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Friends of the Verde River envisions a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our natural environment, vibrant communities, and quality of life for future generations.

Friends has an expansive range of programs which include habitat improvement, channel restoration, flow restoration, and sustainable river recreation while continuing to engage the community through outreach and volunteer programs.

One for the goals of Friends of the Verde River is to have an economic impact on our community. We do this by using local vendors and employing local people.

Current Employment Opportunities:

WATERSHED REPORT CARD SCIENTIST

OPEN POSITION: WATERSHED REPORT CARD SCIENTIST

Title: Watershed Report Card Project Scientist
Reports to: Program Director
Status: Exempt; Part-Time Regular

ORGANIZATION:

Friends of the Verde River is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works collaboratively for a healthy, flowing Verde River system. Friends envision a healthy, flowing Verde River and tributaries that support our unique environment, vibrant economy, and quality of life for future generations. Friends of the Verde River is a hybrid work organization.
In 2020, Friends of the Verde River, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, produced the first report card of the Verde Watershed in Arizona. This report card was designed to communicate science-based information to the public in the areas of water, habitat, and community. The report card also suggested a set of solutions for improving conditions in the watershed. The report card is due to be updated and released in 2025.

POSITION SUMMARY:

Friends of the Verde River is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a position in our Cottonwood, AZ, office. This part-time position will be responsible for producing the 2025 Verde Watershed Report Card. This individual will have strong analytical and relationship-building skills and will be responsible for working with a diverse group of stakeholders.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

● Communicate with scientists, public officials, and others to review and revise the
metrics used in the 2020 report card
● Collect, analyze, and synthesize a broad range of data to produce new scores
● Generate spatial representations of data
● Work with consultants, of necessary, to generate credible and accurate results
● Manage the development and distribution of communications materials for
different audiences.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

● Undergraduate degree in related field; master’s degree is preferred
● Demonstrated experience in data collection and analysis
● GIS skills
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills (both verbal and written)
● Ability to work independently and communicate effectively in a remote/hybrid
work environment.
● Skilled with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace

● Local and regional travel required; reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance required
● Ability to demonstrate the right to work in the U.S., subject to E-Verify
Employment Verification

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS: 

● Knowledge of the Verde River and the surrounding communities
● Experience in development of indicators and metrics to evaluate status and trends in ecosystems/watersheds.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

● To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.
● Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer,
● Reasonable accommodation may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS

● Commitment to Friends’ mission and vision.
● Motivated and driven to success.
● Analytical
● Demonstrated ability to build positive working-relationships with team members
and diverse constituents.
● Demonstrated ability to maintain calm in a fast-paced, team environment.
● Ability to stay on task and meet deadlines and goals for multiple activities.
● Strong attention to detail

This office is located at 115 S. Main Street, Suite B, Cottonwood, Arizona. Friends is operating as a hybrid workplace, with most office-type work being conducted remotely. This is not, however, a remote work position. Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $21-23 per hour, plus an excellent package of benefits. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications after November 8, 2022. Please send application materials in one pdf file (cover letter, resume, and a minimum of two professional references) to jobs@verderiver.org.

RIVER FRIENDLY LIVING PROJECT COORDINATOR

OPEN POSITION: RIVER FRIENDLY LIVING PROJECT COORDINATOR

POSITION SUMMARY

Friends of the Verde River is seeking a highly motivated individual with communication and marketing skills to fill a River Friendly Living Project Coordinator position in our Cottonwood, AZ, office. This part-time position will assist the Flows Project Manager in growing the number of participants in the River Friendly Living program. This individual will have strong relationship-building skills and will be responsible for working with a diverse group of stakeholders.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

● Increase the number of participants who go through certification in River Friendly Living, focusing on homes and businesses.
● Create stories about RF Homes and Businesses, including using photo and video formats
● Support the program manager with River Friendly Development and Agricultural
certifications
● Assist with the River Friendly Living small grant program

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

● Undergraduate degree in related field preferred; AA is accepted with sufficient related coursework in business, marketing, or other related field.
● Strong communication and interpersonal skills (both verbal and written)

● Ability to work independently and communicate effectively in a remote/hybrid work environment.
● Skilled with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace
● Knowledge of and ability to take photos and create videos using a smartphone or camera.
● Local and regional travel required; reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance required
● Ability to demonstrate the right to work in the U.S., subject to E-Verify Employment Verification

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

● Knowledge of the Verde River and the surrounding communities
● Experience in fundraising, sales, and/or marketing
● Experience working in a hybrid work environment
● Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

● To successfully perform essential functions, the individual is required to sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, etc.
● Must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, computer,
● Reasonable accommodation may be made for qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

DESIRED CHARACTERISTICS

● Commitment to Friends’ mission and vision.
● Motivated and driven to success.
● Demonstrated ability to build positive working-relationships with team members and diverse constituents.
● Demonstrated ability to maintain calm in a fast-paced, team environment.
● Ability to stay on task and meet deadlines and goals for multiple activities.
● Strong attention to detail

DETAILS

This office is located at 115 S. Main Street, Suite B. Cottonwood, Arizona. Friends is operating as a hybrid workplace, with most office-type work being conducted remotely. This is not, however, a remote work position.

Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $18.00 to $22.00 per hour, plus an excellent package of benefits. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications October 21, 2022. Please send application materials in one pdf file (cover letter, resume, and a minimum of two professional references) to jobs@verderiver.org.

DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP

OPEN POSITION: DIRECTOR OF STEWARDSHIP

The Director of Stewardship is a member of the management team at Friends of the Verde River. This position is responsible for designing, implementing, and directing an integrated and comprehensive stewardship program that promotes engagement and connection with donors at all levels. The Director is a forward-thinking, innovative, and energetic professional with proven success in donor stewardship, capable of developing and orchestrating the advancement of our mission and vision. The Director manages a team (currently 2.8 FTE) with responsibilities for fundraising, events, communications, and marketing.

