Local recruitment: Assateague Coastkeeper

Assateague Coastkeeper

Berlin, MD, USA 🇺🇸

We are currently seeking a person to become the Assateague COASTKEEPER, a public advocate for the coastal watershed of Worcester County, who identifies him, her, their self with the Waterkeeper mark and who serves as the primary spokesperson for our coastal waterbodies.

One of the oldest and most effective environmental organizations on Delmarva, Assateague Coastal Trust (ACT) has inspired and engaged scores of individuals and organizations to fight to protect the Coastal Bays of Maryland watershed and the surrounding Lower Shore region.

For over 50 years ACT has been and continues to be a fearless advocate for our diverse communities and ecosystems. Our board, staff, volunteers and partners are collaborative, adaptive, bold, and results driven.
We envision a future where our coastal waters and natural areas are clean, valued and protected by the people who live, work and play in the coastal watershed. Working arm in arm with diverse community partners, we protect and defend the health of Delmarva’s coastal waters through advocacy, education, science and the enforcement of just and equitable clean water laws.

We believe every community in our watershed has both a right to clean water and an equitable seat at the table to protect that right.

We work in collaboration with community partners as a way to engage communities in protecting these rights, thereby reducing environmental harms for all who live or visit the watershed. Collaboration with community partners is a way to engage communities.  It is also a way to amplify the voices of those community members who may not have the resources or the ability to speak independently.

ACT is the licensed program of WATERKEEPER Alliance since 2002 and hosts the Waterkeeper for our coastal watershed, the Assateague COASTKEEPER.

We are seeking a person to become the Assateague COASTKEEPER, a public advocate for the coastal watershed of Worcester County, who identifies him, her, their self with the Waterkeeper mark and who serves as the primary spokesperson for our coastal waterbodies.

This is not a traditional work environment. One morning for example might be spent navigating waterways to respond to a pollution complaint, then attending a meeting with legislators that afternoon, all with media interviews in between. It’s hard work, but exciting, and very rewarding. Do you have what it takes to be the Assateague COASTKEEPER?

As the licensed Waterkeeper, the Assateague Coastkeeper must have/develop a diverse grassroots constituency committed to protecting clean water and promoting swimmable, drinkable, and fishable waters for all.  The Assateague Coastkeeper must adhere to ACT’s Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) plan for diversifying our organization and our grassroots representation.

Among the Waterkeeper Alliance Quality Standards our Assateague Coastkeeper must adhere to, are the following:

  • Use best efforts to maintain representational standing or relevant measures to have the legal capacity to enforce environmental laws where possible.
  • Identify and respond to citizen complaints.
  • Advocate and enforce compliance with environmental laws, including the use of
  • litigation and administrative challenges against polluters in appropriate circumstances, in consultation with legal counsel.
  • Regular attendance at Waterkeeper Alliance biennial conferences, biennial Regional Summits, and the Annual meeting (in-person and virtual)
  • Regular attendance at Waterkeepers Chesapeake annual meetings and monthly conference calls.

The Assateague Coastkeeper:

  • Reports to the Executive Director.
  • Acts as primary spokesperson for the waterbody and is the primary Communicator to public/local officials.
  • Works with Executive Director and Board to help achieve individual, corporate, foundation, and event fundraising goals.
  • Must be able to drive a pick-up truck with a boat trailer and be capable of operating a 17’ center console boat with an outboard motor. If you are required to have a Maryland Boating Safety Course certification, ACT will help you obtain it.
  • Responsible for maintenance of equipment and watercraft, however boat motor is serviced locally.
  • Patrols waterbody and updates/identifies problem areas, and advises Executive Director.
  • Responds to pollution reports, investigates and refers possible violations to the proper county, state or federal authority.
  • Prepares and leads educational presentations within the community.
  • Oversees water quality monitoring program; tracks health of our coastal waterways
  • Serves as the liaison between Assateague Coastal Trust and Waterkeeper Alliance, as well as other local, state, and national organizations.
  • Ensures Quality Standards to maintain Waterkeeper license are being met, if not exceeded.

Salary:  $50,000/year.   Health benefits: quarterly stipend.     Flexible vacation/leave/work policies.

How to Apply
Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you!

Please send a resume and cover letter introducing yourself to us, in one PDF document, to: ‘[email protected]’, noting “Assateague COASTKEEPER” in the subject line.
​Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Our staff and our Assateague Coastkeeper are the heart of our mission. We aim to create and sustain a workforce that reflects the communities we strive to protect in our fight for clean water, and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply to join our team!