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Watershed Restoration Specialist (contract with potential for renewal)

About Midcoast Conservancy

Founded by the 2016 merger of four conservation organizations, Midcoast Conservancy’s mission is to support and promote healthy lands, waters, wildlife and people in Midcoast Maine through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning.

Position: Watershed Restoration Specialist

With funding provided by Atlantic Salmon Federation and The Nature Conservancy, Midcoast Conservancy is seeking a ‘Watershed Restoration Specialist’ to manage three fish passage projects on the Sheepscot River, Lincoln County, Maine. This is a 24-29 month position with potential for renewal. It will be based at Midcoast Conservancy in Edgecomb, with approximately 1day/week at Atlantic Salmon Federation’s Brunswick Office.


The Watershed Restoration Specialist will primarily manage the implementation of three fish passage projects in the Sheepscot River at the Coopers Mills Dam, Branch Mill Dam, at the Head Tide Dam (pending voter approval in March). S/he will also develop new projects identified as high priorities for fish passage and instream habitat improvements by working with a diverse set of private and public stakeholders.

Essential Functions

The Watershed Restoration Specialist provides technical leadership by coordinating and implementing river and stream restoration projects at the watershed scale. The successful construction of the three dam projects is the primary goal. S/he will also work to address barriers to migratory fish, including road-stream crossings, tributary dams, and in stream habitat restoration associated with remnant mill dams. The Watershed Restoration Specialist will develop and implement strategies, employ a full range of restoration tools, and actively engage and coordinate a broad range of public and private partners, including NGOs, agencies, municipalities and landowners. S/he will work to garner public support from local communities for restoration projects, and assist in efforts to secure public and private funding. S/he will also foster cross-site learning within the state, region and broader conservation community.

Responsibilities and Scope

  • Work with local, state, and federal permitting authorities to secure and comply with all required project permits.
  • Work with engineers, contractors, and regulators.
  • Be a visible and respected presence in the watershed.
  • Financial responsibilities will include managing a budget to complete projects, negotiating and contracting with vendors, and assisting with budget development.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously adhering to agreed-upon schedules and timelines.
  • Gain cooperation from outside parties to accomplish program goals.
  • Under minimal supervision, makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment.
  • Be a regular presence at stakeholder meetings that can occur days, nights, and weekends. May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree and 5 years’ experience in natural resource management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in the management and details of constructed habitat restoration projects.
  • Experience and/or course work in ecology, management, and restoration of freshwater ecosystems.
  • Experience implementing complex agreements.
  • Experience communicating effectively with a diversity of partners in government, non- profit and business organizations and with the general public.
  • Experience coordinating multiple projects with several variables, setting realistic deadlines, managing timeframes and completing tasks.
  • Experience using common software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Web Browsers.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-related field and 5-7 years’ experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Experience in working with engineers and construction firms.
  • Specialization in habitat restoration, freshwater ecology and/or fisheries conservation is particularly desired. Experience with GIS software applications a plus.
  • The ability to be innovative, flexible, and empathetic; and a strong desire to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Excellent communication skills via written, spoken and graphical means and ability to explain conservation practices to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with the State of Maine, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Endangered Species Act permitting process a plus.
  • Experience designing, negotiating and managing contractual agreements.
  • Exceptional track record in developing successful relationships with diverse and sometimes challenging local stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively understand and address local community needs.

To Apply

Start date no later than 2 July 2018. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Deadline for applications is Monday 5:00 PM, 25 June 2018.

Qualified individuals with disabilities and those from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals. Midcoast Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers insurance and retirement benefits.