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Environmental Job and Intern Opportunities

The Council is currently hiring for several positions. Resumes, cover letters and writing samples for all positions may be sent to Executive Director Ralph Rosenberg at Rosenberg [at] iaenvironment [dot] org. No phone calls please.

Position Title: Bookkeeper/Office Manager
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Permanent part-time position, 20-25 hours/week (somewhat flexible hours)

Qualifications and desirable qualities
• Required experience with Quick Books
• Required experience with databases
• Experience within office administration, and/or budget and finance field.
• Strong analytical, verbal and written communication and computer skills
• Associate or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred.

Position responsibilities
• Manage bookkeeping and office responsibilities including staff payroll, financial accounting, financial reporting, benefit records, postal mail, telephone, processing deposits, scheduling, office supplies, and vendor relationships.
• Accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly journal entries and financials, payroll, benefits administration
• Develop and maintain positive relations with individual members on behalf of Council including written materials, electronic communications, and telephone calls.
• Help oversee/manage office technology including telephone, fax, copier and computer systems.
• Assist with event and meeting planning
• Other duties as assigned

Compensation and benefits
• Flexible schedule
• Pro-rated vacation, holidays and sick leave

How to Apply: Email: Ralph Rosenberg. Rosenberg[at]iaenvironment[dot]org
Please provide:
• Resume-attached in PDF format.
• Cover letter.


Position title: Water Program Assistant
Reports to: Executive Director
Status: Part-time or full time –depending upon grant award
Start date: On a part-time basis-as early as April.

Scope of Responsibility
The Program Assistant works with the Water Program Director to ensure the adoption and implementation of appropriate rules, legislation and voluntary actions to meet water quality standards and to ensure the health and safety of Iowa’s water resources. The position initially will focus on water, but may expand to include work on water-related climate change and landscape resiliency issues.

Qualifications and desirable qualities
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (environmental studies, biology, chemistry)
• Strong organizational skills; ability to manage multiple projects without losing sight of the “big picture”
• Excellent communication skills; proven ability to write and speak in a clear and compelling fashion
• Strong analytical skills
• Self-motivation and initiative
• An eagerness to work collaboratively in a dynamic team environment
• A passion for the Council’s mission

• J.D. and/or legal work experience with emphases on environmental law, administrative law, land use, and/or natural resources
• Prior related work experience in water policy development, advocacy or other
• Prior related work experience in wetland protection, restoration, ecology, or other
• Existing relationships with state agencies, conservation groups, businesses, or other interest groups
• Experience working in a non-profit setting with a mission-driven staff and board
• Flexible daytime schedule to attend meetings and other events as needed
• A sense of humor

Position Responsibilities
• Review Clean Water permits such as NPDES permits for wastewater, storm water, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), and Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) for wetland dredge and fill (Section 404) permits and state 401 certifications; and prepare draft permit comments. Possible work on wetlands.
• Review state water quality enforcement and compliance issues and make recommendations for Council action.
• Assist with Clean Water Act regulatory issues including permit challenges and other forms of litigation.
• Review agency-proposed water program rules and draft rule comments.
• Write educational materials on issues of concern to the public and our members for use on website, Council communications, newsletters, and other communications.
• Represent the Council at agency, legislative, public and stakeholder meetings.

Compensation: TBD-based on experience level

How to Apply: Email: Ralph Rosenberg. Rosenberg[at]iaenvironment[dot]org
Please provide:
• Resume-attached in PDF format.
• Cover letter.


Beginning in January 2013, the Iowa Environmental Council shares job listings from our coalition of member and cooperator organizations on our blog.

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