Program Manager, Habitat Restoration

Friends of the Verde River Cottonwood, Arizona
Job Type Paid permanent

Friends of the Verde River, located in the Verde Valley of Arizona, has an opening for a program manager. The Program Manager, Habitat Restoration, oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the ecosystem restoration program, including planning, organizing, leading, budgeting, and controlling program activities, working closely with our partner organizations, consultants, and advisory groups. The PM works with our federal, state, and local partners to lead the Verde Watershed Restoration Coalition; organizes and supervises the annual fieldwork season; manages and writes grant proposals and grant reports; manages contracts with technical consultants and contractors; implements the strategic plan and continues to strategically expand and develop the program; and coordinates and administers other aspects of the program, including assisting with communications and fundraising.

We are looking for someone to join our team who has a keen investigative mind and is an excellent communicator and a proven project manager. You should be able to set and achieve goals and objectives and meet grant requirements, working in collaborative settings with partner organizations/agencies. The ideal candidate has a degree in ecosystem restoration or a related area and experience managing collaborative restoration projects. You should have experience leading groups, facilitating meetings, and making engaging presentations.


  • Master’s degree in restoration ecology or a related field
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience, including managing projects
  • Proven record of success in obtaining government and foundation grants
  • Familiarity with the Endangered Species Act, particularly Sections 7 and 9.
  • Field experience and knowledge of southwest habitats and restoration needs.
  • Ability to do field work
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
  • Strong skills in GIS, spatial statistics, and study design
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance required
  • Knowledge of and enthusiasm for our mission and vision

A full job description is available as a pdf. Click Here.


To apply for this position, submit in a single file:

  • Cover letter – In your letter, state when you would be able to start work.
  • Resume or CV
  • Contact information for three references (will not be contacted without prior notification)

Email applications to:; to receive full consideration, applications should be received by January 28, 2019. This job is open until the position is filled.

Preliminary interviews may take place in Cottonwood or Phoenix the week of February 4th.

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