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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.

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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
Required:
• 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

Desirable:
• 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.

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Position title: Summer law intern
Reports to: Executive Director
Duration: Summer 2015 - start and end dates may be negioated

Qualifications and desirable qualities
Required:
• Completed or currently enrolled in law classes associated with environmental law and including in-depth work on federal clean water act and exposure to state responsibilities.
• 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

Desirable:
• Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (environmental studies, biology, chemistry)

Position responsibilities
1. Review state water quality enforcement and compliance issues and make recommendations for Council action. Research examples of non-compliance/possible violations

• Step 1 - generate a list of facilities to investigate (based on size, type of industry, past bad behavior, etc.).
• Step 2 -- review inspection reports, discharge monitoring reports, etc.

2. Research how states with EPA-administered Clean Water Act programs implement anti-degradation. Compare state run with EPA run programs.

• Find out how they implement narrative standards.
• Find out which states are run by EPA.
• Find out how the economic efficiency evaluation is conducted in those states.

3. 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. (would particularly require summer long commitment)

4. Assist with Clean Water Act regulatory issues including permit challenges.

5. Review agency-proposed water program rules and draft rule comments.

6. UAA (use assessments) rulemaking petition (with guidance from other non-profits)

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

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Position title: Water quality research intern
Reports to: Agricultural Policy Specialist
Duration: Summer 2015 - start and end dates may be negioated

Position description
This full-time temporary internship, from approximately June - August 2015, will provide an excellent opportunity for the candidate to develop professional, transferable skills working for Iowa's leading environmental coalition. As a non-profit organization, the Council is unable to provide a salary to interns; however, we are offering the candidate the opportunity to work in a policy arena that is urgent, highly controversial and very important: water quality in Iowa, the Mississippi River Basin and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico.

Jennifer Terry, the Council's agriculture policy specialist, will be available on a daily basis to collaborate with the candidate, assign projects, answer questions, and provide feedback to the candidate.

Qualifications and desirable qualities
• Grade level: Completion of at least two years of undergraduate programs
• Exposure to land use policy research and writing
• Exposure to environmental studies
• Strong ability to write, assemble data, and present materials

Position responsibilities and outcomes
Expectations:
The candidate will work in a team environment with the Council’s staff to provide analysis of data, programs and policy including but not limited to these areas:
• Water quality monitoring frameworks being administered by USGS, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, University of Iowa Flood Center and others, as well as citizen access to that data
• Agency contracts issued by Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
• State budget appropriations reports
• Comparison of Iowa’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy to other states’ strategies

The candidate will also:
• Interview stakeholders as necessary to gain supplemental information
• Attend agency and governmental meetings as necessary to gain supplemental information
• Present information orally and in writing at staff meetings as requested
• Researching policies/drafting memo on nonpoint source ..
• Assist in data collection/analysis /

Outcomes:
• Synthesize the information gathered from analysis, interviews, attendance at meetings; and use the information to draft brief policy papers, internal memoranda, reports for both internal and external use;
• Meet with Council staff as necessary to inform and educate about the work the candidate is performing;
• Prepare an “exit” summary report of the work accomplished over the summer lessons learned from the experience.

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

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

We welcome submissions for jobs, interns, and long-term volunteer opportunities from our member and cooperating organizations. Do you represent one of these organizations? Send your opportunity to iecmail@iaenvironment.org.