The North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA) is a nonprofit environmental organization located in Norwell, Massachusetts. The NSRWA’s purpose is to protect our waters through education, outdoor engagement, and restoration of our rivers.
The NSRWA seeks a part-time staff person, the Indian Head River Restoration Coordinator, to provide project management through April 30, 2024, to coordinate examining the feasibility of dam removal at the Curtis Crossing and State Street dams to restore and reconnect habitat of the Indian Head River located in Hanover, Pembroke, and Hanson Massachusetts. The Indian Head River is a main tributary of the North River and is home to various species of concern including American shad, American eel, river herring, and Eastern native brook trout. Currently, the dams are preventing free passage of these species limiting access to spawning habitat, in addition, dams have other impacts on the river’s health.
The coordinator will be responsible for coordinating on behalf of the NSRWA with project partners including the towns of Hanover, Hanson, and Pembroke (the dam owners), the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), and the Massachusetts Natural Resources Damages Trust Fund. The coordinator will be responsible for retaining and managing qualified engineering contractors as well as public outreach and engagement efforts to create a shared vision for this potential river restoration project. A preliminary study was funded by the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration in 2021, further engineering work is required to understand the feasibility and costs of removal and to engage the communities that own the infrastructure in better understanding their vision of the future of the Indian Head River. Public education will be needed to aid the community in making an informed decision.
Qualities We Seek
- Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources Management or a similar field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Five years of work experience as a conservation professional
- Three years of experience in dam removal, river restoration, or closely related fields
- Demonstrated success in managing projects involving multiple partners, stakeholders, and personnel
- Experience facilitating group discussions toward consensus-building, including with local communities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, particularly with translating technical or scientific information for the public to aid in decision making
- Experience using applications such as Google products, Microsoft Word, Excel, and social media. ArcGIS or mapping experience is a plus
This part-time position is grant funded through April 30, 2024, for a total of 1,060 hours at $32-35/hour. Staff are expected to be in the office at least once per week and must be able to meet on-site and with partners as needed. Must have their own license and insured vehicle. Mileage to work-related meetings is reimbursable. Hours are flexible, night meetings may be needed to engage with town committees and the public but generally work is to be performed during regular working hours.
The NSRWA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to race, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or veteran status.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to Samantha Woods, Executive Director through Indeed, outlining your experience and interest in the position. Interested candidates should apply before July 15, 2022. Anticipated start date is August 2022.
Job Type: Part-time
Pay: $32.00 – $35.00 per hour