Watershed Engagement Manager via Indeed

Clean Lakes Alliance

Madison, WI, United States 🇺🇸

We are looking for an experienced Watershed Engagement Manager to join our dynamic and fast-growing organization. This position is responsible for the management of Clean Lakes Alliance events and educational initiatives. Clean Lakes Alliance is a nonprofit devoted to improving the water quality of area lakes, streams and wetlands in the Yahara River Watershed. Working closely with government agencies, waterway user groups, local businesses, farmers and riparian owners, our organization serves as a positive voice in promotion of our cherished lakes and a fundraising arm for project execution.


This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. The position reports directly to the Watershed Program Director, and to the Director of Marketing and Development for event-related responsibilities. Primary duties of the Watershed Engagement Manager are to develop and oversee Clean Lakes Alliance events and educational programs.


  • Manage and oversee Renew the Blue Volunteer Days with direct support from the Watershed Coordinator. These volunteer-action opportunities are hosted on behalf of local businesses and organizations looking for hands-on, teambuilding experiences benefiting the lakes (i.e., cleanups, restorations, etc.). They are held approximately weekly from spring through fall of each year, and are held at various project sites within the Yahara Lakes watershed. Groups range in size from about 10 to nearly 200 participants.
  • Help manage efforts to fund and implement Clean Lakes Alliance educational programs. These programs include the summer Lake Explorer Camp, Yahara Watershed Academy, and the Yahara Lakes 101 science café series, among others. Responsibilities include managing partnerships, identifying and pursuing outside funding sources, ensuring successful implementation, and tracking and reporting outcomes.
  • Provide direct supervision to the Watershed Coordinator in running the LakeForecast.org/citizen water quality-monitoring program. Responsibilities include managing partnerships, preparing budgets, identifying and pursuing outside funding sources, maintaining volunteer relationships, ensuring successful program implementation, and tracking and reporting outcomes.
  • Assist with the development of urban initiatives related to leaf management and lake-friendly yard care. Examples may include the piloting of leaf-collection efforts, creation of behavior-change incentives and strategies, development of outreach tools, and coordination with municipal partners on shared messaging.
  • Support the Director of Marketing and Development in planning and coordinating Clean Lakes Alliance fundraising and outreach events. These include the Frozen Assets Festival, Save Our Lakes Breakfast, Loop the Lake/Shoreline Swim, and Fore! Lakes Golf Outing, among others.
  • Oversee Clean Lakes Alliance interns and volunteers, as applicable.
  • Assist with other activities as needed to raise public awareness, increase volunteerism, and empower individual action that will benefit the lakes.
  • Attend occasional weekend and evening meetings as part of building relationships with local watershed groups and government partners.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of 2-4 years of relevant professional experience. Nonprofit experience preferred but not required.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in lake and watershed science, education, communications, public affairs, water resources management, or similarly-applicable disciplines.
  • Proven track record of running events and adult educational programs.
  • Experience with personnel management.
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills, including those related to public speaking.
  • Highly organized with an ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Proactive and strategic thinker.
  • A flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented person that can work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficient in common software applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).

Work Environment and Hours

  • Working conditions are normal for an office environment.
  • 40-hour weeks with occasional evening and weekend work as requested.

Job Location

Verex Plaza: 150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2600, Madison, Wisconsin 53703.

On bus line and short walk or bike ride from the UW-Madison campus.

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, including 12 paid holidays, 15 vacation days (starting), employer-paid life and disability insurance, paid family-leave policy, and 100% employer-matched retirement up to 3% of salary.

Application Procedure

To apply, please email a letter of interest and resume to Paul Dearlove at Clean Lakes Alliance by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 . Include “Watershed Engagement Manager Application” in the subject header. Potential start date is April 2017.

Job Type: Full-time