Water Management Program Coordinator

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

Durham, NC, US

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) seeks a Water Management Program Coordinator to lead the organization’s water management activities. ECWA is a land trust and a watershed protection non-profit that envisions a clean and healthy creek supporting both people and wildlife. We protect, restore, engage, and advocate to ensure that Ellerbe Creek is an asset for all citizens of Durham. The Water Management Program Coordinator will lead ECWA’s water management program in addressing Durham’s stormwater issues through implementing small and medium-sized retrofit and stream improvement projects, building partnerships with government agencies, and advocating for more public investment in the watershed.  The Water Management Program Coordinator manages program staff, manages current grants and contracts, and envisions and secures funding for new innovative projects.

Desired Start Date: August 15, 2020 (negotiable).

ECWA is the primary watershed organization in Durham, NC. Its community-based approach to healing urban waters is unique in the Triangle area and is becoming recognized nationally, as interest in urban watersheds has quickly expanded and intensified. ECWA is currently composed of a team of six staff members who work with summer interns/fellows, dozens of partners, and hundreds of volunteers to protect and steward creek-side lands, clean up Durham’s water through innovative, nature-based approaches, and engage the community in these efforts.  

As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, ECWA is both a land stewardship and an urban watershed management organization. Established in 1999, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association has organically and steadily grown from a few volunteers in one local neighborhood to become a key player in ensuring that Ellerbe Creek is an important asset to the watershed, to its surrounding neighborhoods, and to the City of Durham at large. ECWA envisions a living creek connecting human and natural communities in Durham.

Our assets include dedicated board members and volunteers; more than 450 acres of protected land throughout the watershed, including five publicly accessible preserves with hiking trails and educational signage, and an equivalent set of non-public (or not-yet-public) preserves; community events that raise both money and awareness; stormwater management and green infrastructure projects; and professional staff and consultants, who develop and share these assets in a sincere, inviting way. 

We are challenging ourselves to change the traditional ways we operate by identifying the ways that the conservation movement has traditionally excluded communities and people of color and acting to become an anti-racist conservation organization. 
These activities and more are described at our website at www.ellerbecreek.org.
Position Responsibilities
The water management coordinator will:

  1. Coordinate ECWA’s water management program, including supervision of water management staff.
  2. In collaboration with the Land Protection Director and the Executive Director, envision new and innovative water management projects that benefit Ellerbe Creek and take steps to make those projects happen (including attracting funding through grant writing and planning).
  3. Manage grants and projects related to water management or work with staff to assign management to appropriate staff as needed.
  4. Manage all reporting, budgeting, and invoicing to outside clients and funders as well as contracting details for contractors.

Specific duties include:

  1. Serve as the primary staff liaison for ECWA’s water management committee (monthly evening meetings with volunteer committee).
  2. Report to ED on progress on key projects.
  3. Lead project management, including budget and task maintenance and invoicing, on 2-3 key water management projects.
  4. Coordinate contractors for key large stormwater retrofit and stream improvement projects.
  5. Work with staff to build a “pipeline” of potential retrofit and stream improvement project opportunities.
  6. Help to revamp ECWA’s project management and budgeting system in collaboration with the operations manager and executive director.
  7. Identify and apply for new grant funding for stormwater retrofit and stream improvement projects.
  8. Coordinate the maintenance of the organizational GIS system, file system organization and management, and limited technical problem solving for ECWA.

Experience, Skills, and Qualifications:
The following characteristics are expected for this position:

  • High level of experience in project management, including budgeting, tracking, contracting, and reporting
  • Grant writing experience
  • Experience working with the public
  • Extensive experience in the water management and/or conservation science fields.
  • GIS proficiency, including experience organizing GIS data
  • Engineering background (preferred)
  • Fluency in Spanish (preferred)

The Water Management Coordinator should be able to:

  • Work outdoors even in potentially hot or cold weather.
  • Provide their own transportation to/from the worksite.
  • Be willing to work some evenings and weekends for special events and/or attending water management committee meetings.

Salary for this full-time position will be $35,000-42,500 per year depending upon experience. Benefits include an employer-covered BCBSNC platinum level health insurance plan and two days per month of flex paid time off.
Duration:  Six months from start date with extensions granted if funding is available after that six month period.
Application Process: Please submit your cover letter and professional resume to ECWA’s Operations Manager, Rachel Cohn, at [email protected] with “Water Management Program Coordinator” in the subject line by July 25, 2020.