Local recruitment: EarthEcho Water Challenge Manager

EarthEcho International

USA 🇺🇸


EarthEcho Water Challenge Manager

STATUS: Exempt, Full time
‍SUPERVISOR: Chief Program Officer
LOCATION: Virtual, must reside primarily in continental U.S.


EarthEcho International is an international nonprofit that envisions a world where every individual, from all backgrounds and experiences, has the opportunity and tools to create a healthy and thriving environment. EarthEcho’s mission is to build a global youth movement to protect and restore our ocean planet, a critical part of creating a sustainable and equitable future for all.

Established by explorer and advocate Philippe Cousteau, Jr, in honor of his father, Philippe Cousteau Sr., and grandfather, legendary explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, EarthEcho reaches more than 2 million people in 146 countries, providing original education content, immersive training and leadership experiences, and active collaboration networks free of charge for youth and the teachers and community leaders who work with them. Our signature programs equip individuals and groups to identify local needs, develop plans, and take action starting in their own communities as part of a larger, connected global network of changemakers.

Activating/engaging this audience is key to building a durable conservation movement that can move with the speed and audacity needed to transform the future, and EarthEcho International is at the forefront of that work. Our core programs are designed as a path of action for youth to become leaders and change the world.


EarthEcho International provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


This is a regular, full-time position. EarthEcho operates a fully remote office, thus some travel will be expected to carry out the duties of the position. Travel is estimated at 20% FTE and may be international, depending on the needs of the position.

The Water Challenge Manager plays a vital role in driving the success of EarthEcho’s mission by creating meaningful and impactful programming experiences. The Water Challenge builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging community members at large to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies and implement their own strategies toward the protection and improvement of those water resources. The individual in this role should have an understanding of and commitment to EarthEcho’s mission. Ideally, the Water Challenge Manager is fluent in both English and Spanish.

This work includes the following:

  • leading the ongoing development, coordination, and implementation of the Water Challenge program globally to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources;
  • building a growing network of youth Water Challenge Ambassadors mobilized for the protection, restoration, education, and advocacy of water resources in their communities; working closely with EarthEcho’s Chief Program Officer to ensure consistency with the organization’s youth program offerings.

Program Design and Management

This work includes the following:

  • Collaborate with the EarthEcho team, Water Challenge partners and sponsors, and Water Challenge Ambassadors to organize one to two signature, in-person events per year (typically in conjunction with World Water Day [March 22] and World Water Monitoring Day [September 18])
  • Seek and manage promotional opportunities (conferences, etc.), and represent EarthEcho at those events.
  • Develop and implement measurable strategies to scale Water Challenge Ambassador Program in strategic locations around the globe.
  • Work with Chief Program Officer to identify need for and create/ adapt program resources (lesson plans, action guides, videos, etc.) to aid growing participation needs.
  • Manage the maintenance of the Water Challenge website, mobile technologies, and program database. Serve as primary liaison to Water Challenge database and mobile app developer.

Strategic Partnership Management

  • Establish new partnerships with municipalities, corporations, NGOs, and other organizations willing to promote or implement the Water Challenge within their organizations’ programmatic offerings, both nationally and internationally.
  • Lead the maintenance and growth of relationships with program sponsors as part of their ongoing employee engagement initiatives. This includes:
  • conducting in-person or virtual trainings on an on-demand basis;
  • facilitating a limited number of events in sponsor target communities;
  • maintaining ongoing relationships with sponsor employees at participating sites to provide support;
  • establishing relationships with schools/youth serving organizations in target sponsor communities;
  • assisting sponsors’ employees in coordinating employee engagement events;
  • providing template educational resources, guides, and activity ideas to support employee volunteers leading Water Challenge events; and
  • maintaining ongoing communication with sponsor liaisons.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for existing partners and participants by maintaining regular and ongoing communications systems to ensure that participants are uploading data and sharing program stories.
  • Seek and manage promotional opportunities (conferences, etc.), and represent EarthEcho at those events.


  • Develop and manage the annual Water Challenge work plan and program budget.

Communications & Marketing

  • Create Water Challenge-related content for social media, website, and marketing materials, as needed, in collaboration with EarthEcho’s communications team.
  • Contribute to the creation and distribution of the EarthEcho Annual Report.
  • Respond to the numerous general inquiries re: Water Challenge.


This position benefits from a background in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, Sustainability, CSR, or related field. 

Successful candidates should demonstrate expertise in innovating on program development, expansion, and facilitation; working with youth; public speaking for a variety of audiences including international audiences; and project management.

Essential Requirements:

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience managing environmental programs with a focus on external partner communications. Please note that this is an administrative management position, not a field education position.
  • Strong technology skills—must be able to adroitly communicate with technology providers to troubleshoot issues and improve existing offerings.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. This job requires quite a bit of writing – everything from social media posts to white papers.
  • High energy, positive attitude, flexibility, and high degree of initiative.
  • Demonstrated success working remotely; comfort working both independently and within a team structure.
  • Ability to travel regularly (20%) and internationally (passport required).
  • Verbal and written Spanish proficiency required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States—EarthEcho International is not able to sponsor applicants for any kind of work visas.

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Possess proven experience in planning, coordinating, and executing programs and events, preferably with a focus on nonprofit or cause-driven initiatives.
  • Strong leadership and team building skills to lead and motivate a diverse team of individuals, including the youth population.
  • Ability to think on your feet and make quick decisions to address unexpected challenges.
  • Some exposure to international program management particularly in the EU, UK, and Central and South America.

Who Will Thrive in this Role:

  • Connecting to our mission. Do you believe that a youth movement will provide the durability needed to build a more sustainable world?
  • Thriving on Innovation. Do you love to problem solve and bring your own new ideas to life?
  • Demonstrate a Commitment to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in your work and life. Do you understand that conservation and environmental work have historically and unjustly excluded communities, particularly BIPOC communities? Do you want to work with a team that centers social justice as essential to solving the challenges of a deteriorating ocean and climate?
  • Resourceful. Are you able to work independently and develop potential solutions to overcome problems or limitations?

Additional Information

  • Salary range is $55,000 – $62,000, commensurate with experience.
  • EarthEcho offers a competitive benefits package.‍


Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected].






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