Executive Director

Merrimack River Watershed Council

Lawrence, MA, US

MRWC seeks an enthusiastic, creative, go-getter to take the helm and help us grow our organization! This is an exciting opportunity for somebody looking to take charge and build on our considerable recent momentum and national visibility. We are looking for someone to build bridges and open doors of collaboration, is involved in local watershed management and conservation efforts, and can foster membership and donor relationships to help grow the organization. The Executive Director oversees the day-to-day operations and cultivates key partnerships and donor relationships, acts as the champion and voice of the Merrimack River, ensures that all products and projects are produced and carried out in an effective, professional and timely manner, oversees staff and volunteers and develops and manages the budget. The Executive Director develops and implements short and long-term strategic plans to grow and strengthen the organization’s ability to have a positive impact. This position reports to the Board of Directors. Specific duties are outlined below:

v Understand the role of Board of Directors, and work in partnership with the Board to further the organization’s mission and goals. Cultivate board involvement and board recruitment and training.

v Create and maintain project partnerships with other watershed groups and related nonprofit organizations.

v Act as a Merrimack River Champion, advocating for sustainable water management, riparian buffer protection and restoration, resource efficiency, improved stormwater management, increased public education and awareness, etc. Stay abreast of key watershed concerns and help to keep the MRWC current and relevant for our constituents.

v Build the organization through fundraising and increased revenue from grants, membership, donors, and events.

v Serve as primary organizational spokesperson and contact for MRWC with appropriate media outlets, other agencies and the public. Speak at or attend conferences on: water conservation, water quality, community collaboration, etc.

v Conduct community outreach for all age groups to promote greater citizen involvement.

v Develop and maintain material for the MRWC website and increase social media presence.


  • Enthusiastic, a positive attitude and a passion for serving in our community, building relationships and enhancing the wellbeing of the Merrimack River.
  • Previous non-profit and management experience including budget management, fund-raising and grant management.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal grant processes. Proven grant-writing experience.
  • Awareness of local government procedures for Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • Thorough understanding of basic ecological and watershed principles.
  • Experience and knowledge of river restoration, water quality monitoring, fish restoration.
  • Experience conducting public education for all age groups.
  • Ability to work with minimal direction.
  • Experience developing and marketing environmental campaigns.
  • Strong communication skills and public speaking experience.
  • Previous experience working with a Board of Directors.
  • Working knowledge of basic computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite and awareness of emerging technologies designed for conservation and preservation. Proficiency with spatial databases (GIS), web design, and Little Green Light (or other donor management software) highly desirable.
  • Degree in Environmental Science, Education, Environmental Management, Business Management, Communications, Legal or related field a plus.
  • Advanced degree preferred.