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ClearWater Conservancy

State College, PA, USA 🇺🇸

Full Job Description

Riparian Restoration Project Coordinator

Supervisor: Habitat Stewardship Biologist
Employment: Full time, exempt with a 6‐month probationary period
Salary Range: Pending experience

Overview: ClearWater Conservancy is a hardworking land trust and conservation organization nestled in the heart of central Pennsylvania. Since 1980, ClearWater has worked to improve and protect the natural resources of central Pennsylvania for all through land conservation, water resource protection, and environmental outreach to the community. We are an accredited land trust having protected nearly 10,000 acres of land and water, restored more than 200 acres of streamside forests along more than 120,000 linear feet of stream corridors, and we educate 1000’s of people each year through outdoor adventures. Learn more about our work at www.clearwaterconservancy.org. ClearWater strives to create a fun, inspiring, and family–friendly work environment with flexible work hours and a team‐oriented structure.

Job Summary: The Riparian Restoration Project Coordinator will help manage, grow and support our Riparian Conservation Program. They will coordinate riparian project development, installation and funding with other staff, landowners, partners and contractors. Successful candidates will be open‐minded, outgoing, friendly professionals with strong interpersonal communication skills. Successful candidates will have experience in riparian restoration and knowledge of Agricultural Best Management Practices (BMP’s), strong skills and interests in managing a large number of details from relationship building, funding, planning and installation to long‐term stewardship and record keeping. The Riparian Restoration Project Coordinator must enjoy working with a wide array of diverse people with a variety of backgrounds, viewpoints and natural resource stewardship knowledge.

Responsibilities: The Riparian Restoration Projects Coordinator develops, manages and advances streamside buffer projects in ClearWater’s land and water resources programs in collaboration with ClearWater’s Habitat
Stewardship Biologist. As an ambassador of ClearWater Conservancy, this position will implement streamside buffers in central Pennsylvania, along with cultivating and maintaining respectful and inclusive working relationships with staff, private landowners, volunteers, and conservation partners.

Program priorities and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with the ClearWater conservation team, help implement strategy for stream restoration aimed at improving water quality in key watersheds in our service area.
  • Successfully implement and complete the scope of work for existing riparian stream buffers projects, resulting in the reduction of sediment and nutrient pollution in the Centre region ‐ Spring, Spruce, Little Juniata and other watersheds.
  • Prioritize and advance conservation planning on farms and other properties to restore streamside forests and enhance habitat in order to improve the ecological health of all natural resources.
  • Identify and implement riparian conservation priorities and appropriate strategies for the protection of natural resources. Coordinate priorities within the organization and externally with local, state and regional conservation initiatives and professionals.
  • Seek out and develop relationships with landowners and plan riparian projects with landowners, partners and ClearWater Staff.
  • Develop proposals, budgets, grant funding applications and reports which support land and water conservation projects.
  • Manage and track existing conservation projects, including creating and maintaining progress and grant records for each project.
  • Contribute to and participate in strategic conservation planning.
  • Contribute to and participate in outreach activities as needed.
  • Assist with overall efforts to promote and sustain the organization including occasional work in support of membership outreach and fundraising.
  • Work closely with staff, volunteers and board in support of conservation projects and to foster a welcoming and respected community institution.
  • Keep current on aspects of CWC’s programs and strategic priorities.
  • Other priorities as outlined by the Habitat Stewardship Biologist.

Working Conditions/Physical Conditions: The Riparian Restoration Project Coordinator will be required to perform a wide array of physically demanding tasks, such as hiking on uneven ground for long periods of time, working outside in inclement weather and carrying tools to project sites. The position involves occasional evening and weekend commitments. Time will be divided between field and office. Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs. Must be willing to use personal vehicle for travel and transporting supplies, tools, equipment with mileage reimbursement.

Professional Qualifications

  • Highly developed organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple details of several projects at a time and prioritize accordingly
  • Punctual and efficient with a strict adherence to deadlines
  • Meticulous about accuracy, double‐checking work often
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing, verbally, in meetings, and with landowners/partners
  • Ability to form strong, positive working relationships with others (staff, landowners, partners, contractors, volunteers) in a friendly, compassionate, and professional manner
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about natural resource conservation and stewardship

At least three years of experience in riparian restoration project management. Background in project management and riparian restoration, natural resources and Agricultural BMP’s is a must. A commitment to serving the greater public interest through conservation is a must. Working knowledge of the principals of conservation biology and project management experience with landscape‐level conservation planning and initiatives is a plus. Need highly developed organizational and time management skills along with excellent grant writing and project management skills. Must be focused and possess superior attention to detail and the desire to build consensus on collaborative projects. Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends.

Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive skillsets are essential. The ideal candidate must have demonstrated success as a project manager, be a team player and strategic thinker. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and provide strategic decision making in a team setting. Must be able to work in a small office setting under pressure with good humor and grace. Candidate must have a valid PA driver’s license, clean driving record, and a reliable personal vehicle for transportation to and from work, meetings and events.

Application Instructions: Email cover letter, resume and salary requirements and an example of your writing in one PDF document with your full name in the file name to Colleen DeLong, Habitat Stewardship Biologist, by Friday, July 23rd, 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity
ClearWater Conservancy provides equal employment opportunities to all individuals regardless of age, sex, color, race, creed, national origin, religious persuasion, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability as set forth by applicable state and federal laws. In addition, laws regarding veteran or military status are observed. This commitment is reflected in all our practices and policies regarding hiring, training, promotions, rates of pay, layoff, and other forms of compensation. All matters relating to employment are based upon ability to perform the job as well as dependability and reliability once hired.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 – $42,000.00 per year


  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan


  • Monday to Friday

Work Location:

  • One location

Work Remotely:

  • No