Restoration Project Manager

  • Full-Time
  • Concord, NH
  • Application deadline: 2021-07-26

Merrimack River Watershed Council

The Merrimack River Watershed Council (MRWC) seeks a full-time Project Manager to join our dynamic and growing team. This role is ideal for someone who is a highly organized self-starter and prides themselves on 1) technical skills in ecological restoration, 2) facilitation and leadership skills, and 3) project management experience. If you have a strong work ethic, passionate drive, and enduring commitment to water and climate justice in our watershed, consider joining our team.

About MRWC

The MRWC is a nonprofit environmental organization that protects and improves the Merrimack River Watershed for all people and wildlife through science, restoration, education, recreation, and advocacy. We work with diverse stakeholders, decision makers and communities to address threats including water pollution, habitat loss, aging infrastructure, and climate change. MRWC works throughout the entire 5,000 square mile watershed, which begins in Franklin, New Hampshire and flows out to the ocean at Newburyport, Massachusetts.

About the Position

The Project Manager will: 1) develop and implement ecological restoration projects in NH + MA, 2) manage a multi-million dollar NRCS award + facilitate the NH Source Water Partnership, 3) expand MRWC’s community-based volunteer programming in NH.

The Project Manager must have a commitment to a collaborative, partnership-based atmosphere and knowledge of local, state, and federal natural resource agencies. The ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects/deadlines is key to success in this position. The Project Manager should have a working knowledge of watershed management, conservation planning, restoration, and monitoring.

The Project Manager will facilitate regular stakeholder coordination meetings, provide review of restoration projects, and assist partner organizations in prioritizing and acquiring funding for restoration and conservation projects. This involves outreach to landowners, and coordinating development of proposals, permit applications and designs. It involves review of budgets, providing oversight of contractors, completing and/or reviewing monitoring reports, and coordinating with funders. It will also involve running community-based restoration events for tree-planting, invasive species control, and trash cleanups.


This position is based out of our new Concord, NH office, and most work will take place in New Hampshire, although there will also be occasional commitments to our primary Lawrence, MA office. MRWC operates on a hybrid office/remote model, but the Project Manager must be based within or in easily commutable distance of the Merrimack Valley. Restoration projects occur throughout the watershed so regular travel should be expected.
Schedule: Full-time exempt with options for flexible scheduling. This position requires occasional early morning or evening meetings, and occasional weekend events.

Working Conditions

Work performed outdoors may be in inclement weather and around construction equipment. Sufficient mobility required to navigate uneven terrain, steep slopes, moving water and other field conditions.

Key Responsibilities

  • MRWC Restoration Program
    • Serve as project leader for a variety of planning, assessment and/or implementation projects aimed at restoring habitat, improving ecosystem resilience, and protecting source water, including: dam removal, culvert replacement, riparian re-vegetation, in-stream restoration, invasive species management, and green stormwater infrastructure.
    • Build enduring partnerships with municipal staff, state and federal agencies, academic institutions, and volunteers, to advance restoration projects, policies, collaborative solutions, and investments.
    • Communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences about science, policy, and regulatory implications of watershed data.
    • Contract and supervise project subcontractors.
    • Prepare project plans, permit applications and designs, and funding applications.
    • Manage grant contract reporting and compliance.
    • Participate on natural resource committees.
    • Manage project budgets.
  • NH statewide NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Project (RCPP):
    • Serve as Project Lead for implementation of 5-year statewide $6.8M NRCS award.
    • Coordinate and facilitate partners of the NH Source Water Partnership.
    • Prepare technical reports on monitoring results and annual progress reports.
    • Manage a complex budget and work with MRWC bookkeeper on auditable budget transactions, reports and documentation.
  • NH Volunteer Management
    • Oversee expansion of NH-based volunteer engagement.
    • Develop educational and Community Science value of volunteer experience for participants.
    • Hire and supervise AmeriCorps members and seasonal interns.

Required Qualifications

Above all, we seek an individual who is motivated to take on new challenges, and believes in this work. The ideal candidate is a collaborative self-starter with drive and enthusiasm.

  • Experience identifying, prioritizing, planning and implementing restoration projects, including helping to secure funding.
  • Project management and supervisory experience.
  • Experience coordinating partnerships, facilitating meetings and resolving conflicts.
  • Communication: Excellent inter-personal, verbal and written communication skills. Able to present comfortably to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated success writing and managing grants.
  • Either a Master’s degree in water resources management, ecological restoration, aquatic biology, ecology, hydrology, civil or environmental engineering or related field + minimum three years of relevant work experience, OR a listed Bachelor’s degree + five years relevant work experience
  • Experience with federal and state grant programs
  • Budget management proficiency. This role will have significant responsibility managing regular and auditable transactions.
  • ArcGIS proficiency
  • Strong familiarity with managing NRCS and/or other federal funding is not required but is a plus.

Salary and Benefits

Starting salary is dependent on experience, with a starting range of $52,000-$70,000. Benefits package includes but not limited to health insurance contribution, paid time off, paid family and medical leave.

To Apply

Submit a cover letter and resume by Monday July 26th at 5pm detailing your interest and qualifications to with the subject line “Restoration – Project Manager.” No calls, please.

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