Seven Mile Creek (7MC) Watershed Manager

Application Deadline:May. 1, 2017
Agency:Great River Greening
Location:St. Paul, Minnesota
Description:

ABOUT GREAT RIVER GREENING:

Great River Greening is a rapidly growing nonprofit conservation organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a mission to secure the legacy of Minnesota lands and waters through community restoration, stewardship and partnerships. Since our origins in 1999, Greening has restored more than 15,000 acres of natural habitat state-wide, while engaging more than 39,000 volunteers in the process.

Great River Greening has grown significantly in its geographic scope over the last five years through development of its four conservation programs: 1) Twin Cities Metro; 2) Anoka Sandplain; 3) Minnesota River, and 4) Minnesota’s Wild and Scenic Rivers. Despite our growing reach and impact, our staff size remains small, working collaboratively as a committed team of conservation professionals that works in partnership with conservation partners and local communities to conserve and restore natural resources across Minnesota. We strive to maintain a friendly workplace with a culture driven toward mission success, while recognizing the value of positive work-life balance.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Seven Mile Creek Watershed Manager joins Great River Greening as a key member of our team of conservation professionals and will provide our local presence in the region. The Manager will report to the Conservation Programs Director. The position will be based in the Nicollet Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office in St. Peter, Minnesota.

The Watershed Manager will work in partnership with Nicollet SWCD and NRCS staff as a member of the local conservation team in conducting outreach to landowners (principally farmers) within the Seven Mile Creek watershed and surrounding watersheds. He/She will:

  • Provide direct supervision of one field technician and oversee the work of contractors,
  • Develop partnerships for implementation of a broad suite of associated conservation practices aimed at improving water quality,
  • Work with partners to develop innovative socioeconomic sustainability and community engagement initiatives,
  • Facilitate the enrollment of landowners in appropriate conservation programs,
  • Leads the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership, which is composed of conservation and agricultural organizations, government agencies, and landowners in the watershed, toward the goal of removing the stream from Minnesota’s impaired waters list.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Coordinate with landowners, and in collaboration with SWCD staff oversee the implementation of conservation practices landowners through a variety of programs such as RIM, CRP, PCA 319, Clean Water Fund and State Cost-Share – 40%.
  • Write, review with operations, and submit work plans and grant proposals; Work with Greening’s Grant Manager, administer (budget and expense tracking; compiling/writing grant status report via ELink and semi-annual and final reports) grants for the Seven Mile Creek Watershed initiative – 30%.
  • Lead the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership, ensuring coordination and facilitating communication among and between members and outside interests; maintain the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Web Site and publish its quarterly newsletter; write press releases – 15%.Work closely with Greening staff to integrate the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership into Great River Greening's conservation strategies – 20%.
  • Represent Great River Greening, Nicollet SWCD, and the Seven Mile Creek Watershed Partnership at events, meetings and as a member of various committees – 5%.
  • Provide educational outreach and engagement opportunities to local, state and federal agencies, local communities, and non-governmental organizations – 5%.
Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum four-year degree in environmental or natural sciences field, coupled with two years of relevant project management/public outreach experience. 
  • Familiarity and experience with state and federal agricultural and watershed conservation programs, funding mechanisms and practices.
  • Solid understanding of watershed management, regional land use practices, and effects of management decisions on water quality and natural resources.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing conservation projects with landowners or other partners, delivering high quality results on time and within budget.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be comfortable and effective in speaking before the public, and to market conservation programs to landowners.
  • Demonstrated ability in being self-driven, working independently, and producing results.
  • Working knowledge of ARC Map, social media, and Microsoft Office products.
  • Good physical conditioning; must be able to carry up to 50 lbs over irregular terrain.
  • Strong organization and budgeting skills.
  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s (M.A. or M.S.) or advanced degree in environmental or natural sciences.
  • Relevant experience working with agricultural producers, natural resource restoration, or other arena for greater than 5 years.
  • Direct experience or familiarity with agricultural and/or aquatic riverine systems.
  • Experience developing and submitting successful grant proposals to fund work.
  • Demonstrated experience leading or facilitating partnerships or groups of individuals toward a common goal.
  • Experience with web site design and content management.
Salary:Salary range is $48,000-55,000, depending upon experience and qualifications.
Contact:

Electronic submissions only. Submit your cover letter addressing each of the qualifications, resume, and salary history to Steven Huckett (shuckett@greatrivergreening.org). The position is open until filled.