This is a great job for anyone who wants to help protect local water in Southeast Michigan by joining a group of dedicated advocates for the Huron River. We are looking to add a strategic and creative communicator to our team who can support our brand and inspire people to action.

Position Description

The Marketing Associate for HRWC works as a member of a three-person marketing team to implement organization-wide communications strategies that support HRWC’s brand and goals across a wide range of marketing and communications channels. They serve as point person for daily management of HRWC’s social media channels. They also plan and implement public education and outreach efforts for assigned projects​, including but not limited to, ​the impacts of stormwater runoff, promoting green stormwater infrastructure techniques and shoreline best practices, restoration projects that prepare the watershed for climate change, and improving recreational access to the river. Projects seek to inspire targeted audiences to take action by raising awareness of watersheds and water quality issues; increasing audience engagement; and changing attitudes or behaviors to prevent or reduce pollution.

The Marketing Associate is familiar with integrated multi-channel marketing and communications principles and has an understanding of social marketing and behavior change concepts. They use creative strategies and techniques to achieve measurable results. ​​They work closely with HRWC marketing, development and program staff​ to deliver outreach campaigns and materials. They also coordinate with​​ e​xternal partners such as government contacts, environmental nonprofits​ and​​ ​ consultants​; ​and ​contractors that provide ​graphic design, video, print, mail, and ​other ​digital ​services.​​ ​They independently produce and distribute strategic and impactful multi-media content using their design​,​​ copywriting​ ​and video ​skills and their knowledge of integrated marketing.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the marketing team to implement organization-wide communications strategies, while evaluating analytics to inform content strategy and amplify our mission.
  • Design and produce on-brand communications campaigns and materials that support HRWC’s strategic goals across a wide range of communication channels.
  • Manage organization-wide editorial calendar, ensuring timely execution of all communications deliverables.
  • Serve as an HRWC brand ambassador—working with teams to uphold brand and messaging guidelines, keeping brand assets up-to-date and accessible organization-wide, and offering training for staff as needed.
  • Manage day-to-day communication systems including social media, email marketing, website, and department policies and procedures.
  • Serve as point person for HRWC’s social media channels.
  • Provide marketing and communications support on environmental education and outreach projects (working collaboratively with HRWC’s program staff) to develop outreach strategies, creative briefs, marketing materials and methods to measure effectiveness that align with programmatic goals, meet grant deliverables, and engage and educate external audiences.
  • Work within budgets and timelines to implement projects and track and report results.
  • Work with contractors to produce and distribute materials.
  • Liaise between project staff and partners to facilitate decision-making.
  • Coordinate the work of HRWC marketing and communications volunteers and interns.
  • Represent HRWC and partners at public events, with some public speaking involved.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a marketing or communications role with a nonprofit, or equivalent experience, preferably with an emphasis on marketing, communications or graphic design; or Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of relevant experience. ​​
  • ​​​Knowledge of emerging strategies in marketing, communications and outreach.
  • Organized​,​ with demonstrated ability to balance both planned and unanticipated tasks and assignments.
  • Experience designing, writing, editing and proofreading materials.
  • Mastery of graphic design software (Adobe Creative Suite) and strong design skills including the ability to quickly develop visually engaging multi-media content.
  • Excellent writing skills including ability to write clear impactful messaging and calls to action.
  • Knowledge of and experience using Google Analytics/GA4, WordPress, social media, email, CRM platforms (Salesforce a plus) and​/or​ other digital marketing tools.
  • Interest in engaging the public and community decision makers.
  • Good at working independently​, as well as​ collaborating in small organizational teams.
  • ​​​Values alignment with HRWC, including a​ commitment to ​​​equity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

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​​Preferred qualifications ​

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office 365.
  • Demonstrated interest in environmental issues.
  • Familiarity with Southeast Michigan.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

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

  • Willingness to travel within four-county area in Southeast 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 for driving in the State of Michigan.

Reports to: Marketing Director
Hours: Full-time, evenings and weekends as required
Salary: ​$​56,000/year plus benefits including medical insurance, matching retirement plan (with no waiting period), holiday pay, hybrid work environment and accrued vacation
Close Date: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed beginning April 3, 2023.

