Friends of the Cheat is a 501(c)(3) non-profit watershed association based in Preston County, West Virginia, working to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed since 1995. Severely impacted by acid mine drainage (AMD), the Cheat River was once considered one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers. Today, work by a diverse group of partners has resulted in life is returning to the Cheat River. In 2016, Fiends of the Cheat (FOC) was showcased as one of the “Faces of Success” in the EPA’s National Nonpoint Source Program Report. Although primarily focused on treating acid mine drainage, FOC also maintains whitewater access points, the flatwater Cheat River Water Trail, is working to develop the Cheat River Rail-Trail, and hosts education and outreach events, such as The Cheat River Festival. With a current staff of eight employees, Friends of the Cheat is seeking to hire a new Monitoring Coordinator.
The Monitoring Coordinator manages all aspects of water quality monitoring within the Cheat River Restoration program. Responsibilities include field work, data management and analysis, technical report and grant application development, project management, volunteer management, and public engagement. The Monitoring Coordinator is supervised by the Restoration Program Manager. Job training will be provided. A job description is available upon request.
• Associate’s degree
• Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record
• Able to perform moderate lifting, standing, and walking for extended periods
• Quick learner, highly motivated, well organized, able to work independently
• Enjoys working outdoors in all weather conditions and environments
• Strong desire to contribute to the organization’s mission
• Experience submitting technical reports
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
• Knowledge of ecology, water quality, acid mine drainage, environmental issues
• Competence with field and laboratory instruments
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Excel, Word, Access, and PowerPoint)
• Experience with ArcGIS and Google Earth
• Grant writing and management skills
• Familiarity with maintenance equipment (e.g., chainsaw, gas string trimmers, trash pumps)
• Preference will be given to local individuals, or those willing to relocate
• Annual salary: Commensurate with experience and/or education
• 13 paid holidays, 15 personal days, flexible schedule
• Health insurance (80%) and annual wellness stipend
• Company vehicle available for travel and field work
• Professional development expected and supported
• Area has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, biking, paddling, camping, and fishing
E-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to FOC’s Restoration Program Manager, David Petry, at David@cheat.org. Please include “Monitoring Coordinator Application” as the subject line. The application deadline is Friday, December 8, 2017, at 4:00 PM EST. A writing sample will be required from top applicants.