Water Quality Program Manager

Job Information

  • Location: Bynum, North Carolina
  • Close Date: 11/30/2023
  • Hiring Organization: Haw River Assembly
  • Contact Name: Emily Sutton
  • Contact Email: emily@hawriver.org
  • Job Website


Haw River Assembly is seeking to fill a full time position as our Water Quality Program Manager.

The Haw River Water Quality Program Manager is responsible for collecting samples for targeted research and pollution concerns. This role also includes coordinating with other staff to manage volunteer stream survey programs. This person will work with the Haw Riverkeeper and Executive Director to create a sample design plan for the following parameters:

  • Swim Guide and follow up investigations for E.coli exceedances
  • Microplastics
  • Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Industrial Contaminants: per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and 1,4-dioxane
  • Fecal bacteria
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Sediment from Construction Stormwater
  • Nutrients from Post-Construction Stormwater

This position will also include managing data and using our existing tools to display the data in a visual map for the general public, and submitting the data to state agencies annually. This annual data submission will also be used to create a State of the Haw annual report.


This person will be working with the Haw Riverkeeper to create sample designs, collect and manage water quality data, produce, display, and present reports, and prepare data for state and federal water quality standards. This role will include leading, instructing, and coordinating volunteers collecting stream health information for our River Watch program. This person must be able to learn and adhere to laboratory safety rules and practices, and learn and apply the established principles and methods used in water sample collection, handling and transport. This position requires independent work, without close supervision. This person will be expected to perform basic field analyses, through the use of various portable, computerized analytical instruments.


  • Previous experience in water sample collection
  • Experience in macroinvertebrate identification
  • Attention to detail
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS
  • Proficiency in Excel
  • Drivers license and reliable transportation
  • Lives within the Haw River watershed


This position is a full time, salaried 40 hour per week position. The salary range is $45k – $60k depending on experience. Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate. Haw River Assembly offers a health stipend for full time employees of $250 per month and employees are eligible for matching pension payments after 2 years. Haw River Assembly places the highest value on its employees and employee retention and is committed to continuously building on our collaborative and flexible workplace environment. We value a healthy work-life balance and offer opportunities for staff development. The position has flexible hours with hybrid work/office time.

Application Instructions

Equal Employment Opportunity
Haw River Assembly is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace where we learn and work together to protect our waters and the environment. We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds in the environmental movement to apply.

If you are interested in this position and meet a majority of the essential qualifications, please send a cover letter and resume in PDF format to emily@hawriver.org, with the subject line “(YOUR LAST NAME), Water Quality Program Manager.” If your materials indicate a potential match for our requirements, we will contact you for an interview. Position open until filled; interviews will be scheduled as early as October 1, 2023 with an anticipated start date the first week in December 2023

About Haw River Assembly

Haw River Assembly (HRA) is a grassroots non-profit organization that has worked as an advocate for clean water for 40 years, protecting the Haw River and Jordan Lake.

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