Science and Policy Program Assistant

River Network

NC Triangle, NC, US

Position: Science and Policy Program Assistant – part time contractor
Reports to: Director of Science and Policy
Preferred Location: NC Triangle strongly preferred; will work from home office
Term of position: November 15 2017-September 30, 2018; support for this part time grant-funded position has been secured through September 2018 at 15-20 hours/week (flexible work hours) at $20/hour; technology stipend provided but otherwise no benefits.

Overview of Position:

River Network seeks to hire a part time contractor to assist our Science and Policy program with research, writing and outreach related to a cross-section of our work including federal policy synthesis, research on wild and scenic rivers, citizen science and safe drinking water, and webinar and outreach support. The contractor will assist with a variety of work to support our current projects and must be willing to be flexible and able to juggle several different projects simultaneously. We are looking for someone who is excited about helping to connect all people to achieve a sustainable and healthy future for our nation’s rivers and waters.

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 to learn more about our current priorities. Our headquarters are in Boulder, Colorado with staff and contractors working from various locations across the U.S.

River Network is committed to embracing diversity, equity and inclusion in all areas to achieve our mission. Through our programs, we seek to connect with all communities and increase the impact of their efforts to secure clean and ample water. River Network is intentional about our staffing and engagement practices and strive to increase the diversity of our staff, board, members, and supporters with strategic recruitment and partnerships and an inclusive workplace culture.

Primary responsibilities include:

• Research and case study development on best practices for protecting and restoring Wild and Scenic Rivers;
• Support ongoing tracking of drinking water issues and training tools;
• Support research on clean water policies in specific river basins;
• Assist with researching, writing and editing blogs and web content;
• Support development and management of programmatic webinars;
• Assist with outreach on science and policy issues; and
• Other tasks as assigned.

Minimum qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position has a strong interest in River Network’s mission to empower and unite people and communities to protect and restore rivers, has strong research and writing skills, a background in environmental science or policy or related fields and an interest in aquatic conservation, advocacy or public policy. Specific background requirements include:

• Self-motivated, ability to work independently and track and meet deadlines
• Proactive thinker
• Ability to research and analyze programs and policies
• Ability to write clearly and compellingly
• Ability to organize and plan meetings
• Strong technological abilities (e.g. Microsoft Office programs, Salesforce) and comfort learning new cloud-based systems (e.g. Go-To webinar and online
communication platforms)
• Access to a computer/laptop
• Completed undergraduate degree

Compensation and Benefits:

The Assistant will gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable science and policy staff at one of country’s leading river conservation organizations and will have the opportunity to contribute to larger multi-year projects aimed at increasing knowledge of clean and ample water issues among community and watershed groups. Hourly rate is $20/hour.

To Apply:

Please email your cover letter and resume as one integrated PDF document to Katherine Baer () with “Science and Policy Program Assistant” in the subject line of the email. Applications must be received no later than November25th with review starting on a rolling basis. Applicants granted an interview will be asked to provide references. No phone calls please.