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August 21, 2003
Title: Watershed Program Coordinator
Apply by: September 10th
Term: Full time, exempt, excellent benefits, including retirement
Salary: Low to mid 30's, commensurate with experience
The Aquatic Outreach Institute (AOI) is a non-profit organization that has
developed a diverse set of public involvement and education programs
focused on protecting creeks, watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay. These
include programs for educators such as Kids in Creeks, Kids in Gardens; and Watching Our Watersheds, and wildlife and native plant gardening education for the general
public. AOI also facilitates community-based Watershed Awareness Programs
on Pinole, San Pablo and Baxter Creeks; an annual Creeks, Wetlands and
Watersheds conference; the publication of a regional newsletter - Creeks Speak and a regional grant/assistance program for community organizations. AOI
has an $800,000/year budget and a staff of eleven.
We are located on the University of California Richmond Field Station, in
a lovely campus-style environment adjacent to the Bay. Our office
atmosphere is casual and friendly; we seek a dedicated, collaborative,
motivated, creative colleague who likes challenges and is able to work
under pressure while maintaining a sense of humor.
The job of the Watershed Awareness Program (WAP) coordinator is to help
build a strong and sustainable citizens' group in a given watershed. The
coordinator works to ensure that those citizens have both the support
needed to engage in creek (and other aquatic habitats) protection and
enhancement activities, and the understanding to communicate basic water
quality and habitat protection concepts to the community at large.
The WAP Coordinator develops and maintains the administrative,
organizational, and educational systems needed to keep a group of
committed volunteers motivated and involved. He or she contributes to and
leads public education, outreach, awareness, and involvement activities,
including coordinating and leading community meetings, workdays, and
monitoring events; teaching adults and youths in those settings; and
developing educational materials and stewardship-based programs.
In addition to these program responsibilities, the WAP coordinator is also
responsible for providing a high level of organizational support within
the Aquatic Outreach Institute, through fund-raising, program development,
and presentations. The WAP Coordinator is also involved with the
development and implementation of other programs within the Watershed
Awareness Program Department.
General Characteristics and Required Skills
The nature of the work performed by AOI requires that the WAP coordinator
have exposure to subjects relating to education, public policy, community
development, freshwater environments, and general ecology. The WAP
coordinator must be able to (1) review and synthesize information, (2)
communicate effectively both orally and in writing to multiple and diverse
audiences, (3) plan and coordinate projects and events, (4) facilitate
community building around environmental programs, (5) work independently
with general supervision from senior staff, and (6) contribute to the
short and long term goals of the Institute. A working knowledge of
word-processing and database software is required; familiarity with
graphics and desktop publication software is a plus.
Program Development and Implementation
field inquiries, send out information, and handle correspondence between
maintain mailing lists, records and files
coordinate and lead monthly community meetings
lead groups of adults and students in outdoor activities such as habitat
restoration or ecological monitoring
coordinate all restoration activities with local government planning
facilitate and prepare agreements with local stakeholders and
municipalities for targeted watershed activities
secure permits when required for watershed activities
transport equipment and supplies to and from events and/or volunteers'
homes and workplaces
coordinate special events such as Earth Day cleanups, and water quality
provide support for a host of volunteer-initiated efforts such as
attending other community groups' events and meetings, building a web
site, writing a grant,
prepare and distribute calendar listings and press releases
prepare layout, solicit or write articles and mail monthly newsletter
write quarterly and annual reports
prepare and submit funding proposals
Organizational Support and Development
assist with public inquiries regarding the San Francisco Estuary
interview, select, supervise, and train volunteers and interns
develop and implement new programs and products
identify, compile, and organize information for AOI's programs and
prepare verbal and graphic presentations on topics of public concern
regarding the San Francisco Estuary and its watersheds
prepare verbal and graphic presentations on Institute programs and
represent the Institute to a variety of public and private interest
groups, agencies and educational
Possession of a B.S. or B.A. Degree, preferably in community development,
environmental science, biology or a related field. General understanding
of creek ecology and watershed principles, demonstrated experience of
computer use, and demonstrated communication and organizational skills.
own or have access to a car
have a California drivers license
be willing to transport materials as necessary
be able to lift and carry 40 pounds.
Submit a resume and cover letter. Please address the following questions in your cover letter:
Demonstrated skills and work experience that you have that has prepared
you for this position?
What are the strongest attributes you would bring to our organization?
Fax, mail, or email application materials to:
Aquatic Outreach Institute
1327 South 46th Street #155
Richmond, CA 94804
Fax: (510) 231-5703
Qualified candidates will be called for an interview. For more
information, please visit our website at www.aoinstitute.org.