Executive Director

Megunticook Watershed Association

Opening posted: 02/14/2023 | Expires: 05/01/2023

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The Megunticook Watershed Association is a 501(c)3 membership organization whose mission is protect, preserve and restore the natural resources of the watershed to ensure a healthy ecosystem for the benefit and enjoyment of all. In fulfilling this mission, the MWA undertakes numerous activities, including water quality monitoring, invasive plant inspections, courtesy property inspections, public education, and advocacy. A part-time Lake Warden, employed by MWA, patrols the watershed year-round. The MWA works closely with town and state governments, other environmental non-profits, and its membership.

Reports to: Board of Directors

The Executive Director of the Megunticook Watershed Association oversees and/or carries out all facets of the organization’s operations: administrative, financial, programmatic, educational, scientific and developmental.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Finances: Works with the board to ensure that MWA has adequate resources to carry out its mission. Develops the annual budget in collaboration with the Treasurer, manages expenditures and tracks the budget. Makes presentations to Town budget committees.

Management:  As chief operating officer of the Association, conducts all business of the MWA:  organizes meetings, the maintains and updates records, ensures legal and regulatory compliance, and administers grants. 

Program: Working closely with board and committees, ensures that the various programs of the MWA are carried out successfully. These include wildlife surveys and management, environmental monitoring and assessments, the Lake Stewards and Lake Smart programs, and public education programs. Monitors the workings of local government and organizations that may impact the watershed. Attends state, regional and local meetings to keep abreast of water quality, environmental and other issues concerning watersheds, and develops and maintains relationships with relevant organizations and agencies. 

Development: Seeks and applies for grants and other sources of revenue for the organization, such as special events, raffles, etc. Works closely with the board to increase membership and donations. 

Advocacy: Represents the Association in interactions with Town and State governments, other non-profit organizations, and the public.

Communications: Assures the association’s visibility in the community through communications with members, the public, and regulatory and government entities. This includes maintaining the web site, social media, newsletter, press releases, public speaking, etc., as well as business correspondence. Serves as a resource for member questions.

Supervises:  Lake Warden, summer Lake Stewards, and volunteers. 

Works closely with: Board and committees, volunteers, Lake Warden, local government and regulators, peer groups, Association members and the public.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience in non-profit administration
  • Familiarity with environmental sciences and issues
  • Self-starter, comfortable with working independently
  • Communication skills, written and oral
  • Ability to relate constructively with the general public, volunteers, scientific community, local and state government agencies and peer organizations.

This is a half-time, hourly position, working from home. Hours are flexible and variable. Some evening and weekend work is required. The Director must have reliable transportation.

NOTE: The positions of Executive Director and Lake Warden may be combined into one full-time hourly position. When applying, please stipulate if you seek this combined position.

Resumes and cover letters from interested parties should be emailed to