To apply, please submit an online application here. You will be asked to upload your cover letter, resume and writing sample.



HRWC’s summer aquatic field internship program is primarily intended for undergraduates and those with little to no professional experience. High school and graduate students, as well as early career professionals, are also more than welcome. The opportunity focuses exclusively on the experience of 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 volumetric flow. All interns will work on HRWC’s education program, teaching area residents and students about water quality and water quality testing, including our summer youth snorkeling program, stormdrain awareness campaign, and possibly door-to-door education of the public. On occasion, interns may be asked to utilize existing abilities/skillsets to assist HRWC staff with general program upkeep tasks such as GIS mapping, Human Relations, Volunteer Management, Development and Membership, Landscape Architecture, etc. Internships run full summer or half summer, 2-4 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 and/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


  • 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
  • Mileage reimbursement for any driving at the federal rate
  • $10 per day stipend provided to offset incidental costs associated with day-to-day work


  • Consistently work from 9:00-2:00, 2-4 days per week, including Tuesday and Wednesday
  • Must be able to work in physically challenging, outdoor locations during the heat of the summer
  • Ability to drive, or willingness to carpool, throughout the watershed, up to 30 minutes each direction
  • Sign and date Field Internship position agreement including a liability waiver
  • Completion of a background check (a prior record will not necessarily prohibit applicants from participating in the internship program)

Please complete this application (and upload your resume to the form)
Applications will be accepted from January through April. At which time an informational interview will be conducted.
If you have questions, contact Jason Frenzel,

The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) and Digital Water Lab at the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering seek a paid summer intern to assist with their sensor node network and water quality monitoring efforts. The intern will provide support to the collaborative sensor node installation efforts and split time at the two organizations assisting with a range of field, lab, and data processing duties.


  • Coordinate work between the two organizations on the Huron River remote sensor node network.
  • Assist the team in installing, troubleshooting, maintaining, and repairing electrical and mechanical equipment to keep the remote sensor node network functional.
  • Clean, process, and analyze water level and flow data collected by the sensors.
  • Support other sensor node development, deployment, and maintenance activities across Southeast Michigan.
  • Provide assistance with HRWC’s Chemistry and Flow Monitoring Program in Washtenaw and Wayne counties, including collecting water samples and measuring water quality parameters.
  • Measure velocity and flow at sensor node sites across the Huron River watershed. Contingent on receipt of funding, support administration and launch of federal grant project.
  • Based on experience, develop code to improve network functionality and data streaming.
    As necessary, assist with other HRWC fieldwork and monitoring tasks.
  • As feasible, coordinate storm sampling program and autosampler network, including repairing and installing ISCO autosamplers, monitoring weather for storms, facilitating sample collection, and processing data.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Upper class undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in environmental science, environmental engineering, environmental studies, ecology, computer science, or a related field.
  • Knowledge of electrical engineering or computer programming is preferred.
  • Access to a vehicle and ability to travel to numerous monitoring sites in Southeast Michigan.
    Independent, self-motivated, and collaborative.
  • Able to occasionally lift and move 50 pounds, walk on uneven ground, and wade in streams.


This is a full-time internship that requires a commitment of an average of 40 hours per week. Additional hours on weekends or evenings may be required in the event of storm sampling. The preferred duration is May through August, however, start and end dates can be adjusted based on availability.

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.

The intern will spend time at Digital Water Lab on the University of Michigan’s North Campus and HRWC’s offices, both in Ann Arbor, MI, as well as at multiple sampling sites across Southeast Michigan.

The intern will be paid an hourly rate of $15-18, depending on experience and education level. Travel mileage will also be reimbursed.

Application Process
Please fill out an application form here. On the form, please upload your cover letter and resume by Friday, March 17, 2023. If you have questions, email us at with any questions.

Learn from past interns what it is like to join the HRWC internship program

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.

The Huron River Watershed Council is committed to diversity and equity within the workplace. We prohibit discrimination against volunteers, clients, and applicants based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic class, ethical values and/or political beliefs.

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