Watersheds and Waterways Coordinator

Prairie Rivers of Iowa

Ames, IA, US

Prairie Rivers of Iowa Watersheds and Waterways Program Coordinator

We are seeking an energetic person who wishes to make a difference by supporting farmers and landowners to improve the water quality in Iowa.   The Watersheds & Waterways Program Coordinator will work on watershed planning and implementation in the South Skunk Watershed. This work will be conducted with a particular focus on the Squaw Creek Watershed for conservation practice implementation and assist in other watershed initiatives as identified. This position will work closely with government agencies, non-government agencies, farmers, and community members in the watershed in a way that is inclusive of all stakeholders and their ideas.  Working in a non-profit setting is a unique opportunity who focus is to educate and develop long term unique partnerships that will improve our natural resources in Iowa.

Major Duties

  • Identifying and securing farmers and landowners to implement conservation practices
  • Coordinating technical and financial assistance for conservation practices within the watershed
  • Overseeing watershed grants and providing leadership to the Squaw Creek Watershed community through outreach efforts related to protecting and enhancing watershed health (i.e. field days and farmer-focused meetings and workshops)
  • Quarterly and annual grant reporting on outreach activities, conservation practice implementation, and manage the budget for the Squaw Creek Watershed
  • Assisting and attending Squaw Creek Watershed Management Authority board quarterly meetings
  • Maintaining and developing new public-private partnerships to support watershed activities
  • Writing and submitting relevant grants to continue to support long-term watershed efforts
  • Coordinating testing for two water quality monitoring sites
  • Other duties as identified

We are seeking someone who will commit to both the short term and long term goals of this program since building relationships is so important to successfully accomplishing our organization’s goals.

Required Qualifications

  • MS degree in environmental sciences, water resources, planning, or a related natural resource management field (or BS plus five years’ experience)
  • Ability to coordinate and manage a complex, multi-organizational project
  • Ability to be a self-starter, a creative problem-solver, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the agronomic aspects of conservation practices
  • The ability to work as a team with Prairie Rivers of Iowa staff and government agencies
  • Preferred training and/or experience in organizational development, communications, consensus building, facilitation, and leadership skills
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public relations skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Valid Driver’s License and personal transportation

Salary and Position Details

The Watershed Coordinator will report to Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director of Prairie Rivers of Iowa. This will be a full-time salaried position.  Travel will be compensated at $.54/mile or by use of a leased vehicle.  The position’s salary range is between $40,000 and $48,000 per year commensurate with experience. The position will (1) entail some weekend and evening work commitments, and (2) will be based on a yearly contract established from the starting date and ending one year or 365 days later.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Prairie Rivers of Iowa does not discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, disability, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or political beliefs in carrying out duties associated with the position.

To Apply

Send a resume, letter of interest, and names and contact information for three references to Penny Brown Huber, Executive Director, Prairie Rivers of Iowa, 2402 South Duff Avenue, Ames, IA  50010 or by email at:  [email protected].  Position will be open until filled.