Watershed Ecologist via Indeed

Clinton River Watershed Council

Rochester Hills, MI, US

The Clinton River Watershed Council provides a forum for individuals, businesses, local governments, and other organizations to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair. Established in 1972 as a council of local governments, the Clinton River Watershed Council reorganized in 1994 as an IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Key programs include watershed management, education, and stewardship.

The Watershed Ecologist reports directly to the Executive Director. The Watershed Ecologist works cooperatively with other professional and administrative staff. It is a full-time exempt position.

The Watershed Ecologist supports CRWC’s mission through the coordination of the organization’s technical needs through data collection, ecology and field research. The Watershed Ecologist works with biology, field implementation and development with local and regional partners to design, implement and manage complex riparian restoration projects to further the CRWC’s mission and the science of ecological restoration. This position requires strong project management and budgetary skills, ecological expertise and effective collaboration with diverse stakeholders including local, regional and federal organizations, landowners and resource agency personnel.

The successful candidate will be responsible for management of small to large scale restoration projects, including communicating effectively with engineering firms and their sub-contractors, team members, municipal clients, meeting multiple deadlines and building partnerships.

The successful candidate will also manage the Environmental Scientist, CRWC interns and other field techs; produce technical documents including restoration plans, project reports and outreach articles; secure environmental permits on occasion and assist with scientific experiments.

Primary duties include project management for stream habitat assessments, restoration and design, green infrastructure, stream geomorphic surveys, woody debris management, ecological data management and able to evaluate the impact of projects. Must be able to synthesize and interpret results to a variety of audiences

This position requires the production of timely, high quality work and courteous, service-oriented behavior towards customers and coworkers. Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Watershed Ecologist will:

· Manage and coordinate CRWC’s Ecological Application and Assessment Program to include field work and stream monitoring experience;

· Coordinate Adopt-A-Stream research data and training;

· Assess and prioritize habitat projects including road/stream crossings, small dams, erosion sites, invasive species, stormwater management and others;

· Provide on-site construction oversight and observation to field crews, construction contractors and volunteers as needed;

· Provide technical support to Watershed Planner for native plantings and other green infrastructure projects.

· Responsible for project management and reporting;

· Participate in regular meetings with partners to discuss project objectives, timeline, obstacles and new ideas;

· Coordinate CRWC’s Clinton River Coldwater Conservation Projects through education and stewardship activities, public forums, workshops, conferences, presentations and recreation activities.

· Coordinate and assist our member communities through education offering our technical assistance to meet their needs for stream ecology and bioengineering.

· Assist the program staff in the promotion and coordination of volunteer participation in CRWC education and stewardship events;

· Assist in the development and facilitation of presentations, site visits, and implementation of best management practices in cooperation with other staff;

· Assist in providing content for CRWC’s website, press releases and other publications as it relates to technical knowledge.

· Research, write and manage grants

MS (preferred) or BS in biology, aquatic ecology, environmental science, or related field, plus at least 3 years’ experience. Must have the ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be able to stand on feet, bend or stoop for a prolonged period of time. Must have knowledge and experience in GIS using mapping software; knowledge of field work tools and equipment including compass, diameter tape, survey tools, in stream water quality monitoring and equipment.. Must be proficient at research data entry, assimilation and management

Candidate must possess strong analytical, verbal and written communication skills as well as the ability to present in a public forum for both adult and student audiences. Demonstrated ability to track and manage multiple tasks, must be skilled in planning and prioritization, and highly organized. Experience in planning events and working with educators and volunteers preferred. Working familiarity with word processing, desktop publishing, spreadsheet and database programs.

$48,000 – $55,000 salary commensurate with experience. Health and retirement benefits, vacation, sick and holiday pay. Final compensation is recommended by the Executive Director and approved by the Board of Directors.

Download job description at www.crwc.org/about/jobs/

Please mail/email your cover letter and resume to:

Clinton River Watershed Council

1115 W. Avon Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48309-1280

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $48,000.00 to $55,000.00 /year