Job Opportunity: Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper

Sound-Rivers-RIVERKEEPER

We’re hiring for the position of Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, which has a long tradition of clean water advocacy, protecting and preserving the health and viability of the Tar-Pamlico River. This position is based in our Washington, North Carolina office.

Job objective

The Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper develops, implements, oversees and reports on critical programs for Sound Rivers and our community with the goal of achieving swimmable, drinkable and fishable water within the Tar-Pamlico watershed. ThePamlico-Tar Riverkeeper is the face of the organization and a resource to the communities throughout the Pamlico-Tar River region from Louisburg to Ocracoke, N.C.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Identify, evaluate and prioritize ongoing water quality and habitat issues related to the health, protection and restoration of the Tar-Pamlico basin.
  • Perform water quality testing and assessments.
  • Work with the executive director and other staff to develop and implement goals, strategies, timelines and action plans for specific issues, campaigns and projects.
  • Develop effective working relationships with media, regulatory agencies, community and business leaders, civic organizations, and citizens to achieve organizational goals, raise awareness and facilitate the protection and restoration of the river.
  • Routinely provide information and recommendations regarding water and habitat related issues by participating in press conferences and releases, media interviews, letters to the editor, e-mails to members, articles in our newsletter, PSAs and social media.
  • Represent Sound Rivers and the interests of the river and its communities at public hearings and on task forces, committees, appointed boards or commissions, and stakeholder groups involving the establishment of important permits, rules, regulations and policies.

Qualifications should include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in environmental or related field.
  • A demonstrated commitment and passion for the protection of the environment.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills to evaluate issues and identify effective solutions and courses of action.
  • Strong communication skills to clearly and effectively articulate complex issues and technical information to a diverse audience.
  • Proven leadership skills with the ability to motivate and work with a diversity of people.
  • Ability to develop effective goals, strategies, and workplans with measurable objectives.
  • Good interpersonal skills to develop effective working relationships both inside and outside the organization.
  • Requirements that include a current driver’s license with clean driving history, satisfactory passage of criminal background check.

Other desired experience:

  • Three years of scientific and/or research experience, including water quality assessments.
  • GIS expertise.
  • Working knowledge of boating operations, seamanship and water safety.
  • Knowledge of the Tar-Pamlico basin and the issues impacting its health.
  • Experience operating a passenger vehicle with a trailer.
  • Prior experience with environmental policy and the regulatory process.
  • Knowledge of environmental laws and regulations.
  • Prior advocacy experience.

Riverkeepers are expected to maintain a normally scheduled work week from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Some evening and weekend hours as well as occasional overnight travel are required in this job role.

Job duties include physical activity such as walking, hiking or paddling, and require ability to load and carry materials and equipment for research, programs and events, some weighing at least 50 pounds.

Salary range is commensurate with experience and abilities, and reflective of salary levels in nonprofit organizations. Benefits include paid annual leave and a stipend to help with health insurance.

Interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to heather@soundrivers.org. Applications will be accepted through Friday, December 1, 2017.