SPECIFIC DUTIES

  • Develops and implements a strategic donor stewardship plan that appropriately acknowledges and stewards all gifts and recognizes and engages donors with a strong emphasis on major gifts.
  • Develops and implements plans to retain existing donors and acquire new donors.
  • Works with the Executive Director to guide the Board’s Development Committee and Board fundraising.
  • Oversees major events, including the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, State of the Verde Watershed conference, Fiesta de la Garza, and other events.
  • Manages outreach to the communities of the Verde River system, including maintaining relationships with local Chambers and other business and community groups.
  • Manages digital and print communication opportunities to connect with donors and the public, including our website.
  • Manages outreach and marketing, including digital and print advertising.
  • Manages, mentors, and evaluates direct reports.
  • Actively participates in strategic planning and reporting to the Board.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in stewardship, development, and donor relations.
  • Previous experience working with volunteers and donors.
  • Previous supervisory experience preferred.
  • Ability to develop and manage department and program level budgets
  • Ability to compose professional level correspondence and meet deadlines with excellent proofreading skills and command of language, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of stewardship and donor relations activities.
  • High proficiency in project management, attention to detail, prioritization of work and organizational skills required.
  • High competence in computer programs, web-based content management systems and applications, and digital/social media platforms.

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Passion for our mission, values, and long-term success. Consistently demonstrate the mission, vision, and values of Friends of the Verde River.
  • Outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal skills. Must be able to develop interpersonal relationships with multiple constituents.
  • Demonstrate integrity, impeccable ethics, initiative, enthusiasm, and the ability to establish trust and credibility.
  • Demonstrate commitment and ability to:
  • Provide quality customer service.
  • Develop and manage budgets.
  • Plan, organize and remain accountable for actions.
  • Problem-solve utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • Function in a confidential manner.
  • Collaborate with other staff.

DETAILS

Friends of the Verde River operates in a hybrid work environment; people may work out of their home office but are expected to come into the office as needed. This is not a remote work job. Our office is located at 115 S. Main Street, Suite B., Cottonwood, Arizona. The organization has a $1.9million budget and 11 employees.

Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $65,000 to $68,000, plus an excellent package of benefits.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send application materials in one file (cover letter, resume, and a minimum of two professional references) to jobs@verderiver.org. Download the full position description here.

FUNDRAISING SPECIALIST

OPEN POSITION: FUNDRAISING SPECIALIST

Friends of the Verde River seeks a full-time Fundraising Specialist to join our team and help us make a greater impact as we work for a healthy, flowing Verde River system. Reporting to the Stewardship Director, this person must have a demonstrated background in fundraising techniques and technology, and a strong commitment to our mission and vision. If you’re interested in doing well while doing good, don’t hesitate to apply.

Key Responsibilities

Database Management

  • Process and record contributions in our constituent management system, Bloomerang, and our finance system
  • Maintain the donor/constituent database, performing daily maintenance and enhancement of all donors and constituent records, using the Bloomerang platform
  • Create funds, campaigns, and appeals in line with the organization’s structure and the finance coding system
  • Manage and produce gift reports, action reports, prospect reports, and mailing lists
  • Generate acknowledgement emails and letters
  • Maintain the accuracy of biographical information by performing periodic auditing and cleanup of data
  • Keep track of Sycamore Society members

Fundraising Support

  • Assist in the planning and logistics of fundraising events
  • Working with the events manager, conduct outreach to corporate, foundation, and businesses to obtain sponsorships
  • Support communication and marketing activities to achieve our goals.
  • Research prospective donors (individuals, businesses, foundation)
  • Working with the registrar, coordinate raffles and silent auctions
  • Support Arizona Gives Day and Giving Tuesday
  • Support campaigns, including the year end campaign
  • Assist with donor acquisition

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of one year of experience working in database management, project organization, or fundraising.
  • Experience with donor databases and CRMs is a plus
  • Strong computer skills, with familiarity in using Microsoft Office suite applications, Google apps, and experience in the fundamentals of using electronic mail and the Internet.
  • This job may involve local and regional travel and you must have reliable transportation; if you have a car, you must have a valid driver’s license and proof of auto insurance
  • You must be able to demonstrate the right to work in the U.S., subject to E-Verify Employment Verification.

Performance Standards

  • Resourcefulness and ability to troubleshoot and fix issues
  • Attention to detail and a high standard for accuracy and quality
  • Willingness to learn and adapt to new software
  • Passion for delivering good customer experience
  • Ability to be accountable, complete tasks, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent writing and communication skills

About Us

The Verde River is one of the last remaining healthy, perennially flowing rivers left in Arizona. The Verde River system, including its connected streams, creeks, and groundwater resources, supports the economies of rural Verde Valley communities and businesses both as a vital water supply and as a driver of tourism and recreation. Friends of the Verde River is a nonprofit conservation organization that has been working collaboratively for the past decade to restore and sustain river flows and habitat, while building community connections to the Verde River and its tributaries.

Friends of the Verde River operates in a hybrid work environment; people may work out of their home office but are expected to come into the office as needed. Most employees work out of their home. This is not a remote work job. Our office is in Cottonwood, Arizona.

Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $20 – $25 per hour, plus an excellent package of benefits.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please send application materials in one file (cover letter, resume, and a minimum of two professional references) to jobs@verderiver.org.

Download the full position description here.

Volunteer:

Please consider joining us at a volunteer event. Click here to learn about volunteering with Friends.

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