Senior Watershed Manager

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Midcoast Conservancy
Edgecomb, ME, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Since 2016, five conservation organizations have merged to create Midcoast Conservancy. Our mission is to support and promote healthy lands, waters, wildlife and people in Midcoast Maine through conservation, habitat restoration, outdoor adventure and learning. Our focus includes the watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Medomak River and Sheepscot River.


This position is primarily responsible for protecting and improving water resources for human and ecological benefit within the service area of Midcoast Conservancy. Hires and supervises permanent and seasonal staff needed to carry out programs and reports to the Executive Director or their designee. The position is one member of a three member Water Pillar team within the organization. All team members provide lateral support for one another and collaborate when needed on water quality, watershed management and restoration projects.



The Senior Watershed Manager is primarily responsible for implementing the following program goals. Tasks are illustrative of the nature of the position and other tasks may be required.

NonPoint Source and Erosion Management

  • Develop and implement erosion control strategies to protect and improve water quality and address land use impacts throughout the Midcoast Conservancy service area through Clean Water Act Section 319 funding. (a nutrient management plan required to leverage federal/state funds to remediate large scale erosion issues) by leading volunteers in a full watershed assessment of erosion sources (2020-2021), authoring the plan with partner input (2021), and seeking funds for implementation. (2021-2022)
  • Develop, update and implement Watershed Protection Plans within watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Sheepscot River and Medomak River with goals of having watershed-based protection plans approved by Maine DEP and US EPA.
  • Apply for and manage implementation of Clean Water Act Section 319 grant(s).
  • Address diverse sources of pollution within the watershed, implement living, structural and non-structural Best Management Practices.
  • Identify and assist in managing pollution prevention from water-related infrastructure such as sewer and storm drain lines, failing septic systems, and other sources of bacteria.
  • Work with community leaders, municipalities and landowners within the shoreland zone to help mitigate harmful erosion and to recruit participation in programs to reduce runoff and erosion.
  • Develop partnerships with local, state and national agencies to address agricultural sources of nutrients impacting water quality including partnerships with Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District.

Community Engagement and Leadership

  • Represent Midcoast Conservancy interests with regional and state organizations.
  • Assist local towns with Comprehensive Planning, nutrient reduction strategies for new construction and gravel road maintenance.
  • Respond to community calls, emails, concerns regarding algae, erosion and other emerging issues such as cyanobacteria.
  • Partner with state and federal agencies, universities and local municipalities, including DEP, DMR, USFWS, and UMaine to accomplish water program goals.
  • Engage the community to create and implement new opportunities for protecting water throughout the region (e.g. volunteers, municipalities, working groups, community institutions and members).
  • Organize stakeholder meetings and community training events as required to fulfill program implementation goals.
  • Stay current on science and trends in fields of watershed and/or water quality management by attending relevant conferences.
  • Work with other Water Pillar and other Midcoast Conservancy staff on projects requiring collaboration.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate full-time and part-time permanent and seasonal staff as needed.

All staff contribute to the following:

  • Occasionally create content in partnership with Communications staff for newsletters, press releases and social media related to their work.
  • Engage in conversations to discover what the community cares about.
  • Act as an ambassador for the organization within the community.
  • May be staff representative for any of the five Local Councils to assist in development or implementation of programs related to their work.
  • Work with colleagues within the organization on outreach to various constituents by attending events, giving presentations and participating in organizational programs.
  • Coordinate volunteers related to their work.
  • Work with the organization's Grants Team to research and write grants related to water quality improvement and watershed management within the MC service area.

Desired knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-related field and 5-7 years of experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Successful experience applying for, implementing and closing out Clean Water Act Section 319 grants.
  • Technical and field experience with prescribing best management practices for preventing shoreland erosion and nutrient pollution.
  • Exceptional track record in developing successful relationships with diverse local stakeholders and managing multiple priorities and projects.
  • Certifications in water quality sampling and experience with water quality data collection standards and techniques is desired.
  • Experience with local, state, and federal rules and regulations related to water resource protection and conservation, especially shoreland zoning.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proven experience in a supervisory role.
  • Excellent project and time management skills and the ability to be flexible while maintaining clearly expressed priorities.
  • Ability to be innovative, flexible, and empathetic; and a strong desire to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Experience with technical software such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and other statistical or analytical software.
  • Experience operating motorized watercraft on inland waters safely, driving and trailering boats is desired.

Position terms

The position is salaried based on a 35-hour work week. Benefits include sick leave, all Federal holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, retirement plan and health insurance all in a collaborative and flexible work environment. Periodic work on weekends and evenings will be required. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed. Reports to the Executive Director;