Background. The Farmington River Watershed Association (FRWA) is a community-based organization founded in 1953 with a mission of protecting the Farmington River and its watershed lands in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Farmington River boasts a renowned trout fishery in its West Branch (a federally designated Wild & Scenic River) and excellent paddling, including the famous whitewater of Tariffville Gorge. Multi-use trails along its banks enhance quality of life in riverside towns. Its East Branch (now a reservoir) supplies high-quality drinking water to greater Hartford. However, the river’s well-being requires ongoing community engagement and action. FRWA mobilizes people to watch over and maintain the natural features and functions of this remarkable river.
FRWA’s primary mission activities are Research and Stewardship (hands-on water quality monitoring, field assessments, and habitat restoration); Education (programs, classes, workshops, field trips, online and print media about pollution prevention, watersheds, and other topics); and Advocacy (promoting changes in personal behavior or public policy that enhance river health and public health). For more information, see www.frwa.org.
Position Description. FRWA’s small staff works on a variety of mission-related projects that frequently take them out of the office. FRWA seeks a Project Support Coordinator to work with staff on maintaining in-house functions that are essential to successfully implementing our Outreach, Advocacy, Research, and Stewardship. These include, but are not limited to:
- Monitoring website and social media; tracking and enhancing the reach of posts; taking photos for posts and publications.
- Working with staff to prepare and send timely reports, filings, and other communications to agencies, foundations, and donors.
- Coordinating and supporting volunteers as needed.
- Planning and preparing for events, workshops, programs, and work days.
- General administrative support, such as responding to selected email and phone inquiries; troubleshooting technical issues; or updating FRWA procedures, manuals, and core documents as needed.
Qualifications. The ideal candidate has excellent “people skills,” writes and speaks well, knows Microsoft Office, can work independently, learns quickly, communicates clearly, enjoys keeping a multi-faceted organization running smoothly, likes to organize, is very detail-oriented, contributes to a cheerful and positive team atmosphere, and embraces FRWA’s mission. Experience at an environmental non-profit and technical knowledge about river stewardship are desirable. Experience in customer service, social media marketing, contract reporting, volunteer coordination, development, business administration, or non-profit administration could all be advantages.
Compensation. This is a 1-year part-time position, with a possible extension contingent on funding.
Schedule negotiable; up to 8 hrs/week, on 1-2 days during normal business hours. Hourly rate dependent on experience (starts well above minimum).
To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references by regular mail or email to:
Coordinator Job Search, FRWA, 749 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline. March 15 or until filled.