Jobs & Internships

We currently have two positions open:  Interim Executive Director and Director of Operations and Projects.
Please see the following for more information.


Interim Executive Director

Job Description

Position Summary:  

The Interim Executive Director is the senior management leader of New River Conservancy. This position is responsible for the financial sustainability of the organization and oversees the administration, programs, and staff. Other key duties include budgeting, real estate/land trust operations, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Organization Summary: 

New River Conservancy (NRC) is an environmental non-profit organization, seeking to improve the health of North America’s oldest river through stream bank restoration projects, water quality assessment, land acquisition, river clean-ups, and policy advocacy.

The watershed encompasses  20-counties in three states: North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  NRC has offices in West Jefferson, NC and  Draper, VA.  NRC has staff residing in all three states, in full-time and part-time capacities.  In addition to our strong desire to protect our planet, our organization places a high value on team culture.  We work hard and also we are intentional to make our jobs enjoyable, with respect and support for one another.

NRC is an organization that is constantly evolving and embracing new solutions to protect the New River.  Thus, we are seeking an entrepreneurial and start-up mindset.  This position requires the ability to create and implement new ideas using a skilled level of critical thinking.  We embrace learning new technologies and value knowledge of industry standards.

Physical and other requirements: 

The job responsibilities include significant time spent throughout the three-state, 20-county watershed.  NRC owns two vehicles which are available for work travel.  NRC produces many events and programs, and thus evenings and weekend work is required. With this position, NRC also offers flex time in addition to a generous amount of paid time off (PTO).  Many events are held on the New River and its tributaries, including paddle trips (donor cultivation and fundraisers) and river clean-ups. We are seeking a team member who embraces a passion for the outdoors.

If you are an individual with a disability, we welcome your application and would be happy to discuss specifics with you.

General Responsibilities:  

1. Serve as the external face of the organization 

  • Enhances NRC’s reputation by being active and visible in the watershed community and by fostering and cultivating relationships with  government officials (elected and administrative), grant funders and government entities, donors, higher education institutions, national and state park administration and staff, and other non-profit organizations.

2. Board Governance: Works with the board to fulfill the organization mission.

  • Leads NRC in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Communicates effectively with the Board and provides, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Work with Board committees as determined as needed for the organization.

3. Financial Performance and Vitality

  • Manages the fiscal integrity of the organization, including preparing an annual budget, annual audit, and quarterly financial reports.   Additionally, works with our financial firm, Outfitters4, to ensure annual submission of 990 and charitable solicitation licenses for all three states, and works with insurance provider to ensure that all policies are adequate and maintained.
  • Executes the annual budget, maximizes use of all resources, and ensures the organization maintains a positive financial position.
  • Reviews and approves all contracts for services, as well as approval of accounts payables and tracking of accounts receivables.
  • Ensure that all insurance policies are adequate and maintained.
  • Maintains and assists staff in donor relations, including stewarding donor gifts appropriately.

4. Organization Operations – ensures the goals of the organization are met and in alignment with the mission of New River Conservancy.

  • Works with the board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
  • Oversight of the staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.  Supervises, collaborates, and supports the NRC’s staff.
  • Effectively administers NRC’s programs and operations, including execution of all contracts,  agreements, financial documents, and other legal instruments on behalf of the organization.
  • Manages the real estate and land trust operations of the organization.
  • Participates in essential outdoor river activities including river cleanups, riverbank restoration, project identification, fundraising events, and public and community outreach.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with five or more years senior nonprofit management experience.
  • Demonstrated success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence including funders, partner agencies and localities, and volunteers.
  • Must have genuine love for the outdoors and commitment to protecting our streams, river and wetland resources.
  • Able to spend time out of doors on the river and around the watershed.


  • Master’s degree and 10 or more years of nonprofit management experience.
  • Executive level experience with natural resource protection, conservation, or environmental action organization.
  • Demonstrated success in working with multi-state or community organizations and with diverse groups.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience. Must have excellent donor relations skills.
  • A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving fiscal results.
  • Understanding of current technology and software.

