Program Manager Job Description




The Illinois River Watershed Partnership (IRWP) is seeking a dedicated and conservation-minded individual to fulfill the role of Program Manager. The mission of IRWP is to improve the integrity of the Illinois River through education, monitoring, and implementation of conservation and restoration projects. This position will be responsible for fulfilling the education and monitoring focus areas of the mission. This position will be responsible for educating a wide variety of individuals, from children to adults and from conservationists to business professionals. Someone who is dynamic, adaptable, and self-directed will be the key to success for this position.


Monitoring Programming Responsibilities:

  • Lead implementation of a volunteer Stream Team monitoring program by recruiting volunteer teams and ensuring volunteers follow appropriate sampling protocol.
  • Responsible for designing and implementing water quality monitoring studies.
  • Familiar with field methods of evaluating water chemistry, habitat assessment, and ecological assessment.


Education Programming Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that IRWP's suite of educational and outreach opportunities are thoughtful and strategic, and that they help community members move from awareness and appreciation to knowledge and action.
  • Experience coordinating education programming for large groups of students and leading education activities that align with current math and science standards.
  • Developing and implementing youth summer education programming focused on volunteerism and natural resource stewardship.


IRWP Operations and Maintenance Responsibilities:

  • As needed, willingness to assist with operations and maintenance requirements of Learning Center and Watershed Sanctuary.
  • Develop communication tools including e-newsletters, IRWP website, and social media.
  • Assist Executive Director with solicitation of funding for education and monitoring programs, including grants and corporate and major donor outreach.


Professional skills

  • Ability to keep projects on-time, on-budget, and in-line with deliverables as outlined to grantors and sponsors.
  • Demonstrated written skills in the form of published primary journal articles or grant proposals.
  • Strong commitment to professional standards and ethical behavior.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at once.
  • Must be comfortable presenting with public speaking and have excellent presentation skills.
  • Intermediate to expert experience in MS Office Suite.
  • Ability to work on occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience managing interns and volunteers.



The Coordinator will preferably have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of three years’ work experience in the areas of non-profit, conservation, or water quality research.  

If you are interested in applying or need more information, please contact Nicole Hardiman at