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Watershed Planner

HRWC is seeking an experienced Watershed Planner to serve as a primary facilitator and core staff person for partnership-based management and stewardship in the watershed.  The Planner will build strong relationships with a wide range of partner organizations, businesses, and service providers, and be familiar with the history, characteristics, and issues in the watershed.  The planner will also promote and enable waterfront and watershed revitalization projects that increase habitat diversity, restore connectivity, expand public access to recreation, promote green stormwater management, and encourage sustainable development.

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) is a nonprofit coalition of local communities, businesses, and residents established in 1965 to protect and restore the river for healthy and vibrant communities. Services include hands-on citizen education, technical assistance in policy development, and river protection and monitoring projects. HRWC leads RiverUp! and the Huron River Water Trail (www.huronriverwatertrail.org). RiverUp! is a campaign to restore and revitalize the Huron River. It is a signature place-making initiative that seeks to transform the Huron River corridor into a premier destination in Michigan and the Great Lakes. HRWC leads this public + private partnership. RiverUp! projects improve river health, recreation access, and water-related investments in local economies.

 

Position: Watershed Planner
Reports to: Executive Director
Hours: Full-time with generous benefits package
Salary: $55,000-$76,500 depending on experience
Close Date: July 6, 2018

General Description:
The Watershed Planner serves as a primary facilitator and core staff person for partnership-based management and stewardship in the watershed. The Planner will build strong relationships with a wide range of partner organizations, businesses, and service providers, and be familiar with the history, characteristics, and issues in the watershed. The Planner will also promote and enable waterfront and watershed revitalization projects that increase habitat diversity, restore connectivity,expand public access to recreation, promote green stormwater management, and encourage sustainable
development.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinate and facilitate stakeholder meetings
  • Research and summarize information of relevance to river revitalization and emerging
    contaminants for decision-making by watershed partners
  • Create a pipeline of new projects and funding to advance the goals of RiverUp! and manage the
    portfolio of projects
  • Facilitate the operations and communications of the Huron River Water Trail, the country’s 18th
    National Water Trail; convene partners, identify opportunities and gaps, implement projects, and
    assist with promotion and marketing
  • Work with stakeholders to develop and implement policies, strategies and secure funding
  • Forge new relationships among recreational, business, and government partners
  • Develop and give public presentations, develop print, video and web materials in coordination with
    Marketing staff, and identify strategic means to distribute messages
  • Act as a spokesperson with the media on HRWC programs/projects, technical issues and water
    policy issues
  • Develop pollution prevention activities designed to reduce point and nonpoint source pollution
  • Develop and track performance metrics for program, evaluate and assess
  • Coordinate staff, contractors, and interns for successful program outcomes
  • Perform all aspects of project management including developing and administering budgets,
    securing funds, reporting and evaluating to funders, and serving as spokesperson
  • 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 fundraising efforts, including grant writing and attending fundraising
    functions

Desired Proficiencies and Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree environmental sciences, environmental engineering, public policy and/or planning, or a related field
  • Minimum five years of relevant work experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and listening communication skills, and political savvy
  • Self-motivated and organized
  • Experience with working on and leading productive teams
  • Experience in researching, advocating, and educating the public on water quality issues and solutions
  • Ability and desire to facilitate collaborative approaches to environmental protection
  • Ability to effectively manage numerous projects—funder relations, evaluation, tracking, and time management
  • Skilled at facilitating meetings that involve people with diverse views
  • 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
  • Demonstrates a passion for the work and is committed and engaged
  • Able to meet the minimum 10% travel within a five-county area in southeastern Michigan

Benefits: HRWC offers a full range of employee benefits including health insurance, matching retirement contributions, paid time off, paid holidays, flex time, a flexible spending account and long-term disability insurance.

Employment Status: It is the policy of HRWC that this job classification is employed at the will of the HRWC and may resign or be dismissed with or without cause or notice at any time during employment.

DEI statement: The HRWC is committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within the work place, and thus is 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, parental status, veteran status, arrest record, organization membership, or any other characteristic protected by law.

HRWC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, discipline, termination, and access to benefits and training.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics
described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential
functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.
–Project work may entail all-weather physical activity, including in-water work, and the use of basic hand
and field tools
–Some evening and weekend work required
–Must maintain a valid driver’s license

Send resume and cover letter that demonstrates your specific interest in the position and relevant
qualifications to:
Laura Rubin
Executive Director
Huron River Watershed Council
1100 N. Main St., Suite 210
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
lrubin@hrwc.org
Electronic submissions are preferred.
Applications must be received by 11:59 pm, July 6, 2018 to be considered.

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.

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.

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 workplace. We 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.