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Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper – New Hampshire

Organization: Conservation Law Foundation

Position Title: Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper

Location: Concord, NH

Hours & Compensation: Full-time. Competitive salary.

Application Deadline: July 2, 2013.

Organization Overview:

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders—in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings—to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive.


Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) is seeking a Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper (Waterkeeper) to advocate and work toward the restoration and protection of the Great Bay estuary, with a focus on water quality.  The Waterkeeper will be responsible for building and engaging a strong and coordinated constituent base willing to play an active role in advocating for and implementing needed solutions to protect the Great Bay estuary. She/he must be a diligent advocate for improved water quality and ecosystem health using sound science and a knowledge of the workings of the state and federal agencies that are responsible for the estuary’s health. She/he will interface with other non-governmental, quasi-governmental and governmental organizations involved in Great Bay-related matters, with municipal officials, and with the national Waterkeeper Alliance network, to generate further interest in the Great Bay estuary and support for measures needed to protect it. She/he must represent CLF in public on Great Bay matters and participate in governmental activities related to the estuary.


  • Building and maintaining a constituent base of support from among the public, and strategically coordinating/harnessing the interest of other organizations to build and leverage an effective, unified voice for the estuary;
  • Building and stewarding relationships with other organizations, the media, scientists, state and federal regulators, municipal officials, elected officials, and major funders of the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper program;
  • Preparing fact sheets, Op-Eds, and other commentaries, and making strategic use of social media, addressing issues affecting the estuary;
  • Testifying at governmental hearings and public meetings regarding the estuary;
  • Preparing comments on permits and other administrative actions affecting the estuary;
  • Educating government and elected officials regarding the importance of the estuary and the science supporting CLF positions on Great Bay issues;
  • Meeting regularly with governmental entities and Great Bay-related groups to have a positive influence on the direction of programs and the beneficial and strategic use of funds;
  • Patrolling waters within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Great Bay – Piscataqua Waterkeeper, engaging in or coordinating water quality monitoring, and receiving and responding to calls from the public, to identify problems that need to be addressed;
  • Working with CLF attorneys to develop and advance policy positions and initiatives, and to develop and prosecute legal actions as necessary.


  • Degree in the sciences of environmental policy;
  • Direct experience with water quality issues, preferably in the estuarine environment;
  • Experience working within the Great Bay estuary watershed and with stakeholders within the watershed;
  • Advanced writing skills;
  • Direct experience with federal, state, and local regulatory agencies and legislative bodies;
  • Diverse and varied people skills, with an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and to a variety of audiences;
  • Advanced program development, planning and implementation skills;
  • Public speaking experience;
  • Development experience;
  • Experience operating/piloting a boat.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should, by July 2, 2013, send a cover letter and resume to Dorene Hartford, Office Manager, at [email protected], or via mail to Conservation Law Foundation, 27 North Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire 03301-4930.  Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Contact Information:

Conservation Law Foundation,

62 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02110

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