Director of Science

The largest watershed organization in New Jersey, Raritan Headwaters Association protects, preserves and improves water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through efforts in science, education, advocacy, land preservation and stewardship.

RHA, based in Bedminster, NJ, was formed by the 2011 merger of two effective conservation groups, the Upper Raritan Watershed Association and the South Branch Watershed Association, both founded in 1959 to engage New Jersey residents in safeguarding water sources and natural ecosystems. Our organization is a strong voice in advocating for sound land use policies. We are a leader in environmental education and outreach, and for our work in water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, land preservation and stewardship.

Raritan Headwaters’ Board of Trustees recently approved a new strategic plan aimed at increasing our impact in science, education and advocacy. The plan calls for building organizational strength and sustainability by expanding our staff in science, fund raising, communications and other key areas.

Position Description

We are currently seeking a Director of Science, who will design, implement, and advance science-focused research and programs related to water quality, water conservation, and land preservation and stewardship behaviors in support of RHA’s mission.

The Director of Science will be a member of our Management Team, leading land and water programs, managing direct reports, contractors, interns, and volunteers/citizen scientists.

  • Responsibilities
    • Design multi-year science, monitoring, and restoration strategies and ensure timely accomplishment of results
    • Lead the analysis and synthesis of data and report findings
    • Share research and findings with the public through RHA’s website, and other communication tools
    • Perform evaluations of programs to ensure their continued quality, relevancy, and effectiveness
    • Represent RHA at relevant hearings, briefings, conferences, and other external and internal events as well as acting as liaison to the scientific community
    • Provide expertise through working groups, task forces, speaking engagements, and serve as content expert for all staff and board members as needed
    • Help write grant applications that could fund RHA programs/activities
    • Lead task forces on Land and Water to solicit feedback and assistance on those topics from board members, staff, volunteers, and other interested parties
    • Report status and metrics to Management Team
    • Participate in Development and other activities designed to promote awareness about RHA
    • Manage contractors, interns, volunteers, and partners according to RHA management policies and applicable employment laws
  • Requirements
    • Advanced degree in natural sciences or closely related field with a minimum of five (5) years experience managing a scientific team; preferably in an environmental non-profit or academic organization
    • Experience in the environmental or conservation research arena, including conducting research, reviewing scientific work, making presentations and writing peer-reviewed papers
    • Familiar with provisions of the Clean Water Act and Land Trust Standards and Practices; experience with Land Trust Accreditation process a plus
    • Ability to manage multiple programs at one time, multiple funding sources and processes
    • Ability to develop programs and use resources of the organization to accomplish a wide variety of initiatives
    • Strong interpersonal, organization, writing, and speaking skills
    • Strong science, analytical, and statistical background
    • Innovative, self-motivated, professional manager
    • Experience with GIS databases, common productivity and communications applications
    • Passion for the mission of RHA

Based at scenic Fairview Farm in Bedminster, NJ, this full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter by email to future@raritanheadwaters.org.


About the Position:  The Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) is a non-profit conservation organization located in Bedminster, New Jersey.

RHA is seeking candidates for a paid Environmental Education Intern position for the summer of 2015.  The intern will assist in the following:

  • Prepare educational materials (supplies, worksheets) for educational programs
  • Participate as streamside educator at community day camps
  • Assist with outreach and some data entry
  • Attend classroom and field programs to act as support and take photos
  • Fill in as a substitute to teach lessons as needed
  • Opportunity to run programs independently and participate as a guest educator
  • Post photos on social media outlets and prepare written material for RHA blog, press releases
  • Develop new initiatives at RHA’s Summer Nature Day Programs such as composting system, geocache creation, etc.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be working towards a degree or will have completed a degree in elementary education, psychology, biology, ecology, environmental policy or a related field.  Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors with children and have a basic understanding of conservation practices. Preferred candidates should be living within commuting distance of Bedminster, NJ.

Hours:  16-20 hours/week depending on program schedule

Start and End Dates: Early-June through mid-August.  (Possible second internship available in fall of 2015)

Compensation:  $1,600 Stipend, mileage reimbursement

How to Apply: EMAIL ONLY: Please e-mail cover letter and resume to Lauren Theis at LTheis@raritanheadwaters.org

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

For more information please email LTheis@raritanheadwaters.org or call 908-234-1852 x314