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Riverkeeper Executive Director- Maryland

Organization: West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc.

Position Title: Riverkeeper Executive Director

Location: 1456 E.W. Shady Side Rd., Shady Side, MD, 20764, US

Hours and Compensation: Full time

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience
  • Health Reimbursement Account
  • 401k contribution match
  • Fun and friendly work environment

Application Deadline: October 18, 2013



West/Rhode Riverkeeper (W/RR) of Shady Side, MD, a community-­‐‑based environmental and conservation non-­‐‑profit, seeks a full-­‐‑time Riverkeeper/Executive Director to lead the organizations efforts to improve the health of the West and Rhode Rivers. Applicants are encouraged to visit to learn about the organization.


Be a visible and compelling spokesperson for the West and Rhode Rivers and an effective communicator to a wide range of audiences.

Implement the strategic vision for the organization, working collaboratively with the Board of Directors and other staff members. (See our strategic plan here:

Investigate violations of laws that protect water quality, and determine the appropriate action for W/RR to stop violations, enforce permit provisions, engage in litigation, and otherwise protect the rivers.

Organize and oversee W/RR events, participate in other public events, make presentations, work with the media, and take advantage of any opportunities to promote the mission of W/RR (including during nights and weekends as necessary).

Conduct and/or oversee research on the river, including coordinating routine and emergency monitoring programs on the rivers for water quality, habitat protection, land use, and underwater grass beds.

Work with the Board to research and identify emerging issues, and to annually set advocacy and programmatic priorities for W/RR involvement.

Oversee administration of W/RR organization including supervision of staff (full-­‐‑time, part-­‐‑time, contractual, interns and volunteers) and oversight of administrative functions, including corporate risk management and filing of required government and grantor reports.

Establish and maintain relationships with key partner organizations and individuals, and work to build consensus among groups on key environmental issues and activities.

Establish and maintain relationships with local and state elected officials and other decision-­‐‑makers whose decisions can affect the health of the rivers.

Review and provide comments on proposed legislation and regulations that affect the rivers and watershed, and work with local, state and Federal agencies, as well as local and regional partner organizations to influence policies and regulations that affect the river and watershed.

Review relevant applications for subdivisions, permits, variances and other development related activities and participate in related proceedings where potential impacts of the activities might adversely affect water quality or the rivers’ resources.

Review storm water management plans and sediment control enforcement related to construction on or near the river that might affect water quality or the rivers’ resources.

Prepare regular reports to the Board of Directors and prepare agenda and materials for each board meeting.

Lead efforts to find new members and raise funds including events, direct donor solicitation, and grant development, tracking and reports.

Work with the Board and volunteers to initiate and complete restoration activities that will reduce pollution entering the rivers.

Develop periodic reports on the river and watershed for W/RR Board meetings. Operate Riverkeeper boat(s) as needed, and keep boat(s) and other equipment well maintained.

Ensure that the organization maintains adequate financial records, complies with relevant employment laws and regulations and satisfies the Quality Standards of the Waterkeeper Alliance.


Excellent organizational skills, natural problem solver, self-­‐‑starter, ability to work independently and also as a team player with other individuals and organizations;

Proven management experience, including setting and implementing budgets, supervising paid and/or volunteer staff, and meeting strict deadlines;

Experience in communicating with and building consensus among a wide range of constituents and stakeholders, and in motivating individuals and organizations to take action;

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking, presenting complex material to a wide variety of audiences, and speaking effectively with the media;

Knowledge of, or preferably direct experience in, building a sustained citizen monitoring or grassroots organizing program;

Minimum BS degree or higher. Minimum five years relevant post-­‐‑college work experience;

Commitment to W/RR mission and values and a passion for the diversity and health of river and watershed ecosystems and the various natural and human activities that depend on them; and

Ability to operate small boats and provide basic maintenance, including proof of any required boating safety certification.

How to Apply

Application Process:

To apply, send cover email, resume and two (2) writing to with a subject of “Riverkeeper Position”.

Application materials may also be mailed to: West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc

Attn: Riverkeeper Position 4800 Atwell Rd, #6 Shady Side, MD 20764

Applications will be reviewed beginning on Friday, October 18.

West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age or disability in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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