Organization Profile

The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council (KRWC) is hiring a full-time Watershed Coordinator based in our Kalamazoo office. The KRWC is a public, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to work collaboratively with the community, government agencies, local officials, and businesses to improve and protect the health of the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and its watershed. The KRWC implements a number of grant-funded watershed planning, restoration, and public education projects throughout the Kalamazoo River watershed in Southwest Michigan.

Job Description

Job Type: Exempt full-time; full grant funding secured for one year with likelihood of continuation in the future

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Hours/Location: Typical office hours are 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday – Friday at our office located in Kalamazoo, Michigan (but can be flexible). Occasional evening and weekend hours required. Option of flexible scheduling and working remotely may be granted with permission of board of directors. Located just northwest of downtown, the KRWC leases a co-working station at Riverview Launch, a newly renovated and revitalized space along the Kalamazoo River and Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

Responsible to:  Board of Directors

The Watershed Coordinator will work closely with community partners and the board of directors to implement a variety of grant-funded initiatives related to watershed restoration and protection goals. The Watershed Coordinator manages work plan tasks related to green infrastructure initiatives and other restoration/protection activities outlined in the Kalamazoo River Watershed Management Plan. Other current grant funded activities include implementation of: 1) an invasive species public outreach program at Fort Custer Recreational Area, 2) public outreach and community relations as part of the KRWC’s Public Advisory Council role in the Kalamazoo River Area of Concern program, 3) facilitation of community conversations as part of the Michigan Humanities Council’s Third Coast Conversations, and 4) grant task oversight of organizational strategic planning initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develops and implements watershed programs and activities for landowners, neighborhood associations, recreational users, youth, municipalities, and community partnerships
  • Maintains records, manages grant budgets, and compiles accurate monthly, quarterly, and annual project reports and invoices to fulfill all grant requirements in a timely manner
  • Nonprofit corporation management responsibilities, including timely submission of annual reports, registrations, and account record keeping in coordination with outside accounting firm
  • Works closely with the board of directors to represent the KRWC at community meetings, state and federal agency meetings, and media contacts
  • Manages watershed email communications, website updates, and social media content
  • Development duties, including coordination of annual appeal, donor relations, and other fundraising activities, as needed
  • Identifying and preparing grant proposals related to desired projects and program and builds and maintains partnerships
  • Board relations; position reports to board of directors and works closely with executive members

Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in sciences or environmental field, or related discipline; other combination of pertinent education and experience will be considered
  • Five years of relevant experience in project implementation and grant budget management; demonstrated success in grant writing
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of water science and issues; ability to interpret scientific and technical information and data
  • Strong organization skills, self-directed, detail-oriented, and independent work style required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, experience with public speaking and presentations
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, WordPress, Adobe Acrobat, Quickbooks, ESRI ArcGIS (desired)
  • Experience with website development, digital content management, public relations, social media content development (desired)
  • Nonprofit management, fund development, accounting, program development (desired)
  • Conversational Spanish language skills (desired)
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation REQUIRED


This position qualifies for accrued paid time off and nine paid holidays annually. KRWC does not offer health care or retirement benefits.

How to Apply

Email in a single PDF a letter of interest and resume, plus references to:

Kenneth Kornheiser
Kalamazoo River Watershed Council

Deadline: November 18, 2018

Electronic submissions only.