Benefits and Compensation 

Salary is commensurate with experience and length of appointment.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Catherine Cotrupi at


Director of Operations and Projects

Job description

New River Conservancy (NRC) is an environmental non-profit organization, seeking to improve the health of North America’s oldest river through stream bank restoration projects, water quality assessment, land acquisition, river clean-ups, and policy advocacy.  Our mission is to protect the waters, woodlands and wildlife of the New River Watershed.  We are seeking a new Director of Grants and Operations with experience with grant management, stream restoration and system operations.

The Director of Operations and Projects (DOP) will be the staff lead for grant funded restoration work with a focus on projects currently underway in the North Carolina High Country and in Southern Virginia.  They will develop and implement initiatives, programs, and projects that support and inform the environmental goals and objectives of the New River Conservancy and the New River watershed with a focus on monitoring, assessment and restoration in the North Carolina High Country and Southern Virginia.

This position is primarily grant-funded. Applicants must have the ability to write and manage grants.  They will direct development and implementation of habitat restoration projects, initiate development of grant funding applications and oversee implementation and administration of grant contracts.  The opportunity to grow the position based on additional grants procured is a distinct possibility.

The focus of this position is managing the grant-funded restoration work of the watershed, however, there will also be direct service to NRC  in the form of program support and planning that will be required.  Some of our ongoing projects can be found HERE.

NRC has a history of strong partnerships with higher education institutions, especially with Appalachian State University in North Carolina and Virginia Tech in Virginia.   Working with faculty and staff at nearby universities is common, to promote learning and leverage thought partners for restoration work.  There is also the opportunity to recruit college interns who would report to this position.

This position requires flexibility. NRC produces many events and programs, and thus evenings and weekend work will be required at times in order to support these. NRC offers flex time for these events, in addition to a generous amount of paid time off (PTO).

We are seeking a team member who embraces a passion for the New River and its environs, be an active participant in their community, and will serve the mission of the New River Conservancy.

Director of Operations and Projects

Salary: This is a salaried position, typically 37.5  hours weekly between the office hours of 8:30 am – 5:30 pm.  Some late evenings and weekends are required. Flex time will be provided to cover this.   This position requires field work and travel throughout the NC High Country and southern Virginia.  This is a hybrid remote/office/field position.

Reports to: Executive Director


  • Contribute to the fiscal vitality of NRC through managing grants and budget with a skilled sense of fiscal acumen.
  • Implement conservation and restoration efforts across the watershed.
  • Maintain relationships with stakeholders within ongoing projects.

Skills Required:

  • Proven grant writing and administration proficiency including grant reporting and budget skills needed for reimbursement of organization’s expenses; always maintain ethical standards; Use budget to leverage resources
  • Ability to negotiate contracts with contractors and external stakeholders; analyze contracts with attention to detail and understanding of obligations and potential liability incurred by the New River Conservancy
  • A high level of professionalism as a front-line staff in public-facing arenas such as tabling events
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including being skilled at public speaking with the ability to convey complicated restoration projects and procedures to non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Ability to manage staff and work collaboratively with staff, and be a team-player within the New River Conservancy organization

Skills Preferred:

  • Knowledge of stream restoration techniques, such as channel reshaping, in-stream habitat structures, and bank restoration, with an emphasis on Natural Stream Channel Design.
  • Knowledge of riparian restoration techniques, such as live staking and bare root planting.
  • Passion for stream ecology and/ or biology of the watershed

NRC Staff Duties:

  • Promotes NRC, its mission, and membership for NRC (e.g., work membership tables, ask people to become members, speak as an ambassador of NRC)
  • Attends and supports Annual Meeting held in Independence, VA
  • Attends bi-weekly staff meetings unless otherwise determined with the Executive Director
  • Conducts weekly or bi-weekly meetings with his/her supervisor as needed  Other duties as assigned including but not limited to:  tables at events, assistance with events, assistance with office mail; assistance with river clean-ups, assists with office organization; represents NRC at community-wide events
  • Actively seeks professional development opportunities and works to be an expert in the field
  • Provides communications in a timely manner to the Marketing & Communications Director so that publicity can be created (e.g., press releases, communication stories, grant announcements, project updates, watershed announcements, etc.)
  • Respond to emails, voicemails, and all administrative duties within the same work-week

Please send letter of interest and resume to Lisa Stansell-Galitz at