We say we want the Coastal Watershed Council to be the best place to work. Not the best nonprofit – the very best place to work. We’re investing in our staff through quarterly all-day strategy sessions and team-building fun days, we offer competitive wages and benefits, each staff member has a specific professional development plan and budget, which now includes travel funds for out of town conferences if applicable, all staff enjoy a flex work schedule and we repeatedly revisit how we can have the most challenging and productive conversations with one another and the community, so that our efforts are advancing placemaking efforts along the Santa Cruz Riverwalk and a healthier San Lorenzo River surrounded by safe and inviting parks.

More importantly, we care about one another and find ways to show it. The world needs more of that. Santa Cruz needs more of that. We all do. And most importantly, we offer a place to work that is changing how this community interacts with the river. We’re the only organization that wakes up every day with the sole purpose of improving the river ecosystem and the experience that humans have while experiencing nature at the San Lorenzo.

Santa Cruz is changing. Downtown, particularly, is changing. For decades this community has turned its backs on the river, but that’s changing. There will be development along the river. CWC’s job is to make sure that the river’s health improves as downtown changes, to shape and mold those efforts for the betterment of the river ecosystem.

We’re bringing youth to the river, giving them a break from screen time so they can build their own emotional connection to nature. They find their voice, identify what matters most to them and they take action to improve the river, earning a Watershed Ranger badge that they’re proud of. The CWC education team will swear in 2,500 Watershed Rangers this academic year alone. Those kids, and their families, along with community volunteers, clubs and local businesses, also volunteer at the river to pull invasive weeds, plant native species and measure and improve water quality. CWC is doing the right stuff at the river – and now we want to do even more of it. We want the community to feel what a thriving urban riverfront can do to our town. You can be a part of that effort as our Development and Communications Manager.

We’re recruiting for this new role, which we call the DCM, until October 31, with a start date of early January. We’re looking for someone who can see the forest and the trees, meaning our big picture while also paying close attention to detail. We want a strategic thinker and a strong writer and communicator. The DCM will own all communications for CWC and they’ll be in charge of general donations this community generously gifts to support the river. They’ll assist with grantwriting too. And for major gifts, which we define as over $1,000, the DCM will support Executive Director Greg Pepping in involving those generous donors in the work and growing that base of support.

Help the river by helping us recruit the right person to join this dynamic team. Maybe it’s you, or your coworker or family member. Please help them find the job description on our website and encourage them to apply. It just might be the most rewarding job they ever have. It’s true for us and we look forward to welcoming another colleague on this journey. Thank you in advance!

Job Description and Application Instructions

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis and due no later than Thursday, October 31, 2019. Submit your application via email to Greg Pepping, Executive Director at gpepping@coastal-watershed.org. Please include: “DCM” in the subject line of your email and attach a cover letter and your resume. Thanks for your interest in transforming the river!

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