Local recruitment: Watershed Scientist

Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA)

Bedminster, NJ, USA 🇺🇸

Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), is a non-profit leader in science, policy and stakeholder-engagement aimed at effective protection and restoration of watershed health.  Based in Bedminster, NJ, RHA has worked for over 60 years in the Upper Raritan River headwaters region as well as at the state-level to bring water quality science into the decision-making process. As part of a dynamic team of scientists and conservation practitioners, the Watershed Scientist leads RHA’s award-winning surface water monitoring programs. For more information about RHA’s projects, visit www.raritanheadwaters.org.


  • Develop, maintain, and implement quality control measures for surface water data collection and management including biological, visual, chemical, and climate data (bacterial on an ad hoc basis).
  • Conduct field work to collect visual, chemical and bacterial surface water data.
  • Manage the organization’s stream monitoring program, including the training and coordination of a team of Citizen Scientists and seasonal interns.
  • Oversee the Raritan Headwaters Sentinel Climate Stations.
  • Maintain relationships with key partners.
  • Perform data entry, analysis, and assist in preparing professional quality reports and data submittals; provide quality data for annual watershed report card.
  • Work with Science Team to make recommendations to address impaired surface water quality.
  • Investigate reports of pollution and other issues in the watershed.
  • Maintain the storage and maintenance of surface water quality equipment.
  • Manage the stream monitoring program budget.
  • Supervise Americorps Watershed Ambassador for WMA8.
  • Recruit, train and supervise seasonal interns.
  • Represent RHA at partner meetings, conferences, and other outreach events.


  • Education/Experience: Master’s Degree and 3 years work experience as a conservation professional (or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years work experience) in ecology, environmental science, conservation, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with stream ecology, water quality and other conservation issues and relevant scientific research methods, data management, and technical reporting.
  • Technical skills in water quality monitoring, including use of YIS probes, preferred.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Independent, self-motivated, professional performance.
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, and Excel a plus.
  • Passion for the conservation mission of RHA.
  • May be required to travel around the region, work outdoors in inclement weather and do physically taxing work. Required to work some evenings and weekends.


Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
To apply, send resume with cover letter and contact info for 3 professional references via email, with subject line “Watershed Scientist,” to [email protected]





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