DTE Foundation Environmental Fellow

Huron River Watershed Council

Ann Arbor, MI, USA 🇺🇸

Open Position: DTE Foundation Environmental Fellow
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours/week. Position has full benefits including medical insurance, short- and long-term disability, matching retirement plan, as well as holiday, sick, and vacation pay.
Salary: $50,000/year (based on 40 hour/week)
Close Date: August 19, 2022
Fellowship Term: Two years; September 2022 through August 2024

About the Huron River Watershed Council
The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) protects and restores the river for healthy and vibrant communities. HRWC has been providing education, technical assistance, and science programs to watershed communities since 1965. HRWC is a nationally recognized watershed council for innovative leadership in river protection.
HRWC is committed to diversity and equity within the workplace. We prohibit discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs. For more see www.hrwc.org/about

About the DTE Foundation Environmental Fellowship
The DTE Foundation Fellowship Program provides future environmental leaders from underrepresented groups with comprehensive work experience that is necessary to make a positive impact in the world.

The Fellowship is focused on developing the conservation leaders of tomorrow. The program is designed to provide early career conservation professionals (i.e., recent college graduates with 0-2 years of job experience) from underrepresented groups with the opportunity to work in an environment that combines a deep-dive into a real-world conservation projects with a broad introduction to major environmental issues. Additionally, the fellowship program is designed to orient the Fellow to the inner workings of the Huron River Watershed Council as a representation of a non-profit organization.

The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with HRWC staff across multiple dimensions of the conservation discipline, including science, planning, community engagement, restoration, policy, and communications. Furthermore, the Fellowship is designed to emphasize those experiences the individual wants or needs to prepare them for their conservation career. Fellowship also includes guided mentorship, a peer-to-peer support network with other fellows, and leadership building.

Position Description
The Huron River Watershed Council DTE Foundation Environmental Fellow will focus on community engagement and science and data communications. Engagement, outreach and communications are critical to catalyzing actions that protect and restore the river. The fellow will support HRWC projects intended to build strong community partnerships, develop resources that allow different audiences to advance watershed protection and restoration projects, and create a stewardship ethic among watershed residents and river users.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Utilize GIS and desktop research to build out a database reflecting place-based data, including water affordability, environmental justice, community culture, and water resources use
• Support the revamping of HRWC’s online watershed map tool, Infostream, by updating design and content
• Support social survey research work (e.g., surveys, listening sessions) including marketing, communications, and event planning
• Database management and data reporting for HRWC’s ecological and water quality data
• Contribute to projects incorporating the Fellow’s interests. Some options include green infrastructure, climate change, youth education, diversity, equity and inclusion in water resource protection; land protection; stream restoration.

Required Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, environmental management, biology, urban planning, policy, communications, or a similar field and no more than 2 years relevant professional experience
• Experience with and interested in water issues and solutions
• Strong written communication and public speaking skills; ability to present to diverse audiences, including racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities
• Self-motivated, organized, and collaborative; ability to work independently
• Experience working in and managing teams
• Experience with ArcGIS and Microsoft Office Suite

Desired Qualifications
• Spreadsheet and database management experience – Excel, Access, Survey 123, Salesforce or similar
• Familiarity with Southeast Michigan
• Communications and marketing skills, including data communications, social media, email marketing, and graphic design
• Understanding of social research techniques, including surveys, focus groups, and door knocking

Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Ability to travel within four-county area in southeastern Michigan
• Availability to work some evenings and weekends
• Able to meet the demands of the work environment including regularly being in indoor and outdoor locations in a variety of temperatures, light conditions, activity, and noise levels
• Employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. Specific vision abilities required include close vision requirements due to computer work.
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license in the State of Michigan

HRWC supports a hybrid work environment, with ability to work both remotely and from HRWC’s offices in Ann Arbor, MI. Because this position requires time in the office and interacting with others, vaccination from COVID-19 is required.

• 401(k)
• 401(k) matching
• Flexible schedule
• Flexible spending account
• Health insurance
• Paid time off
• Professional development assistance
• Retirement plan

Application Process
Please submit an application, cover letter, resume, and up to three references at www.hrwc.org/jobs by 11:59 PM on August 19, 2022. Contact [email protected] with any questions.