Watershed Scientist

Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), based in Bedminster, NJ is a non-profit conservation organization working to protect, preserve and improve water quality and other natural resources of the Raritan River headwaters region through science, education, advocacy and land preservation and stewardship.

About the Position
The Watershed Scientist helps protect the North and South Branch Raritan River region’s water resources through water quality monitoring, research and outreach. Leads Raritan Headwaters’ stream monitoring programs.


  • Develop, maintain, and implement quality control measures for surface water data collection and management including biological, visual, and chemical (bacterial on an ad hoc basis).
  • Conduct field work to collect visual, chemical and bacterial surface water data.
  • Manage the organization’s stream monitoring program, including the training and coordination of a team of Citizen Scientists and seasonal interns.
  • Perform data entry, analysis, and assist in preparing professional quality reports and data submittals.
  • Update and report findings to applicable funding agencies and the public through outreach, the RHA website and other communication assignments.
  • Collect, analyze, and provide a report on preliminary findings on the health of the watershed at annual outreach events and directly to municipalities.
  • Present annual findings in a comprehensive report to be shared with stakeholders and the general public.
  • In collaboration with RHA’s Director of Science, make recommendations to address impaired surface water quality.
  • Implement and manage special projects relating to water resource protection including green infrastructure, stream restoration and emerging contaminants of concern.
  • Investigate reports of pollution and other issues in the watershed.
  • Maintain the storage and maintenance of surface water quality equipment.
  • Prepare surface water quality materials and educational content as needed.
  • Report status and metrics on an ad hoc basis.
  • Identify and participate in professional development.
  • Supervise Americorps Ambassador.
  • Interview, hire and supervise seasonal interns.
  • Help identify monitoring sites for annual watershed-wide RHA Stream Cleanup.
  • Represent RHA at partner meetings.


  • Education/Experience: Master’s Degree and 2 years work experience (or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years work experience) in ecology, environmental science, conservation, or a related field.
  • Familiarity with stream ecology, water quality issues and relevant scientific research methods, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Strong interpersonal, organization, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Enjoy being and working outdoors.
  • Independent, self-motivated, professional performance.
  • Experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, and Excel a plus.
  • Passion for the mission of RHA.

Reports to Director of Science. May be required to travel around the region, work outside in inclement weather, lift heavy objects, stand/walk for long periods of time and do physically taxing work. Required to work some evenings and weekends.

How to Apply
Qualified individuals may apply by sending resume with cover letter via email to future@raritanheadwaters.org

Nature Day Camp Educator

About the Position:  The Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), a non-profit conservation organization located in Gladstone, NJ, is seeking Environmental Educators for the summer of 2018.  The Educators will be responsible for implementing RHA’s summer Nature Day Camp programs. Some prep and orientation will take place in June.  The camp is scheduled as follows:

Dates:                         Time:               Session Name:                             Age Range:

July 16-20                 9 to 2 pm       Red Squirrels Week 1                     Ages 5-6

July 16-20                 9 to 2 pm       Tree Frogs Week 1                         Ages 7-10

July 23-27                 9 to 2 pm       Red Squirrels Week 2                     Ages 5-6

July 23-27                 9 to 2 pm       Tree Frogs Week 2                         Ages 7-10

July 30-August 3     9 to 2 pm       Garden Camp                                  Ages 5-13

July 30-August 2     9 to 12 pm    Honey Bees Week 1                       Ages 3-4

July 30-August 3     1 to 5 pm       Bedminster Recreation Camp      Ages 6-12

August 6-10              9 to 12 pm    Honey Bees Week 2                       Ages 3-4

August 6-10              9 to 2 pm      Photo Camp                                     Ages 10-12

August 6-10              1 to 5 pm       Bedminster Recreation Camp      Ages 6-12

Preference will be given to candidates that can participate in multiple weeks of camp.  RHA will provide lesson plans and materials, with the opportunity for Educators to contribute to lesson plans.  We encourage candidates to visit our website at www.raritanheadwaters.org to learn about our work, and www.raritanheadwaters.org/naturedaycamp to see more details about our camps.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have experience in elementary education, biology, ecology or a related field.  Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors (even in inclement weather), have a basic understanding of elementary environmental topics and enjoy working with children.  Preferred candidates should be living within commuting distance of Gladstone, NJ.  All educators will be required to submit a background check, and attend a CPR and First Aid training course (or provide current certification documentation).

Hours: Varies based on camp schedule. Educators should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to camp start time and stay 30 minutes after.

Compensation:  Salary commensurate with experience.

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

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

Stream Monitoring Internship

About the Position
Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) is a non-profit conservation organization located in Bedminster, New Jersey. RHA is seeking candidates for the Stream Monitoring Intern position for the summer of 2018. The intern will assist with the Stream Monitoring program, including the following tasks:

  • Prepare for and attend stream monitoring training for beginners on Saturday, May 5th.
  • Help to identify new stream monitoring sites and generate site descriptions.
  • Coordinate volunteer pick up/drop off of equipment.
  • Assist with stream monitoring during the last two weeks of June.
  • Quality check returned data sheets.
  • Clean equipment/organize lab and storage at the end of the stream monitoring season.
  • Prepare water samples for the lab.
  • Assist with chemical monitoring at impaired sites.

Qualified applicants will be working towards a degree or will have recently completed a degree in biology, ecology, environmental policy or a related field. Applicants must be comfortable working outdoors, communicating with volunteers, and have a basic understanding of conservation practices. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Preferred candidates should be living within commuting distance of Bedminster, NJ.

Hours: 10-30 hours/week (varies)

Compensation: Hourly rate plus mileage

Start Date: Mid April
End Date: Mid July (flexible)

How to Apply
EMAIL ONLY. Please email cover letter and resume to AGorczyca@raritanheadwaters.org