The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is a well-established non-profit citizens group whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the Farmington River and its watershed through research, education, and advocacy. One important way to restore the river is by reducing stormwater runoff. Stormwater pollution remains the leading cause of poor water quality in the Farmington basin; it also degrades the receiving waters of Long Island Sound. For FRWA, engaging people in stormwater pollution prevention is a high priority.
FRWA seeks an experienced outreach staffer to help coordinate and lead “River Smart Outreach for Runoff Reduction,” a grant-funded program to foster good water stewardship by youth and other groups in urbanized communities in and around the Farmington River watershed. This is a part-time position funded through Dec. 2017. Hours will vary, averaging 10-12 per week but ranging from zero to about 20 depending on demand. Evening and weekend hours are occasionally required. Candidate must have reliable transportation for travel to program and event locations.
This position requires a good organizer, with people skills, communication talent, and subject knowledge. The IDEAL candidate
• Is personable, self-motivated, imaginative, creative, detail-oriented, and genuinely enjoys challenges and building working relationships with a variety of people.
• Has excellent verbal and written communication skills, can edit websites and use various social media to enhance participation, and can help design vibrant publications and displays.
• Has a strong interest and background in river protection, pollution prevention, Long Island Sound, or related environmental issues. A degree in biology, natural resources, or related field is a plus.
• Has successfully coordinated community groups /volunteers for programs, events, or workdays.
• Has led youth groups in outdoor field trips, education programs, and/or hands-on projects.
Duties include but are not limited to…
• Helping FRWA grow relationships with organizations and watershed residents. This entails phone calls and emails, scheduling meetings, preparing meeting materials, following up on action items, and maintaining contacts over time.
• Working with FRWA staff to schedule programs and events and organize them. This entails planning, coordinating partners, confirming times, places, and participants, creating and distributing publicity, gathering and providing materials, guiding volunteers, etc.
• Helping develop an interactive River Smart exhibit to be used at public events and venues. This may entail researching exemplary traveling exhibits, locating and pricing source materials, writing text, assembling the display, testing various activities with audiences, seeking out appropriate events and venues, and scheduling use of the exhibit.
• Presenting River Smart and other material in person at libraries, museums, local festivals, etc.
• Facilitating and documenting actions taken by participants in the River Smart pledge program, taking photos, and following up with individuals as needed.
• Helping lead field trips or other activities for students / youth group(s) involved in River Smart.
• Posting River Smart success stories and photos on social media and/or website blog, using online tools that maximize reach and feedback.
• Keeping clear, up-to-date records and providing complete, timely reports as needed.
Starts at $15/hr; higher rate for exceptional candidate may be considered.
Position may require a background check.