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Current Job Openings:

Water Program Associate

Freshwater Future
Application Deadline(s): Position open until filled.

General Job Requirements:

  • Participate and assist with Freshwater Future staff meetings and events.
  • Attend board meetings as appropriate.
  • Assist with organizational planning.


The Program Associate will have excellent interpersonal skills preferably with a Bachelor’s Degree, nonprofit or advocacy background, excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent computer skills in MS programs including databases, spreadsheets, and word processing; and experience with program implementation. The position requires excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently and a commitment to equity and inclusion. Travel is required. Some nights and weekends required. Freshwater Future is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $32,000.00 – $35,000.00 per year

Click here to apply and view full job description.

Quality Control Chemist
Job Description

Freshwater Future is working to ensure the healthy future of our waters in the Great Lakes region. We do this by encouraging policy enforcement and accountability through community action; developing tactical responses to community needs and emerging issues; and synthesizing common concerns into strategic policy solutions. Through these efforts we work with over 2,000 grassroots watershed groups and 15,000 residents to protect and restore the drinking water, ground water, rivers, lakes and wetlands in their communities. The Quality Control Chemist plays a vital role in the achievement of these goals.

Role of the Quality Control Chemist Coordinator:

Implement lab analysis and documentation for our PFAS and lead in water testing programs and help to ensure communications to clients are accurate and understandable.


  • Execute EPA Method 537 Rev. 1.1 for PFAS- and EPA Method 200.7 for metals quantitationMaintain proficiency in EPA Method 537 Rev 1.1, EPA Method 200.7
  • Assist in non-radioactive and biological testing, prepare and maintain QC records and summaries,
    participate in proficiency testing
  • Modify and validate analytical procedures to meet project needs and performance goals (e.g.,
    LOD, analyte list)
  • Support design and development of experimental protocols, SOP’s, etc., consistent with
  • Adapt, maintain and operate analytical instrumentation
  • Execute special projects on analytical and instrument problem solving
  • Direct procedure review and propose modifications and updates
  • Ensure work environment is clean and safe complying with safety regulation
  • Report monthly on supplies for lab orders involving devices, reagents, and QC/PT materials
  • Represent the organization at events, which may include some travel throughout the Great Lakes
  • Skills and Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or environmental chemistry, students pursuing graduate degrees are encouraged to apply
  • Experience managing all parts of lab process
  • Familiarity with LC/MS and ICP-MS, preferred

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: The University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, Michigan, (

Housing may be available at the UM Biological Station during summer months.

Salary:$32,000 to $36,000, negotiable based on experience, plus generous benefits. Please apply on Indeed by submitting a resume and cover letter

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