Lower Clark Fork Watershed Coordinator

The Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group (LCFWG) is seeking an independent contractor to coordinate watershed projects within the Lower Clark Fork River watershed in northwestern Montana. This will require an energetic, friendly, creative individual with proven project management and coordination skills and a strong commitment to watershed health and restoration. Services are anticipated to require approximately 20 hours/week.

About the Lower Clark Fork Watershed Group:

The LCFWG was formed in 2003 to serve as an “umbrella” organization for the eight existing watershed councils who are engaged in protecting the water resources of key tributaries to the lower Clark Fork River. Our intent is to carry out a systematic, coordinated river ecosystem approach to watershed management and to maximize collaborative, administrative, technical and financial resources along the lower Clark Fork. The LCFWG is comprised of local watershed council representatives, corporate and agency representatives, and other local stakeholders with an interest in watershed health. We are a 501c (3) non-profit organization based in Trout Creek, Montana. The mission of the LCFWG is to develop and implement a coordinated ecosystem approach

The mission of the LCFWG is to develop and implement a coordinated ecosystem approach tomaintaining and, where necessary, restoring the chemical, biological and physical integrity of the tributaries of the lower Clark Fork River in order to benefit and re-establish native fish populations and protect water quality in the lower river ecosystem. Projects in the Lower Clark Fork watershed are complemented by a strong habitat enhancement program with numerous partners including LCFWG, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Green Mountain Conservation District (GMCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Avista Corporation, operator of Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge dams. Bull trout recovery and westslope cutthroat trout habitat enhancement are the primary focus of on-the-ground work, and we have a strong cooperative program with Avista for data collection, monitoring, and fish passage activities associated with their two lower Clark Fork hydroelectric facilities.

Projects in the Lower Clark Fork watershed are complemented by a strong habitat enhancement program with numerous partners including LCFWG, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Forest Service, Green Mountain Conservation District (GMCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Avista Corporation, operator of Noxon Rapids and Cabinet Gorge dams. Bull trout recovery and westslope cutthroat trout habitat enhancement are the primary focus of on-the-ground work, and we have a strong cooperative program with Avista for data collection, monitoring, and fish passage activities associated with their two lower Clark Fork hydroelectric facilities.

To apply:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and one‐page accomplishments list that details experiences as they relate to this position. Please contact Joe DosSantos (LCFWG Board of Directors) with any questions regarding this position: 406‐847-1284. Email materials to lowerclarkforkwatershedgroup@gmail.com with subject heading “Coordinator Position”. Submittals in pdf format are preferred.

The LCFWG Board of Directors is accepting application materials for review in May 2015. This announcement will close when the position is filled.

Description of services:

The Watershed Coordinator will be responsible for coordination, implementation, and general administration of LCFWG projects as a contractor to the LCFWG. Contracted services will include project grant application and administration, and project management to meet the mission and goals of the LCFWG. The Watershed Coordinator will work directly with the LCFWG Board of Directors and project partners to promote, assist and provide guidance for project implementation and reporting project results. This position is part-time, with services anticipated to require approximately 20 hours/week.

Work location:

The contractor will provide services in the Lower Clark Fork River watershed and will attend specified LCFWG and partner meetings in the watershed. Preference will be given to a contractor living in or near the project area.

The project area extends from Thompson Falls Dam (Thompson Falls, Montana) downstream to Cabinet Gorge Dam, near the Idaho border. The area includes all tributaries to the lower Clark Fork River as well as two mainstem reservoirs, Cabinet Gorge Reservoir and Noxon Rapids Reservoir. Along the most westerly 50 miles of Montana’s largest river, the Lower Clark Fork drains an area of 1,047 square miles before entering northern Idaho. Nearly 70 percent of the watershed is public land managed by the U. S. Forest Service as part of the Kootenai and Lolo National Forests.

Desired Qualifications:

1. Strong interest in the conservation of the Lower Clark Fork River watershed and its resources, and to the mission of the LCFWG.

