Event: Announcing 2 New Positions!

We have two openings here at the watershed council….

  1.  Land and Water Steward

  2.  Development Specialist

Position descriptions appear below….

Job Announcement: Land and Water Steward

Reports to:   Executive Director                                        Annual salary:   $30-35K

Non-exempt                    30-35 hours/week                      One Year, with potential extension

Position Summary:

The Land and Water Steward is responsible for the implementation of the capstone stages of multi-year grants totaling $400,000 from the U.S. Forest Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  The central focus is to identify and complete riparian buffer restoration through the planting of native species along key tributaries of the Merrimack River, and to communicate with and educate the public—including key allies and supporters—about the long-term value of this initiative.  The project is expected to be completed within a 12-month period (with funding to match), supplemented by additional activities that will center on MRWC’s priority land protection work, including developing partnerships with other NGOs and identifying new, related opportunities.  Additional grant funding may be secured that, for the right candidate, could extend the position beyond 12 months.  This is an excellent opportunity for a recent graduate student with a background in ecology, water resources, or environmental science to join a team of environmental advocates whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance public access to one of the region’s largest and most diverse watersheds.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Complete the USFS/NFWF grants in a thorough and timely fashion, with primary responsibility for site identification, coordination with other stakeholders, buffer restoration, and periodic reporting to grant authorities.
  2. Advise and work with the Executive Director to help identify other related advocacy and educational initiatives.
  3. Monitor properties currently owned by MRWC.
  4. Work with MRWC’s development associate on grant proposals.
  5. Participate in MRWC’s outreach and communications initiatives.
  6. Take on occasional special projects relevant to the Land and Water Steward’s training and experience.

Qualifications & Skills Required (and Preferred)

  1. Master’s degree in ecology, habitat restoration, environmental science or related field.
  2. Up-to-date working knowledge of GIS and similar data-driven spatial programs.
  3. A minimum of three years’ experience in environmental consulting, advocacy, science or regulation (preferred).
  4. Facility with standard office software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint (preferred: Access, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Publisher).
  5. Skill and experience with social media (preferred).
  6. Knowledge of and experience with water quality testing (preferred).

Working Conditions:

The position includes a combination of office work, field work, and travel.  At times, field work may be in inclement weather.  Possible telecommuting on a limited basis.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to move over rough terrain for moderate distances, and to perform the basic physical work involved in planting small trees and shrubs in an outdoor environment (e.g., lifting up to 40 pounds for short distances, using garden tools).  Ability to drive a car.


  • Availability of a car at all times, and a valid driver’s license.
  • Benefits:

Direct Reports:  None.


  • Applications received by August 31, 2017 will be given preference.
  • Projected starting date range is September 15-30, 2017, but we will interview until the right candidate is found.

To Apply:

Mail or email: (i) cover letter; (ii) resume; (iii) brief, relevant writing sample; and (iv) contact information for two professional references to:

MRWC Land and Water Steward
Merrimack River Watershed Council
60 Island Street, Suite 211-E
Lawrence, MA  01840


No phone calls, please



 Job Announcement:   Development Specialist

Reports to:                 Executive Director                      

Compensation:         $26K-$31.6K a year (based on  20-24 hours/week (2.5-3 days))            

Duration:                    One Year, with potential extension

Who We Are:

The Merrimack River Watershed Council is the environmental advocate for the Merrimack River and its watershed—one of the largest river systems in New England.  We draw on education, public policy, science and law to protect and preserve the Merrimack for people and all other living things.  Visit us on the web:

Job Description:

The part-time Development Specialist will be the lead player in MRWC’s development and fundraising efforts, with particular focus on building unrestricted support.  The work will have two major, inter-related aspects:

(1)   Expanding our marketing and outreach campaign, which connects with individuals and businesses within the Merrimack River watershed; developing and planning for creative and innovative fundraising events; assisting with membership coordination, engagement, and thanks; maintaining our membership and communications databases; writing grants; and general office duties.

(2)   Taking the lead in maintaining and updating MRWC’s web site, as well as its social media efforts—via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The successful candidate will be familiar with the use and management of social media, and will be experienced in maintaining a WordPress-based website.  The central focus of this aspect of the work will be to support MRWC’s development efforts.

Salary and Schedule:

This is a one-year position, with the possibility of renewal dependent on continued funding.  It is an exempt position and does not provide benefits, with the exception of holidays and vacation.  Workday flexibility may be necessary when grants are due or events scheduled.  Extra hours in a given week may be offset within the following four weeks.  Limited telecommuting will be possible.

 Skills and Educational Background:


  • Ability to create fundraising strategies tied to our mission and programs
  • Experience with fundraising campaigns/membership drives
  • Interest in and basic understanding of environmental issues
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills
  • Well-polished social skills
  • Knowledgeable and enthusiastic about social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Experience managing a WordPress-based website
  • Close attention to detail
  • Track record as a self-starter
  • Competence with the basic Microsoft office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Availability of car and valid driver’s license
  • A. from an accredited college or university


  • Development, marketing, or communications experience
  • Facility with all or most of the following key software platforms:MS Office, Constant Contact, Photoshop, and Publisher


  • Formulate direct mail, email, web promotion, and fundraising plans
  • Coordinate periodic fundraising events
  • Identify fundraising and grant opportunities
  • Assist Executive Director with grant proposals
  • Participate in direct outreach to current and potential corporate supporters,as well as follow-up
  • Maintain individual and corporate membership database(Little Green Light), ensuring that it is accurate and up to date
  • Maintain and use communications platform (Constant Contact)
  • Maintain website (
  • Maintain social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Perform general office tasks

Direct Reports:  None


  • Applications received by September 8, 2017 will be given preference
  • Projected starting date range is September 25-October 10, 2017, but will interview until the right candidate is found

To Apply:

Mail or email:  (i) cover letter; (ii) resume; (iii) brief, relevant writing sample; and (iv) contact information for two professional references to:

MRWC Development Specialist
Merrimack River Watershed Council
60 Island Street, Suite 211-E
Lawrence, MA  01840


No phone calls, please