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Marketing Specialist

Reports to: Marketing Director and Executive Director
Hours: Part-time (20 hours/week)
Pay rate: commensurate with experience; includes benefits.
Close date:  open until filled

Position Overview

The Marketing Specialist for the Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is primarily responsible for the successful planning and implementation of environmental education and outreach programming that supports several distinct but related projects across the organization. Projects are generally focused on reducing stormwater runoff and other impacts to the Huron River system and include the objectives of raising awareness of watershed and water quality issues among targeted populations and changing attitudes and behaviors in order to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

The Marketing Specialist is familiar with the principals of behavior change marketing and employs the use of a variety of creative strategies and techniques to achieve measurable results. He or she works closely with HRWC project and marketing staff, grant administrators and external partners and vendors such as government contacts, other environmental nonprofits or consultants, and graphic design, print and mail contractors to develop outreach programming and produce and distribute materials.

The Marketing Specialist also works collaboratively with HRWC marketing and development staff to market the organization’s events, represent HRWC at public events, develop internal procedures and implement communications strategies that support organizational objectives.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and recommending marketing strategies that support project objectives and that use methods (including quantitative and qualitative research) for measuring project effectiveness and change in target audience awareness, attitudes and behavior
  • Developing and working within budgets and timelines for the completion of projects
  • Producing print, digital and other educational content through copywriting and print and digital graphic design that incorporates HRWC branding and leverages content across projects and the organization
  • Hiring and supervising contractors to help produce and distribute materials
  • Liaising between project staff and partners to facilitate decision-making
  • Identifying and supervising HRWC volunteers and interns to complete project tasks and tracking their work in our Salesforce supporter database
  • Participating in HRWC’s staff committee to strategize and coordinate organizational communications efforts especially with regard to the use of social media  and other digital media channels
  • Representing HRWC at public events and outdoor festivals primarily during the spring and summer seasons, some public speaking involved

Proficiencies and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years related experience
  • Experience in marketing including qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • Creative approach to marketing, communications or education and outreach
  • Ability to pick up and run with existing projects that already have scope, timeline and budget
  • Experience designing, writing, editing and proofreading materials
  • Experience in strategizing, planning, writing and posting content for social media
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, blogging (Word Press), some design (Adobe’s Creative Suite), social media marketing tools (Facebook and Twitter) and third party email marketing tools (Vertical Response)
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to work independently and on a team, relating well to people
  • Demonstrated passion for the work and is committed and engaged
  • Requires some travel within four-county area in southeastern Michigan
  • Willingness to work evening or weekend hours
  • Able to meet the demands of the work environment that includes indoor and outdoor locations in a variety of temperatures, light conditions, activity and noise levels

Huron River Watershed Council Background & Mission

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) (www.hrwc.org), founded in 1965, is Michigan’s oldest regional river protection organization. HRWC is a coalition of Huron Valley residents, businesses and member governments and receives support from federal, state and private sources.  HRWC promotes holistic watershed management to protect and restore the ecological integrity of the Huron River, its tributary streams, lakes, wetlands, groundwater, and surrounding landscape. Through hands-on education, advocacy, research and technical assistance HRWC seeks to inspire attitudes, behaviors, and economies that foster sound stewardship of local natural resources.

HRWC’s foundation is based on science with strong monitoring programs for water quality, stream flows, benthic macroinvertebrates and natural areas. From this foundation, HRWC’s eleven-person staff and corps of 450 volunteers identify opportunities, direct protection and restoration activities, and work with stakeholders to solve problems.

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume (2 pp max), and three references to:

Laura Rubin, Executive Director, Huron River Watershed Council
1100 N Main St, Suite 210
Ann Arbor, MI  48104

Electronic submissions are preferred:  lrubin@hrwc.org




HRWC regularly works with interns interested in getting work and field experience.  Currently we have no paid internships.  We will consider unpaid internships and will also work to secure fellowships and scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteer Positions

Bioreserve Project Volunteer Field Assessment Leader

Position Overview

The Volunteer Field Assessment Leader will assist project director in organizing field assessments of natural areas throughout the Huron watershed (parts of 7 counties in Southeast Michigan), as part of HRWC’s Bioreserve Project. Duties will include:

  • Contacting property owners to obtain permission for volunteer team to assess their property
  • Organizing over 100 volunteers into teams of 3 – 4 to perform assessments of natural areas throughout the spring and summer.
  • Accompanying teams when needed as a team member and/or “plant ID expert.” Each assessment takes about 3 – 4 hours.
  • Creating packets for volunteer teams including assessment forms, GIS maps, instructions, directions, etc.
  • Creating GIS maps for each assessment showing preliminary ecosystem boundaries and suggested route through site
  • Inputting data into ACCESS database and creating reports on each assessment using an ACCESS macro that incorporates data and GIS maps


Must have ability to work independently, a car, excellent interpersonal skills (both email and phone), and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (including ACCESS) and ArcGIS. Ability to identify most woody plants, forbs, and grasses of Michigan would be a great benefit.


Hours: Part-time (10 hours/week)
We are looking for a commitment through the 2015 growing season, with option to return in future years.


The associate will have the following opportunities:

- networking with and access to professionals
- technical learning in GIS, volunteer management, database management, ecology, plant identification

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

Plant Expert

HRWC is looking for a committed volunteer with qualifications and time to help us continue our work in providing field assessments of natural areas as part of our Bioreserve Project.

The Field Assessment Plant Expert would join field assessment teams at least once a week throughout the 2015 field season to perform assessments that each take about 2-4 hours.

HRWC has conducted over 270 field assessments on properties throughout the watershed.  So far, HRWC’s Bioreserve Program has helped conservancies and government preservation programs protect over 1000 acres using data provided by the Bioreserve Map and by field assessments.

We are getting ready to begin a partnership with all the conservancies in the watershed in which we provide field assessments to properties they are targeting for arranging for permanent preservation in priority areas along the Huron River corridor.

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

Green Infrastructure Services Volunteer Associate

Position Overview

The Associate, a volunteer position with HRWC, will assist project director (Kris Olsson) in running Green Infrastructure visioning workshops in local governments throughout the watershed, and in working with those communities on implementing the GI plan and vision through ordinance and policy development.


Must be able to work independently, have experience and knowledge of local government land use planning, a car, excellent interpersonal skills (both email and phone), and have working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs. The ideal candidate would also have ArcGIS background.


Ideally, Associate could commit to work with project director in organizing 1-2 workshops a year, which would include recruiting the local government, scheduling meeting or meetings with government representatives leading up to the workshop, scheduling the workshop, publicizing the workshop, and preparing the workshop presentation, background GIS data and maps, and poster map to be used in the workshop to create Green Infrastructure Vision.

Post workshop, Associate will create a final Green Infrastructure map and document based on the visioning session at the workshop, and present it to the local government.  The Associate will then work with project director to determine next steps in implementing policy changes in that local government to protect and enhance the Green Infrastructure.

Time commitment: 10 hours/week.  We are looking for a commitment of at least a year.


The Associate will have the following opportunities:
- networking with and access to professionals
- technical learning on various fronts (GIS, Green Infrastructure, land use planning, policies, meeting facilitation), water policy

Contact Kris Olsson if you are interested.

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