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Manager of Philanthropy


Position Description:   posted 1/23/2017

The Harpeth River Watershed Association seeks an outgoing, highly organized and savvy individual to work closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and program staff to manage and implement the organization’s philanthropic efforts and communications.

Reporting to the Executive Director, the position will be responsible for:

  • Managing individual donor, foundation, and corporate relationships, other than major donor relationships
  • Helping develop and implement new fundraising strategies that both expand donor support and the organization’s reach
  • Coordination of signature fundraising events including sponsorship and logistics
  • Managing and implementing membership fundraising campaigns and communications, including responsibility for the annual newsletter, web site, social media, and other fundraising materials
  • Forming and managing organizational committees and volunteers for donor and fundraising activities
  • Networking to promote the organization’s mission
  • Managing donor records with complete confidentiality



  • Bachelor’s degree or higher with 5+ years of experience in the nonprofit sector managing a combination of donor development, fundraising events, publicity, and outreach
  • Established ties and networks in middle Tennessee, particularly Williamson and Davidson Counties
  • Professional, detail-oriented, energetic and outgoing, and passionate about conservation
  • Excellent writing ability, and communication/public relations experience, that includes social media, website management, marketing, and design of donor outreach materials
  • Strong management abilities, and experience managing the financial aspects of fundraising
  • Excellent technology and computer skills including in-depth experience with DonorPerfect or similar donor management software, and familiarity with web design, and social media platforms a must
  • A team player with demonstrated experience in project management leadership with staff and volunteers.
  • Have an understanding of water quality, conservation, or environmental issues in general
  • Able and willing to work outside of the constraints of a standard work week, as required, including weekends and before and after scheduled hours

Terms: Full-time position with pay commensurate with experience. HRWA benefits include health care and generous paid-time-off.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: hrwa@harpethriver.org


Watershed Science and Restoration Program Manager

Position Description: Posted February 13, 2017

This position will develop and manage the watershed assessment program and river restoration programs, education efforts, projects related to watershed management and implementation, and field studies. This involves developing approaches that improve water quality, aquatic ecology, and overall watershed health.


  • Coordinating with expert organizational advisors to provide strategic direction for HRWA’s science based programs related to improving water quality and aquatic ecology and shape land use and management.
  • Identify and implement restoration priorities based on water quality assessments with an eye toward demonstration projects
  • Supervise and train restoration/water quality staff, interns, or volunteers
  • Establish and maintain relationships with county, state, and federal agencies, outside experts, community groups, and citizens
  • Plan and supervise both youth and adult environmental education efforts
  • Manage budgeting, grant writing, reporting, and communicating with funders and collaborative partners
  • Represent HRWA on relevant committees and at various conferences



  • MS in aquatic ecology, natural resource management, hydrology, environmental engineering, or other relevant field
  • 5 years related experience that includes project management, grant writing and management, fundraising, managing collaborative projects
  • Knowledge and experience with water quality issues, natural river ecology, land use management, water quality monitoring and data analysis, GIS software
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal laws, regulations, and permitting
  • Excellent people skills to relate to landowners, business, government and elected officials; work with and coordinate a wide range of people, work as part of a team and in coalitions, and work independently
  • Ability to be self-directed and driven to achieve initiatives on schedule
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills for a variety of audiences, and publications record on scientific and/or watershed, water quality, wildlife conservation policy related issues
  • Working relationships with local, state, and federal government entities in the region is strongly welcomed


Terms: Full-time position with pay commensurate with experience. HRWA benefits include health care and generous paid-time-off.

Please submit cover letter, resume, and references to: hrwa@harpethriver.org




We recruit interns every summer to assist us with many different aspects of our work. Interns help with conservation education programs, restoration projects, policy and advocacy issues, volunteer coordination, water quality monitoring, data entry, office tasks, research, and other programs and projects. Interns are typically college students or college graduates with academic and/or work experience in aquatic science and water resource management. If you are interested in our internship program, send a cover letter and resume to us at hrwa@harpethriver.org.

Desired Skills, Experience, and Qualifications for HRWA Internships:

  • A passion for clean water, healthy aquatic ecosystems, and aquatic life.
  • Coursework in environmental science, biology, sustainability, or other relevant courses.
  • Aquatic science, water resource management, and water resource policy coursework highly desired.
  • Work experience in aquatic science, water resource management, and water resource policy.
  • Water quality monitoring knowledge or work experience.
  • GIS and GPS training and/or experience.
  • Outgoing personality and willing to enthusiastically represent HRWA at public outreach events.
  • Team player who can work collaboratively with staff, interns, and external partners.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, eager to learn, and attention to detail.
  • Willing to work long hours in the outdoors, sometimes during difficult environmental conditions.
  • Willing to perform, at times tedious tasks in the office.
  • Physically fit and good swimmer.
  • Paddling experience in canoe and kayak.
  • Must be reliable and responsible with proven ability to work autonomously.
  • Social media savvy and web site design experience.
  • Drivers license and vehicle for travel throughout the watershed.



AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers Needs


Want to be the next member of our team? If you have a passion for clean water, aquatic wildlife, and community revitalization, then you're the person we're looking for!  AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers continue to help HRWA with a variety of programs and projects and in particular, with volunteer management, grant-writing, outreach efforts. VISTA volunteers help acquire funding to help ensure program sustainability, develop strategies for effective water resource education that enable local residents to help protect and improve water resources (particularly in low-income areas), and recruit volunteers to engage the community in water quality and conservation activities.

Not familiar with the AmeriCorps VISTA program? Click Here to find out more.

If you're interested in learning more about the next VISTA position that will be available, contact us at 615-790-9767 or hrwa@harpethriver.org