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Watershed Program Director, Hudson Riverkeeper – New York

Organization: Hudson Riverkeeper

Position Title: Watershed Program Director

Location: The Watershed Program Director will be based in our White Plains office, located at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic, Pace University School of Law, but will occasionally work at Riverkeeper’s main office in Ossining, located at 20 Secor Road (right by the Metro North train station).

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015

Description: Riverkeeper is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. For more information, visit

Riverkeeper is seeking a Watershed Program Director to lead the organization’s efforts to protect the New York City drinking water supply watershed, which provides drinking water to nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents. The position is ideal for an experienced attorney and manager who deeply cares about environmental issues and who is looking for a high profile assignment that will allow her/him to use litigation, advocacy/lobbying, media outreach and public education tools to shape the future of the New York City watershed and influence critical regional, state and national campaigns.

Responsibilities: The Watershed Program Director will serve to manage the Watershed Team. Specifically, the director will:

  • Lead all efforts to protect the shared drinking water supply of New York City and the lower Hudson Valley and monitor the Department of Environmental Protection’s operations to ensure compliance with the NYC Watershed Agreement and all other applicable rules, regulations and agreements;
  • Direct all pollution control and enforcement efforts to ensure compliance with Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) within the New York City watershed;
  • Lead program efforts on numerous issues, including projects and cases to curb sprawl and prevent non-point source pollution; ensure effective state and local storm water management plans; minimize environmental impacts of large-scale development projects; and continue our statewide campaign to prevent harmful impacts of hydraulic fracturing and related infrastructure projects;
  • Raise awareness through education and outreach, including engaging watershed partners and stakeholders; Board of Directors, donors, members and communities;
  • Collaborate with Hudson River Program Director and Special Projects Director to address cross-program issues and initiatives, as appropriate.
  • The Watershed Program Director reports to Riverkeeper’s president.
  • The Director manages a team of two attorneys and a staff scientist.


  • Attorney, admitted in NYS; seven years of practicing environmental law and two years of managerial experience;
  • Strong commitment to the mission and goals of Riverkeeper; familiarity with non-profit organizations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with media and public relations, fundraising, community outreach etc.
  • A strong team supporter, able to handle multiple projects, cases and deadlines;
  • Some travel and evening work will be required.

How to Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, and a litigation-based writing sample to [email protected]. Please write: WATERSHED PROGRAM DIRECTOR in the subject line. Phone calls and faxes will not be accepted.

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