Youghiogheny Riverkeeper via Idealist

Mountain Watershed Association

Melcroft, PA, US

The Mountain Watershed Association seeks the protection, preservation and restoration of the Indian Creek and greater Youghiogheny River watersheds in the Laurel Highlands region of southwestern Pennsylvania. We are currently accepting resumes for a full-time Youghiogheny Riverkeeper. The Youghiogheny Riverkeeper is a program of the Mountain Watershed Association and has expanded the organization’s vision into the larger Youghiogheny River basin. The Yough Riverkeeper is the public advocate for the watershed. We use grassroots efforts to defend against further pollution, improve water quality and to conserve the natural ecology and character of the region. Learn more at[[|]].


  • Build the Mountain Watershed Association’s advocacy initiatives and capacity of the Youghiogheny Riverkeeper program to support advancement of environmental protection in the basin. Serve as the public advocate for the Youghiogheny River watershed.
  • Work in coalition with organizational partners to advance environmental protection locally and regionally.
  • Maintain familiarity with a diverse set of issues including coal mining, gas drilling, land use, fisheries, water quality and quantity, and climate change.
  • Develop educational materials including action alerts, website content and newsletter articles on relevant issues.
  • Use state and federal laws to advocate for environmental protection.
  • Organize community members to participate in campaigns or other initiatives and identify and build leadership capacity in impacted communities
  • Respond to requests from the public, coalition members, and media. Identify and take advantage of opportunities to promote our work throughout the region through social media, the placement of letters to the editor, op-eds and interview opportunities.
  • Review permits, proposed regulations, legislative and policy proposals and provide technical comments as necessary.
  • Conduct patrols and actively maintain a presence throughout the Youghiogheny River watershed. Investigate and respond to citizen complaints.
  • Participate in Waterkeeper Alliance activities including the annual conference and uphold the Waterkeeper Alliance Quality Standards.
  • Participate in fundraising including grant writing and reporting, event management, membership development and major donor solicitation.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in environmental science or related discipline and 5-8 years experience in environmental advocacy, organizing, policy, or similar field.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and a high level of independent judgment.
  • Experience in campaign development and management, legislative and policy initiatives, and demonstrable knowledge of air and water pollution issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership capability and ability to work well with a wide variety of people (rural experience strongly preferred).
  • Ability to multi-task, adapt to changing situations and to think creatively and quickly and to work well under pressure.
  • Ability to interpret and clearly articulate legislation, technical or legal issues in an accessible way.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to promoting the Mountain Watershed Association and Youghiogheny Riverkeeper program and supporting the communities that they serve.
  • Ability to work daily out of our Melcroft, PA office with occasional overnight travel required. Long hours and weekends are occasionally necessary.

Compensation: Compensation is commensurate with experience and other nonprofit organizations of similar size, scope and mission. Excellent benefits package.