Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA)

We work to protect, restore, and enhance the Charles River and its watershed using science, advocacy, and the law by developing science-based strategies to increase resilience, protect public health, and promote environmental equity as we face a changing climate, together.

Job Description


The Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator manages CRWA’s hundreds of volunteers, engaging them in participatory science and hands-on clean up and restoration across the watershed. They are a critical member of CRWA’s science and outreach teams, engaging with watershed residents to advance CRWA’s mission. The Coordinator reports to the River Science & Restoration Program Manager and works closely with the programs and communications staff. The Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator is CRWA’s lead for the Annual Charles River Earth Day Cleanup event, one of the largest one-day clean-up events in the country! They will also be a vital part of CRWA’s communications team, coordinating social media and organizing community events.

  • Engage current CRWA volunteers through clear, direct communication, and continually recruit new volunteers
  • Train volunteers for participatory science programs
  • Lead CRWA’s Annual Earth Day Cleanup event
  • Celebrate volunteer success through continuous engagement, appreciation events, and other initiatives
  • Coordinate and lead invasive species removal events with corporate teams and community members in local conservation areas
  • Coordinate CRWA’s education program, managing requests and coordinating opportunities, and representing CRWA at community or school events 
  • Coordinate communications and outreach for River Science & Education programs, including updating social media, sending newsletters, creating flyers, editing website pages, responding to public inquiries, and organizing events
  • Assist with other CRWA communications and outreach activities 
  • Conduct work in accordance with CRWA’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Provide documentation for volunteer event sponsorships, grant reports, CRWA’s annual report, volunteer waivers and participant forms, etc. 
  • Other administrative duties as needed

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for communicating with the public about CRWA’s mission
  • Ability to effectively engage volunteers and residents to advance CRWA’s work
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, anticipate project/event needs, and problem-solve when challenges arise
  • Previous experience managing volunteers or as a volunteer
  • Educational background and/or work experience in the environmental field is helpful but not required
  • Comfortable conducting work in the outdoors under all weather conditions
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people from all backgrounds; multilingual is a plus
  • Demonstrated high level of courtesy, tact, and professionalism
  • Commitment to CRWA’s mission
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as needed
  • This position requires regular travel to and from CRWA's Newton field office and throughout the Charles River watershed; therefore, a valid driver's license and reliable access to a personal vehicle is necessary to perform the critical functions of this role

At CRWA, we recognize that excellent candidates may not have every qualification listed but may still be a great fit for the job. If this is you, we encourage you to apply! 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume by email no later than November 30, 2023 to hiring@crwa.org and include “Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Candidates will be interviewed and selected based on criteria such as prior experience and skills relevant to this position.

This is a full-time position based in Boston with competitive salary and benefits, including generous paid time off, employer contributions to health insurance premiums and retirement plan, and a public transit stipend. CRWA’s office operates on a hybrid remote/in-person schedule. Starting salary for this position is $50,000 annually.

CRWA uses science, advocacy, and the law to protect, preserve, and enhance the Charles River and its watershed. CRWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, protected veteran status, disability, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, or other bases protected by law. CRWA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its hiring, workplace, and work. Individuals with backgrounds underrepresented in the environmental advocacy field are particularly encouraged to apply.