The mission of the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA), founded in 1922, is to conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife. Our members and staff combine hands-on conservation action, policy work with legislatures and resource agencies, and public education to pursue our conservation goals at the local, state and national levels. As a strong responsible voice representing outdoor recreationists, we occupy a special niche in the conservation community.
SUMMARY OF POSITION
Working under the direction of the Clean Water Program Director, the Save Our Streams (SOS) Coordinator is primarily responsible for coordinating, training, and mobilizing a regional network of volunteer stream monitors using the nationally-recognized IWLA Save Our Streams program. The Coordinator will conduct environmental education programs around stream investigation and water quality monitoring and train and support volunteer monitors and regional trainers and program leaders. The Coordinator will contribute to communications efforts designed to foster an interconnected network of volunteer stream monitors nationwide. This is a remote position based in Iowa.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Stream Monitoring Training and Support
- Recruit, train and support Izaak Walton League members, partner organizations and community volunteers to serve as certified SOS water quality monitors.
- Coordinate and conduct in person and online events across the country to recruit and train existing and new stream monitors and individuals qualified to train monitors.
- Coordinate and conduct monitoring certification and recertification of volunteers across the country to establish the qualifications of new and experienced monitors.
- Communicate regularly and frequently with volunteer monitors, watershed organizations, and others to support local SOS stream monitoring efforts and foster an interconnected network of volunteer monitors nationwide.
- Oversee the quality assurance of the field methodologies, protocol comprehension and proper safety and equipment cleaning practices to produce data that is reliable and valid while minimizing stream site disturbance.
- Coordinate Winter Salt Watch program, including distribution of Salt Watch kits and data management of chloride readings.
- Input data into database (the Clean Water Hub) to analyze trends, monitoring sites, and frequency of monitoring.
- Support volunteers with data management, including Clean Water Hub troubleshooting.
- Develop content for IWLA website, social media, and publications, including Outdoor America magazine.
- Serve as liaison between League chapters, other volunteers, state agencies, and the Izaak Walton League of America.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in environmental education, natural resources management, natural sciences, or related field.
- Proven knowledge of stream monitoring activities, macroinvertebrate identification, and field equipment used for water quality monitoring.
- Two years of experience directly coordinating volunteers engaged in water quality monitoring or other citizen science activity.
- Understanding of quality assurance/quality controls for data collection and analysis.
- Interest and demonstrated experience in environmental education, volunteer management, community outreach, water quality assessment, and stream monitoring.
- Experience with public speaking and providing engaging training workshops.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and to organize and manage multiple tasks and set priorities.
- Ability to work in Microsoft Excel and Access for data management purposes.
- Ability to work constructively and cooperatively with a diverse array of staff, members, volunteers, and colleague organizations.
- Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter).
- Possess a valid driver’s license and own a car for travel.
- Ability and willingness to travel including for multiple days consecutively and overnight.
- Work involves both physical exertion and sedentary activities and includes work that involves exposure to the outdoors, including various biological and chemical elements, especially those that are water based, and periods of standing and walking on rough terrain.
- Must be able to sit or stand for up to eight hours at a time while performing work duties.
- Must be able to travel.
- Must be able to bend, stoop, push, and pull, and to lift up to 50 pounds, in the performance of both office-related and field duties.
- Must be able to use fingers bilaterally and unilaterally to operate office equipment.
- Must have vision and hearing corrected to be able to perform essential job functions.
- Must be able to maintain punctuality and attendance as scheduled.
- Must be able to perform essential job functions in an environment that will sometimes include increased levels of work-related stress.
SALARY & BENEFITS
This is a full-time, temporary position (one year with the possibility of an extension). The Izaak Walton League of America provides a competitive salary and benefits. Compensation will be dependent on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.
Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
The Izaak Walton League of America is an equal opportunity employer.