Riverkeeper Assistant

Job Information


Winyah Rivers Alliance (WRA) has a long history in the preservation of our local rivers and watersheds through our licensed Riverkeepers®. We have been advocating, protecting and monitoring clean water in the Greater Winyah Bay Watershed since 2001. We have 400 members, 11 board members and a staff of 6.
Our mission is to protect, preserve, monitor and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed. WRA accomplishes its mission by:

  • Protecting, monitoring and advocating for clean water.
  • Building and sustaining relationships with our volunteers, members and donors.
  • Building a strong organizational foundation.
  • Creating a workplace culture that represents our mission and vision.
  • Transforming our community to understand the importance of clean water.
    This position collaborates with our Lumber RIVERKEEPER® and Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER® to implement community education, water quality monitoring, and advocacy programs to protect clean water and healthy communities in the rivers, tributaries and wetlands of the Lumber River Basin.

Primary function of the role:
The role is a full-time, salaried position and will support additional RIVERKEEPER® education and advocacy efforts in North Carolina.
A key responsibility is conducting field and laboratory work to investigate water quality, including the launch of a Lumber River volunteer water quality monitoring program.


Duties include:

  • Build and maintain a collaborative relationship with UNC – Pembroke faculty, staff and students to support volunteerism and program goals
  • Volunteer recruitment and training, including developing training materials
  • Maintain water monitoring equipment and supplies, ensuring the integrity of data and establishing the Lumber River Water Quality Data Management System (cloud based system accessible by volunteers and the public)
  • Conduct water monitoring field work for volunteer monitoring and other projects (e.g., Swim Guide, NC Pure Farms Pure Waters Campaign)
  • Provide data reports to stakeholders
  • Present at public meetings and events to encourage community involvement
  • Maintain relationships with volunteers, community associations, academic institutions, and nonprofit and government partners.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Riverkeeper® Assistant
Location: Southern NC and Northern SC
Full Time- Exempt
Posted December 15, 2021

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a science discipline or related field. Prefer a familiarity with water quality monitoring protocols, data collection, and reporting. Knowledge of the Lumber River Basin and issues affecting its health a preference. Must possess a strong environmental ethic.
  2. Ability to work independently and as part of a team and manage multiple priorities. Ability to supervise volunteers and encourage their growth. Ability to work with diverse groups and liaise with the scientific community, government agencies, conservation groups, and the public (both residents and visitors). Excellent communication and ability to interact with and understand an audience. Flexibility is essential to success in this position.
  3. Ability to comprehend and interpret environmental protection rules and regulations and to learn technologies required for water quality monitoring and surveillance.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to motivate citizens. Ability to prepare and present public statements. Proficiency using typical office software (e.g., MS Office suite, Google) and standard office equipment knowledge (phone, fax, copier, scanner, voice mail, email).
  5. Must have reliable transportation.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should send a resume along with salary requirements to:
Tina Christensen, Executive Director
Winyah Rivers Alliance
PO Box 554
Conway, SC 29528
(843) 349-4007
*Email is preferred method for all candidate inquiries and for receiving resumes.

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