Clean Water Policy Fellow

River Network

U.S.A., , XH

POSITION TITLE:  Clean Water Policy Fellow
REPORTS TO:  Drinking Water Program Manager
LOCATION:  Flexible, Great Lakes region preferred. Position will be based out of a home office/remote.
TERM AND SALARY: Part-timeterm-limited, and non-exempt. This position is grant funded at $15,000 for the term of fellowship (4-6 months).  

POSITION SUMMARY: River Network is seeking a Clean Water Policy Fellow to support our state policy work focused on promoting and protecting access to clean, safe and affordable drinking water for all. Individualwith experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply: public policy or public health, policy research and analysis, conservation issues and water systemsWe are looking for someone who is comfortable working remotely and with project management skills and experience. This position will focus heavily on both interview and desk research and writing and the ability to synthesize complex information for a broad audience is a must. 

The primary objective of this position is to compile information related to state policy and associated advocacy efforts to support the capacity of our network to advocate for and implement clean water protections in their state. The person hired for this position will serve as researcher, writer, and connector, to identify, capture and disseminate successful examples of clean water policy initiatives, with a focus on drinking water and water affordability, that have resulted in positive change from across the U.S.Additionally, the Clean Water Policy Fellow will support River Network in other associated projects that further our objective of building the capacity of network members working on drinking water to advocate for protection and access to safe and affordable water in their community.   

Our ideal candidate understands has experience with nonprofit organizations and has experience working with under-represented groups, particularly racially and ethnically diverse communities. The Clean Water Policy Fellow will work directly with the Drinking Water Program Manager as well as other members of the Science & Policy team to develop and implement their work plan. This person must be flexible and able to take initiative in accomplishing tasks as well as seeking support from River Network staff. We seek a candidate who is excited about improving access to clean water and healthy rivers for all people, and who are inspired to achieve a sustainable and equitable future for our nation’s rivers, waters and the communities that depend on them.The Fellow will have the opportunity to join internal staff meetings to build relationships with all staff and learn more about River Network’s work. The Fellow will also be granted registration for attendance at River Rally 2021 (May 17-20).  

ABOUT RIVER NETWORK: River Network envisions a future of clean and ample water for people and nature, where local caretakers are well-equipped, effective and courageous champions for our rivers. River Network’s mission is to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other waters that sustain all life. Visit www.rivernetwork.orgto learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado and we have staff located in communities across the U.S. We are committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission – explore ourcore values and commitmentto equity, diversity and inclusion, our explanation for why equity, diversity an inclusion are the foundation of our mission, and ourprinciples for equitable and inclusive work. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. Through our internal practices and external leadership, we seek an inclusive workplace culture that attracts diverse staff, board, members, and supporters. 


Develop Inventory of State Drinking Water Policy and Advocacy Efforts 

  • Research and inventory examples of statewide drinking water policies and advocacy strategies that have proven successful in addressing issues of access, quality, affordability and safety; 
  • Conduct interviews and additional research for specific case studies documenting success stories across the country, profiling organizations and local leaders; 
  • Draft public facing fact sheets, profiles and other necessary materials to convey research findings; and 
  • Support Drinking Water Program Manager in designing State Policy Hub framework for dissemination of above research and writing. 

Great Lakes Advocate Database 

  • Research and inventory nonprofits and community organizations throughout the Great Lakes region working on drinking water; 
  • Draft profiles for database of Great Lakes drinking water advocates, including issue expertise, programs/accomplishments in the field and relevant contact information. 

Turnkey material development 

  • Review and synthesize River Network drinking water tools and lead development of fact sheets and other turnkey material production; 
  • Work with Drinking Water Program Manager and other relevant staff to identify additional opportunities to increase uptake and accessibility of River Network educational resources


  • Positive, self-motivated, strategic thinker and quick learner with an upbeat attitude, entrepreneurial spirit, and drive to succeed with a diverse set of stakeholders, partners, staff and volunteers; 
  • Experience working independently, conducting desk and interview research and synthesizing dense or complex information for a broad audience, and fulfilling project deadlines and benchmarks; 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education in a related field; 1-2 years professional work experience preferred; 
  • Experience working with community-based groups and leaders and organizations representing communities of color; 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills as well as interpersonal skills; 
  • Self-directed; demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team player, defining and tracking deadlines, progress, and contributions of others and staying on track and managing multiple projects simultaneously; and 
  • Commitment to River Network’s vision and mission, and to our core values of strength, mutual respect, integrity, balance, growth and inclusion; 

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Sheyda Esnaashari ( with “Clean Water Policy Fellow” in the subject line of the email. All applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. Central Time on March 29, 2021. Expected starting date: April-May 2021. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide work samples and references. No phone calls please.