Employment Opportunity: Watershed Restoration Coordinator

768 512 Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks a motivated individual with significant experience in managing and overseeing landowner relationships and communications for watershed restoration projects. Experience with the outreach, coordination, organizing, and execution of riparian forest buffers and other agricultural best management practices is key.

This position will assist senior leadership in the coordination of partnerships, commitments, agreements, and contracts associated with the Stroud Center’s Robin L. Vannote Watershed Restoration Program


The watershed restoration coordinator will oversee, coordinate, and manage landowner relations and the implementation of agricultural and watershed restoration project work. The coordinator will work with multiple partners and agencies to strategically deploy state, federal, and private funding to implement the most efficient and effective conservation practices on candidate properties. Additionally, the coordinator will:

  • Work with landowners and partners to secure signed landowner contracts for implementing watershed conservation priorities and fulfilling grant deliverables.
  • Manage project planning and implementation logistics and details with landowners and other project partners.
  • Assist in developing, writing, and submitting grant applications for resources to support the work of the Watershed Restoration Program.
  • Monitor and oversee individual grant deliverables (in collaboration with the director of watershed restoration).
  • Assist in training conservation professionals and, to a lesser degree, conservation group members and private landowners in forested buffer restoration and management, as well as the planning and implementation of agricultural best management practices. 
  • Work with other team members to manage and adapt the Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Program strategies, guidance, and implementation.
  • Coordinate with the Stroud Center’s research scientists and their staff to identify needs and opportunities to use restoration projects as an opportunity to study technical and ecological outcomes and provide insights on enhancing future restoration approaches.
  • Conduct and lead outreach and communications to reach restoration goals and commitments.
  • Report to the Stroud Center’s director of watershed restoration.


To be considered for the position, candidates should possess a Master of Science or higher degree in environmental or agricultural sciences and greater than three years of experience overseeing and managing programs related to agricultural and watershed restoration. Alternatively, candidates should possess a Bachelor of Science and greater than five years of experience.

Applicants must demonstrate a proven record of accomplishment in working with landowners to secure project opportunities and in working with partners to ensure seamless integration of conservation programs.

This position will be supported by external grants and contracts. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants that have a robust track record of successful relationships with agricultural and conservation funders.

Salary and Employment

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. This is a full-time position that includes a comprehensive employee benefit plan. The position is dependent on external funding and is currently funded for three years with the expectation of continuous funding.

Application Procedures

Applications will be reviewed immediately. To apply, use the form below to submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae or resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references, preferably as a single attachment. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF).


About Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Water Research Center advances knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

Since 1967, Stroud Center scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research groups blend its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers.

Education staff interpret research findings and build education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience.

Watershed restoration staff develop and implement programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot-tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor wet labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property.

In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex, which is LEED Platinum certified.

Stroud Water Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.