The Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is seeking an enthusiastic and qualified individual to lead our New York Watershed Management program. HVA is the watershed conservation organization and accredited land trust dedicated to conserving the natural character and environmental health of the entire 1,948 square-mile Housatonic River watershed in western Massachusetts, eastern New York, and western Connecticut. Since our founding 75 years ago, we have worked closely and effectively with local, regional, statewide and national partners throughout our service area to protect and restore the land and water of the Housatonic watershed for the benefit of watershed communities.
Reporting to the Watershed Conservation Director, the New York Watershed Manager plans and executes the day-to-day operations of HVA’s New York Watershed Program, including our environmental planning and management work in the Ten Mile, Green and Williams River watersheds in Dutchess and Columbia Counties.
HVA has been working over the past several years to build a coalition of municipalities and other stakeholders around collaborative management of the Ten Mile River watershed, which runs from the towns of Sharon and Salisbury in CT, into the towns of North East, Amenia, Dover and Pawling, NY (plus smaller portions of six other NY towns). The New York Watershed Manager’s primary responsibility will be the coordination of this effort. Other responsibilities may include the following:
• Liaising with municipal, agency and non-profit partners;
• Providing or facilitating technical support to municipalities and community groups
for watershed management and the environmental aspects of community planning, including the review of development proposals;
• Conducting education and outreach programs;
• Planning and managing water quality and habitat restoration projects;
• Preparing technical reports;
• Identifying and applying for grants to support the New York Watershed Program.
• Bachelor’s degree or higher in a natural resources-related field or at least five years of experience working in watershed management, water quality conservation or related field;
• Experience facilitating meetings and managing projects for groups of diverse stakeholders and partners;
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to build partnerships between stakeholders with a variety of goals for watershed management and community planning;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Familiarity with municipal government operations and experience working on watershed issues at the local level.
• Experience planning and implementing water quality monitoring projects;
• Water quality/habitat restoration project planning and design experience;
• Proven grant writing skills;
• Proficiency in ArcGIS and Microsoft Office suite.
Time and Compensation:
• This is a permanent, part time position (20 hr/week);
• Compensation for this position includes salary commensurate with experience and paid leave;
• There is potential for this position to grow with our New York Watershed program as additional funding becomes available.
Send cover letter describing interest and qualifications, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Mike Jastremski (HVA Watershed Conservation Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis; position open until filled.