Friends of the Cheat Seeks Restoration Program Manager


February 23, 2015

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 (  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 Restoration Program Manager oversees all aspects of restoration projects and programs at Friends of the Cheat.  Responsibilities include program development, project management, field work, data management and analysis, organizational management and employee supervision.  The position manages complex projects spanning multiple years requiring time management and task prioritization skills as well as the ability to adaptively manage problems and setbacks.  Excellent organizational and communication skills are essential to the position.  The position requires proficiency in Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Adobe Acrobat Professional, Google Apps, WordPress, and ESRI ArcGIS products.  The Restoration Program Manager is supervised by the Executive Director.  Some training will be provided.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. or Masters degree in science, engineering, or related degree, stream monitoring/field work experience, and project management experience. 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, experience with procurement of contractors and contract management, budgeting and grant management experience and excellent oral and written communication skills. 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: Full time salaried position ($30,000 – $39,000) with paid holidays, 15 paid personal days, and flexible work schedule; health insurance; company vehicle available for travel and field work; smart phone, tablet, new computers and updated productivity software provided. Anticipated start in May, date is negotiable. Limited funds may be available for partial reimbursement of relocation expenses.  Self-directed professional development is expected and supported. Potential exists for promotion and hiring of program assistant. 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 Kevin Ryan (kevin at before April 3rd 2015 for full consideration.  E-mail subject line should read “Program Manager Application”. For more information about Friends of the Cheat, visit

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