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Hiring Statement

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays invites applications for its Watershed Coordinator who will coordinate with partner organizations the implementation, tracking, and progress reporting for the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan including the Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy.  The Watershed Coordinator will have as their first primary responsibility coordinating the five-year update of the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan including a climate vulnerability analysis of the plan.

The Center is a private non-profit organization located at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Center is a community-collaborative National Estuary Program that has successfully worked in partnership to protect and restore the Inland Bays since 1994.  This is a full-time position with competitive benefits and salary dependent on candidate background and skills.  This position will remain open until an appropriate candidate is selected; interviews will be arranged shortly after qualified applications are received.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, genetic information and marital or familial status.


A Master’s degree in natural resource management or environmental planning, biology, hydrogeology or a related field and two years resource management/planning experience is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree in any of the above disciplines and four years resource management/planning experience is the minimum requirement.  Experience coordinating organizations to implement and report on plan implementation.  Track record of successful grant solicitation and management.  Demonstrated success in project management.  The candidate must possess excellent communication skills, and strong interpersonal skills. Experience with partnership development, watershed models, and negotiation is preferred.

General Description of the Position

The Watershed Coordinator works under the supervision of the Executive Director and collaborates closely with Center staff. The Watershed Coordinator is an experienced planner who develops organizational partnerships that result in leveraged financial resources necessary for the large-scale implementation of the Inland Bays Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) including the Inland Bays Pollution Control Strategy (PCS).  He/she has a firm understanding of watershed ecology, particularly related to nutrient cycling, and works with the Science & Restoration Coordinator to ensure that best available science and technology drives plan implementation.  The Watershed Coordinator develops operational plans for CCMP and PCS objectives, tracks and reports their progress, and coordinates their revision as necessary.  This Watershed Coordinator has significant grant writing and grant administration responsibilities and may oversee contractors and/or an employee.  The Coordinator has detailed knowledge of watershed pollution models and control techniques, writes or assists in writing ordinances relating to the CCMP, and can facilitate agreements.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with a high degree of independence, while communicating and strategizing regularly with the Executive Director. Works in a team environment with staff and partners.
  • Collaborates with the Science & Restoration Coordinator to integrate best available science into watershed-scale planning and implementation.
  • May manage a small number of contractors or a staff person.
  • Responsible for the implementation, coordination, tracking, reporting, and occasional update of the CCMP and the PCS.
  • Develop and lead a CCMP Implementation Committee consisting of high-level staff of partner organizations responsible for the implementation of the CCMP and PCS.
  • Develop annual implementation action plans and commitments to meet interim implementation milestones.
  • Manages or assists in the management of a watershed nutrient loading model for the Inland Bays to assess progress toward meeting Total Maximum Daily Load regulations.
  • Researches cost-efficient best management practices for water quality and habitat in both urban and rural environments and uses this information to prioritize plan implementation actions.
  • Manages development of small watershed-level operational plans to identify and prioritize water quality management practices.
  • Seek and manage grants related to planning and plan implementation including water quality practices in urban and rural environments. Ensure maximum leverage of financial resources.
  • Work with government agencies to ensure that land use, transportation and other laws, regulations, and policies are in accordance with implementing the CCMP and PCS.
  • Communicates regularly with a wide variety of audiences on pollution control techniques, watershed condition, and progress towards plan implementation.
  • Develop annual workplans and budgets. Write contracts and track grant expenses.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of current practices, principles and technological developments of watershed management and water quality restoration.
  • Skill in operating or managing the operation of watershed nutrient loading models.
  • Knowledge of water quality laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Knowledge of leadership and negotiation techniques and the ability to build and motivate multi-organizational teams to achieve voluntary objectives.
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional networks to accomplish goals.
  • Skill in administering tracking databases and creating effective reports.
  • Skill in multi-partner grant procurement and administration.
  • Skill in developing and implementing water quality restoration plans and projects.
  • Skill working in a service oriented team environment with understanding of roles
  • Strong verbal communications skills and demonstrated ability to write persuasively.
  • Ability to conduct technical research and integrate results into project plans.
  • Skill in managing contracts.
  • Working familiarity with GIS.


Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work is performed in both an office environment and in the field. Field assignments may require bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, lifting up to 25 pounds, pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping, walking in rough terrain, in-water work, and occasionally contending with adverse weather conditions requiring special clothing and safety precautions.  Evening or weekend work to attend meetings and events is sometimes required.  A flexible schedule is permitted.  The position is subject to the Center’s Office Policy Manual.


Please submit, as a single PDF document, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, three references with contact information, and an example of a successful grant application to:

Brittany Burslem
Delaware Center for the Inland Bays
39375 Inlet Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
ATTN: Watershed Coordinator Position


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