Water Quality Program Coordinator

  • Part-Time
  • Ashland, WI
  • Application deadline: 2021-08-16

Superior Rivers Watershed Association

Position Summary

The Water Quality Program Coordinator oversees the Superior Rivers Watershed Association (SRWA) Water Quality Program and supports general office and organizational duties. The Coordinator is responsible for the implementation and continuation of the Water Quality Program, including directly overseeing approximately 40 water quality monitoring volunteers and water quality outreach and education programming. This position reports directly to and collaborates with the Executive Director.

This position is ideal for someone interested in multiple facets of environmental non-profit programming and management. You will be required to work both in an office setting and outdoors in unpredictable settings, independently and in close collaboration with supervisor, volunteers, and collaborators.

Work from Home Statement: This position is a hybrid-work model and will be expected to work from home with limited and pre-determined in-office work hours.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Program & Volunteer Management (40%) – Coordinate and administer the SRWA Water Quality Program, including management of approximately 40 water quality volunteers, volunteer outreach and acquisition, volunteer training, updating water quality database, adherence to protocols and best scientific practices, and maintaining water quality equipment. Program Management will be in conjunction with various advisors, committees, and
  2. Office Administration Support (30%) Provides office and administration support for Executive Director and staff, including assistance with filing, mail collection, preparing bank deposits, receipt of donations, donor management, and some routine bookkeeping entry.
  3. Outreach & Education (20%) Participate in outreach and public awareness campaigns by creating social media content, creating newsletter content, tabling informational booths at regional events, and collaborating with regional partners and communities to conduct sound education programs.
  4. Fundraising (5%) Provides fundraising support to develop the Program including assisting with outreach and donation collection and seeking grant opportunities to support the Program.
  5. Other (5%) Provides support for other programs and projects as necessary and as funding allows.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  1. Ability to manage approximately 40 volunteers while creating strong, positive working relationships and communications.
  2. Ability to familiarize with and adhere to SRWA policies, water quality procedures and protocols, and scientific best practices.
  3. Ability to collaboratively plan and manage program logistics and risk management for an outdoor volunteer program.
  4. Ability to work in a team setting with the SRWA staff and volunteers and high degree of comfort working independently both outdoors and in a home office setting with minimal supervision.
  5. Knowledge of aquatic and ecological processes, especially related to rivers, watersheds, water quality, and Lake Superior.
  6. Computer literacy, including competency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Google business suite, ability to learn new software and programs as needed, and ability to conduct independent online research in support of SRWA projects.
  7. Professional demeanor and demonstrable leadership skills, including building strong interpersonal relationships with volunteers, partners, and co‐workers, as well as attention to administrative details, organization, and timeliness.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, climate science, natural resources, water science, or related discipline, or at least three years experience in a related work field.
  2. Experience collaborating and building strong mutual partnerships with diverse people and organizations
  3. Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
  4. Must be able to perform water quality monitoring duties in an outdoor, in-stream environment, which includes lifting, standing, hiking, bending, and wading through waters for up to several hours at a time.

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Previous experience training and coordinating volunteers, preferably in an outdoor, ecological context.
  2. Knowledge of cultural and natural history in western Lake Superior and its watersheds.
  3. Bookkeeping and/or Quickbooks experience.
  4. Office and filing experience.
  5. Grant writing and/or fundraising experience.
  6. Experience with DNR SWIMS Database.


The Water Quality Coordinator and Office Assistant position is a part-time position of 10-15 average hours per week depending on work and availability of funding with an hourly wage of $16.25 per hour. Mileage for travel to events and monitoring sites is reimbursable.


This position may transition into a 20 hour per week position at the discretion of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director. To do this, the Coordinator will be responsible for securing partial funding for the increase in wages and hours in future years.

Desired Start Date: September 13, 2021.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter and resume in PDF format to Alex Faber, Superior Rivers Watershed Association Executive Director at alex@superiorrivers.org by 11:59pm on August 16, 2021. References will be requested if you are selected for an interview.

To apply for this job please visit www.superiorrivers.org.