Southern Valley Conservation Project Manager

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Still River Watershed Connections Program
Still River Watershed Connections Program

Deadline to Apply:

Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 5:00pm

Address:

Cornwall Bridge, CT
United States

Job Category:

Job

Job Type:

Full-time

Job Description:

Position Description:

The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking a highly motivated environmental professional to join the Watershed Conservation Team as our Southern Valley Conservation Projects Manager. HVA’s Southern Valley service area includes urbanized watersheds with active restoration initiatives, healthy headwater streams, the Housatonic River estuary and our connection with Long Island Sound. The Southern Valley Conservation Projects Manager is part of the Watershed Conservation Team and will occasionally be asked to support our work in other areas of the watershed- but the primary focus of this position is to execute HVA’s Watershed Conservation projects in the Southern Valley service area, working closely with the Connecticut Watershed Manager and the Watershed Conservation Director. HVA’s Watershed Conservation projects in the Southern Valley include sub-watershed scale planning and implementation, road stream crossing assessment and replacement planning, and environmental education for diverse audiences. This position is based out of HVA’s office in Cornwall Bridge, CT, but day-to-day activities are generally within the Southern Valley service area. HVA offers opportunities to complete office-based work remotely.

 

Responsibilities:

With support from the Connecticut Watershed Manager and the Watershed Conservation Director, the Southern Valley Conservation Projects Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with local, regional, state and federal agencies, and not-for-profit partners.
  • Developing ideas for Southern Valley conservation efforts within the larger vision of HVA’s Strategic Plan.
  • Planning, organizing, and executing field work and data management.
  • Facilitating Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) development and implementation, including the Still River WBP (completed September 2019) and the Pootatuck River WBP (ongoing).
  • Managing the Still River Watershed Connections program, which connects youth from the Danbury area with watershed restoration projects identified in the Still River WBP.
  • Supervising seasonal staff and volunteers, including the Still River Watershed Connections Summer Crew leader.
  • Managing watershed restoration projects.
  • Preparing technical reports.
  • Seeking, writing, and managing grants to support HVA’s Watershed Conservation work in the Southern Valley.
  • Advocating for watershed health in a variety of contexts, including in the review of development proposals and proposed regulation at the local, state and federal levels.

 

Required Experience/Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm and passion for conservation work and HVA’s Mission.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience relevant to environmental conservation.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, lead and execute conservation projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, ideally including experience communicating with diverse audiences about environmental conservation or related issues.
  • Excellent organization, planning, and task/time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to work outside for extended periods of time under inclement conditions.

 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Grant writing and/or grant management experience.
  • Experience with surface water resource management and associated federal, state and local regulations.
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders and the public on natural resource/environmental issues.
  • Experience delivering Environmental Education programming to diverse audiences.
  • Spanish/Portugeuse fluency.

 

Time and Compensation:

  • This position is full-time (40 hours/week). Occasional weekend work is required.
  • HVA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health care, paid time off, and 403b retirement plan with up to 5% match for employee contributions.
  • Salary range $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

To Apply:

Applicants should submit the following:

  • COVER LETTER explaining your interest and qualifications
  • RESUME/CV
  • THREE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
  • EXAMPLES OF PAST PROJECTS relevant to the duties of the Southern Valley Conservation Projects Manager (please limit to 1-2 pages/project, max of three projects)

 

Materials should be emailed to Michael Jastremski, Watershed Conservation Director: mj.hva@outlook.com. Position will remain open until filled; preference will be given to candidates who apply by April 20th, 2022.

Job Compensation:

Salary

Compensation Information:

Time and Compensation:

  • This position is full-time (40 hours/week). Occasional weekend work is required.
  • HVA offers a comprehensive benefits package including health care, paid time off, and 403b retirement plan with up to 5% match for employee contributions.
  • Salary range $40,000 - $50,000 commensurate with experience.

Contact Name:

Michael Jastremski

Contact Email:

mj.hva@outlook.com