Positions Offered


Friends of the Cheat seeks Monitoring Coordinator

Position Summary: Friends of the Cheat is a nonprofit watershed association in Preston County, West Virginia working to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed since 1995 (www.cheat.org).  In recent years, the organization has grown to a staff of 9 with active volunteer groups and diverse partners in government agencies, academic institutions, and a variety of business and non-profit stakeholders.

The monitoring coordinator manages all aspects of water quality monitoring, and participates in some project management and organizational development at Friends of the Cheat. Responsibilities include volunteer coordination, program development, project management, field work, data management and analysis, education and outreach.  The Monitoring Coordinator is supervised by the Restoration Program Manager.  Some training will be provided.

Qualifications: Knowledge of chemistry, acid mine drainage, water quality, field instruments and environmental issues is preferred. Other desired skills include proficiency in MS Office productivity software (especially Excel and Access), experience with ArcGIS and Google Earth. The ideal candidates will be highly motivated, well organized, able to work independently, enjoy being outside, working in a team atmosphere, and have a strong desire to contribute to the organization’s mission. A valid driver’s license is required.  FOC will review applicant DMV records.

Details: The position will be full-time temporary for a 1 year period with potential for extension dependent on grant funding.  $24,000 – $29,000 annual salary with paid holidays, 15 paid personal days, and flexible work schedule; health insurance; company vehicle available for travel and field work. Self-directed professional development is expected and supported. Opportunity to work in a fast-pace energetic team setting. Area has excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation: hiking, biking, paddling, fishing.

Application: E-mail cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to David Petry (david@cheat.org).  E-mail subject line should read “Monitoring Coordinator Application”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Position is open until filled.  For more information about Friends of the Cheat, visit www.cheat.org.


Local Non-Profit Seeks Media Specialist

Friends of the Cheat, Inc., a non-profit, grassroots, watershed group based out of Kingwood, WV seeks a dynamic individual or team to take over the daily management, planning, and development of the organization’s web and print media, including the group’s two websites, blog, Facebook pages, print and electronic newsletter, e-mail communications, and special media associated with outreach and fundraising events and opportunities.

Required Competencies

Computer Software and Content Management Systems:  MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator (preferred but equivalents considered), WordPress, Google Services (Drive, Calendar, etc.)

Social Media Applications:  Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, MailChimp

Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Excellent organizational skills

Proven ability to meet and push others to meet deadlines


Experience with journalism, peer-editing, print material layout, and an eye for design are necessary for success.  The ability to work independently while staying connected to the FOC team is key in addition to understanding non-profits and the local social landscape.  Knowledge of water, conservation, recreation, and local and state issues is also very helpful.  Superior applicants will have vision for how the position can strategically support FOC programs and initiatives.

FOC offers this position as a fixed-price contract with hours projected at up to 350-400 annually.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume, list of 3 professional references, and a minimum of 3 work examples such as:  writing samples, links to websites designed and/or managed, print and/or web material from educational, marketing, or fundraising campaigns, photography, videos, other print or web media, and presentations.  Quality over quantity preferred.  Creative applications encouraged.  Electronic and hard-copy submissions (or a combination thereof) will be accepted until Wednesday, January 28th.

Send application materials to:

Friends of the Cheat, Amanda Pitzer, Executive Director  – Amanda@cheat.org

Get Involved