Watersheds and Waterways Program Coordinator

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Prairie Rivers of Iowa
Ames, IA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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Prairie Rivers of Iowa is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit whose mission is to promote economic development through the restoration and conservation of Iowa's cultural and natural resources.

A major focus of our organization is to educate and work to improve water quality in Iowa through our Watersheds and Waterways Program. We are looking for a collaborative team leader who can help expand our reach and results in Central Iowa. Working in a non-profit setting is a unique opportunity to focus and develop long term unique partnerships that will improve our natural resources in Iowa.

The Watersheds & Waterways Program Coordinator will lead our time and work on watershed planning and implementation in the South Skunk Watershed. This work will be conducted with a particular focus on conservation practice implementation and assist in other watershed initiatives as identified. This position will work closely with government agencies, non-government organizations, farmers, and community members in the watershed in a way that is inclusive of all stakeholders and their ideas.

The major duties in this position include:

  • 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 watershed community through outreach efforts related to protecting and enhancing watershed health (i.e. field days and farmer-focused meetings and workshops)
  • Work with the watershed team to develop and implement strategies for building and expanding the program
  • Quarterly and annual grant reporting on outreach activities, conservation practice implementation, and manage budgets
  • Assisting and attending 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
  • Other duties as identified


  • MS degree in environmental sciences, water resources, community planning, or a related natural resource management field (or BS plus ten 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

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $40,000.00 to $45,000.00 /year

Experience: Grant Writing: 1 year (Preferred)

License: Driver's License (Required)

Benefits offered:

  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Flexible schedules
  • Workplace perks such as food/coffee and flexible work schedules