct mail, phone campaigns, door canvassing, events, online fundraising and planned giving. Develop a multi-year fundraising strategy to grow revenue.
Grants management: Coordinate the full range of activities required to renew existing and seek new grants totaling over $1 million annually, including collaborating with program leaders to craft proposals and reports, stewarding relationships with foundation contacts and identifying new potential funders.
Donor solicitation: Identify, cultivate, solicit and steward a portfolio of major donors.
Writing and communications: Draft/edit direct mail, phone and online appeals and contribute to developing other member communications and informational materials including newsletter, campaign updates, grant reports, website and brochures.
Research: Conduct donor prospecting and foundation research; follow best practices and trends in fundraising and development and help apply these strategies to our work.
Cultivation and engagement: Develop and implement innovative ways to engage, educate and excite our base of supporters and groom lifelong members through events, recognition and other methods.
Strategic analysis: Analyze metrics of fundraising efforts; assess, project and track membership rates of renewal and giving trends; assist with budget projections and monitoring of multi-stream fundraising efforts and membership growth strategies.
Staff management and training: Supervise Development & Administrative Assistant and support all staff in meeting fundraising goals through effective training, motivation and oversite.
At least three years fundraising experience required, including a successful track record of managing multi-channel campaigns and in-person solicitation of gifts.
Must understand the metrics of fundraising as well as the art of building strong personal relationships to build our organization’s member base and financial strength.
Must be extremely personable, have a persuasive way with words (both verbal and written), and have the ability to tell an inspiring, donor-centered story.
Detail-oriented and thrives in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Advanced level Microsoft Excel skills preferred.
Familiarity with the Raisers Edge is a plus.
Experience with grassroots organizing and issue-oriented campaigns or groups desired.
Commitment to the issues on which VPIRG works and a mission-driven approach are essential.
Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator
Ventura, CA, US
Job posted by The Nature Conservancy on March 10, 2017
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and we operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!
The Santa Cruz Island Preserve Coordinator manages and participates in preserve operations, as part of the California Islands Project team, working to accomplish the program’s conservation, research and philanthropic cultivation goals. The work-site is a remote island environment, 25 miles offshore, where operational self-sufficiency in all aspects is a necessity. The Coordinator will be required to work both independently, and in collaboration with a team of staff, contractors and partners. S/he must be able to shift between intersecting priorities and timelines while coordinating an extensive array of details.
The Coordinator will have a regularly scheduled three-week rotation consisting of up to 11 days on-island, 3 days in the mainland office and 7 days off. This schedule may fluctuate based on programmatic needs and requires the Coordinator to be flexible. The optimal candidate will be results-oriented and desire a mix of physical and administrative work. Position will begin May 2017.
Desired Skills & Experience
Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience in land and facilities management, and/or the outdoor education, outfitting, or adventure hospitality industries, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
At least 1 year working and living in a remote setting.
Ability to maintain and operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner. (e.g. forklift, riding mower, chainsaw, tractor, power tools, two-way radio, etc.)
Experience supervising staff, contractors, volunteers or groups working in the outdoors.
Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
Ability to communicate clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English.
Ability to perform physical work, often under adverse conditions or in inclement weather, including lifting 45lbs, bending, kneeling and walking up to 5 miles on moderately steep terrain.
Must have a valid driver’s license.
Must have prior CPR and First Aid training along with the ability to obtain Wilderness First Responder certification.
Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper
Concord, NH, US
Job posted by The Conservation Law Foundation on March 8, 2017
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper (Waterkeeper) to advocate and work toward the restoration and protection of the Great Bay estuary, with a focus on water quality. The Waterkeeper will be responsible for building and engaging a strong and coordinated constituent base willing to play an active role in advocating for and implementing needed solutions to protect the Great Bay estuary. She/he must be a diligent advocate for improved water quality and ecosystem health using sound science and a knowledge of the workings of the state and federal agencies that are responsible for the estuary’s health. She/he will interface with other non-governmental, quasi-governmental and governmental organizations involved in Great Bay-related matters, with municipal officials, and with the national Waterkeeper Alliance network, to generate further interest in the Great Bay estuary and support for measures needed to protect it. She/he must represent CLF in public on Great Bay matters and participate in governmental activities related to the estuary.
Job duties will include:
Building and maintaining a constituent base of support from among the public, and strategically coordinating / harnessing the interest of other organizations to build and leverage an effective, unified voice for the estuary;
Building and stewarding relationships with other organizations, the media, scientists, state and federal regulators, municipal officials, and elected officials;
Working with the New Hampshire Advocacy Center Director and the CLF Development team, identifying and stewarding major funders, individuals, foundations and companies, for the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper program;
Operating CLF’s 20′ Waterkeeper vessel as a platform to educate and engage members of the public, elected officials, donors, and the media on the water and to monitor conditions in the Great Bay estuary;
Working with the CLF Communications team, preparing materials such as fact sheets, Op-Eds, and other commentaries, and making strategic use of social media to address issues affecting the estuary and raise the visibility of the Waterkeeper program and CLF;
Testifying at governmental hearings and public meetings regarding the estuary;
Preparing comments on permits and other administrative actions affecting the estuary;
Educating government and elected officials regarding the importance of the estuary and the science supporting CLF positions on Great Bay issues;
Meeting regularly with governmental entities and Great Bay-related groups to have a positive influence on the direction of programs and the beneficial and strategic use of funds;
Patrolling waters within the jurisdiction of the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper, engaging in or coordinating water quality monitoring, and receiving and responding to calls from the public, to identify problems that need to be addressed;
Working with and stewarding the Waterkeeper program’s local advisory group;
Working with other CLF advocates to develop and advance policy positions and initiatives, and to develop and prosecute legal actions as necessary.
Preferred experience for this position includes:
Degree in the sciences or environmental policy;
Direct experience with water quality issues, preferably in the estuarine environment;
Experience working within the Great Bay estuary watershed and with stakeholders within the watershed;
Strong writing skills;
Direct experience with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and legislative bodies;
Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences;
Advanced program development, planning and implementation skills;
Public speaking experience;
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders — in statehouses, courthouses and boardrooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings — to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.
Exerience operating/piloting a boat in marine waters.