Restoration Coordinator (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. Based in Bedminster, NJ, RHA has worked for over 60 years in the Upper Raritan River headwaters region as well as at the state-level to bring water quality science into the decision-making process. As part of a dynamic team of scientists and conservation practitioners, the Restoration Coordinator leads RHA’s program to restore riparian forests and remove dams.
- Coordinate implementation of Riparian Restoration and Dam Removal project in the Upper Raritan Watershed
- Work with RHA staff and regional partners to plan and implement 8 miles of riparian buffer restoration by planting native trees and shrubs in the North Branch Raritan River Watershed
- Assist partner agencies in planning, implementation, and outreach for 2 dam removal projects in the Upper Raritan Watershed
- Develop a 4-year project management plan for the project, based on grant guidelines
- Develop, implement and maintain the project budget including managing accounting for project expenses
- Develop project partners, partner expectations, and formal agreements
- Advocate for the project via meetings, workshops, press releases and maintaining a page on RHA’s website
- Establish and support relationships with stakeholders, partners, and landowners through communications and updates
- Serve as a resource for partners in every aspect of project implementation
- Develop training materials and host trainings
- Develop and regularly update records, riparian buffer targets, including location, mapping, landowners, partners, miles of stream, estimated number of trees and the species, cost, number of project participants/volunteers and images
- Conduct site visits before, during and after project implementation (dam removal and riparian restoration plantings)
- Coordinate ordering/reserving and maintaining plant stock, equipment and project materials in sync with project timeline
- Procure and manage local volunteers and other labor including RHA volunteers
- Oversee RHA equipment loans for projects
- Ensure survivorship data is collected by partners at each site annually
- Regularly report on project milestones to Science Director and fulfill funder’s reporting requirements
Minimum Bachelor of Science in ecology or related field and 3 years work experience as a conservation professional; demonstrated success at organizing and managing projects involving multiple partners, stakeholders, and personnel; knowledge of regional ecosystems and conservation issues; skilled at using ArcGIS preferred; excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Compensation: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience.
Position is based in Bedminster, NJ; Reports to RHA Director of Science; 40 hours per week; will be required to travel around the region, do physically demanding work, and work outside in inclement weather; some evenings and weekends are required.
How to Apply:
Email letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com, subject line “Restoration Coordinator.” Visit www.raritanheadwaters.org to learn more about Raritan Headwaters and the work we are doing to protect and restore water resources in the Upper Raritan Region of New Jersey and beyond.
Stream Cleanup Intern
The RHA Stream Cleanup Intern will assist the Stream Cleanup Coordinator in administrative and event organization tasks to ensure the RHA Annual Stream Cleanup program runs smoothly. The position will provide the intern with experience in non-profit event management and communications.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Redesign/update event flyer, post card and social media marketing materials.
- Research promotional item to be distributed during event to participants and coordinate purchase.
- Add event details to online community Earthday event listings.
- Assist in providing event details with marketing tools for municipalities to post on their websites, social media, and newsletters.
- Coordinate the distribution of community bulletin board posting with staff.
- Conduct inventory on existing Stream Cleanup supplies with the assistance of volunteers and coordinate reorder of needed supplies by appropriate date.
- Assist with volunteer management during pre- and post-event.
- Assist with site visits prior to the event.
- Assist with Site Supervision the day of the event.
- Assist Stream Cleanup Coordinator with other administrative and organizational tasks as needed; including compiling data and drafting the Stream Cleanup summary report.
- Additional tasks as necessary.
Reports to Stream Cleanup Coordinator. 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.
Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required; experience with desktop publishing software and Canva is a plus. Written and oral communication skills, organization skills, attention to detail, access to reliable transportation and a passion for environmental conservation is a must.
Time Requirements: 150 hours during February through May 2022; weekly hours vary based on the project timeline. Required to work some evenings and the date of the event, Saturday, April 23, 2022.
Location: RHA’s Headquarters at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, NJ.
How to Apply: E-mail only. Qualified individuals may apply by sending their resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Raritan Headwaters (RHA) is looking for a GIS intern to contribute to the development, maintenance, and communication of our Stream Cleanup data. RHA has been organizing its annual Stream Cleanup event for 30 years. The event brings over a thousand volunteers a year to collect trash along the watershed’s 1,400 miles of streams. As part of the Cleanup, each volunteer is asked to track the different types of trash collected (i.e., plastic bags, masks, plastic bottles). RHA uses this data to inform policies to reduce plastic pollution and to engage the public in helping to keep waterways trash free. As a GIS intern, you will use ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online to edit and standardize the data and metadata, create detailed site maps for the upcoming Stream Cleanup event in April and assist in analyzing data and developing reports.
- Use ArcGIS Pro to combine and standardize the past 10 years of Stream Cleanup data into a uniformly formatted geodatabase. Data is currently in Excel.
