LWOG is hiring a new program specialist to help with flood recovery restoration projects in Left Hand Creek Watershed! See Link below for full details and send resume and cover letter to Jessie Olson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Position Title: Program Specialist
Employment Status: Full-time, Salaried
Reports To: LWOG Watershed Coordinator
Office Location: 6800 Nimbus Road, Longmont, CO 80503
Salary Range: $35,000-$45,000 annually
The successful applicant will be a motivated, independent, enthusiastic problem-solver who is capable and willing to serve the larger purpose of restoring an environment and community that survived a recent disaster. The Program Specialist is challenged to assist the watershed coordinator in executing day-to-day management and administrative tasks. The specialist will provide support for Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group meetings, grant submittals and tracking, and restoration project implementation in a community of diverse situations and needs. This will require communication and interpersonal and project management skills. Technical expertise or knowledge in river restoration and watershed science is desired. In this position, you will collaborate with other Colorado Watershed Coordinators and Program Assistants, as well as local, county, state, and federal agencies involved with watershed management. You will also be working with contractors, engineers, and a wide variety of natural resource professionals. Training, networking and career development opportunities will be offered in the performance of these duties.
Supervision Received and Exercised
The program specialist shall work under the direction of the Watershed Coordinator in carrying out the activities and functions of LWOG.
Examples of Duties
Primary duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Provide assistance to the Coordinator in restoration planning and implementation tasks including:
o Using the Watershed Master Plan to evaluate priority projects in an efficient and compliant manner ensuring collaboration with all stakeholders.
o Research potential funding sources help develop a strategy to fund project implementation and long term maintenance and monitoring
o Track restoration project status during planning, implementation and monitoring phases.
• Complete education and outreach tasks including updating website, developing a newsletter, developing a landowner database, organizing outreach and volunteer events, developing an LWOG marketing strategy, and developing an LWOG Membership program.
• Assist coordinator in providing landowner assistance including developing a stream stewardship program to educate and inform landowners on appropriate stream stewardship techniques.
• Assist coordinator in preparing for and conducting LWOG Board meetings and ensuring compliance with the CDBG-DR Capacity Grant requirements.
• Oversee consultants conducting restoration planning and implementation projects, as appropriate.
• Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years’ experience working in a professional environment or equivalent. Natural resource, hydrology, environmental planning and GIS experience will be helpful. Understanding of watershed and restoration science desired.
• Ability to express compassion in addressing resident and landowner issues.
• Excellent skills in interpersonal relationships, organizational effectiveness, and community outreach.
• Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
• Familiarity with watershed concepts and processes of sediment dynamics and modification of flood plains, channels, and aquatic and riparian habitats as a result of flooding.
• Familiarity with Colorado water issues/politics.
• Ability to prepare meeting materials and presentations and assist in facilitating meetings.
• Writing, presentation and public relations skills.
• Ability to work independently, establish work priorities and manage time effectively.
• Proficiency in the use of MS Word and Excel, ability to learn new computer applications, with preference given to candidates who have an understanding of geographic information systems (GIS) and their use in watershed planning, and website development and maintenance.
• A valid Colorado Driver’s License and ability to pass background check including a good driving record. Must have own vehicle, mileage reimbursement available.
Work is performed inside and outside both day and night, under varying and extreme weather conditions, and could include frequent driving of employee’s personal vehicle. Field conditions will include steep, unstable terrain, proximity to fast-moving water, proximity to highway traffic, and typical conditions associated with travel in the foothills and plains of the Rocky Mountain region. Work may include working weekends. Work includes but is not limited to exposure to sun, noise, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, and oils, moving vehicles, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds, bending, stooping, squatting, crawling, kneeling, pulling, pushing, reaching overhead and above shoulders, use of both hand and fingers, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, standing, and sitting for extended periods of time. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed. Must have correctable near and far vision, ability to hear, speak, and write. Work also includes the ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions, and the ability to utilize communication equipment.
Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer and no otherwise qualified individual shall be subject to discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion or religious affiliation, sex, familial status, age, genetics, disability, or national origin in any phase of employment for this position. Further, the work to be performed under this contract is subject to the requirements of Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968, as amended, 12 U.S.C. 1701u (Section 3) which states that employment and other economic opportunities generated by HUD assistance shall, to the greatest extent feasible, be directed to low and very low-income persons, particularly persons who are recipients of HUD assistance for housing.
Salary and Position Details
Salary range: $35,000 to $45,000 with benefits including paid time off (holiday, sick, vacation and personal leave) and employer contribution to a retirement plan. The location of the office for the position will be at the Left Hand Water District office, 6800 Nimbus Road in Longmont CO. The initial engagement length of the position is one year with intention of continuation for 2.5 years and beyond.
Please email a PDF of your cover letter and resume to: Jessica Olson at email@example.com by February 5th for priority consideration, although the position shall stay open until filled. Applications may also be mailed to Left Hand Watershed Oversight Group – P.O. Box 1074 – Niwot, CO 80544-1074. The cover letter should clearly demonstrate the applicants’ ability to fulfill the stated duties and meet the qualifications of the position. Interviews for selected candidates will be conducted during the weeks of February 8th and 15th.