Blue Cities Fellowship

Weston, MA, United States 🇺🇸

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA), winner of the 2011 International Riverprize, is seeking a full-time one-year fellow for our Blue Cities Initiative, commencing September 2016. Competitive salary based on experience, plus benefits.

CRWA is an environmental research and advocacy nonprofit based in Weston, MA. CRWA uses science, advocacy, and the law to protect, preserve and enhance the Charles River and its watershed, developing resilient approaches to climate change, river protection and ecological restoration.

This fellowship provides an exciting opportunity for an early or mid-career professional to play a key role in CRWA’s Blue Cities® Initiative projects and to hone their skills in landscape design, green infrastructure, public education and outreach, and project management. CRWA’s Blue Cities Initiative incorporates the design of natural green corridors and infrastructure to help treat stormwater runoff while enhancing neighborhoods and connecting existing open spaces.  Restoring urban greenscapes and natural hydrologic function—designing with nature—is at the heart of Blue Cities.  

The successful candidate will have:

  • A Master’s Degree in urban design, landscape architecture, or environmental engineering.
  • Knowledge and understanding of green infrastructure siting and design
  • Knowledge of natural freshwater systems, streams, and wetlands
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Experience with public outreach and education
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Project management experience

Preferred experience/skills:

  • Open space, greenway or parkland planning/ design experience
  • Experience conceptually designing green infrastructure stormwater systems
  • Experience conducting stormwater assessments
  • Knowledge of state and municipal stormwater regulations
  • Grant writing and management experience
  • Organized, self-motivated and demonstrated an ability to work well with others as well as independently

Job responsibilities:

  • Assess sites at multiple scales for restorations opportunities with a focus on restoring natural hydrologic functions
  • Identify opportunities to improve open space connectivity and improve pedestrian access
  • Interface with state and local officials around stormwater management, open space, access and environmental justice issues
  • Engage with watershed communities and residents on advocacy around incorporating green infrastructure into planning and urban design projects
  • Lead design charrettes and meetings focused on green infrastructure retrofits
  • Site and conceptually design green infrastructure systems
  • Project management and task coordination
  • Write grant proposals and reports
  • Attend some evening or weekend meetings and events

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and a resume by email no later than July 25, 2016 to Nishaila Porter.