Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is seeking a part-time River-Friendly Coordinator for 20 hours per week. The River-Friendly Certification Program was created in 2003 to promote clean water and a healthy environment through voluntary action by individuals and institutions. To achieve these goals, we work one-on-one with residents, businesses, golf courses, and schools to improve land stewardship. The program works to reduce pollution, conserve water, restore habitat for wildlife, and educate the public about becoming better environmental stewards. Please note this position is currently supported for one year and is subject to future grant funding.
The River-Friendly (RF) Coordinator will work with the Watershed Association’s Science Department to develop and execute a strategy to expand the program to residents, businesses, golf courses, and schools, assisting participants with technical advice throughout the RF certification process. (S)he will actively engage the community in reducing nonpoint source pollution through education, outreach, and restoration. In addition, the Coordinator will implement the Harry’s Brook “Retain the Rain” project in downtown Princeton, encouraging landowners to install rain barrels and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff into the brook. Specific job responsibilities are detailed below.
– Assess and revitalize the Watershed Association’s RF Certification Program
– Conduct program/background research on RF history and principles
– Work with RF participants throughout the certification process including reviewing applications, conducting site visits, determining goals with input from Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and tracking RF participants’ progress towards meeting certification goals
– Provide technical assistance to clients regarding RF standard actions including Integrated Pest Management, Landscape Vegetation Care, Snow Removal and De-icing Practices, Stormwater Drainage Management, Water Conservation, Employee Education, and Stream Assessment
– Identify properties for ideal rain barrel and rain garden installation locations in Princeton’s Harry’s Brook watershed and establish residential, business, and school contacts
– Assist with habitat restoration projects, including rain garden and stream buffer plantings
Communication and Outreach
– Market RF programs to recruit new participants and volunteers
– Plan and lead educational/informational programs for RF participants
– Design and distribute program brochures, flyers, manuals, technical reports and/or fact sheets
– Train and support other organizations interested in adopting the RF program
– Document progress and evaluate impacts of RF efforts using measurable outcomes
– Write grant proposals and complete grant progress reports
– Perform other duties as required as part of the Watershed Association’s Science Department
– Bachelor’s Degree in a science or environmental field and at least one year of work experience
– Knowledge of water quality issues, horticulture and native species, pesticides and chemicals, landscaping practices, and restoration techniques
– Outreach and diplomacy skills, including the ability to communicate technical information effectively to a wide range of audiences
– Excellent written, verbal, and listening skills; experience with public speaking
– Computer skills including major software packages (MS Office); desktop publishing is a plus
– Strong team player and comfortable working independently with minimum direction
Submit your resume and cover letter to Deputy Director Kevin Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org by June 7, 2015.