The Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC) seeks a Seasonal Field Manager to oversee environmental monitoring and community science programs in the Connecticut portion of the Connecticut River Watershed for the 2021 season.

Field programs include the removal of invasive species, such as water chestnut and hydrilla, water quality monitoring and sea lamprey stream surveys. Each of these programs relies on volunteer participation and, as such, the Field manager should have experience and comfort with coordinating volunteer events.  This work takes place in several location including but not limited to: Glastonbury, Middletown, Hartford, South Windsor, Essex and Lyme.

Position Responsibilities
Invasives removal (May – August).

  • Manage 2-3 seasonal staff members and be responsible for scheduling and carrying out on-water volunteer hand-pulling events between May and August
  • Actively build relationships and recruit volunteers. This includes partnering with new organizations for special events and connecting with and supporting underserved communities.
  • Coordinate site logistics (boat access, plant pickup and disposal) with towns, landowners and other organizations
  • Train volunteers and staff in removal techniques, data collection and reporting.
  • Support CRC and partners in installing benthic mats for hydrilla treatment.

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Accompany CRC staff on a bi-weekly water quality monitoring in Essex, CT. This monitoring takes place at sunrise.
  • Work with volunteers to collect and transport water samples.

Sea lamprey

  • Work with CRC staff to carry out stream walks to survey sea lamprey populations in tributaries.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers with sea lamprey surveys.

Position Requirements

  • The ideal candidates will have a passion for the environment, have paddling experience, and enjoy recruiting and managing volunteers.
  • Interest in river ecology and stewardship and willingness to learn
  • Strong communication skills, both written and interpersonal
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Ability to participate in strenuous physical activity
  • Ability to work both in the office as well as on the river

Hours

  • Work occurs in the evening and on weekends and begins in May and continues through mid to late August. A boat is provided as needed.
  • ±25 hours/week

Application details

Deadline to apply: April 15th, 2021, or until positions are filled

Email Kelsey Wentling (she/her pronouns) (kwentling@ctriver.org) a resume, a short cover letter describing your interest and experience (~200 words). You do not need to have direct experience with monitoring, rather an passion for learning, working with others and the environment.

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.