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Project Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director
Status:  Part-time, flexible, averaging 20 per week with the potential to increase hours.
Location: Saint Albans, VT; hybrid, telework possible outside of field work.
Compensation: Starting at $22-$28/hour, commensurate with experience.

To Apply:

Please provide a cover letter and resume with two recent references and contact info

(as a single PDF) to:

by November 15, 2023. 

We anticipate interviewing candidates in late November with a start date no later than February 1st, 2024. 

The Organization: The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) is recognized as a
statewide leader that acts to clean the waters of northern Lake Champlain and its watershed by working collaboratively with private citizens, businesses, farmers, and government. FNLC’s focus is on catalyzing the actions and accountability needed to reduce land-use pollution and securing the essential local, state, and federal funding necessary for successful implementation.

Funding for FNLC comes from grants, donations, and events. The organization’s mission is accomplished through educational activities, water monitoring, and the design and implementation of non-point source phosphorus runoff reduction projects.

The Executive Director Overview: The Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain and will oversee staff, programs, fundraising and budgeting. The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in the natural sciences and 3 years of managerial experience in an organization. The ED will work with the Board of Directors to create and implement strategic plans and execute the organization’s mission.

Project Coordinator Overview:

The Friends of Northern Lake Champlain (FNLC) is hiring a part-time Project Coordinator to oversee and execute all responsibilities involved with managing multiple water quality implementation and outreach projects. FNLC projects are funded by applying for grants through state and federal environmental and agricultural departments, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Watersheds United Vermont, and other funders. Most projects are multi-year in nature and require consistent communication with funders, partners, consultants, and contractors. The Project Coordinator will help with all administrative and financial aspects of current and future projects and will support other FNLC strategies. This position will work closely with the Executive Director and the FNLC Project Committee. 


Project Coordinator Responsibilities:

Identify & implement projects to restore and protect the Northern Lake Champlain watershed 

  • Identify and secure funding for water quality and outreach projects

  • Work with municipalities, other non-profits, State and Federal agencies, and volunteers to implement projects

  • Continue iterative planning, implementation, and evaluation process as project work is completed

  • Provide outreach to landowners, farmers, students, and other key audiences for FNLC projects

  • Participate in watershed and community groups, particularly ones focused on water quality, as appropriate

  • Fieldwork including water monitoring and farm/landowner visits


Administration and organizational tasks 

  • Identify, write, and secure grant funding; this position requires successful grant writing to maintain funding for FNLC staff positions

  • Maintain and improve systems for project management

  • Monitor and coordinate the work of consultants and contractors

  • Attend weekly meetings with FNLC Project Committee

  • Report out at monthly board meetings

  • Work with the board treasurer to track grant funding

  • Support FNLC events and fundraising activities

Desired Skills: 

  • Project management experience including tracking, invoicing, reporting, permitting, and working with consultants/contractors

  • Ability to build trusted relationships with local farmers, landowners, partners, town officials, and others 

  • Knowledge of watershed planning, best management practices for farmers and landowners, watershed science, and conservation practices related to water quality; local/state knowledge is a plus

  • Ability to self-direct, work productively and independently, while being part of a team

  • Ability to set up new systems and procedures

  • Basic understanding of geographic data, including aerial photography, topographic maps, and GIS products

  • Map-making experience with various programs like ArcGIS

  • Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint, and Teams; online meeting platforms like Teams or Zoom


Work Environment and Hours: 

  • Hybrid position based in Saint Albans, Vermont; telework possible outside of fieldwork

  • Part-time 20 hours/week with the potential to increase by securing additional grant funding

  • Outdoor field work in all seasons

  • Evening meetings and occasional weekend work with FNLC service area

  • Employee must be based within 100 miles of our service area

To Apply:

Please provide a cover letter and resume with two recent references and contact info

(as a single PDF) to:

by November 15, 2023. 

We anticipate interviewing candidates in late November with a start date no later than February 1st, 2024. 

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