Employment Opportunities

Short-term Clean Water Supply Fellow, Great Lakes

TERM: August 1, 2014 through January 2015
DEPARTMENT: Conservation
REPORTS TO: Director, Clean Water Supply, Great Lakes

Job Summary

The Clean Water Supply Fellow, Great Lakes will work to move Great Lakes communities toward a sustainable and integrated approach to water management while providing program support for the American Rivers’ Clean Water Supply Program in the Great Lakes. The Clean Water Supply Program focuses on ensuring communities and their rivers have enough clean water by promoting sustainable and decentralized water management practices such as green infrastructure (rain gardens and green roofs), water efficiency and reuse. Working with local, state, federal, and nonprofit leaders and officials, Clean Water Supply staff support the implementation of smarter water management policies and practices.

The Fellow will conduct research on green infrastructure planning efforts, stormwater modelling tools, and municipal consent decrees, and develop written material to be used for white papers and reports. The Fellow will support and help coordinate the efforts of the Green Stormwater Infrastructure Task Force in Toledo, OH. The Fellow will plan and coordinate workshops in the Flint River watershed in Michigan as well as cultivate relationships with municipal staff and partner organizations in the Cuyahoga River watershed in and around Cleveland, OH. The Fellow will also identify facilities managers and engineers who may be contacted at commercial/industrial sites for Best Management Practice retrofit consultation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Fellow will report to the Director, Clean Water Supply Great Lakes and will be located in Toledo, OH. 

Principal Responsibilities

  • Work with the Director, Clean Water Supply Program Great Lakes to carry out programmatic work in Great Lakes communities;
  • Conduct research on municipal green infrastructure planning efforts and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), stormwater modelling tools, municipal consent decrees that include green infrastructure as a component and other subjects as requested;
  • Draft fact sheets, blogs, white papers, reports, and other materials as requested;
  • Attend regional and local meetings representing American Rivers when necessary;
  • Coordinate with local governments and partner organizations to plan and execute workshops and other outreach events;
  • Provide administrative support to the Clean Water Supply program including word processing, copy editing, and proof reading.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in policy, planning, science, or relevant field.
  • An experienced, highly organized, self-motivated, and self-confident individual who can work collegially.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including copy editing, proof reading, and finalizing documents.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, work on several projects concurrently and meet deadlines.
  • Initiative, coupled with creative and strategic thinking.
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal skills and a good sense of humor. Ability and willingness to travel when needed.
  • Experience in Geographic Information Systems, stormwater management, and/or land use development and planning preferred.

Hours, Salary, and Benefits:

This is a temporary position for 40 hours a week for 23.5 weeks at $17.75 per hour. Temporary employees are not eligible for paid time-off or employee benefits except FICA payments as federally required.

Application Process:

Applications will be considered immediately. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: [email protected] with “CWS Fellow – Great Lakes 2014” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

About American Rivers

About American Rivers

American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 200,000 members, supporters, and volunteers.

Rivers connect us to each other, nature, and future generations. Find your connections at AmericanRivers.org, Facebook.com/AmericanRivers, and Twitter.com/AmericanRivers.