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Habitat Restoration Program Manager – Buffalo, NY

Organization: Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Position Title: Habitat Restoration Program Manager

Location: Buffalo, NY

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. $50,000 – $53,000, commensurate with experience.

Position Dates: Start in September 2013.

Application Deadline: July 8, 2013.

Posted On: June 13, 2013.Organization Overview:

Since 1989, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper leads the Buffalo Niagara’a efforts to safeguard our water for present and future generations. Our mission is to protect the quality and quantity of our water while connecting people to Great Lakes water. For more information, please visit


Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is seeking a full time Habitat Restoration Program Manager to implement the new “Living Shorelines” Program and support other Riverkeeper riparian restoration efforts. The “Living Shorelines” Program will utilize bioengineering and “natural shoreline” techniques through 5-8 demonstration projects in the Niagara River Greenway.

The ideal candidate for the position will be a self-motivated, high-energy person with excellent interpersonal communication skills and direct experience in shoreline restoration projects, including engineering and construction methods using bioengineering techniques. The candidate will be expected to coordinate multiple stakeholders to accomplish project goals. The position will be located at the Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Office in Buffalo, NY.


  • Responsible for implementing the “Living Shorelines” program and other restoration projects as needed. 
  • Working with Riverkeeper’s Landscape Architects and/or a team of private consultants, the Program Manager will perform the following, but not limited to: site and landowner scouting, landowner and stakeholder coordination, preliminary site investigations and documentation of site constraints, development of a preliminary site concept plan, coordination and communication with funders, budget management, and report writing and submission.
  • Oversee all official site survey work.
  • Conduct site visits as appropriate.
  • Develop all necessary construction documents needed to procure a Request for Quotes (RFQ).
  • Select a subcontractor to construct the restoration project and oversee the project implementation process from start to finish, including subcontract management.
  • Conduct an evaluation with a team of interns and report back to the funding agency.
  • Oversee upland riparian restoration projects at two sites.


  • BA/BS Required. Master’s preferred in Civil/Environmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, or Landscape Architecture
  • Minimum of 5 years technical experience in design and construction of shoreline stabilization and habitat restoration projects using bioengineering techniques.
  • Ability to work with landscape architects and/or private consultants to develop conceptual plans for shoreline restoration projects using bioengineering techniques.
  • Ability to read, comprehend and review designed and engineered drawings for effectiveness relative to potential restoration projects.
  • Exceptional verbal communication and technical writing skills.
  • Knowledge of invasive species control and management, especially in riparian habitats (e.g. Japanese knotweed, Phragmites species).
  • Knowledge of sediment and erosion control techniques and best management practices.
  • Previous construction oversight experience a plus.
  • Project Management experience to include: contract administration and management; risk management; project quality assurance and quality control oversight; contract bid, negotiation and procurement; subcontractor management; project budget and scheduling oversight; report writing and submission.
  • Must be highly organized, have strong interpersonal skills, be comfortable working in a nonprofit team environment, possess ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of partners including: funders, landowners, engineers, planners, state, federal, and local agencies, subcontractors and the public.
  • Willingness to act as an advocate for the organization to the community.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, permits and guidelines, particularly in regard to NYSDEC permits, Army Corps of Engineers Section 404 permits and NEPA requirements is a plus.
  • Proficient knowledge of MS Office, especially Excel and Word
  • Passion for water and Great Lakes protection.
  • Ability to work in a cross-functional team environment.

How to Apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume/DV as one attachment to Joy Knowlton, by 5 pm on Friday, July 8, 2013. Initial interviews will occur in the office or via Skype.

Contact Information:

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper,

1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14213

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