Water Resources Specialist and Program Coordinator

Sierra Club

Austin, TX, US

Job Title: Water Resources Specialist and Program Coordinator

Chapter: Lone Star Chapter

Reports To: Chapter Director or Conservation Director

Location: Austin, TX

Duration:  Full-Time, Limited Duration position ending one year from date of hire

Context: The Water Resources Specialist and Program Coordinator works with Sierra Club volunteers and partner organizations to organize and implement major conservation programs, campaigns, or initiatives related to water quality, water management, and flood control.

Scope: Under direction of the Chapter Director or Conservation Director, implements the Chapter’s conservation program plan related to water resources. The Water Resource Specialist and Program Coordinator works to design and implement campaign strategies to influence the State of Texas setting Surface Water Quality Standards, discharge standards for industrial and agricultural wastewater permits, and other water quality regulations, while also working with partners in the Texas Living Waters Project on issues related to water management strategies, water conservation, water resiliency, and flood control, as well as with Sierra Club volunteers and regional groups.

Job Activities:

  1. Develops, coordinates, and implements the Lone Star Chapter’s water resources campaign strategies for conservation programs and projects using a proactive and creative approach to achieve success.
  2. Develops educational and campaign materials and training as needed with coalition partners and volunteer leaders on water resources issues, and the environment, including water quality issues related to oil and gas development. This may include writing and/or editing action alerts, fact sheets, toolkits, letters to policy makers, newsletter articles, blogs, webinars and other outreach, and media documents as needed.
  3. Conducts research on water resources (including water quality, water availability and use, water conservation practices, environmental water needs) and related natural resource topics in accordance with program objectives.
  4. Supports, motivates, and encourages grassroots conservation campaign activities by providing guidance and information to activists in Club structure, volunteer development and organization, as well as with partner organizations.
  5. Seeks to develop new leaders and partnerships with environmental justice and social justice organizations around water resource issues that further the Club’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.
  6. Seeks outs and develops contacts in organizations, media, and legislative bodies to further program objectives.
  7. Works closely with the Chapter’s organizing team to plan, coordinate and implement grassroots and grasstops organizing strategies.
  8. Works closely with volunteer leaders and Chapter staff to determine needs for technical information on water and related natural resource topics and to provide that information.
  9. Mobilizes grassroots activists to take online action on issues related to conservation issues affecting water quality and water management.
  10. Monitors, analyzes, and evaluates laws, initiatives and new developments pertaining to conservation program objectives at the community, state and national levels.
  11. Participates in stakeholders processes related to water quality standards, water discharge standards, Endangered Species Act, environmental flows, and regional water planning and other water resources related topics representing the Club’s objective or mission.
  12. Participates in conservation program planning, tracking, and reporting.
  13. Makes presentations to community, political, and governmental bodies regarding chapter conservation efforts on water issues. Works with Chapter Communications staff to produce press releases and other communications to keep the Club membership and the general public informed.
  14. Represents the Chapter to partner organizations, the media, policy makers, and other organizations.
  15. Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • BA/BS degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science or a closely related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • Knowledge of water issues and challenges
  • Knowledge of Texas water law and policy helpful but not required.
  • 1-3 years of experience in the environmental field that includes research and organizing campaigns, press relations and public speaking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Proficient internet and social media skills.
  • Demonstrated ability and effectiveness working with volunteers.
  • Spanish-language proficiency helpful but not required.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and Progressive Workers Union.

The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan.

This is a category 6 non-exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition.

The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.