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Watershed Project Coordinator

The Watershed Project Coordinator will work with Conservation Science staff and partners to coordinate grant-funded and fee-for-service projects relating to water quality improvements, wildlife habitat, and public accessibility on public and private lands within the watersheds of Vermont. 

Main projects include: 
  • Project coordination and implementation of water quality best management practices on public and private lands
  • Installation of infiltration steps, encapsulated soil lifts, shoreline gardens, open-top culverts, riparian buffers, rain gardens, bioswales, and other practices designed to treat stormwater and improve water quality in surface waters
  • Maintenance of project records and grant reporting tasks

Through these projects, the Watershed Project Coordinator will gain experience in water quality project management, as well as building skills in communicating with landowners, other conservation organizations/ professionals, and the public. This position includes time for professional development including attending conferences/webinars, meeting with other professionals, and self-guided learning. 

Responsibilities and Expectations: 
  • Develop projects from concepts or designs to be ready for implementation by the spring and fall Woods and Waters Crews
  • Do project site visits before and after project implementation
  • Communicate and work with project partners and landowners to schedule projects for the Woods and Waters Crews
  • Take accurate measurements and estimate project duration, materials, and tools required for implementation
  • Work closely with the Woods and Waters Field Supervisors to coordinate work done by the Woods and Waters Crews
  • Ensure that all necessary materials are delivered to the project sites when they need to be
  • Perform quality control checks on ongoing work to correct issues as they arise
  • Communicate with the Director, Project Partners, Landowners, Field Supervisors, and Crew Leaders to ensure projects are implemented as planned
  • Coordinate restroom facilities for the crew while they are at a site
  • Fill out and execute Operation and Maintenance Agreements with project partners and landowners
  • Schedule and arrange delivery of any rental equipment that is needed
  • Coordinate timing, scope of work, and compensation with any needed contractors.
  • Orient the crew to each new site
  • Take site photos before and after implementation for grant reporting
  • Make overnight reservations/accommodations for the crew as needed
  • Ensure that NorthWoods is a resource for the community for high-quality professional services, programming, facilities and expertise
  • Maintain good communication and professional working relationships with NorthWoods staff, program participants, partners, and the general public
  • Work independently and with coworkers to produce project outcomes on-schedule
  • Adhere to all NorthWoods procedures and policies related to staff conduct, safety and project implementation
  • Engage in professional development activities, as needed, to stay current with necessary job skills and knowledge
  • Attend meetings, workshops and special events as necessary to represent NorthWoods and support conservation science programs
  • Complete other general support tasks for the organization as needed, including maintenance, weekend and evening hours, etc.
  • Maintain NorthWoods tools and equipment in good working condition; keep work sites organized and safe; ensure that offices, woodshop, storage areas, lodge, etc. are clean, usable and appealing to visitors

  • College degree in environmental science or related field OR equal experience that demonstrates the ability to think critically about riparian ecosystem health and habitat restoration
  • Work and/or academic (research, internship, etc.) experience in the conservation field
  • Knowledge of stormwater and shoreline best management practices, ecosystem health indicators, and principles of water quality improvement
  • Project coordination and personnel/team management experience
  • Experience communicating with the public on topics of conservation, nature, wildlife, etc.
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Physical fitness and positive attitude to thrive in an outdoor setting for extended periods in varied weather
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a diverse range of people to accomplish a shared goal

Preferred Skills/Knowledge:
  • Ability to create and oversee the implementation of high-quality finished products with minimal oversight and good attention to detail
  • Simple hand tool proficiency and carpentry skills
  • Safety-consciousness and situational awareness
  • Preference given to candidates with prior, positive experience at NorthWoods. 

Please consider applying for this position even if you do not meet all the qualifications, or currently possess the preferred skills and knowledge. The review committee values a wide range of experience and education related to this position, and NorthWoods is committed to professional development to train the best candidate. 

NorthWoods Stewardship Center is a non-profit conservation and education organization based in East Charleston, Vermont. We serve the communities of Northern Vermont and New Hampshire, as well as facilitating conservation projects and programs throughout New England. Our main lodge and facilities are part of a 1,500 acre conserved campus and demonstration forest, open to the public, year-round. We achieve our mission to connect people and place through the synergy of four program areas: Environmental Education, the Conservation Corps, Conservation Science, and Forest Stewardship. Learn more at
Employment Period: April 10th – November 9th, 2022. Spring through fall seasonal position.
Workweek: 40 hours per week, typically M-F, with occasional weekend days and evenings as needed.
Compensation: $18-20/hour, based on experience.
Housing: Options may be available for on-campus housing; rental rates TBD 
Reports to: Meg Carter, Conservation Science Director
How to Apply: Submit cover letter and resume via email to Meg Carter, Conservation Science Director, at 
Hiring Timeline:  Applications reviewed on a rolling basis; apply early. If selected, applicants will be notified of an invitation to interview by February 10th, 2023.

If assistance is needed during the application process, please do not hesitate to contact NorthWoods for support. Please reach out to: Meg Carter, or (802) 723-6551 x302

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: 
People of every race, color, gender, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, belief system and background are encouraged to apply. Reasonable accommodation will be made for applicants with disabilities. NorthWoods believes that diversity in our workplace is essential to building vibrant human and natural communities, and strives to provide opportunities for everyone without discrimination.