Campaigns & Cases
Defend the Hudson:
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.
The Development Services Manager (DSM) will be an essential part of the Development team, managing and providing access to important donor information, and managing essential tools to help us deepen relationships with members, volunteers, and donors. The Development Services Manager reports to the VP of Development and will be responsible for the Development Services function within Riverkeeper to advance the efforts to build a growing base of support.
The DSM will manage and administer a Raiser’s Edge NXT database. Duties include but are not limited to developing and implementing best practices and protocols for data management and utility. Additionally, a key project for the DSM in 2017 will be to implement a RELO Integration between Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online, with reduction of duplicates, accurate constituent engagement histories, and streamlining of gift entry as driving initiatives for success.
The DSM will manage gift processing and information services for Riverkeeper, which include: data administration and management, querying the database, reporting and information retrieval, biographical records maintenance, and data analysis; and will partner across departments to implement a system to move donors and prospects through a cultivation pipeline that works with all facets of development, membership, outreach and accounting. The DSM will collaborate with other Development staff to manage acknowledgments, mailings, and event lists. There is significant interaction with Finance, Membership, Outreach and IT staff to maintain data and information flow across the organization.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Ideal Qualities and Characteristics
The ideal candidate will be pro-active, detail-oriented, reliable and flexible. Must be able to collaborate with other staff and keep abreast on new technology advancements that could aid in our fundraising efforts. S/ He will be innovative and entrepreneurial and must bring a level of excellence and best practices to the organization. The ability to meet deadlines, multi-task, troubleshoot software errors, train team-members, and work independently is a must.
Additional qualifications include:
Requires some availability beyond regular office hours for cultivation events on evenings and weekends. Must be able to work in close quarters, in an open workspace.
This position is fulltime at 40 hours per week with full benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Location: Riverkeeper is located in Ossining, New York, on Metro-North train line.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Beth Allee
at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Development Services Manager” as the subject line. No phone calls please.
Riverkeeper is an equal opportunity employer and provides opportunities to all employees and applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and military status.
Riverkeeper seeks a staff attorney for its Legal Program, reporting to the Legal Program Director. The Staff Attorney will expand Riverkeeper’s presence and effectiveness in the mid to upper Hudson River watershed and the New York City drinking water watershed through litigation, advocacy, public education, and public outreach in order to advance Riverkeeper’s policy goals of fishable, swimmable waterways. The position requires significant travel throughout the Hudson River Valley, and a commitment to attend meetings and appointments that may be outside of normal business hours.
Riverkeeper is looking for a qualified environmental litigator and advocate with an exceptional commitment to the environment and a strong academic and experiential-learning record.
All candidates must:
Candidates will be preferred who also have:
Compensation and Benefits
Competitive and commensurate with experience.
Please submit your résumé, cover letter and writing sample, not to exceed ten pages, to email@example.com. Please write STAFF ATTORNEY in the subject line. Phone calls will not be accepted.
Riverkeeper is AA/EEO employer.
People from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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.
Compensation & Benefits: Competitive; based on experience
Deadline to apply: Open
To Apply: Please submit your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and examples of your cases and / or campaigns and earned media to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.