Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper

, NH, US

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper (Waterkeeper) to advocate and work toward the restoration and protection of the Great Bay estuary, with a focus on water quality.  The Waterkeeper will be responsible for building and engaging a strong and coordinated constituent base willing to play an active role in advocating for and implementing needed solutions to protect the Great Bay estuary. She/he must be a diligent advocate for improved water quality and ecosystem health using sound science and a knowledge of the workings of the state and federal agencies that are responsible for the estuary’s health. She/he will interface with other non-governmental, quasi-governmental and governmental organizations involved in Great Bay-related matters, with municipal officials, and with the national Waterkeeper Alliance network, to generate further interest in the Great Bay estuary and support for measures needed to protect it. She/he must represent CLF in public on Great Bay matters and participate in governmental activities related to the estuary.

This is a full-time exempt position.  Job duties will include:

  • Building and maintaining a constituent base of support from among the public, and strategically coordinating / harnessing the interest of other organizations to build and leverage an effective, unified voice for the estuary;
  • Building and stewarding relationships with other organizations, the media, scientists, state and federal regulators, municipal officials, and elected officials;
  • Working with the New Hampshire Advocacy Center Director and the CLF Development team, identifying and stewarding major funders, individuals, foundations and companies, for the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper program;
  • Operating CLF’s 20’ Waterkeeper vessel as a platform to educate and engage members of the public, elected officials, donors, and the media on the water and to monitor conditions in the Great Bay estuary;
  • Working with the CLF Communications team, preparing materials such as fact sheets, Op-Eds, and other commentaries, and making strategic use of social media to address issues affecting the estuary and raise the visibility of the Waterkeeper program and CLF;
  • Testifying at governmental hearings and public meetings regarding the estuary;
  • Preparing comments on permits and other administrative actions affecting the estuary;
  • Educating government and elected officials regarding the importance of the estuary and the science supporting CLF positions on Great Bay issues;
  • Meeting regularly with governmental entities and Great Bay-related groups to have a positive influence on the direction of programs and the beneficial and strategic use of funds;
  • Patrolling waters within the jurisdiction of the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper, engaging in or coordinating water quality monitoring, and receiving and responding to calls from the public, to identify problems that need to be addressed;
  • Working with and stewarding the Waterkeeper program’s local advisory group;
  • Working with other CLF advocates to develop and advance policy positions and initiatives, and to develop and prosecute legal actions as necessary.

Preferred experience for this position includes:

  • Degree in the sciences or environmental policy;
  • Direct experience with water quality issues, preferably in the estuarine environment;
  • Experience working within the Great Bay estuary watershed and with stakeholders within the watershed;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Direct experience with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and legislative bodies;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences;
  • Advanced program development, planning and implementation skills;
  • Public speaking experience;
  • Development experience;
  • Experience operating/piloting a boat in marine waters.

Salary and Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected.

To Apply

By March 30, 2017, send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g., “SMITH J RESUME”) and a detailed cover letter titled “your last name-first initial-cover” (e.g., “SMITH J COVER”) to [email protected]  Please make “Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper” the subject of your e-mail. Absolutely no phone calls or in-person visits please.