Current Staff Openings

Marketing and Outreach Associate

Reports to: Marketing Director
Hours: Part-time (20 hours/week), funding secured through 2022
Salary: $22,470 plus partial benefits
Close Date: Open until filled. Application review begins December 28, 2020.

Position Description

The Marketing and Outreach Associate for 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, climate change and other impacts to the Huron River and the waterbodies in the Downriver Detroit area. Project objectives include raising awareness of the watersheds and water quality issues among targeted populations and changing attitudes and behaviors in order to reduce pollution and increase environmental health and climate resiliency. The Marketing and Outreach Associate 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. They work 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 materials. They independently produce and distribute strategic and impactful multi-channel content using their graphic design and copy writing skills and their knowledge of digital marketing.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and recommend 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
  • Work within budgets and timelines to implement projects and track and report results
  • Produce print, digital and other educational content through copywriting and graphic design that incorporates HRWC and partner branding
  • Hire and supervise contractors to help produce and distribute materials
  • Liaise between project staff and partners to facilitate decision-making
  • Identify and supervise HRWC volunteers and interns
  • Represent HRWC and partners at public events and outdoor festivals primarily during the spring and summer seasons, some public speaking involved

Qualified Candidates will have:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Associates Degree (with focus in communications, marketing or graphic design preferred) and 3 years related work experience or 5 years related work experience
  • Creative approach to marketing, communications and outreach
  • Accountability for projects, goals and outcomes
  • Ability to pick up and run with existing projects that already have scope, timeline and budget
  • Experience designing, writing, editing and proofreading materials
  • Mastery of graphic design software (Adobe Creative Suite) and excellent graphic design skills including the ability to quickly develop visually engaging digital and print materials
  • Excellent writing skills including ability to write clear impactful messaging and calls to action
  • Knowledge of and experience using Google Analytics, social media, email and digital marketing tools
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods for marketing
  • Good at working independently and collaborating as part of a small organizational team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365
  • A commitment to the principals of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and the watershed
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental issues
  • Familiarity with Southeast Michigan and the Downriver area in particular
  • Interest in engaging the public and community decision-makers

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those necessary to perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform them.

  • Willingness to travel within four-county area in southeastern Michigan
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends.
  • The employee is regularly required to, stand, sit, talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone. Specific vision abilities required include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Able to meet the demands of the work environment including physical activity (setting up an outreach booth with educational materials and other event-related tasks including carrying up to 25 pounds), being in indoor and outdoor locations in a variety of temperatures, light conditions, activity and noise levels.
  • Must maintain a valid driver’s license in the State of Michigan and have access to a vehicle for working at events throughout the watershed.

HRWC is observing COVID-19 safety precautions. The office is located in Ann Arbor, but candidates should be willing to work remotely as needed.
To apply, please submit an online application here. After you submit the form, you will be prompted to send your cover letter, resume and writing sample.



HRWC loves interns! We specialize in technical (GIS, HR, Water Chemistry) and field experiences. Please see each announcement for details on compensation. We are happy to work with candidates to secure fellowships and scholarships on a case-by-case basis.

Volunteer Position Overview

HRWC’s summer aquatic field internship program allows undergraduates, recent graduates, and new professionals the opportunity to experience field-based water quality monitoring and public education in the context of a well-rounded internship experience. Interns will visit numerous field locations, in a number of local tributaries to the Huron River, collecting data about benthic macroinvertebrates, in stream and near stream habitat, and water quality parameters such as flow and conductivity. Interns input data and review data for quality assurance. All interns will work on HRWC education program, teaching area residents and students about water quality and water quality testing, including our summer youth snorkeling program and stormdrain awareness campaign. HRWC staff, including interns, are required to participate in general program upkeep tasks. On occasion, interns may utilize existing abilities to work on office projects such as GIS, Human Relations, Volunteer Management, Development and Membership, Landscape Architecture, etc. Internships run full summer or half summer, 1-4 days per week.


  • Consistently utilize proper work methods
  • Safely travel to field sites and conduct field data collection
  • Keep equipment in working order
  • Communicate effectively with general public and supervisors
  • Assist supervisors on other projects as needed


  • Background or strong interest in water quality monitoring
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting
  • Attention to detail such as data management
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite and Google documents and maps


  • Available 1-4 days per week, May through mid-August (or first or second half summer)
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds
  • Sign and date Field Internship position agreement


  • Wide array of experience in field monitoring and data collection and public education
  • Learning from network of interns and staff on a daily basis
  • Access to network of water quality professionals

To Apply

Fill out this application and email resume to Jason Frenzel if you are interested.

HRWC’s summer internship program allows numerous undergraduates and new professionals experience field-based water quality monitoring. The volunteer Team Leader coordinates day-to-day activities, ensuring high-quality work, positive team morale, and strong communication with staff leads.


  • Plan daily outings of intern team to field worksites
  • Ensure proper work methods are utilized
  • Coordinate team’s weekly schedule
  • Evaluate team performance in conjunction with supervisor


  • Background in water quality monitoring, ideally with bachelor’s degree in a related field or comparable experience
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • Ability to work well in a team setting
  • Attention to detail such as data management and complex scheduling
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office suite and Google documents and maps
  • Capacity and strong interest in aquatic field monitoring


  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Available 3-5 days per week, May through August
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds
  • Sign and date Team Leader position agreement


  • Supervision of and education to intern team
  • Experience in field data collection
  • Access to network of water quality professionals

Fill out this application and email resume and letter of interest to Jason Frenzel if you are interested.

Volunteer Positions

Do you take your camera with you everywhere you go? Are you constantly capturing moments before they slip away? If you don’t mind getting close to people having fun recreating on or along the Huron River or at local venues then this job is right for you. You may be asked to shoot people and locations both in nature and in the five Trail Towns of the Huron River Water Trail (Milford, Dexter, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Flat Rock) or go to specific cultural or HRWC events. Photography skills are required. All applicants must submit a portfolio of 5-10 pictures they have taken. Time commitment: 20 hours May-September, flexible dates/times.

To express your interest, email Pam Labadie with the following:

  • First and last name and cell phone number;
  • Your experience with photography and DSLR equipment;
  • Why you want to help;
  • What river-recreational activities you are involved in
  • AND MOST IMPORTANT a link to an online “portfolio” (Flickr, Tumblr, BlogSpot, etc.) of 5-10 images that demonstrate both technical skill and the ability to shoot events. We would like to see photographs with people, emotions, and action and iconic events/urban locations.

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.

Huron River Watershed Council is committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. We are committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs.

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