Watershed Coordinator

Tarrant Regional Water District

Fort Worth, TX, US

Position summary

The mission of the District’s Watershed Program is to protect water supplies through responsible watershed planning and stewardship.  The program accomplishes this by leading watershed stakeholders, decision-makers, and scientific experts in the development and implementation of stakeholder-driven plans designed to reduce the flow of pollutants to streams and lakes.

The Watershed Coordinator (Coordinator) is part of a team providing leadership and support for watershed assessment, planning, and management activities to protect and improve water quality in Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) watersheds. The Coordinator reports to the Watershed Program Manager, who oversees a multi-watershed program. The Coordinator position is watershed-specific, providing assistance as needed to other TRWD watershed staff and projects.

The Coordinator works with a variety of urban, rural, and agricultural stakeholders to develop, refine and implement Watershed Protection Plans (WPP).

The Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination, and execution of activities that support management practices identified in the WPPs, including identification of potential funding mechanisms.

Qualifications required:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resource management, biology, chemistry, environmental or agricultural sciences or a related field and two (2) or more years of relevant work experience is required.
  • Knowledge/experience in watershed assessment, planning and management.
  • Ability to compile information and develop relationships necessary to plan, coordinate, and execute activities that support watershed goals.
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups including the public, agricultural interests, city and county officials, non-profit and environmental advocacy organizations, river authorities, universities, and state and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce finished planning and analysis products from various sources of environmental, social, and economic information.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, establish work priorities, and manage time effectively.
  • Ability to work outside regular business hours and travel as necessary to coordinate program efforts.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office Suite.
  • Proficiency in GIS mapping, spatial data assessment, and statistical analysis of water quality and other environmental data.
  • Valid Texas Driver License

Qualifications desired:

  • Master’s Degree in natural resource management, environmental science, or related field.
  • Hands-on experience in watershed planning or development of WPPs.
  • Training and/or experience in organizational development, communications, consensus building, facilitation, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to safely connect and tow a trailer.

Essential functions and responsibilities:

  • Facilitate development and coordination of stakeholder groups.
  • Conduct regular meetings throughout the watersheds to develop and maintain engaged stakeholders, gather and incorporate local input, and encourage citizen participation.
  • Provide counties, cities and other partners with regular updates on progress implementing the WPPs and seek input and recommendations on needed activities.
  • Assist with implementing watershed protection plans, including coordination and development of tasks and programs that support project goals.
  • Work with state and federal agencies and organizations, as appropriate, to identify technical and financial assistance for watershed partners and projects.
  • Document, track, and report on implementation efforts and progress toward goals identified in the WPPs.
  • Evaluate water quality and other data to monitor progress and determine the need for new approaches to implement the WPPs.
  • Analyze and interpret water quality and other environmental data to document current conditions, relay information to stakeholders, and develop watershed management strategies.
  • Work with federal and state agencies, universities and research organizations, non-profit organizations, and other partners to plan and develop projects and proposals to support WPP activities and goals.
  • Coordinate and conduct outreach and education efforts across the watersheds, including organizing training opportunities, organizing and participating in local community clean-up events, and partnering with local organizations.
  • Prepare educational resources including factsheets, PowerPoint slide sets, webpages, social media, videos, newsletters and news releases, and related materials to support project efforts.
  • Assist in coordination with other District Departments, as needed, to educate staff and integrate their programs and efforts with Watershed Programs.

Nonessential functions and responsibilities:

  • Assist in review and development of reports, permits, proposals, budgets, and other technical documents.
  • Assist with training and supervising part-time employees.
  • Prepare reports, billing, and budgeting, purchasing, scheduling, and other administrative duties.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Physical demands and work environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee typically resides within an office or cubicle and may have occasional field work that will expose the employee to weather conditions prevalent at the time.