RiverWatch Director & Stream Ecologist

Posting Number 20110480
Job Title RiverWatch Director & Stream Ecologist (Pending Budget Approval)
Grade RD-Assoc. Director
Classification Management Staff
FLSA Exempt
Rate of Pay $58,767/Commensurate with experience
Type of Position Full-Time
Organizational Unit NGRREC-Environmental Education
Position Reports To (Title) Dean, Career Programs

Purpose of Position:

The RiverWatch Director & Stream Ecologist leads citizen science/community-based research conducted at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, including overseeing the RiverWatch Citizen Science program. This includes management of the citizen scientist training program, supervision of paid staff and volunteers, development of original research on stream ecology and citizen science, and dissemination of study results to both the public and scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The following are duties that are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required or assigned.

RiverWatch duties are as follows (approximately 65% of position):

  • Facilitate the RiverWatch program, overseeing the collection of stream /water quality data for use in determining biological trends for Illinois streams using volunteers.
  • Manage the RiverWatch training program and supervise trainers who teach and certify volunteers as Citizen Scientists.
  • Compile and analyze data from the RiverWatch Program for biological trends and significance, and maintain and monitor usage of the RiverWatch database.
  • Coordinate the financial elements of the program and maintain financial records.
  • Direct and oversee the work of the volunteer coordinator, contractual employees, and volunteers.
  • Collaborate with local, state and federal government, academic institutions, nonprofits, and citizen groups to foster data sharing and facilitate projects and outreach activities related to water quality monitoring.
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure that professionals such as scientists, water quality professionals, community leaders, and those with local, state and federal government, academic, and nonprofit institutions use RiverWatch data to assist in watershed planning, and water quality research and policy.
  • Produce or oversee the production of RiverWatch publications including quality assurance reports, annual reports and outreach products.
  • Research responsibilities are as follows (approximately 35% of position):
  • Develop original research on stream ecology focusing on small streams and producing high-quality science that can potentially impact river management and policy
  • Conduct research on the process of doing citizen science using data from the RiverWatch program and/or data from other sources
  • Seek external collaborations and funding opportunities to support research efforts
  • Produce peer-reviewed publications in respected journals as well as translate research results to the wider public
  • Collaborate with other academics, government agencies, and community organizations working on small streams in the region
  • Conduct presentations at regional, state, and national conferences, symposia or other special interest meetings and general public events

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


  • PhD in aquatic resources, stream ecology or other related field
  • Strong quantitative and data management skills
  • Evidence of ability to collaborate with researchers from other disciplines and agencies
  • Experience in small streams and watersheds, water quality standards, sampling procedures, and aquatic macroinvertebrates.
  • Highly motivated, creative, organized, experienced individual who wants to work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Experience in community-based outreach education with one to three years teaching in formal or non-formal environment is highly desired.
  • Experience with project and personnel management.
  • Excellent writing, presentations, and public relations skills.
  • Proven grant writing and fundraising experience.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Must exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of programs and plans.
  • Requires occasional statewide travel. Must be willing to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds.
  • Proficiency in the use of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, statistical programs, and willingness to learn new computer applications.
  • Experience using relational database software such as Microsoft Access and MySQL.
  • Proficiency with statistical analysis for scientific reporting.
  • Familiarity with ArcMap geospatial analysis procedures.

Work Hours Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30 , Some Evenings , Some Weekends
Open Date 08/22/2019
Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Valid Driver’s License Required
Begin review of applicants on October 1, 2019

EEO Statement:

Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.


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