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Watershed Science and Restoration Program Manager

Harpeth River Watershed Association

Franklin ,  Tennessee

Position Description: This position will develop and manage the watershed assessment program and river restoration programs, education efforts, projects related to watershed management and implementation, and field studies.  This involves developing approaches that improve water quality, aquatic ecology, and overall watershed health. 


  • Coordinating with expert organizational advisors to provide strategic direction for HRWA’s science based programs related to improving water quality and aquatic ecology and shape land use and management.
  • Identify and implement restoration priorities based on water quality assessments with an eye toward demonstration projects
  • Supervise and train restoration/water quality staff, interns, or volunteers
  • Establish and maintain relationships with county, state, and federal agencies, outside experts, community groups, and citizens
  • Plan and supervise both youth and adult environmental education efforts
  • Manage budgeting, grant writing, reporting, and communicating with funders and collaborative partners
  • Represent HRWA on relevant committees and at various conferences


  • MS in aquatic ecology, natural resource management, hydrology, environmental engineering, or other relevant field
  • 5 years related experience that includes project management, grant writing and management, fundraising, managing collaborative projects
  • Knowledge and experience with water quality issues, natural river ecology, land use management, water quality monitoring and data analysis, GIS software
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, regulations, and permitting
  • Excellent people skills to relate to landowners, business, government and elected officials; work with and coordinate a wide range of people, work as part of a team and in coalitions, and work independently
  • Ability to be self-directed and driven to achieve initiatives on schedule
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for a variety of audiences, and publications record on scientific and/or watershed, water quality, wildlife conservation policy related issues
  • Working relationships with local, state, and federal government entities in the region is strongly welcomed

Terms:  Full-time position with pay commensurate with experience.   HRWA benefits include health care and generous paid-time-off.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to:

Founded in 1999, the Harpeth River Watershed Association is a, non-profit conservation organization dedicated to clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee as an expansion from our founding efforts on the State Scenic Harpeth River, as it flows through the greater Nashville and middle TN region.  To effect change, HRWA collaborates with landowners, businesses, community, local, state, and federal decision makers and others to put solutions in place and support board community stewardship and action to maintain healthy landscapes, reduce pollution, and implement restoration in order to achieve water quality standards set to protect public health and wildlife. Support for our programs comes from individual donors, corporations, foundations, government grants, events, and contracts.

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