River Restoration Manager

Chester, NJ, United States 🇺🇸


Chester, New Jersey (NJ) NJ201


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The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


Within the freshwater program, the River Restoration Manager advances conservation river health in NJ by developing, managing, and implementing conservation plans and projects. This position will lead the design and implementation of freshwater restoration projects, many to benefit migratory fish, and will have the opportunity to apply a variety of strategies to support healthy river habitat and fish populations across the Delaware River watershed and NJ.


The River Restoration Manager provides technical leadership and support to the NJ freshwater program with a focus on river and stream restoration and on key enabling conditions to support sustainable migratory and native freshwater fish populations. She/he will work with the freshwater team to develop and implement restoration strategies and will lead major restoration projects, such as dam removal, bank stabilization, and riparian restoration, to benefit fish and aquatic health in multiple NJ watersheds. In order to best address critical threats to natural systems and species, the River Restoration Manager will need to apply a scientific approach to restoration work and be able to lead many project partners with a range of fields of expertise. Additionally, this position will apply in-depth knowledge of dam removal and fish population needs to opportunities to influence new partnerships and relevant policies or regulations that affect river and fish population health. She/he will oversee restoration and monitoring efforts in northern NJ, as well as coordinate major projects statewide: setting deadlines and managing completion, helping to coordinate community engagement, and communicating results to a variety of audiences. S/he will work to increase public and private support for TNC conservation priorities, foster cross-site learning, and ensure monitoring and documentation of project successes. The position will be located in Chester, NJ.


  • Leads the development and implementation of major on-the-ground stream and river restoration projects to restore key aquatic habitats and freshwater processes.
  • Helps to develop restoration strategies and apply scientific approaches to river/stream restoration.
  • Oversees ongoing floodplain and river restoration efforts and both project-related and watershed-wide monitoring
  • Leads partnerships with other NGOs, state and federal agencies, local communities, individual landowners, businesses, and academics to complete major restoration projects and improve enabling conditions to support sustainable fish populations.
  • Leverages and influences public and private funds to achieve improved water quality and aquatic/riparian habitat.
  • Provides data analysis and reporting of lessons learned from stream and river restoration projects.
  • Performs tasks with minimal supervision and makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • May supervise staff with responsibility for performance management, training and development.
  • Financial responsibility may include working within/managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.
  • Ensures 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.


  • BA/BS, law or business degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects, including staffing, workloads, and finances under deadlines.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience communicating with the public and/or media both in writing and verbally.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Valid Driver’s License.


  • Significant demonstrated experience leading partnerships to complete major restoration projects and/or achieve targeted conservation outcomes.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing excellent working and cooperative relationships with diverse groups, including land owners, business and industry, state/local/federal agencies, other non-profit partners, the academic community, donors, board members, and the general public.
  • Extensive project management skills, preferably with experience in dam removals and other freshwater restoration projects requiring permitting in New Jersey.
  • Ability to develop and implement creative ideas to improve overall performance of freshwater conservation strategies, including in urbanized watersheds.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in river and fish habitat restoration, including natural channel design and/or similar stream restoration techniques, as well as urban river restoration.
  • Familiarity with current trends and practices in monitoring to assess the health of aquatic ecosystems.
  • Knowledge of freshwater conservation science, practice, and policy in New Jersey.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Proven commitment to the success and advancement of others.


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


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Position Title: River Restoration Manager

Job ID: 44287

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Location: New Jersey