Position Overview:
Position classification: Full time, temporary: September 2023 –  August 2024
Hours: 40 hours/week
Start Date: 9/14/2023
Office Location: Brattleboro, VT
Health Benefit Eligible: Yes, through AmeriCorps
Retirement Benefit Eligible: No
Supervisor: River Steward in Vermont
Pay Rate: AmeriCorps Stipend (see details below) 

Position Description:

This ECO AmeriCorps service position will support Connecticut River Conservancy in its work to assess watershed health, develop and implement stream restoration projects, support water quality testing, support volunteer groups taking part in our annual Source to Sea River Cleanup, and develop and implement public education campaigns to garner active engagement in watershed stewardship.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • support the organization and coordination of water quality sampling efforts across multiple watershed groups, which might include transporting samples, collecting samples and utilizing meters for water quality assessment.
  • assist the VT River Steward and restoration program manager with landowner outreach, coordination with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, landowners, funding sources, and any required on the ground site visits for identifying and implementing stream and river restoration projects, which might include dam removals, floodplain restoration, riparian buffer restoration, and habitat enhancement projects
  • support coordination of community science volunteer sea lamprey nest surveys
  • assist CRC staff and volunteer groups with logistical needs during our annual Source to Sea River Cleanup
  • support the VT River Steward in conducting education and outreach to engage the community about the relicensing of three large hydro-electric facilities through events, print and social media
  • provide public education and outreach opportunities around river related issues, which would include organizing education campaigns geared toward supporting reclassification of river segments

 Direct Reports: No employees will be reporting to this person. 

Required Skills:

  • excellent written, verbal, and online communication
  • driver’s license
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office tools, online data processing and collaboration using cloud services
  • high attention to detail
  • self-motivation and initiative
  • previous experience managing volunteers
  • capacity for field service on land, in and on water
  • public presentation skills

Compensation Details:

ECO AmeriCorps Members receive a living allowance of $23,000, paid in bi-weekly stipends. Other benefits include health insurance, child-care assistance, professional training and networking, student-loan forbearance during term of service, and a $6,895 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of the service year.

Application Instructions:

Deadline to apply: 5/26/2023 

  1. Visit the Vermont DEC ECO AmeriCorps page to learn more about the program
  2. Apply through the AmeriCorps portal
  3. Look for a message from ECO program staff shortly after applying with next steps

About Connecticut River Conservancy 
The Connecticut River Conservancy aims to be the voice for the Connecticut River watershed, from source to sea. We collaborate with partners across four states to protect and advocate for your rivers and educate and engage communities. We bring people together to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote enjoyment of your river and its tributary streams. Healthy rivers support healthy economies.  Our organizational values are centered around: Inclusion, Collaboration, Resilience, and Stewardship .

 CRC is an equal opportunity employer. We highly encourage members of communities excluded from the environmental field to apply, and we value the insights, knowledge, and perspective that a diverse staff bring to our organization and work.   

COVID Policy and Benefits Package   

The Connecticut River Conservancy requires all employees to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. We offer an employer supported retirement plan for employees who expect to earn at least $5000 in the calendar year. Please reach out with any questions about our current COVID-19 safety procedures and/or benefits packages.