Meramec River Project Coordinator

St. Louis, MO, US


St. Louis, Missouri (MO) MO201


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The Meramec River Project Manager develops and implements watershed conservation activities, partnerships, and outreach in the Meramec River Basin in Missouri.


The Meramec River Project Coordinator (MRPC) implements actions to achieve sustainable, watershed-scale conservation in the Meramec River Basin in Missouri. The MRPC works cooperatively with groups of diverse stakeholders and partners, including public agencies, local groups, landowners, managers, governments, and communities to identify, develop, promote, and implement site-, watershed-, and basin-scale conservation activities. The MRPC coordinates with these partners to implement a variety of watershed conservation actions, including conservation planning, watershed assessments, stream restoration, riparian corridor enhancement, urban and agricultural BMP’s, outreach and education, and other high-leverage watershed conservation strategies.


  • Develop and coordinate partnerships with key local, state, federal, and non-governmental conservation organizations and stakeholders, as well as governments and communities, to implement watershed conservation actions in the Meramec River Basin.
  • Develop and implement conservation plans for ecologically significant watersheds in the Meramec River Basin.
  • Identify and secure financial support of conservation actions, including grants, foundation requests, and other public and private funding sources.
  • Manage and administer multiple projects and work plans, write proposals and reports, and manage grants and contracts.
  • Work closely with other staff to provide communication and relevant support for watershed conservation and field science activities, both within the Conservancy and with external constituencies.
  • Participate in state- and ecoregion-wide conservation planning and strategy development.
  • Perform tasks with minimal supervision and make independent decisions based on analysis, experience, and judgment.
  • May supervise long-term staff, seasonal employees, and volunteers.
  • Ensure program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree and three years of experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, web browsers, etc.
  • Must have valid driver’s license.
  • Five or more years of experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Demonstrated experience coordinating multiple complex partnerships for natural resource conservation.
  • Thorough understanding of general principles of conservation and ecology, preferably including direct experience with watershed conservation and Ozark natural systems.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with watershed science and associated conservation actions.
  • Demonstrated communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly with and engender support from diverse audiences and constituencies. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership, including the ability to catalyze diverse coalitions to achieve results.
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement on both strategic and operational scales, with entrepreneurial approach, creativity, and flexibility to develop best methods to achieve results, building to necessary scale.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision, with strong personal commitment to achieving results; comfortable with multiple priorities and dynamic environments of shifting challenges and opportunities; strong organizational skills and follow-through of projects to completion.
  • Demonstrated experience with writing and implementing grant proposals, managing contracts, and developing reports.
  • Ability and willingness to apply science to guide decision-making and activities.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource preservation.
  • Completing tasks independently with respect to timeline(s).


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Position Title: Meramec River Project Coordinator

Job ID: 44231

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Location: Missouri