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Reports to: Watershed Planner

Hours: Full-time with generous benefits package

Salary: $41,600

Respond by: March 9, 2018

Full position description

General Description: The Watershed Planning Associate assists with the planning and implementation of environmental monitoring and stormwater outreach programming that supports several distinct but related projects across the organization. The Associate is primarily responsible for coordinating volunteer data collection in the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program, and assisting with its ongoing development and implementation. The Assistant is also part of a team assisting local governments to meet federal stormwater requirements and implement key strategies of watershed management plans. The position is designed as entry-level with mentoring to guide growth into a full Planner position.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate volunteer activities under the Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program, maintaining regular communication with volunteers and filling in sampling gaps where necessary.
  • Track and maintain all monitoring equipment and materials needed in the field for the monitoring program.
  • Maintain functional relationships with staff at laboratories that analyze samples for the monitoring program, ensuring that all samples are able to be analyzed within holding time requirements.
  • Process incoming field and lab data and review for issues that violate quality control protocols. Also review data for anomalies requiring follow-up sampling or other action by HRWC or others.
  • Work with monitoring program director, partner organizations and volunteers to execute storm sampling protocols when weather forecasts predict incoming storms
  • Work with Watershed Planners to conduct data analysis and prepare monitoring and project reports and present results at a variety of stakeholder meetings and other forums.
  • Assist with the coordination of watershed management programs and initiatives, including organization of meetings, project and budget reports, outcome tracking and other requirements.
  • Serve as the primary contact and communications liaison for three stormwater stakeholder groups. Duties will include the coordination of meeting logistics among others.
  • Carry out research and product development for other projects at the request of Watershed Planners.

Watershed Council Functions:

  • Participate in production of a high-quality newsletter, website, and other traditional media and social networking outlets
  • Assist in developing and implementing any needed procedures to continually improve the effectiveness of the organization
  • Participate in staff meetings, and other organization events and activities
  • Support and facilitate the development of new projects and other fundraising efforts

Desired Qualifications: 

  • A bachelor’s degree in natural resources, biology, environmental engineering, public policy and/or planning, plus relevant work experience in volunteer coordination and aquatic sampling techniques
  • Strong analytical skills, preferably using statistical analysis techniques, GIS and other watershed management tools
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills, both verbal and written
  • Self-motivated, organized, experienced with working on teams
  • Experience in working with water quality issues and solutions
  • Ability and desire to facilitate collaborative approaches to environmental protection
  • Ability to effectively and independently manage numerous projects—funder relations, evaluation, tracking, and time management
  • Availability to participate in water sampling activities outside the typical work day including some evenings and weekend times
  • Commitment to an organization that requires staff time to maintain the culture of both participatory decision-making and support for colleagues to achieve their best
  • Requires travel within four-county area in southeastern Michigan
  • 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

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, resume and references to Ric Lawson by March 9, 2018.

Internships

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.

The Huron River Watershed Council, is Southeast Michigan’s only environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Huron River. From our offices in Ann Arbor, our staff coordinates programs and volunteer efforts that include pollution prevention, hands-on river monitoring, wetland and floodplain protection, public outreach and education, natural resource planning and recreation.

Timing: May-August 2018 (flexible)
Hours: 15-20 per week
Close date: Open until filled
Pay rate: $11 per hour
Office location: 1100 North Main Street, Ann Arbor

Overview
The Marketing/Communications Intern will work under the supervision of HRWC’s marketing director to support the public outreach needs of various ongoing programs.

Responsibilities
Duties may include creating content (writing, editing and photography) for digital communications, press releases, event displays and miscellaneous printed materials, research and report writing, data gathering and entry, maintaining community event calendars, updating media contacts, setting up and staffing event exhibits, reviewing social media and email marketing analytics and office/clerical tasks. As a member of our team, you will work with HRWC’s professional staff, community partners, volunteers and other interns. And you will have opportunities to work in the field in HRWC’s water quality and stream monitoring programs if you choose.

Qualifications
• A demonstrated interest in learning environmental or nonprofit marketing, communications and public relations (prior education or experience)
• Strong writing skills and attention to detail
• Able to work independently
• A high degree of web savvy, with experience in social media (required) and website content management systems, analytics tools and photo editing software (helpful)
• Can learn topics and issues quickly, and is confident and polite when talking with the public
• Is happy to handle event exhibit tasks like coordinating, packing and setting up displays
• Has a positive attitude along with being organized, flexible and creative
• Is available to work summer festivals/events (one weekend day each in May, June, July and August, dates TBD)

Value
• Wide array of experience in environmental/nonprofit marketing and communications
• Learning from HRWC staff and interns on a daily basis
• Access to network of water quality, communications and development professionals

To Apply
Submit resume and letter of interest to Pam Labadie, Marketing Director.

Funding for this internship provided by Pure Oakland Water. The intern will also volunteer at one to two Pure Oakland Water sponsored events in 2018 such as the Art, Fish, Fun Festival in Pontiac in June, the Regional Stormwater Summit at Lawrence Tech University in October, or the Detroit River Water Festival on Belle Isle in October.

