Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (The Friends) engages people to enhance and sustain watersheds through restoration, education, and stewardship. Since 1996, we have worked effectively in collaborative partnerships, building a grassroots constituency for watershed health through restoration efforts, outreach, and education. Our primary goal is to work with people – family by family, business by business – educating about the values of our watershed. We are a local group with our roots in the water that we protect. We serve a diverse population: the watershed is home to approximately 22% of Washington State’s population and one of the most diverse zip codes in the United States. By engaging a broad spectrum, we inspire positive behavior change for the greater good. We empower our supporters to show that they are a piece of a much larger puzzle, and can make positive choices to have a huge impact. Through innovative collaborations with municipalities, schools, individuals, and businesses, we link local citizens to environmental stewardship efforts including volunteer habitat restoration events, salmon recovery efforts, and conservation and education programs in order to preserve these finite resources for future generations.
The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator is responsible for the planning and implementation of habitat improvement projects and building relationships with program partners (agencies, businesses, community organizations, schools) and volunteers. The Volunteer Habitat Restoration Coordinator also manages programmatic operations, works with local community members, manages and leads volunteer habitat restoration events, and creates and delivers environmental education field lessons.
- Implement habitat restoration projects throughout the greater Lake Washington/Cedar River/Sammamish Watershed
- Professionally serve as program and organizational liaison to city, county, and private project partners
- Coordinate annual restoration event calendar, written and verbal communications, and program logistics
- Enthusiastically recruit and retain volunteers
- Staff volunteer events and manage on-site timelines, educational presentations, and tours
- Maintain and develop strong partnerships with business partners and sponsors
- Track project outcomes and report statistics to project partners
- Manage volunteer tracking system in cooperation with FCRW staff
- Contribute to newsletter and blog articles
- Experience carrying out habitat restoration projects and managing volunteers
- Excellent public speaking and communication skills
- Strong leadership skills, including the ability to build partnerships, communicate with government officials and the general public, and facilitate meetings
- Ability to successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously with tight timelines
- Self-motivated, energetic, strategic thinker
- Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Experience working with diverse groups from children to adults with various backgrounds
- Proven ability to deliver engaging environmental education lessons to youth grades K-12
- Train volunteers and interns in ecological restoration theory and practice
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental field
- Preferred experience includes a background in natural resource management and a minimum of two years of experience developing and implementing on the ground habitat projects
Please submit resume and letter of interest outlining your qualifications to email@example.com by September 22, 2014. Early applications encouraged.