The Connecticut River Conservancy seeks motivated and responsible individuals to carry out our invasive species monitoring and removal efforts in the Connecticut River Watershed, in Massachusetts.

Field work will include the removal and monitoring of invasive species, such as water chestnut and hydrilla, as well as assisting in water quality monitoring for Cyanobacteria.  In addition, the field manager will be asked to coordinate with partners across the state to coordinate our water chestnut removal efforts; they will be asked to assist in the monitoring of infested locations, participate in partner volunteer events, assist with disposal of the invasive and provide resources for our partners. Each of these programs relies on volunteer participation and, as such, the field manager should have experience and comfort with coordinating volunteer events.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for the environment, some knowledge of invasive plant management, have paddling experience, and enjoy recruiting and managing volunteers working from boats. This person will be responsible for scheduling and executing at least a dozen on-water volunteer hand-pulling events between May and August 2020 in conjunction with partner groups, as well as ensure that all data is maintained and can be effectively utilized both internally and by agency and project partners.

The work will be supervised and supported out of CRC’s Greenfield, MA headquarters.  Work is anticipated to begin by the first week in May and conclude the first week of September – this schedule may vary depending on the growth of water chestnut which is dependent on water temperature. Workdays can be subject to weather cancellation. A boat is provided as needed.

Requirements

  • Familiarity with spreadsheets, mapping tools
  • Interest in river ecology and stewardship
  • Ability to work in the field
  • Ability to swim and some knowledge and interest in flatwater paddling.
  • Motorboat operation experience a plus.
  • Ability to stay in touch with CRC staff and volunteers
  • Self-motivated to initiate work, show up on time, and report data on pull results
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate volunteers and other staff – work may include weekday, evening, and weekend times
  • A valid driver’s license and a vehicle that can carry at least one kayak.

 

Hours: ±20 hours/week

Location:  Water chestnut locations will be on or near CT River mostly between Holyoke and Hadley; CRC staff based in Greenfield office.

How to apply: Email Aliki Fornier (she/her pronouns) (afornier@ctriver.org) a resume, a short cover letter describing your interest and experience (~200 words). You do not need to have direct experience with invasive species work, rather a passion for learning, working with others and the environment. 

Deadline to apply: April 15th, 2021, or until position filled.

About Connecticut River Conservancy

Connecticut River Conservancy is 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.

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