Local recruitment: Program Manager via LinkedIn

Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP)

Cave Springs, AR, United States 🇺🇸

About the job

Program Manager for Youth Education and Water Quality Monitoring

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) is seeking a dedicated and conservation-minded individual to fulfill the role of Program Manager. The mission of IRWP is to improve the integrity of the Illinois River through public education, community outreach, and implementation of conservation and restoration projects. This position will be responsible for fulfilling youth education and water quality monitoring programs. Someone who is dynamic, adaptable, and self-directed will be the key to success for this position.

Monitoring Programming Responsibilities:

  • Lead implementation of a volunteer monitoring program by recruiting volunteer teams and ensuring volunteers follow appropriate sampling protocol.
  • Responsible for designing, implementing, and analyzing water quality monitoring studies.
  • Familiar with field methods of evaluating water chemistry, habitat assessment, and biological assessment.
  • Basic data visualization and analysis skills a plus.

Youth Education Programming Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for implementing field trips and mobile learning labs in coordination with local schools and IRWP team members and/or volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience coordinating nature-based education programming and activities that align with current math and science standards for Arkansas and/or Oklahoma.

IRWP Operations and Maintenance Responsibilities:

As needed, willingness to assist with:

  • general operations and maintenance requirements of IRWP’s Learning Center and Watershed Sanctuary,
  • development of communications tools, and
  • solicitation of funding for relevant programs, including grants and corporate and major donor outreach.

Professional skills

  • Ability to keep projects on-time, on-budget, and in-line with deliverables as outlined to grantors and sponsors.
  • Experience managing volunteers, interns, and student groups.
  • Demonstrated written skills in the form of published primary journal articles, project reports, or grant proposals.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once.
  • Must be comfortable presenting with public speaking and have excellent presentation skills.
  • Intermediate to expert experience in MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to work on occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with commitment to professional standards and ethical behavior.


Preferably have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years’ work experience in the areas of non-profit, conservation, or water quality research. 


This is a full-time salaried position. The proposed salary range is $40,000 to $44,000 but will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The following are included in the benefits package: health care insurance reimbursed to an agreed upon amount, 120 hours personal time off, Simple IRA retirement plan with 2% employer contribution (after one year of service), and flexible work schedule.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Leif Kindberg at [email protected] 

Apply By: ASAP