- Create site specific maps for Stream Cleanup Coordinators.
- Assist with emailing or verbal communication with local Stream Cleanup coordinators concerning mapping-related questions.
- Use ArcGIS Online to update data and maps.
- Assist with the development of reporting tools.
- Report weekly to GIS Manager or Stream Cleanup Coordinator on status of assigned project tasks.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Proficient with ArcGIS 10.3 & ArcGIS Pro.
- Familiarity with ArcGIS Online.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Excel.
- General understanding of GIS data standards, editing, and updating of databases.
- Strong problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities.
- Detail-oriented with excellent time management skills.
- Enthusiastic, motivated team player with strong communication skills.
Hours: approximately 100hrs; 10-15 hrs per week
Start Date: mid-January
End Date: March or project completion
Location: RHA’s Headquarters at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve, 2121 Larger Cross Road, Bedminster, NJ. Remote work may be considered.
How to Apply: E-mail only. Send cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to email@example.com Include “GIS Intern” in the subject line.
About the Position: RHA is seeking enthusiastic and creative Environmental Educators for the summer of 2022! The Educators will be responsible for implementing week-long sessions of RHA’s summer Nature Day Camp programs for children ages 3-16, under the direction of the Education Director. Lesson prep and orientation will take place in May-June. The camp is scheduled for the weeks of June 27 through August 19.
Preference will be given to candidates that can participate in multiple week-long sessions of camp. RHA’s education team works together to create all lesson plans, and RHA provides all materials. 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 (including this summer’s schedule).
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will have experience in education, biology, ecology, psychology, or a related field. Applicants must enjoy working outdoors, have a basic understanding of outdoor education topics, and enjoy working with children. Preferred candidates should be living within commuting distance of Gladstone, NJ or Flemington, NJ. All educators will be required to submit a background check.
Hours: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Location: Nature Day Camp takes place at Fairview Farm Wildlife Preserve in Gladstone, with one week taking place at Dvoor Farm in Flemington. Other program opportunities include Life Camp in Pottersville, and other locations throughout Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon County. Candidates will have the option to choose which location(s) work best for them.
How to Apply: EMAIL ONLY: Please e-mail cover letter, resume and two references to Lauren Theis at LTheis@raritanheadwaters.org
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.
For more information please email LTheis@raritanheadwaters.org or call 908-234-1852 x314
Summer Education Intern
About the Position: RHA is seeking candidates for a Summer 2022 paid Nature Day Camp internship to assist with the following:
- Support RHA’s summer Nature Camps at Fairview Farm, community programs, and off-site programs in Tewksbury, Clinton and Flemington
- Work with Director of Education and team of naturalists to organize supplies and prepare activities
- Assist with registration administration areas including organization of Health and Safety records, Waivers, and Emergency Forms
- Help with children’s garden
- Assist with other education activities as needed
Qualifications: Qualified applicants will be working towards a degree or will have completed a degree in education, biology, ecology, environmental science, psychology, or a related field. Applicants must be organized, love the outdoors and enjoy working with children. Preferred candidates should be living within commuting distance of our office in Gladstone, NJ.
Hours: 10 hours/week
Start and End Dates: June 13 through August 26 (flexible)
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
Stream Monitoring Intern
Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA) is a non-profit conservation organization located in Bedminster, New Jersey. RHA was founded in 1959, has been collecting high quality data as part of its award-winning Stream Monitoring Program for over 30 years. RHA produces an annual surface water quality report card that is shared with local and regional decision-makers throughout North and South Branch Raritan River Watershed Region (WMA8) to help inform watershed planning, prioritize restoration activities, help direct climate resilience plans, and address sources of pollution. Data is utilized by NJDEP and EPA for regulatory purposes, stream antidegradation categories and to inform public policy.
About the Position:
Assisting with the Stream Monitoring program during late spring/summer 2022, this intern will gain experience in regulatory standards for streams, biological, habitat and chemical monitoring techniques and equipment, watershed conservation issues, and volunteer management. Responsibilities of the intern include:
- Participate in stream monitoring training sessions for beginners in May
- Organize and update monitoring site descriptions
- Coordinate volunteer site sign-ups and assignments
- Inventory equipment and prepare monitoring kits
- Coordinate volunteer pick up/drop off and maintenance of equipment
- Assist with stream monitoring
- Assist with quality check of returned data sheets and sample storage
- Perform data entry of quality checked data sheets
- Clean equipment/Organize lab and storage at the end of the stream monitoring season
- Prepare water samples for the lab and fill out chains of custody
- 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 issues and 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: $15/hour, plus mileage reimbursement
Start Date: Mid-May
End Date: Mid-July (flexible)
How to Apply: E-mail only. Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for two professional references to Emily Mayer, Watershed Scientist, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include “Stream Monitoring Intern Application” in subject line. Applications will be accepted through March 15th or until the position is filled.