Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

Job and Grant Opportunities with Other Organizations

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Jobs and Fellowships

Climate-change Fellow Position

The Kresge Foundation
Application Deadline(s): March 11, 2020

The Climate Change Philanthropy Fellow will support the Environment Program in advancing its goal of helping cities implement comprehensive climate-resilience approaches grounded in equity. The fellow will gain experience and insight into institutional philanthropy, climate change policy and advocacy, community development and strategies to incorporate equity firmly in climate change work. This position provides a valuable career development opportunity for an emerging climate change professional as well as added capacity to the Environment Program to fulfill its ambitious goal.

The fellowship is a two-year appointment and is open to those who have completed a master’s degree in a field related to urban climate resilience, such as environmental studies, public health, public policy or urban planning. We are most interested in candidates whose education has included coursework on climate change mitigation and/or adaptation, urban systems and public policy, and who hold a deep commitment to both environmental work and racial equity.

View the full job description here.

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

Water Policy Center Director

UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences 
Application deadline(s): March 23, 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the School of Freshwater Sciences seek a highly motivated individual with a strong record of professional accomplishments in natural resource policy to serve as the Lynde B. Uihlein Endowed Chair and Director of the Center for Water Policy located within the School. The Director will be responsible for  building the capacity of the Center by forming collaborative initiatives to promote science-based, sustainable water policies within the Great Lakes region and beyond.
Ideal candidates should possess extensive leadership experience and a proven capacity to collaborate on policy issues across disciplines and with diverse stakeholders drawn from the education, government, nonprofit and private sectors.
A successful candidate is required to have the following qualifications:
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working toward resolving issues in natural resource policy
  • Bachelor’s degree (any field)
  • Demonstrated progressively successful leadership skills throughout career path; i.e. creating vision, change, and inspiration in current or previous roles
View the full job description here.

Conservation Resource Alliance

Project Manager/Biologist
Application deadline(s): February 17, 2020

CRA is a well-respected private nonprofit organization located in Traverse City, Michigan, with a
service area that spans 53 counties and 16 watersheds. For more than 50 years we have been
recognized as a leader in conservation, collaboration, and fundraising for on-the-ground projects
that benefit natural resources, communities, and future generations.

Application Process: Please provide a cover letter and resume by email to by close of business at 5 P.M. EST. on Monday, February 17, 2020. CRA will provide follow up to all candidates and if candidate is strongly considered may ask for a writing sample(s), references, transcripts and an invitation to the full CRA interview and presentation process.

View the full job description here.

Observing Technology Manager

The Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS) is searching for a self-motivated individual to lead coordination of its observing system programs and to engage with organizations throughout the region as an advisor on water monitoring technology and observing system assets. This is a full-time position based at the GLOS office in Ann Arbor, MI. The Observing Technology Manager will report to the Executive Director and work closely with other GLOS staff to facilitate connections between observing networks and data management and outreach activities. GLOS is a 501c3 non-profit organization established to support data collection, data management, and data sharing in the Great Lakes. GLOS is one of 11 regional nodes of a U.S. federal program, the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). IOOS is managed through NOAA, but made up of a partnership of 17 federal agencies with a mission to coordinate data on the oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

Please submit cover letter, resume and three references to Rebecca Pearson at by COB February 10, 2020. Annual salary is anticipated to fall with GS-9 and GS-11 grades consistent with the General Schedule for Ann Arbor, MI commensurate with education and experience. 

View the full job description here.

Delta Conservation District Administrative Assistant

Application Deadline:  Friday January 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Submit cover letter, resume, work history, educational background and work-related references to: Delta Conservation District, Attn. – CEO, 6822 Hwy. 2, 41 & M35, Gladstone, MI. 49837.  Applications can also be sent electronically to
The Delta Conservation District (located in Escanaba, Michigan) is seeking an administrative assistant / trainee to manager position.  The Conservation District is a local unit of state government, assisting landowners with conservation and management of natural resources on their private lands and the operation/management entity for Delta County Parks, campgrounds and timber-lands.

Interviews beginning week of February 3, 2020.

Position Description

Environmental Specialist

To apply or view additional information please visit the CSS website.

DEC and Great Lakes Research Consortium Announce $125,000 in Grants Available for Great Lakes Research in New York

Application(s) deadline: Friday, January 24, 2020

Funding Available for Projects that Support Protection and Restoration of Great Lakes

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Great Lakes Research Consortium today announced $125,000 in grants to support Great Lakes projects. The 2020 Great Lakes Research Consortium small grants program will provide up to $25,000 for projects that contribute to the protection and restoration of the health of New York’s Great Lakes and to ecosystem-based management.

