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Keeping water clean, safe, and healthy is the heart of our mission.

We work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education. We hope you’ll join us!

 

Openings at The Watershed Institute

StreamWatch Program Coordinator: Full-time

StreamWatch Program Coordinator
Full Time (40 hrs/wk)
Salary Range: $45,000 – $55,000

The Watershed Institute, a dynamic and multifaceted nonprofit conservation organization, is seeking a full-time StreamWatch Program Coordinator to work under the guidance of the Director and Assistant Director of Science and Stewardship to coordinate the StreamWatch volunteer water quality monitoring program, Watershed Center laboratory activities, and other water quality projects and/or educational programs as needed. See thewatershed.org/monitoring for more information about these programs. The StreamWatch Program Coordinator will also help create and implement a program to engage schools in collecting water quality data.

The Watershed Institute is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

StreamWatch Program

  • Coordinate the StreamWatch volunteer water quality monitoring program and its three sub-groups: chemical action team (CAT), biological action team (BAT), and bacterial action team (BACT).
  • Manage approximately 100 volunteers, including recruiting, training, equipping, recognizing, and offering technical support for all water quality monitoring testing activities.
  • Manage a large set of water quality data in Microsoft Access; format data for sharing with environmental agencies; and analyze and visualize data to communicate water quality information with stakeholders and the general public.
  • Write grant proposals to secure and sustain funding for the program.

Laboratory Management

  • Manage Watershed Center laboratory, including organizing its space, maintaining equipment and consumables, requisitioning supplies, conducting chemical and microbiological analyses, and managing Watershed Institute staff and visitor activities in the lab.
  • Maintain up-to-date standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all lab equipment and test methods. Lead the charge to obtain NJDEP Office of Quality Assurance lab certification for the use of handheld and continuous water quality meters.
  • StreamWatch Schools
  • Collaborate with The Watershed Institute’s education team to create and implement a new program to engage schools in collecting and reporting data on water quality in nearby streams.
  • Share responsibilities for recruiting, training, equipping, and supporting teachers and students.

Other Activities

  • Provide planning and teaching support for water quality-related educational programs.
  • Collaborate with advocates and policy specialists to respond to local, regional, and statewide watershed issues.
  • Fulfill local, state, and federally funded research projects that aid in the Watershed Institute’s mission to promote clean and safe water, and a healthy environment.
  • Present research findings at local, statewide, and national conferences.
  • Communicate water quality issues with the general public through the Watershed Institute website (WordPress), ArcGIS Online, presentations and lectures, printed materials, and social media.

Qualifications

●   Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, biology, chemistry, or similar field and at least one year of work experience. Individuals with equivalent knowledge/experience and enthusiasm to learn on-the-job may also apply.
●  Knowledge of surface water quality issues and stormwater pollution impacts; Familiarity with preparing and implementing lab procedures preferred; Freshwater benthic macroinvertebrate sampling and identification skills to order or family taxonomic level preferred; Hands-on experience with water chemistry and microbiology is a plus; Willingness to learn is a must.
●  Computer skills including MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) and Google Suite; Experience with ArcGIS Online is a plus. Proficient with data management and statistical analysis.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills; Strong public speaking skills.
●  Ability to manage volunteers with a friendly client-oriented approach.
●  Strong team player; Must also be comfortable working independently with minimum direction.

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, sick, and personal time, health, dental, and life insurance, and 403(b) retirement savings. Regular working hours are flexible, some evening and weekend hours are required. Dormitory housing at the Watershed Reserve may also be available.

To Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to The Watershed Institute at [email protected]

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Nature Shop Manager: Part-time

Nature Shop Manager Part-Time Position 10-15 hrs/wk

Pay Rate: $15/hr.

The Watershed Institute, a dynamic and multifaceted nonprofit conservation organization, is seeking a part-time Nature Shop Manager, located inside of the Watershed Center. The Watershed is committed to building a culturally diverse organization and strongly encourages applications from people of color.

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

Manage Inventory:

  • Purchase inventory wholesale
  • Enter new inventory into Doubleknot
  • Label new inventory and set out for display
  • Store inventory not currently on display
  • Create seasonal inventory displays
  • Create new Barcodes when needed
  • Adjust inventory prices as needed
  • In January, conduct a complete inventory of all items currently in stock and adjust Doubleknot as needed
  • Maintain weekly shop sales report log

Manage Cash:

  • Prepare daily cash deposits
  • Manage the cash register drawer
  • Maintain a bank of $67.50
  • Maintain a useful mix of coins/bills either through making the change from petty cash or going to the bank
  • Create and manage a separate bank for Butterfly Festival

Manage Shop:

  • Create seasonal display on cabinets
  • Update supplier and artist wall as needed
  • Keep displays looking attractive
  •  Tidy up shirts, books, jewelry, etc.
  • Rearrange shelves to grab attention
  • Find new ways to display items
  • Remove empty boxes/baskets

When the room is rented:

  • Remove all floor displays to the electrical room or basement (other than shelves)
  • Store shelves under hanging cabinets.
  • Set store back up
  •  Take down can take 3 or more hours depending on help
  • ·Set up can take 5 or more hours depending on help

Special Projects:

  • As needed, acquire items for special events.
  • Attend conferences when possible and set up a satellite shop

To Apply: Submit your resume and cover letter to The Watershed Institute at [email protected]

The Watershed Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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