Since 2016, five conservation organizations have merged to create Midcoast Conservancy. Our mission is to support and promote healthy lands, waters, wildlife and people in Midcoast Maine through conservation, outdoor adventure and learning. Our focus includes the watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Medomak River, and Sheepscot River. This position is primarily responsible for protecting and improving water resources for human and ecological benefit within the service area of Midcoast Conservancy.
The position is salaried based on a 35-hour workweek. Benefits include sick leave, all Federal holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, retirement plan and health insurance all in a collaborative and flexible work environment. Periodic work on weekends and evenings will be required. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed. Reports to the Executive Director.
Duties and responsibilities:
Leadership: Represents Midcoast Conservancy interests with regional and state organizations. Works with the organization’s Grants Team to research and write grants related to watershed restoration and climate resiliency. Stays current on science and trends in the field of watershed management by attending relevant conferences and meetings. Hires and supervises seasonal staff (Maine Conservation Corps and Youth Conservation Corps.)
Watershed Management: Develops and implements Watershed Protection Plans as well as strategies to protect and improve water quality, aquatic habitat, connectivity, and recreational access throughout the Midcoast Conservancy service area. Works with community leaders to implement and promote programs that reduce erosion and mitigate pollution within lakes, rivers, streams, and estuaries within the region.
Water Quality: Implements core programs in water quality including sampling water chemistry. Addresses diverse sources of pollution within the watershed, implements structural and non-structural Best Management Practices. Maintains the organization’s field equipment related to water quality (sampling equipment, boats, docks, etc.)
Invasive Aquatic Plants & Animals: Works with volunteers, state agencies and municipalities on reducing the risk of invasive aquatic plant infestations throughout the service area. Facilitates the control of Hydrilla infestations in Damariscotta Lake and manages programs to prevent and identify other invasive aquatic species within the service area
Community Engagement: Engages the community to create and implement new opportunities for protecting water quality throughout the region. (e.g. volunteers, municipalities, community institutions, and members.) Responsible for creating content for all newsletters, press releases and social media related to their work and forwarding to Communications staff for telling our story. Acts as an ambassador for the organization within the community. May be organizational representative for any of the five Local Councils to assist in the development or implementation of programs related to their work.
Desired knowledge, skills and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-relatedfieldand5-7 years of experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree preferred.
- Exceptional track record in developing successful relationships with diverse local stakeholders and managing multiple priorities.
- Experience in aquatic invasive plant identification, management and control.
- Certifications in water quality sampling and experience with water quality data collection standards and techniques.
- Experience with state and federal grant administration including the Clean Water Act (319.)
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and experience in a supervisory role.
- Ability to be innovative, flexible and empathetic; and a strong desire to do what it takes to get the job done.
- Experience with technical software such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and other statistical or analytical software.
To apply, upload a resume and cover letter. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, 6 November 2019. Start date in December 2019.
Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals. Midcoast Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.