To be eligible, funded projects must help to address one or more Great Lakes Action Agenda priority goals: persistent toxic substances; sediment, nutrients, and pathogens; invasive species; coastal resiliency; smart growth; recreation and tourism opportunities; energy; and how new and emerging technologies and uses can be applied to current and future Great Lakes issues. The projects supported earlier this year with the 2019 round of funding are working to increase shoreline resiliency in Wayne County; enhance wastewater treatment to reduce toxic substances; assess factors associated with methane gas release from Lake Ontario wetlands; address the impact of climate change on the processes that influence beach and shoreline erosion; and investigate the potential of invasive species to transfer mercury to fish. More details about the 2019 recipients can be found at the GLRC website.

Click Here to View the Full Grant Description.

Mott Foundation

Full-Time Position
Application deadline(s): Open until filled

It is an exciting time for us at the Mott Foundation, as the Environment team is building up our capacity and preparing for the future. We are seeking to fill three important roles:

  • Associate Program Officer, Addressing the Freshwater Challenge. Click here to learn more.
  • Program Officer, Transforming Development Finance.  Click here to learn more.
  • Associate Program Officer, Advancing Climate Change Solutions. Click here to learn more.

All of these positions provide important leadership and growth opportunities and will join the team based in Flint, MI.

Contact Cassie Scarano ( at Koya Leadership Partners for any questions.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Funding Opportunity for FY 2020 Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently accepting project proposals to protect, restore and enhance Great Lakes fish and wildlife habitat under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (Act). The Service requests interested entities to submit restoration, research and regional project proposals for the restoration of Great Lakes fish and wildlife resources, as authorized under the Act (16 USC 941c). The purpose of the Act is to provide assistance to states, tribes and other interested entities to encourage cooperative conservation, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes Basin. The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. EST.
A total of approximately $1.38 million is projected to support projects this fiscal year. Available funding and project awards are subject to final Congressional appropriations for fiscal year 2020. Project funding is available to support Great Lakes Basin restoration, research and regional projects. Local watershed associations, municipalities, tribes, states and non-governmental organizations are encouraged to apply.
The 2016 Re-authorization of the Act made significant additions to allowable sources of non-federal match as it relates to time period, and land and conservation easements. Click her to see more details for the full Notice of Funding Opportunity. Opportunity number is F20AS00027.
All project proposals will be compiled, reviewed and ranked by the Proposal Review Committee, and final funding decisions will be made by the Service in early to late summer of 2020.

HOW Coalition Director

The Healing Our Waters Director is responsible for directing a multi-million dollar ($1.5 million annual), multi-organization campaign to advocate for federal programs and policies that protect and restore the Great Lakes. The director’s responsibilities include designing a campaign strategy; building and maintaining a broad coalition; coordinating and following the directives of a Governance Board; coordinating media, field, and policy activities by dozens of organizations; fostering relationships with key funders and decision makers; managing campaign staff; and managing a multi-organizational budget. See the job posting here.

Environmental Technologist

Consolidated Safety Services, Inc. (CSS)

Learn more and apply here.

Prairie Rivers Network

Executive Director

The organization seeks an Executive Director to lead, mentor, and empower a qualified and committed staff to achieve the conservation goals of the organization; communicate an inspirational vision for river conservation; develop and foster strong organizational partnerships; develop and implement a fundraising plan that cultivates and builds strong relationships with donors and foundations; and work effectively with and leverage the skills of a dedicated board.

Learn more and apply here.

Wisconsin Sea Grant

Outreach Program Manager – Lake Superior Field Office

The University of Wisconsin Aquatic Sciences Center is hiring an outreach program manager at its Sea Grant Field Office based in Superior, Wisconsin. The Center administers the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute and the Wisconsin Water Resources Institute, which support multidisciplinary research, education and outreach for the protection and sustainable use of Wisconsin’s water resources. This academic staff position will be responsible for providing coastal stakeholders with outreach and applied research related to the Wisconsin Sea Grant mission. Emphasis in a discipline relevant to coastal engineering, ecosystem management or environmental economics is preferred.

Link to full job listing:

Clean Water for All Coalition


For more information and how to apply, click here.

Great Lakes Commission 

Help Desk Specialist, Part-Time
Application deadline(s): Open until filled

The Great Lakes Commission is looking for a customer service-oriented Help Desk Specialist to work up to 20 hours per week providing technical and troubleshooting assistance related to computer hardware and software, mobile devices and other tech tools and products. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates with an interest in pursuing a technical career to gain practical experience in a business environment. In this position, you will grow your knowledge of help desk procedures, and the use of Microsoft products and services. There will be an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with network software and hardware.

Read Description here.


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