Are you passionate about environmental stewardship and making a positive impact in your community? The Elizabeth River Project is seeking a dedicated and organized River Star Homes Program Manager to lead our innovative program, inspiring citizens to help restore the urban Elizabeth River. This full-time, salaried position offers a unique opportunity to manage on-the-ground projects and motivate homeowners to champion change. (click here for more info on River Star Homes)

Be part of the launch of the globally significant Ryan Resilience Lab. Your workspace will be in this beautiful and inspiring, super-resilient facility, opening late 2023 with many expanded opportunities for community engagement. If you are ready to make a difference, we want to hear from you!

Key duties and responsibilities include:

· Motivating and assisting homeowners to improve water quality through social marketing and Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as living shorelines, rain gardens, and more.

· Managing River Star Homes staff and interns in recruiting homeowners, attending site visits to provide recommendations, and ensuring project success.

· Sustaining environmental stewardship among homeowners through engagement methods like workshops, outdoor outings, and an annual festival.

· Managing permitting as necessary and working closely with contractors to schedule, install, invoice, and follow up on projects.

· Handling invoicing and reporting to partners, and maintaining pollution reduction calculations.

· Attending events, festivals, and speaking engagements to educate the public, recruit new participants, and support larger initiatives.

· Supporting federal and state grants by completing program deliverables.


Qualifications and experience of the desired candidate include:


  • A strong understanding of environmental stewardship in the Chesapeake Bay area.
  • Relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, or equivalent number of years of work experience in relevant environmental-related field.
  • Exceptional organizational and time management skills.
  • Proven leadership abilities and a positive attitude.
  • Flexibility in schedule, including occasional weekend and evening hours.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.



  • Experience with federal grant management.
  • Knowledge of construction principles, including project budgeting and machine operation.
  • Extensive knowledge of native plants, plant identification, and BMP design.


This is a salaried, full-time position with a pay range of $47,000 – $57,000, based on experience and qualifications. This position qualifies for a comprehensive benefits package to include partially subsidized health insurance, company funded life and long-term disability insurance, paid vacation, paid holidays, and more.

HOW TO APPLY: If you are interested in joining our team, please send your resume and a cover letter to HR Manager Jaye Hughes Make a difference and change the world as you work for a nonprofit mission that is bringing back eagles, river otters, sea horses, dolphins and more to the Elizabeth River.


The Elizabeth River Project is an equal opportunity employer.

At Elizabeth River Project, we embrace diversity, inclusion, equity, and environmental justice as fundamental values of our river restoration work. Through active listening and intentional involvement, we seek to diversify our staff, board, and partners as we appreciate the unique perspectives and experiences of our diverse community. Our commitment extends to advocating for environmental justice, recognizing the intersectionality of social and environmental challenges. Together, we work towards a brighter future for the river and its people where everyone feels a sense of belonging and purpose within our organization and beyond.

At the Elizabeth River Project, we are committed to integrating DEI principles into all aspects of our work. By embracing diversity, promoting equity, and fostering inclusion, we believe we can restore the Elizabeth River in a way that benefits all communities and creates a healthier, more equitable future for both people and nature.