Join the NepRWA Team!

The NepRWA team encompasses diverse skills: scientists, naturalists, planners, lawyers, artists, and writers. All have a passion for the environment and are committed to improving the Neponset Watershed for everyone, including plants and wildlife!

NepRWA is an equal opportunity employer and applications are encouraged from candidates with a diversity of personal and professional backgrounds.

Full-time Greenways Program Coordinator

The Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) is looking for a full-time Greenways Program Coordinator with an interest in urban planning and community engagement. The Coordinator will work closely with the Association’s Greenway’s Director, Executive Director, and a wide variety of community volunteers.

Program Background

NepRWA’s Greenways Program works to open up and activate recreational access opportunities in communities along the River and across the Watershed, particularly in historically underserved and environmental justice neighborhoods. This includes protecting and improving open space and parklands, as well as advancing new trails and multi-use path connections to better link natural and recreational spaces across the Watershed. We work to build a stronger and more diverse constituency for the Neponset and public access improvements through public education, community and volunteer engagement, organizing and advocacy.

Duties

  • Plan, manage and publicize programming and events along the DCR Neponset Greenway Corridor and other areas of the Watershed.
  • Represent the NepRWA Greenways program at meetings of community-based organizations and build strong partnerships with these groups.
  • Organize volunteer opportunities to support maintenance and improvement of parkland spaces, including recruiting and cultivating volunteers.
  • Assist with advocacy, engagement and planning activities aimed at improving riverfront and parkland access around the Neponset Watershed.
  • Become familiar with the River corridor and help identify and develop park and trail extension opportunities, potentially by using GIS analysis.
  • Assist in leading public and committee meetings to collect public input on trail extension options.
  • Actively engage residents of environmental justice communities, and ensure their priorities are reflected in NepRWA’s work.
  • Participate in and learn about the daily functions of an environmental non-profit as needed.

Where and When

Typically, work occurs at the Neponset River Watershed Association office (2173 Washington Street Canton, MA) and in the field throughout the Lower Neponset River in Dorchester, Quincy, Mattapan, Milton, Hyde Park and other Watershed communities. There will be a mix of working remotely with weekly ‘check-in’ Zoom meetings, meetings in the field at project sites, and ‘in office’ meet ups.

The Coordinator will be responsible for working 40 hours a week, with a flexible schedule that will be set with the Greenways Director based on events, meetings, and other commitments. Work occurs primarily during normal business hours, but also includes regular evening meetings (1-2 times per week) and less frequent weekend activities (1-2 times per month).

Required Qualifications

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Self-motivation, reliability, and the ability to work independently.
  • The ability to effectively engage racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse community members.
  • The Coordinator should enjoy working in the field on uneven or muddy terrain and under adverse weather conditions (rain, cool mornings, hot afternoons, etc.) and should be comfortable (or comfortable learning) to ride a bike, paddle a canoe, wade in the River and engage in occasional physically demanding work (river cleanups, invasive species control projects, trail building, etc).
  • Basic computer skills are required.
  • At least 6 months to one year of experience in relevant work, internship or volunteer roles.
  • Access to their own means of transportation.

Preferred Qualifications

  • One-two years of work or internship experience in the environmental, urban planning, or community engagement field.
  • A bachelor’s degree in urban-planning, geography, environmental policy, public health, or a related field.
  • Experience managing volunteers
  • Experience organizing and promoting public events.
  • Experience with mapping software (ARCGIS).
  • Familiarity with the neighborhoods and communities along the Neponset River.

Compensation

Salary for the position will be $42,000 to $52,000 per year including sick time, paid holidays, paid vacation, 403b retirement plan with employer match, and health insurance.

To Apply

To apply, please fill out the short online form at neponset.org/employment and upload your resume and a cover letter via the online form. Your cover letter should explain how the position would complement your career goals and how your talents and experience would help advance NepRWA’s mission. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled but we hope to begin interviews in early August. The most recent and most detailed posting will be maintained at neponset.org/employment and a notice will be posted promptly there when filled.

NepRWA values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, People of Color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of underrepresented ethnic groups, and foreign-born residents and veterans to apply. Recruitment, hiring, promotions and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment shall be maintained in a manner which does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, veteran status or military status or in violation of any applicable Federal, state or local laws.

Questions may be directed via email to Andres Ripley, Greenways Program Director via ripley@neponset.org.

Looking for other ways to get involved? Check our volunteer page for other options.

Environmental Science Fellow

A 13-month full-time position for a recent college graduate designed to introduce them to the full range of NepRWA activities, including a leadership role in managing our volunteer-based water quality monitoring and River cleanup programs. Generally advertised in March or April for a May or June start.

This position is currently filled.

Every year NepRWA offers several seasonal internships or employment opportunities on a largely consistent schedule. Check back at the times indicated below for more information on these opportunities:

Greenways Interns

Work to open up the Neponset to public recreation including improving and extending the Neponset River Greenway, with a special focus on the Neponset’s environmental justice neighborhoods. These are two, part-time, paid summer internships that generally are advertised in March or April and run from June through August.

Water Quality Interns

Help with water quality monitoring and river science projects. These are two, part-time summer internships that may be paid or unpaid depending on available budget. They are generally advertised in March or April and run from June through August.