Volunteer Position Overview

HRWC’s summer internship program allows undergraduates, recent graduates, and new professionals the opportunity to experience field-based water quality monitoring. Interns will visit multiple 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 HRWC staff, including interns are required to participate in general office 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 full days per week.

Responsibilities

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

Qualifications

  • 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

Requirements

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

Value

  • Wide array of experience in field monitoring and data collection
  • Learning from network of interns and staff on a daily basis
  • Access to network of water quality professionals
  • Contact Jason Frenzel if you are interested.

Volunteer Position OverviewHRWC’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.

Responsibilities

  • 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

Qualifications

  • 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

Requirements

  • 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

Value

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

Contact Jason Frenzel if you are interested.

The Huron River Watershed Council protects and restores the river for healthy and vibrant communities. From our offices in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our 13-member staff coordinates programs and volunteer efforts that include holistic river basin planning, hands-on stream monitoring, wetland and floodplain protection, public outreach and education, and river-based recreation.

Hours: 15-20 per week

Close date: Open until filled

Pay rate: $13 per hour

Overview and Responsibilities

The Huron River Water Trail Intern will work under the supervision of the RiverUp! Manager to support the river recreation and public engagement needs of the Huron River Water Trail (HRWT). The HRWT is a consortium of interested groups and communities committed to providing residents and visitors with a safe, accessible, and enjoyable experience on the Huron River and in the Trail Towns. Duties may include the following: creating content (writing, editing and photography) for the HRWT website and social media channels, and miscellaneous digital and printed materials; organizing and attending tabling events such as Huron River Day, Dexter Daze, and Ypsi Fall River Day; handling Paddler’s Companion sales and distribution; assisting the volunteer Trail Ambassadors; assisting on Meet the Huron videos production; assisting the Construction Manager with sign installation and obtaining permissions from property owners, supporting HRWT Partner meetings and communications; and co-writing a Huron River Water Trail plan. As a member of our team, you will work with HRWC’s staff, community partners, and volunteers.

Qualifications

  • Education (completed or pursuing Bachelor’s degree or higher) or 5+ years of experience in relevant fields such as Outdoor Recreation, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, Natural Resource Management, and similar
  • Can learn topics and issues quickly, and is confident and polite when talking with the public
  • Has a positive attitude along with being organized and flexible
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Word Press, and is web savvy with experience in social media and website content management systems
  • Strong verbal, written, and listening communications skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team; relates well to people
  • Demonstrates a passion for the work and is committed and engaged
  • Willingness to work the occasional evening or weekend hours

Value

  • Wide array of experience in environmental/nonprofit project management
  • Learning from HRWC staff on a daily basis
  • Access to network of watershed, communications, and landscape architecture professionals

To Apply

Submit resume and letter of interest to Elizabeth Riggs, Deputy Director, at eriggs@hrwc.org.

Paid: $13-15/hour (depending on experience)

Timing: May-September (start/end dates negotiable, with bulk of field work and hours July-August)

Hours: 20-40 per week

Close Date: Open until filled

The Huron River Watershed Council, is Southeast Michigan’s only environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection and restoration of the Huron River. From our offices in Ann Arbor, our staff coordinates programs and volunteer efforts that include pollution prevention, hands-on river monitoring, wetland and floodplain protection, public outreach and education, natural resource planning and recreation.

Internship Description

The Aquatic Invasive Species Monitoring Summer Intern will organize and lead aquatic invasive plant assessments of Oakland County lakes, as part of Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) (www.micorps.net). Specifically, duties will include:

  • Contacting lake monitoring volunteers to schedule plant assessments, most of which will be held from July through August.
  • Accompanying and leading volunteer teams as plant ID expert.
  • Serving as a resource person for the Oakland County residents; answering their questions, researching their questions as needed, possibly helping them monitor other CLMP water quality parameters.
  • Field work will be conducted in Oakland County; office work will be in Ann Arbor.
  • Working with Program Director in purchasing and building invasive aquatic species decontamination kits.
  • Assist Program Director with general program logistics as needed.

Position Requirements:

  • A reliable vehicle (paid mileage) and valid driver’s license
  • Ability to identify aquatic plants, and experience and/or classes in lakes, streams, wetlands, or freshwater aquatic ecology
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (email, phone, and in-person)
  • Flexibility in schedule to work many weekend days (daylight hours only)
  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds and be able to get in and out of all types of boats

To Apply:

Submit resume and letter of interest that addresses the requirements above to Dr. Paul Steen, Aquatic Ecologist, at psteen@hrwc.org.  Please indicate proposed start and end dates.

Volunteer Positions

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

Qualifications

Must have the ability to work independently, a car, excellent interpersonal skills (both email and phone), and have a 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.

Commitment

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

Benefits/Value

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.

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.

Qualifications

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.

Commitment

  • 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.

Benefits/Value

  • 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.

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 work place, and thus are committed to prohibiting discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, national origin, physical or mental handicap/disability, social economic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs.