Watershed Scientist (Full-time)
Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA), is a non-profit leader in science, policy and stakeholder-engagement aimed at effective protection and restoration of watershed health. Throughout RHA’s 64-year history as a leader in science-based conservation in New Jersey, RHA has worked in the 470 mile Upper Raritan River headwaters region and with state and national partners to bring water quality science into the decision-making process. As part of a dynamic team of scientists and conservation practitioners, the Watershed Scientist leads RHA’s award-winning Stream Monitoring Program. For more information about RHA’s projects, visit www.raritanheadwaters.org.
- Develop, implement, and maintain quality control measures for surface water data collection and management including biological, visual, bacterial, chemical, and climate data.
- Conduct field and lab work to collect surface water data.
- Manage the organization’s stream monitoring program, including the training and coordination of a team of Citizen Scientists and seasonal interns.
- Oversee the Raritan Headwaters Sentinel Climate Stations Project.
- Maintain relationships with key partners.
- Perform data entry and management, analysis, and assist the Director of Science in preparing professional quality reports and data submittals.
- Work with Science Team to make recommendations to address impaired surface water quality.
- Investigate reports of pollution and other issues in the watershed.
- Oversee the installation, maintenance, and storage of surface water quality equipment.
- Develop and manage the stream monitoring program budget.
- Recruit, train and supervise seasonal interns.
- Represent RHA at partner meetings, conferences, and outreach events.
- Master’s Degree in a field related to ecology or environmental science and 3 years work experience as a conservation professional (or a Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years experience).
- Familiarity with stream ecology, water quality, regional conservation issues, and relevant scientific research methods, data management, and technical reporting.
- Technical skills in water quality monitoring including use of sensors and probes preferred.
- Demonstrated project management skills.
- Strong interpersonal, organizational, writing, and public speaking skills. Independent, self-motivated, professional performance.
- Passion for the conservation mission of RHA.
- Ability to travel around the region using personal vehicle, work outdoors in inclement weather and do physically taxing work.
Compensation: Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
Please apply via email with “Watershed Scientist” in the subject line. Send a resume, cover letter and contact info for 3 professional references via email to firstname.lastname@example.org