Local recruitment: Habitat Restoration Project Manager via Idealist


Ossining, NY, USA 🇺🇸

Join a growing team that is planning and implementing habitat restoration projects at Riverkeeper, New York’s premiere champion of the Hudson River and its watershed. This opportunity is a hands-on position that will work on impactful habitat restoration projects in the Hudson Valley with a focus on riparian, riverine and estuarine restoration.


Established in 1966, Riverkeeper protects and restores the Hudson River and the creatures that depend upon it from source to sea and safeguards drinking water supplies, through advocacy rooted in community partnerships, science and law. For more information, visit www.riverkeeper.org.

Duties & Responsibilities

We are seeking a Project Manager that will help create and manage project plans related to habitat restoration, fish passage, and dam removal throughout the Hudson River Valley. This work includes budget and grant management, creating project timelines, working with vendors and external partners, managing deadlines, and all other project details. This role will also support the team with sampling protocols, monitoring activities, scientific data, and occasional field work. The Project Manager will be required to learn the field sampling methods.

Specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Manage projects from conception through completion, including:
  • Work with the Habitat Restoration team to identify new opportunities;
  • Collaborate with the Development team on fundraising proposals;
  • Help create project timelines and schedules;
  • Coordinate key field work including sampling and monitoring;
  • Work with vendors and other external partners,
  • Track project deadlines and deliverables,
  • Manage project and grant budgets, including grant reporting requirements,
  • Write reports directly related to restoration projects;
  • Plan, organize, and speak at meetings and events;
  • Track financial expenditures, including data entry, management and reporting;
  • Work with Senior Grants Manager to ensure all grant reporting requirements are fulfilled;
  • Assist in field work at times and become familiar with sampling and monitoring protocols;
  • Communicate successful restoration activities to a wide range of audiences;
  • Research and review literature related to the team’s work;
  • Work with Senior Habitat Restoration Manager on annual department budget, in consultation with Vice President of Boat and Patrol; and
  • Support the team to achieve key objectives.

The listed responsibilities are intended to describe the essential functions of the position. They are not an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements.


Research shows that people from underrepresented groups and women often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. Please know that few people ever meet 100% of the qualifications. If much of this describes you, we encourage you to apply. This might be the right next role for you if you have:

  • A minimum of 3 years of related experience, ideally within an environmental nonprofit;
  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a related field of study, including: environmental or ecological disciplines, project management, business, grant management, etc.;
  • Budget management and tracking experience, Quickbooks experience a plus;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to present to and engage large audiences;
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with experience in grant writing;
  • Excellent computer skills including the use of databases, spreadsheets (Excel required), word processing, and story mapping, etc;
  • Additional technical skills in spatial mapping software (ArcGIS), and statistical programming would be beneficial;
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups of people;
  • Ability to be entrepreneurial, self-motivated, results oriented, able to manage multiple projects at once, change gears at a moment’s notice, and prioritize projects;
  • Willingness to learn;
  • Passionate environmentalist with an interest in conservation-related issues;
  • A strong commitment to the mission, vision, values and goals of Riverkeeper, and a commitment to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and justice;
  • Familiarity with the Hudson Valley and ability to travel throughout (i.e. will need access to a car);
  • Willingness to work outside in the field on occasion, at times in difficult conditions;
  • Fully vaccinated for Covid-19.


Riverkeeper is based in Ossining, New York, with an additional office in Kingston, NY. This position will be located in the Ossining office, but will have a lot of flexibility to have a hybrid (in-office, work from home, and occasional field work) schedule.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a band 6 position. Compensation is commensurate with experience ranging from $60-70K. This position is full time (40 hours/week) and must be flexible to work some nights and occasional weekends. Riverkeeper offers health, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, retirement match, vacation, sick, personal days, as well as parental leave and other benefits.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] Please write ‘Habitat Project Manager’ in the subject line. The position will be open until filled.

Riverkeeper is an AA/EEO employer. Riverkeeper is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding, and enables each of us to realize our potential. Our work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law. People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply


Riverkeeper offers health, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, retirement match, vacation, sick, personal days, as well as parental leave and other benefits.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] Please write ‘Habitat Project Manager’ in the subject line. The position will be open until filled.





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