Water Quality Project Manager

Website Vermont Youth Conservation Corps

Conservation Water Quality Project Manager

Date Posted: November 5, 2021

Team: Conservation Program

Position Status:  Full-time, Year Round
Position Start:  Position open until filled

Exemption Status/Reason:  Exempt

Job Summary
The Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) is seeking a full-time Water Quality Project Manager (WQPM) who is passionate about engaging young people in hands-on projects that increase resiliency of public infrastructure throughout Vermont. The WQPM is responsible for collaborating with a broad network of watershed partners to secure project revenues, implementing best management practices for watershed projects; providing guidance and leadership for watershed crews, and supporting Vermont’s water quality goals. Working closely within the Conservation Team and across VYCC teams, the Conservation Water Quality Manager is an integral part of a highly motivated group that develops and implements projects focused on water quality and watershed health. The Conservation Water Quality Manager has both supervisory and administrative responsibilities in the field and in the office.

Essential Functions
Partnership Development
Build relationships with new and existing project partners. Effectively communicate the value and impact of best management practices as well as the VYCC experience
Oversee project funding and pursue new revenue streams
Conduct pre-season site visits to determine site prescriptions and scope of work
In collaboration with VYCC staff, connect VYCC alumni with prospective employers

Project Procurement
Work with partners to identify, design and implement high priority watershed projects that support Vermont’s Clean Water Act
Secure fee-for-service projects through solicitation, contracting, and work project completion
Collaborate with development staff to identify, secure, and implement philanthropic/ grant-specific water quality improvement projects to be completed by VYCC crews

Crew Support and Oversight
Participate in annual program design, planning, and goalsetting
Assist with Crew Leader and Crew Member recruitment, hiring, and training
Assist with program events such as crew start-ups and closures
Provide logistic support for crews, including tools, equipment, first aid, communications
Work closely with Crew Leaders and project partners to ensure high standards for safety and project quality
Support Crew Leaders in management of Crew Members
Provide project supervision and on-call support
Model and demonstrate to Crew Leaders teaching and facilitation techniques appropriate for learning in the outdoors

Administrative Support
Serve as a liaison and contact for project sponsors and partnering agencies
Participate in strategic meetings with major project sponsors
Manage project related grants
Manage project sponsor and work project databases
Assist with project documentation, data collection, and reporting
Assist in annual budgeting cycles

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of Vermont ecology, natural history, and current issues around water resources
Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, inclusiveness, and empowerment.
Ability to build collaborative partnerships with a wide variety of external partners
Familiarity with watershed-related organizations and partners in Vermont
Working knowledge of program planning, organizational structure, budgeting, administrative operations, and fundraising
Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to represent the organization externally across a wide range of stakeholders and constituencies
Expertise in Corps programming, education, youth development, and/or workforce development
Outstanding time management, organizational skills, and attention to detail
Grant writing, budgeting and reporting experience

Required Qualifications and Skills
Passion for VYCC’s mission and an ability to communicate this purpose to others
Experience in project management as part of meeting stated program goals
Experience in conservation and youth development, including leading projects focused on watershed health and water quality
Demonstrated ability to work independently and on a team
Valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record
Ability to work some evenings and weekends when required
Ability to travel throughout Vermont and, on rare occasions, out of state

About VYCC’s Culture, Workplace, and Compensation & Benefits:
About Vermont Youth Conservation Corps
The VYCC is a 501c3 nonprofit focused on engaging young people in service, work, conservation, and agriculture. Since 1985, VYCC staff have provided valuable work and learning opportunities to youth and young adults from across the country and from nearly every town in Vermont. Our model is strong and simple: young people, working together, guided by highly trained leaders, completing priority projects in conservation and agriculture.

Excellence and Equal Opportunity at VYCC
VYCC has a deep commitment to excellence. We believe we are strongest when our team includes members with a broad range of life experiences. We strive to achieve this at all levels of our organization, and actively encourage and recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse applicant pool. VYCC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

Our Workplace
This position is based out of the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps Headquarters Office at the historic West Monitor Barn, in Richmond, VT. Our office is a collegial, bustling, and fun open office atmosphere, which offers staff opportunities to interact and collaborate.  Staff members can balance working remotely and on-campus in collaboration with their team schedule, tasks and all-staff gatherings. Successful staff are able maintain focus and productivity, balance personal initiative and independence, and plug into our team in ways that help us do our best work as an organization. Staff enjoy the perks of the Farm at VYCC and forest campus year-round, as well as the happenings of nearby downtown Richmond.
Compensation & Benefits:
Salary range for this position is $40,000 to $45,000, exempt from overtime
Medical and dental insurance
Annual paid time off and sick leave
On-going professional development
Member of a mission-driven and dedicated team of professionals
Member of a dynamic organization that impacts Vermont’s communities and environment

How to Apply
Please complete our VYCC General Application (http://bit.ly/VYCCapp), to which you’ll upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. No calls, please.

Updated 11/5/2021

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