ShoreRivers seeks a Community Restoration Coordinator to manage the River-Friendly Yards and Tree Stewards programs for ShoreRivers, which involve substantial field work and interfacing with volunteers. As part of the Community Engagement department, the Coordinator will help develop a strong and diverse ambassador base for clean water work, mobilize grassroots behavior change, and implement collaborative restoration projects with our Eastern Shore communities. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, outgoing individual with strong interpersonal communication skills comfortable with outdoor physical labor. This position offers a competitive benefits package and a salary range between $40,000 and $50,000, commensurate with experience. Position begins as soon as possible.
The Community Restoration Coordinator reports to the Director of Community Engagement and works in person out of both the Chestertown and Easton offices. This is a full-time position; the employee must be flexible to work weekends, evenings, and longer hours with appropriate compensatory time, and to travel when necessary. The employee must live in, or be willing to relocate to, the communities where we work. The position is exempt salaried and “at-will.”
To apply, send your resume and a one-page cover letter to Lori Ireland at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2023 with “Community Restoration Coordinator” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please tell us about an experience you’ve had that will help shape your work with volunteers.
Implement ShoreRivers’ River-Friendly Yards program, which aims to inspire and empower all residents to become stewards, helps build water quality improvement knowledge in a diverse set of stakeholders, and installs beautiful community conservation projects throughout our region.
• Respond to inquiries from homeowners, community organizations, congregations, etc.
• Build community and organizational partnerships.
• Grow and professionalize a network of landscapers, nurseries, and contractors.
• Coordinate with Baywise, Master Gardeners, and other regional restoration efforts.
• Conduct workshops and outreach.
• Manage small-scale, community-based restoration projects.
Implement ShoreRivers’ Tree Stewards program, which aims to increase tree canopy coverage in our urban and suburban environments, by training and supporting community volunteers in proper tree planting and tree care practices and activating planting projects in communities.
• Cultivate dedicated volunteers and conduct Tree Stewards trainings.
• Coordinate urban tree planting projects.
• Maintain the GIS atlas for all urban trees planted through Tree Stewards.
• Manage long-term project tracking and maintenance of planting projects.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The employee must have a strong commitment to environmental protection and subscribe to representing ShoreRivers’ mission and statement of inclusion.
EXPERIENCE & EDUCATION
• An associate or bachelor’s degree is a plus but we welcome applicants from traditional and non-traditional education pathways.
• Relevant work or internship experiences, especially work in community engagement and restoration.
• Knowledge of or an interest in environmental issues that affect water quality.
• Knowledge of and curiosity about native plants, landscaping, and ecosystem functions.
SKILLS & ABILITIES
• Strong interpersonal skills and a love of connecting with people.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent organization and time management skills.
• Ability to work as a team player and collaborate effectively.
• Ability to work independently, take initiative, and creatively grow programs.
• Valid driver’s license required.
• Must have or be willing to acquire comfort and proficiency around the water.
• Must have or be willing to acquire comfort with outdoor physical labor.
• Comfort with email and some virtual meetings preferred.
• Grant-writing experience is a plus.
ShoreRivers believes that swimmable, fishable, clean, and safe rivers are for everyone in our communities. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all applicants. This position uses a wide variety of skills; we encourage you to apply if you think you would be a good fit, even if you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications.
ShoreRivers seeks to protect and restore Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We have a dedicated staff of Riverkeepers, educators, scientists, restoration specialists, and advocates focused on policies and projects that will improve the health of our rivers. Our staff are a strong, collective voice for Eastern Shore waterways.
ShoreRivers believes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in our staff, board, supporters, and programs is critical to achieving our mission of clean water. We believe that access to waterways fuels environmental stewardship; inclusion of diverse communities is essential to long term success; and diverse representation in our membership, staff, and board makes us stronger.
WORKING AT SHORERIVERS
ShoreRivers offers an energetic and fast-paced work environment with bright, fun coworkers. We cultivate a supportive, regenerative work culture where hard work, innovation, and collaboration are valued; time off and balance are elevated; and teambuilding and professional development are priorities.
• Medical coverage, with 100% of premiums for the employee covered by ShoreRivers.
• Retirement plan, with ShoreRivers matching up to 3% of an employee’s salary.
• 15 paid days off during first two years of employment; 25 paid days off for employment over two years.
• 12 paid federal holidays, plus the week off between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day. (17 paid holidays total.)
• 5 weeks paid parental leave; option to add 7 weeks unpaid.
• Professional development opportunities.