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We offer paid positions and internships that provide strong experience in policy, litigation, development, and communications.
Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women and people of color to apply and provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, military status, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran.
Please read the below descriptions and send application materials to the appropriate person listed. Thank you for your interest in working with Riverkeeper!
Riverkeeper, Inc. is a member-supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River and its tributaries and protecting the drinking water supply of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.
We are seeking an experienced, dynamic environmental advocate and attorney with a strong record of achievement to join Riverkeeper as our Hudson Watershed Advocate. The successful applicant will be responsible for taking on projects and campaigns identified by the management team as critical and to provide leadership and/or support for current program campaigns. Additionally, the Hudson Watershed Advocate is expected to develop short and long-term tactics and strategies utilizing Riverkeeper’s resources and the resources of strategic partners.
The position is ideal for an individual who is passionate about environmental issues and seeking a high profile assignment that will allow her/him to use legal, advocacy, media outreach and public education tools to shape the environmental future of the Hudson River and the communities which depend on it, including the Hudson Valley and New York City. The successful applicant will be called on to use her/his skills, professional contacts, and experience to facilitate communications and collaborations with communities, legislative bodies and government agencies in support of both on-going campaigns and new initiatives.
The position requires a multi-pronged approach to achieving advocacy goals. Among the skills required is the ability to conduct a legal analysis of emerging legal and policy challenges to determine all options available to help shape the outcome, as well as to build and to work in coalitions of environmental and community organizations – including those at the local, state, regional, and national level to work towards achieving campaign goals.
Past successful campaigns and on-going critical initiatives include:
Duties & Responsibilities
Build relationships and foster communication and collaboration with communities, leadership and staff of government agencies and legislative bodies in support of both existing campaigns and new initiatives.
Develop and coordinate partnerships with other local, state and national organizations working on waterway and water quality related issues.
Act as one of Riverkeeper’s lead spokespersons to the media, elected officials, regulatory agencies and the public on Riverkeeper campaigns.
Develop and coordinate campaign advocacy actions in collaboration with Riverkeeper’s program teams, other environmental organizations, and coalition members.
Actively work with technical and scientific experts including in preparation of reports, analyses, and research to support Riverkeeper campaign objectives.
Participate in discussions and decision-making regarding planning and execution of organizational, case, and campaign priorities.
Actively support and engage as needed in fundraising with President and Development team, including assistance with grant writing and reporting, individual donor and foundation meetings and regular reporting to Riverkeeper’s Board of Directors.
As and when needed, supervise other Riverkeeper staff, interns or volunteers.
The ideal candidate will be a person with vision and energy who possesses the necessary skills to work with and, report to, the Director of Legal Programs, work with the President, and work with the management team and staff to advocate and to advance mission critical campaigns, with particular expertise in bringing together diverse interests and building cross-sector collaborations in support of common environmental goals.
Attorney admitted to practice in New York and in good standing with a minimum of 10 years practice in environmental law, including a strong familiarity with the Clean Water Act and New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.
Significant advocacy experience including leading and partnering with other stakeholders, and a sound understanding of both grassroots advocacy and government policy and advocacy.
Strong commitment to the mission and goals of Riverkeeper.
Familiarity with non-profit organizations.
Contacts with and a demonstrated ability to interact effectively with regional, state and federal elected officials and regulators.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of and a connection with the Hudson River Valley and the Hudson River Watershed preferred.
Experience working with media and public relations, and community outreach and organizing.
A strong team player, self-motivated, results oriented, and able to handle multiple projects and case deadlines.
Regular travel throughout the Hudson River Valley and New York City; evening and occasional weekend work will be required.
Location: The Hudson Watershed Advocate will work from our Ossining
Office, 20 Secor Road, Ossining, New York, or our
Pace Law School Office, 78 North Broadway, White Plains, New York.
Compensation & Benefits: Competitive; based on experience
Deadline to apply: October 21, 2016
To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and examples of your cases and / or campaigns and earned media to
Please write in the subject line: Hudson Watershed Advocate
Phone calls and faxes will not be accepted.
Riverkeeper is AA/EEO employer.
People of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Riverkeeper is New York’s premiere water quality advocate. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic organization experiencing significant growth. Over the last five years the organizational budget has grown by 65% due in large part to its major gifts program. The Major Gifts Officer/Director will be essential to building this program and establishing new relationships.
The Major Gifts Officer/Director will be a frontline fundraiser, primarily responsible for the cultivation, stewardship and solicitation of Riverkeeper’s major donor portfolio, driving the effort to secure gifts at the $5,000+ level from individuals and family foundations, to help reach a current annual goal of $1.5 million. This position will develop and implement strategies for identifying and major gift prospects, cultivating donors and prospects, and maximizing gifts. The Officer/Director will also identify and develop strategies for candidates for the Board of Directors and other leadership opportunities, including the Advisory Board, Junior Council and the recently formed Leadership Council. The Officer/Director will assist with special events, including conception, planning and implementing strategic donor cultivation events and assisting with fundraising and logistics for the annual benefit and other events as needed.
Responsibilities include the following:
In addition to possessing these qualifications, the ideal candidate will be creative, organized, strategic and collegial. He/she must be a self-starter with a sense of urgency and a bias toward execution. Must have long-range planning skills and the ability to be flexible and open to new ideas, as well as the ability to function at peak in a fast-paced environment. A sense of humor and positive attitude are essential.
Hours and Compensation:
This position is fulltime at 40 hours per week with full benefits. Salary and title is commensurate with experience.
Location: Riverkeeper is located in Ossining, New York, on Metro-North train line.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter, salary history, writing sample and resume to Elizabeth Allee at email@example.com with “Major Gifts Officer/Director” as the subject line. No phone calls please.
Riverkeeper is AA/EEO employer.
Women, people of color and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Legal Internship Positions
Riverkeeper’s Legal Program is seeking summer 2017 legal interns to work in our offices in either Ossining or White Plains, New York. Our legal interns are involved in every aspect of our program and gain hands-on experience conducting legal research and drafting legal documents, participating in legislative and administrative advocacy, reviewing proposed development projects, and investigating pollution reports. Legal interns participate in weekly team meetings and case review sessions, and may also attend meetings and public hearings with government agencies, elected officials, and local community groups. While specific beginning and end dates are flexible, the term of the internship is ten weeks.
Riverkeeper welcomes applications from first and second year law students. We seek independent and motivated students with a commitment to environmental protection and an ability to handle a diverse caseload. Familiarity with environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act and the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act is a plus, as is a background in science or environmental policy. Strong research and writing skills and organized work habits are a must.
How To Apply
Applications will be accepted, and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, unedited writing sample, and names and contact information for 2 references to:
Abigail Jones, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please write “Summer 2017 Legal Program Internship Application” in the subject line. No calls please.