Local recruitment: Restoration Director via LinkedIn

New River Conservancy

West Jefferson, NC, USA 🇺🇸


The ideal candidate is a leader who can successfully develop and manage a diverse team. You will solve client problems while providing exceptional service and help develop new business opportunities.

Staff Position: Restoration Director

Salary: Commensurate with experience and includes generous PTO and IRA contributions

Location: The New River Watershed spans three states: North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The Restoration Director will focus on the North Carolina “High Country” (Watauga, Ashe and Alleghany counties) with collaboration efforts throughout the watershed. The Restoration Director will fluctuate work locations in the field, in the office and working remotely.

Range of hours: Full-time, 37.5 hours weekly between the office hours of 9 – 5 pm, Monday through Friday; some late evenings and weekends required with flexibility of work hours provided

Reports to: Executive Director


  • Strategically plan and implement conservation and restoration efforts across the watershed
  • Use the latest climate, conservation, and restoration research and techniques to better inform New River Conservancy (NRC) conservation efforts
  • Achieve measurable results in water and habitat quality in the New River Watershed

Skills Required:

  • A high level of professionalism as a front-line staff in public-facing arenas
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Proven grant writing and administration proficiency
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to assess ROI for projects
  • Knowledge of restoration techniques such as Natural Stream Channel Design
  • Understanding of land protection mechanisms such as conservation easements and deed restrictions.
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to manage staff and work collaboratively with staff
  • Skilled at public speaking with ability to convey complicated restoration projects and procedures to non-technical audiences.

Job Duties:

  • Plan, write, and manage grant awards from local, state, federal, and private entities for multiple program areas of NRC
  • Manage large restoration projects by keeping within the timeline and meeting project deliverables
  • Manage project and program budgets within the larger organizational budget
  • Coordinate consultations, site visits, and referrals for landowners
  • Coordinate restoration monitoring and track data from monitoring visits
  • Organize and lead restoration workshops for landowners and members of the public
  • Coordinate river cleanup efforts including volunteer recruitment, equipment procurement, trash disposal, and data collection
  • Plan large-scale volunteer events (e.g., river clean-ups such as “Mud, Sweat & Volunteers, live steak and tree planting days, etc.)
  • Manage, promote, and grow Team Clean Stream, NRC’s DIY stream cleanup program
  • Act as staff liaison to relevant Board of Director committees
  • Contribute to Board Meetings and committee meetings as needed
  • Lead stakeholder meetings (e.g. Peak Creek Flood Mitigation Task Force)
  • Collaborate and manage staff

Job duties of every NRC Staff member:

  • Promotes NRC, its mission, and membership (e.g., work membership tables, ask people to become members, speak as an ambassador of NRC)
  • Serves as the primary lead for at least one River Clean-up each year
  • Actively seeks professional development opportunities and works to be the expert in field
  • Provides communications in a timely manner (within 1 week post-events and at least 4 weeks pre-events) to communications staff so that publicity can be created (e.g., press releases, communication stories, etc.)
  • Attends weekly staff meetings
  • Conducts weekly or bi-weekly meetings with his/her supervisor as needed
  • Attends Annual Meeting
  • Other duties as assigned including:
  • Assistance with events
  • Assistance with river clean-ups
  • Respond to emails, voicemails, and all administrative duties with the same work-week