Senior Watershed Manager

Midcoast Conservancy

Opening posted: 09/03/2020 | Expires: 09/30/2020

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Since 2016, five conservation organizations have merged to create Midcoast Conservancy.  Our mission is to support and promote healthy lands, waters, wildlife and people in Midcoast Maine through conservation, habitat restoration, outdoor adventure and learning. Our focus includes the watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Medomak River and Sheepscot River.

Senior Watershed Manager

 This position is primarily responsible for protecting and improving water resources for human and ecological benefit within the service area of Midcoast Conservancy. Hires and supervises permanent and seasonal staff needed to carry out programs and reports to the Executive Director or their designee. The position is one member of a three member Water Pillar team within the organization. All team members provide lateral support for one another and collaborate when needed on water quality, watershed management and restoration projects. The Senior Watershed Manager is primarily responsible for implementing the following program goals. Tasks are illustrative of the nature of the position and other tasks may be required.

Watershed Management

  • Develop and implement strategies to protect and improve water quality and address land use impacts throughout the Midcoast Conservancy service area.
  • Develop, update and implement Watershed Protection Plans within watersheds of Damariscotta Lake, Sheepscot River and Medomak River with goals of having watershed-based protection plans approved by Maine DEP and US EPA.
  • Apply for and manage implementation of Clean Water Act Section 319 grant(s).
  • Address diverse sources of pollution within the watershed, implement living, structural and non-structural Best Management Practices.
  • Respond to community calls, emails, concerns regarding algae, erosion and other emerging issues such as cyanobacteria
  • Partner with state agencies and local municipalities to accomplish water program goals
  • Identify and assist in managing pollution prevention from water-related infrastructure such as sewer and storm drain lines, failing septic systems, and other sources of bacteria.
  • Hire, supervise and evaluate full-time and part-time permanent and seasonal staff as needed.
  • Engage the community to create and implement new opportunities for protecting water quality throughout the region. (e.g. volunteers, municipalities, working groups, community institutions and members).
  • Work with other Water Pillar staff on projects requiring collaboration for implementation.

Water Quality Monitoring

  • Support and Implement core projects in water quality including water chemistry, invasive aquatic plant monitoring/control including work with volunteer monitors.
  • Maintain infrastructure/equipment related to water quality (sampling equipment, boats, docks etc.)
  • Collaborate with Watershed Coordinator to facilitate control of invasive aquatic species within MC service area including Hydrilla infestations in Damariscotta Lake and manage programs to prevent and identify other invasive aquatic species within the service area.
  • Implement and promote programs that reduce erosion and mitigate pollution within lakes, rivers, streams and estuaries within the region.
  • Work with community leaders, municipalities and landowners within the shoreland zone to help mitigate harmful erosion and to recruit participation in programs to reduce runoff and erosion.
  • Partner with state and federal agencies and universities to implement water quality monitoring projects, including DEP, DMR, and USFWS, and UMaine .
  • Organize stakeholder meetings as required to fulfill program implementation goals.
  • Organize community training events as needed.


  • Represent Midcoast Conservancy interests with regional and state organizations.
  • Work with organization’s Grants Team to research and write grants related to water quality improvement and watershed management for water bodies in MC service area.
  • Assist local towns with Comprehensive Planning, nutrient reduction strategies for new construction and gravel road maintenance.
  • Develop partnerships with local, state and national agencies to address agricultural sources of nutrients impacting water quality.
  • Hire and supervise seasonal staff as needed
  • Stay current on science and trends in fields of watershed and/or water quality management by attending relevant conferences.

Community Engagement (all staff)

  • Responsible for creating content for all newsletters, press releases and social media related to their work and forwarding to Communications staff for telling our story.
  • Engage in conversations to discover what the community cares about.
  • Act as an ambassador for the organization within the community.
  • May be organizational representative for any of the five Local Councils to assist in development or implementation of programs related to their work.
  • Work with colleagues within the organization on outreach to various constituents by attending events, giving presentations and participating in organizational programs.
  • Coordinate volunteers related to their work.

Desired Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related or natural resource management-related field and 5-7 years of experience, or equivalent combination. Graduate degree preferred.
  • Exceptional track record in developing successful relationships with diverse local stakeholders and managing multiple priorities and projects.
  • Experience in aquatic invasive plant management and control.
  • Required: Certifications in water quality sampling and experience with water quality data collection standards and techniques.
  • Experience with local, state, and federal rules and regulations related to water resource protection and conservation, especially shoreland zoning.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and proven experience in supervisory role.
  • Excellent project and time management skills and the ability to be flexible while maintaining clearly expressed priorities.
  • Ability to be innovative, flexible, and empathetic; and a strong desire to do what it takes to get the job done.
  • Experience with technical software such as ArcGIS, AutoCAD, and other statistical or analytical software.
  • Experience operating motorized watercraft on inland waters safely, driving and trailering boats
  • Technical and field experience with prescribing best management practices for preventing shoreland erosion and nutrient pollution.

Position terms

The position is salaried based on a 35-hour work week. Benefits include sick leave, all Federal holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, retirement plan and health insurance all in a collaborative and flexible work environment. Periodic work on weekends and evenings will be required. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed. Reports to the Executive Director; Salary commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Please upload a resume & cover letter via our GetHired page.

Please apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position will remain open until filled.