Local recruitment: Project Coordinator

America's Watershed Initiative

Mississippi River, USA 🇺🇸


Project Coordinator Job Description

The Project Coordinator provides administrative, project management, communications, and related assistance to the Executive Director and board of America’s Watershed Initiative toward the achievement of project goals. Key duties include collecting and analyzing various types of data, tracking team progress, communicating with partners, generating reports, and planning and participating in stakeholder meetings.

The Project Coordinator will assist on three projects. The primary project (70-percent time) will be focused on the development of a Mississippi River Partnership in collaboration with a small team at The Nature Conservancy. The other two projects (15-percent time for each project) are a (1) green infrastructure project, focused on development of metrics and a guidebook; and (2) supporting the drafting and publishing of the Mississippi River Watershed Report Card.

The successful candidate should be able to meet tight deadlines; be competent in using Microsoft Office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; and demonstrate strong verbal, written, and presentation skills. We are looking for a team player who enjoys and excels at helping teams meet their goals and work effectively together. A bachelor’s degree in a related field of study and at least three (3) years of relevant experience is required for consideration. The Project Coordinator will report to the Executive Director. The position is currently fully remote with periodic travel throughout the Mississippi River Basin.

Project Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Maintain and monitor project plans and project schedules.
  • Organize, support, and participate in stakeholder meetings.
  • Document and follow up on important action items and decisions from meetings.
  • Prepare necessary compelling presentation materials for meetings.
  • Ensure project deadlines are met.
  • Provide administrative support as needed.
  • Build and maintain relationships with project partners.
  • Manage and respond to requests for technical information.

Project Coordinator Requirements:

  • BS degree in related field and 3-years related experience.
  • Demonstrates exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Knowledge of the Mississippi River Watershed is a plus, but not required.
  • Candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be able to travel independently around the Mississippi River Basin (reimbursement for all travel is provided)


About America’s Watershed Initiative

WHO WE ARE: America’s Watershed Initiative (AWI) is a consortium of public, private, and nonprofit leaders working together voluntarily to improve the health of the Mississippi River Watershed by informing, advocating, and leveraging improved decision-making about the watershed’s natural resources. Our initiative is bult upon support and guidance from industry, commerce, conservation, local communities, government, and academia

OUR VISION: AWI envisions a watershed with an abundant supply of clean water, reduced flood risk, resilient communities, healthy and productive ecosystems, renewable energy production, sustainable agriculture, and a world-class transportation network. We know only a participatory, collaborative, and transparent approach will get us there.

WHAT WE DO: AWI is the only organization working across the entire Mississippi River Basin and across all sectors. AWI delivers scientifically sound information and promotes integrated watershed planning. Through our Mississippi River Watershed Report Card, published most recently in 2020, AWI identifies and communicates about the watersheds’ most critical challenges and opportunities.

OUR TEAM: AWI became a nonprofit organization in May 2018 and hired its first full-time executive director in Aug 2020. AWI has a working board of 15 leaders representing a variety of sectors including academia, conservation, engineering, inland transportation, and local government. AWI partners with many nonprofit organizations and academic institutions including the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, The Nature Conservancy, Tulane University, the University of Iowa and many more.


Salary $50,000 – $60,000, a stipend for benefits (based on most ACA plans), 15 days of paid vacation the first year of employment (4 weeks/year thereafter), 12 federal holidays and 10 days sick leave/year (accruing to a maximum of 60 days). At present, two years of funding from the start date is secured; we are committed to seeking funding for continuing service years.

To apply:

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by Sunday, Oct 1, 2023, to Kim Lutz, Executive Director, at kim.lutz@americaswatershed.org.






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