2. Excellent writing, administrative, and organizational skills with quantitative and qualitative analysis skills.

3. Highest level of personal and professional integrity.

4. Ability to work independently and as a team player.

5. Experience writing and administering grants, including private, state and federal.

6. Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in natural resources, biology or related field is preferred.

7. At least two years of hands‐on, self‐directed and relevant experience in project management and/or grant administration.

8. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite.

9. Independent contractor status (or willingness to obtain this status).

Essential Functions:

The Watershed Coordinator receives direction and regularly reports to the LCFWG Board of Directors.

The Coordinator is responsible for overall coordination of the activities of the LCFWG, with specific duties as follows:

Coordination

  • Coordinate quarterly meetings of the LCFWG, or as needed.
  • Coordinate activities and communications between the LCFWG, GMCD, technical advisory committee, other individual watershed groups, landowners, agency personnel, and other partners.
  • Prepare and present monthly watershed group progress reports to the LCFWG Board and GMCD.
  • Monitor LCFWG priorities and commitments and assure follow through.
  • Monitor and report on individual project progress as needed or required.
  • Maintain regular communication with the LCFWG Board of Directors.
  • Carry out other coordination duties as agreed upon by the LCFWG.

Fundraising and Bookkeeping

  • Work with LCFWG Board of Directors and Avista grant writer to identify funding sources to implement LCFWG projects.
  • Coordinate grant writing efforts with the Avista grant writer.
  • Write grant proposals to meet LCFWG project funding needs. The LCFWG Board of Directors shall approve all grant applications the organization sponsors.
  • Assist LCFWG Board with review and approval of project consultants’ invoices.
  • Work closely with the bookkeeper to prepare grant reports and track grant budgets and expenditures, in formats and within timelines required by project funders.

Communication and Outreach

  • Develop relationships and attend other Lower Clark Fork watershed-related meetings and provide updates on LCFWG projects, as needed.
  • Design and conduct community workshops related to specific projects.

Project Planning

  • Develop and apply plans that support the mission of the LCFWG.
  • Support integrated watershed-level planning led by state and federal agencies, Avista, GMCD and other partners in the Lower Clark Fork watershed.

Stream Restoration Projects

  • Work with technical advisors and project partners to develop scopes of work for on-the-ground projects.
  • Prepare landowner agreements associated with restoration projects.
  • Administer RFP/RFQ process for watershed assessments and restoration projects, according to state and federal requirements as applicable.
  • Negotiate with consultants and prepare contracts relative to restoration projects.
  • Assist consultants as needed with acquisition of necessary permits for projects.
  • Review and approve consultants’ invoices.
  • Coordinate projects with affected interests, agencies and landowners.

Administration

  • Set up agendas, and organize and facilitate meetings of the LCFWG, and other meetings, as needed.
  • Prepare minutes or summaries for all major meetings.
  • Maintain mailing / email lists and distribute meeting notices and minutes.
  • Develop and maintain LCFWG filing system; ensure that all original signed documents are housed at the official LCFWG repository at the GMCD office.
  • Assist Board of Directors and/or other committee members with gathering information, developing budgets, drafting work plans and meeting deadlines for LCFWG tasks and projects.

Physical Demands:

Extended use of office equipment such as telephones, computers, and copy machines are necessary. Some field work in difficult terrain may be required. Some travel will be required. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of the contracted service. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of essential functions, responsibilities or requirements. A specific scope of contracted services will be developed.

Contract details:

This is a contracted services solicitation for watershed coordinator services on a yearly basis to be evaluated / renewed each June. The successful candidate will negotiate specific contract details, including fees and expenses for each project and task, with the LCFWG Board of Directors. This is a part-time position with work anticipated to require approximately 20 hours/week, billed monthly on a time and expenses basis. LCFWG anticipates the equivalent of approximately $25,000 available for coordinator services annually. The contractor is expected to provide workspace and all equipment necessary to perform the work, including but not limited to computer, printer, fax, telephone and a vehicle.

 

LOWER CLARK FORK WATERSHED GROUP

PO Box 1329 | Trout Creek, MT 59874

406-827-4833

email: lowerclarkforkwatershedgroup@gmail.com