Project Manager

Friends of Northern Lake Champlain

Saint Albans, Vermont

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details $22-$28/hour
Deadline Aug 02, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

Project Manager – Friends of Nothern Lake Champlain 

Location: Saint Albans, VT; hybrid work possible outside of field work 

Reports to: Executive Director  

Hours: Full-time, averaging 40 hours/week. Some nights and weekends. 

Pay: Starting at $22-$28/hour, commensurate with experience 

Direct any questions to this email: info@friendsofnorthernlakechamplain.org 

The Organization: The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) is recognized as a statewide leader who acts to clean the waters of Northern Lake Champlain and its watershed by working collaboratively with private citizens, businesses, farmers, non-profits, and government. FNLC’s focus is on catalyzing the actions and accountability needed to reduce land-use pollution and securing the essential local, state, and federal funding necessary for successful implementation. Funding for FNLC comes from grants, donations, and events. The organization’s mission is accomplished through outreach activities, water monitoring, and the design and implementation of non-point source phosphorus reduction projects. 

Project Manager Overview: The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) is hiring a full-time Project Manager to oversee and execute all responsibilities involved with managing multiple water quality implementation and outreach projects. FNLC projects are funded by applying for grants through state and federal environmental and agricultural departments, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Watersheds United Vermont, and other funders. Most projects are multi-year in nature and require consistent communication with funders, partners, consultants, and contractors. The Project Manager will help with all administrative and financial aspects of current and future projects and will support other FNLC strategies. This position will work closely with the Executive Director and the FNLC Project Committee.  

Project Manager Responsibilities:  

Water Quality Project Identification & Implementation 

  • Identify water quality projects in FNLC service area, determining project type, securing environmental and historical permits, and approval from regulators 
  • Work with engineers, municipalities, other non-profits, State and Federal agencies, and volunteers to implement projects 
  • Continue iterative planning, implementation, and evaluation process as project work is completed 
  • Attend training by state and federal entities related to project management as needed 
  • Provide outreach to landowners, farmers, municipalities, and other key audiences for FNLC projects 
  • Participate in watershed and community groups, particularly ones focused on water quality, as appropriate 
  • Fieldwork including water monitoring and farm/landowner visits 

Administration and organizational tasks  

  • Collaborate with Executive Director and Project Committee to secure grant funding for projects 
  • Create, improve, and maintain systems for project management 
  • Coordinate and monitor the work of consultants and contractors 
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with FNLC Project Committee 
  • Provide project report for FNLC board meetings 
  • Work with the board treasurer to track grant funding and invoicing 
  • Support FNLC events, programs, and fundraising activities as needed 
  • Contribute to FNLC communications as needed as it relates to FNLC projects; this includes newsletters, blog posts, and social media 

Desired Skills:  

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree with 3 years of experience with natural resources, environmental sciences, or land planning is preferred 
  • Project management experience including tracking, invoicing, reporting, permitting, and working with consultants/contractors 
  • Ability to build trusted relationships with local farmers, landowners, partners, town officials, and others  
  • Knowledge of watershed planning, best management practices for farmers and landowners, watershed science, and conservation practices related to water quality; local/state knowledge is a plus 
  • Ability to self-direct, work productively and independently, while being part of a team 
  • Assist in setting up new systems and procedures for project-based management 
  • Knowledge and experience with project management platforms like Asana, Trello, or Monday is a plus 
  • Ability to show flexibility and a growth mindset to succeed in a growing organization 
  • Basic understanding of ArcGIS and geographic data, including aerial photography, topographic maps 
  • Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint, and Teams; online meeting platforms like Teams or Zoom 

Work Environment and Hours:  

  • Hybrid position based in Saint Albans, Vermont; remote work possible outside of fieldwork 
  • Full-time, averaging 40 hours/week; outdoor field work in all seasons 
  • Evening meetings and occasional weekend work within FNLC service area 
  • Employee must be based within 30 miles of our service area 

To Apply: Please provide a cover letter and resume with two recent references and contact info (as a single PDF) to info@friendsofnorthernlakechamplain.org by August 2nd, 2024. 

We anticipate interviewing candidates starting in August with a start date no later than October 1st, 2024.  

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Admin & Leadership, General / Stewardship, Hydrology
Tags GIS, Permitting, Outreach