Position Title: Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies (WRAPS) – Watershed Coordinator
Location: Middle and Lower Kansas River Watersheds in Kansas
Contact: Jessica Mounts, Executive Director
Opens: August 20, 2018 Closes: September 10, 2018
Hours: Full-time, exempt
Method of application: Submit resume and cover letter to Jessica Mounts via email by 5 pm on September 10, 2018
Who we are: The Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams (KAWS) is a non-profit organization working to connect the lands, water, and people of Kansas. Our vision is waters that are clean, plentiful and protected, lands that are prosperous for people and wildlife, and people who are knowledgeable in sustaining our natural resources. We’ve been working with landowners and producers across Kansas for more than 20 years to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient runoff, and building strong partnerships with natural resource agencies and other organizations along the way. KAWS is a team of professional and creative people working to inspire natural resource conservation through science-based solutions.
Job Description: Our Watershed Coordinators work with producers and landowners to implement agricultural best management practices for improving water quality. They provide oversight for outreach to watershed stakeholders and residents regarding WRAPS projects and develop goal-driven outreach campaigns to engage producers and other stakeholders for improving soil health and water quality. Coordinators achieve annual BMP implementation goals as stated in the approved 9 Element Watershed plan, as well as organize, lead, and manage WRAPS Stakeholder Leadership Team (SLT) meetings. They identify and enhance opportunities to implement and retain best management practices within the watershed by forming strong alliances with local agency staff, stakeholders, community organizations, businesses, and watershed residents. Finally, our Coordinators work closely with our Executive Director and other team members to support the mission and vision of KAWS.
The successful candidate will: have knowledge of principles, practices, terminology, and techniques of agricultural science related to water quality, nutrient management, soil health, and soil conservation; have knowledge of state, federal, and local environmental laws and regulations; utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS); have the ability to generate reports and educational materials; possess skill in interpersonal relationships i.e., motivation, written and verbal communications with producers and partners to meet their needs in a courteous and cooperative manner; have familiarity with social media outlets; display high standards of ethical conduct; commit to quality of service; display a high level of initiative and commitment; work with minimal supervision; demonstrate responsible behavior and attention to detail; follow organizational policy and cooperate with supervisors; market, organize, and conduct public outreach programs to inform watershed landowners and producers of available programs and funding to address water quality impairments and in field resource concerns.
Required Education: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Conservation or Environmental Science is required.
Salary: beginning at $50,000 annually.
Job Qualifications: Applicant should be a detail oriented individual with the ability to work independently and prioritize a variable work schedule and have good communication skills, both verbally and in writing. Job will occasionally require walking through rough terrain and/or inclement weather conditions along with carrying equipment. Knowledge of ArcGIS software, google suite of products, social media, engineering equipment, and agricultural practices is beneficial.
Non-Discrimination: KAWS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, or other non-merit factor.