Watershed Program Coordinator
Reports to: MWA Executive Director
Classification: Full-time, exempt, benefits eligible
The Musconetcong Watershed Association (MWA), incorporated as a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization in 1992, is committed to protecting and improving the quality of the Musconetcong River Watershed, including its natural and cultural resources, through public education and awareness programs, water quality monitoring, promotion of sustainable land management practices, and community involvement.
The Watershed Programs Coordinator (WPC) is a full-time Musconetcong Watershed Association employee who leads the organization’s ongoing watershed planning and restoration activities. The WPC collaborates with other MWA staff and partner organization staff to implement, document, and disseminate the results of specific projects. The WPC regularly engages with a variety of stakeholders, including government agency representatives and local elected officials, coalition and advisory group members, consultants and contractors, citizens and volunteers to develop support and capacity to achieve restoration goals. He/she analyzes results and reports to funders and other stakeholders. The WPC actively engages in efforts to educate and involve community residents, adults and children alike, in watershed protection issues and activities.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership in developing adaptive watershed management plans through the collection and analysis of land use, water quality and resource information, identification and clarification of stakeholder concerns, and establishment of goals and strategies.
Share technical information among local, state, and federal resource agencies and with various watershed community groups.
Work closely with municipalities throughout the watershed to address non-point source pollution/stormwater management concerns.
Develop effective working relationships among partner organizations, stakeholders, and government representatives at all levels to build support for adoption of watershed protection/restoration best management practices.
Develop grant proposals and budgets to attract new sources of support for restoration and management projects.
Restoration Project Management
Provide leadership and oversight for planning, implementation, and reporting for MWA’s restoration projects.
Concurrently manage a variety of restoration projects, including stream assessments, dam removals, bank stabilization, riparian buffer installations, bioretention basins/rain gardens, etc.
Develop bid packages and hire and oversee project consultants.
Develop programs to achieve restoration and protection goals based on stream quality, land use, and input from partner organizations, individuals and local, state and federal agencies.
Support planning and ongoing efforts to complete MWA’s Education Trail and restoration of MWA’s “Island Park.”
Identify and develop an outreach/engagement plan for municipal and private river-front landowners throughout the watershed to promote MWA’s “Push Back the Lawn” restoration project.
Develop educational materials and customized plans to improve riparian buffers at specific sites along the river, taking into consideration various conditions and goals. Oversee execution of such plans for willing property owners.
Participate in the development and execution of educational programs on topics related to Watershed restoration and management for children and adults.
Lead recreational activities that increase awareness of watershed protection best practices and encourage individuals to be good stewards of our watershed’s natural resources.
Supervise volunteers assisting with watershed restoration projects.
Bachelor’s degree in an environmental science or related field required.
Ability to develop Watershed Restoration and Protection Plans that meet the requirements of Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act for non-point source pollution management.
Knowledge of river/stream restoration techniques, including instream and riparian best practices, water quality indicators and native and invasive species.
Strong project management skills; experience retaining and providing oversight of consultants on restoration planning and implementation projects.
Familiarity with federal, state (NJ) and local regulations and permitting requirements.
Demonstrated success in building relationships with individuals, organizations, local and state government representatives.
Experience developing and making educational presentations for children and youth.
Strong listening, speaking and writing skills
Able to manage time effectively and meet deadlines; work independently and coordinate with other MWA staff as appropriate.
Project professionalism in the field.
Commitment to MWA’s mission.
Cultural sensitivity and commitment to principles of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Proficiency with MS Office, Internet and email.
First Aid and CPR certifications desired.
Flexible schedule; weekend and some evening work required.
Physical outside work required, utilize hand tools, and related physical tasks.
Requires use of personal cell phone and vehicle; job-related mileage reimbursed.
To apply: Applicants should send their resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining their fit for the role as a single PDF document to [email protected]. Please use “Watershed Program Coordinator-Your Name” as the subject line. Resumes not submitted in this way will not be considered. Position open until filled.
The Musconetcong Watershed association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.