Friends of the Verde River works collaboratively to restore habitat, sustain flows and promote community stewardship to support a healthy Verde River system.

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:

Community Engagement Coordinator

Open Position: Community Engagement Coordinator

Position Summary:

The Community Engagement Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of all events for the organization including special events, community engagement events and volunteer events. This position is responsible for constituent lists and event communications. The position develops sponsorship relationships with local and regional businesses, individuals and organizations interested in supporting Friends events and activities. The Coordinator oversees the Events Registrar consultant as well as event planning committees and volunteers. This position works closely with other staff and board members to ensure that activities have full support.

Duties and responsibilities include:

Event Coordination:

  1. Plan, implement and conduct follow-up for events, such as the annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, Verde River Runoff as well as workshops, volunteer and educational programs and presentations 
  2. Coordinate event logistics and with venues, vendors and volunteers.
  3. Oversee event volunteers including running planning committees for signature events. 
  4. Work with Stewardship & Development Manager on publicity, public relations, advertising, branding and collateral design production and distribution.
  5. Work with Stewardship & Development Manager to write, submit and place event related press releases and stories with local, regional and national media.  
  6. Work with Communication Coordinator to add events to Friends website and community calendars. 
  7. Serve as liaison with community-based groups as related to event production and promotion.
  8. Oversee Event Registrar consulting contract

Fundraising and Fiscal Management:

    1. Ensure events operate on a breakeven or net profit basis.
    2. Cultivate and solicit sponsors to support events and activities.
    3. Research and write grants to support events and activities.
    4. Track event sponsorship and support using donor database.
    5. Develop and track event budgets.
    6. Meet event budget goals.


  • Associates degree with 4 years’ experience or Bachelor’s degree with 2-years’ experience in special events, marketing and or public relations, preferably in the non-profit sector. 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (both verbal and writing).
  • Skilled with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher), including data management.
  • Local and regional travel required; reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and auto insurance required.
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs. and physically maneuver in outdoor recreation settings. 
  • Must be available to work flexible schedule including nights and weekends. 
  • Ability to demonstrate the right to work in the U.S., subject to E-Verify Employment Verification.

Desired Characteristics:

  • Commitment to Friends’ mission and vision.
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive working-relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain calm in a fast-paced, team environment.
  • Ability to stay on task and meet deadlines and goals for multiple activities.

This position is located at 115 S. Main Street in Cottonwood, Arizona. 

Compensation includes a competitive salary commensurate with experience, in the range of $40,000 to $48,000, plus an excellent package of benefits. 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin reviewing applications on March 25. 

Please send application materials in one file (resume, cover letter, and references) to

Field Botanist Intern with AZCC

Open Position: Field Botanist Intern with the Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC)

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the intern will be to work with a crew leader and crew member as part of a team collecting vegetation monitoring and species inventory data. The vegetation monitoring and inventory data is critical to informing river restoration efforts in the Verde River watershed. The work includes identifying local flora in the field and accurately recording data using Collector for ArcGIS, coordinating with landowners as necessary, and navigating to field sites. Through their work on the monitoring crew, the intern will be assisting in evaluating the success and future needs of restoration work in the Verde River system to continue to protect, restore, and improve riparian habitat and watershed health.

Download the application here.


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

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.

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