The Inland Empire region spans the developed areas of western Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Running through the I.E. from the mountains to the Pacific Ocean, is the historically rich Santa Ana River. The Santa Ana River (SAR) is 96 miles long and the watershed is 2,650 square miles in size with approximately 3.5 million residents. NotableI.E. cities the SAR runs through are Redlands, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Corona.
One of the primary goals of the Inland Empire Waterkeeper is to be a steward of the River; to introduce and educate the public to the River, to collaborate with local cities and agencies to improve conditions along the River, and to be proactive and visionary to ensure a swimmable, drinkable and fishable River.
The Inland Empire Waterkeeper is seeking a motivated and talented Program and Outreach Director to manage the Inland Empire Waterkeeper Program, assisting the Coastkeeper executive staff in fulfilling our mission by collecting accurate information on the health of the River, engaging the public to be knowledgeable stewards of the River, and ensuring ample operating funds are generated for the IEWK by grant writing, fundraising, and building corporate relationships. This unique position will also participate in effective regional coalitions working to effect positive change for our water and natural resources.
This is a full-time position. The ideal candidate must be flexible to work some weekends and evenings. Salary starts at $50,000 alongside a generous vacation policy, paid holidays, and health insurance.
Conduct regular water quality monitoring and citizen activities to supportwater quality monitoring in the Santa Ana River watershed.Coordinate and lead regional efforts on the Santa Ana River Trailprogram.Participate in public speaking engagements and presentations to educatecommunity groups, school children, and potential members about issuesimpacting the Santa Ana River.Organize and conduct volunteer activities; including regular river cleanups,paddle trips, and invasive species removal.Participate in public relations and communications efforts with media,members, and the public via press released, marketing materials, biannualnewsletter, website, social media and email alerts.Work to cultivate donors, recruit members, and solicit corporate sponsors.Manage the membership database to log and track donations, andsolicitation letters.Identify and apply for grant opportunities that support programs and staff.Work with local educators to provide school presentations and field trips.Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.The Program and Outreach Director reports to the Executive Director andwill have guidance from the Associate Program Director and DeputyProgram Director. In addition, this position will have the support fromCoastkeeper’s education, science, and legal staff.This position may require flexible hours, including working occasionallyafter hours, evenings, and weekends.
Very important is the ability to take initiative and work independently as well aswith a team.Committed to environmental justice and protecting and preserving theenvironment, especially our water resources. Knowledge of the Inland Empireand Santa Ana River is also preferred.Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, communications, education, or a similarfield is preferred.At least two years of experience working in water science, environmentaleducation, non-profit management, political science, fundraising, or policymaking.Project management experience including directing a project from conceptionto completion.Fundraising and community organizing abilities are preferred.Experience in modern social media & web based communication tools;excellent written and verbal communication skills; public speaking skills. Bilingualskills preferred.Proficiency in database management is preferred.Must possess a valid state-issued driver’s license & own or have access to a reliable vehicle for work-related use.
Interested in Applying?
Please submit your resume, cover letter, and two (2) professional references with contact information to Matt Sylvester, Communications Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be accepted until we find this unique individual. After an initial screening, an interview will be scheduled. A sample of your writing abilities may be requested.
Orange County Coastkeeper does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing or staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing and inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, volunteers, subcontractors, and members.
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