Delaware Bayshore Program Director

Application Deadline: March 10, 2016

The American Littoral Society, a national, membership-based coastal conservation organization based in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, is seeking a Director for its Delaware Bayshore Program. This position is based in our Millville, New Jersey office.

The Society’s Delaware Bayshore Program has three strategic goals:

• Creation of an ecosystem based network of protected lands and waters

• Creation of conservation-oriented growth and development management programs at the state, county and local levels

• Creation of broad public support for smart growth and conservation

The Delaware Bayshore Program Director works primarily within the communities of the Delaware Bayshore to:

• Proactively create demand and action on conservation issues, in support of the strategic goals for the program

• Monitor and respond to coastal issues and development proposals

• Work with and provide support to community-based advocates

• Establish, foster and maintain relationships with decision-makers and community leaders

• Develop and implement strategies and program approaches

Responsibilities include:

• Primary management responsibility for Delaware Bayshore office, staff and programs

• Organize and implement education, advocacy and mobilization efforts in various areas of the region, including organizing support for campaigns, events, skills training and public outreach

• Monitor local, county and state decision-making, attend and provide testimony on behalf of the Littoral Society at public hearings

• Manage land acquisition program, including project management

• Prepare program budget and grant reporting; work with Development Director on grants development and other fundraising initiatives

• Regularly work outside the office and without direct supervision to communicate with officials, the media and the public

• Coordinate with other Littoral Society staff in conservation programs, public outreach and education.

• Provide support to community-based conservation advocates

• Support other Littoral Society programs as directed


Three (3) years experience in working with volunteers and others in the environmental movement, political campaigns or other, similar organizations to plan and implement grassroots campaigns. Must have demonstrated supervisory experience. A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, ecology, natural resource management, or related field is preferred, although an equivalent, relevant experience will also be considered. Must have strong project management skills, an ability to manage projects involving multiple partners and tasks operating on varying timelines, and a demonstrated ability to bring projects to completion. Experience or expertise in water resource issues and current, basic knowledge of environmental issues affecting the region are preferred. Candidate should have excellent writing and editing skills, including demonstrated ability to write Op-Eds, newsletter articles, testimony and/or other communication pieces. Strong verbal communications skills, including the ability to testify at public hearings and deliver public presentations are required.  Strong organizational and problem-solving skills and an ability to work effectively in an action-oriented office are a must. The ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with the public, staff and volunteers is critical. Must be able to travel as needed, including attending night and weekend events. Proficient computer skills, knowledge and experience with word processing, database and communications software are required. Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record and proof of auto insurance is required. Must pass routine background check.


Salary range is $50,000-60,000 per year depending on experience and includes vacation and health benefits. This is a grant-funded position.

To apply:

Please address cover letter to:

Pim Van Hemmen

Assistant Director

American Littoral Society

Building 18, Sandy Hook

Highlands, NJ 07732

Save the cover letter, resume and a 1-2 page writing sample in PDF or Word and use the following naming convention:




Email all three by March 10, 2016 to:

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2016 Summer Internship Opportunities:

Marine Fish Tagging Program Internship

Coastal Education Internship

The American Littoral Society is a nonprofit, membership-based organization headquartered on Sandy Hook in Highlands, NJ. Our mission is to empower people to care for the coast through programs focused on advocacy, education, and conservation. We are offering two summer internship opportunities based out of the Gateway National RecreationArea Sandy Hook Unit.

Marine Fish Tagging Program Internship

Primary responsibilities will include:

- Assist the Tagging Program Director in managing the world’s largest recreational angler fish tagging program.

- Data entry of program tag and recapture events.

- Creation and distribution of recapture letters and rewards.

- Distribution of tag kits and instructional materials to new and existing Society taggers.

- Representing the Tagging Program at outreach and tabling events.

- Accompanying the Tagging Program Director on outreach/tagging events, that may include boat trips at sea.

Qualifications: We are seeking an energetic, dedicated, and detail-oriented individual. Current undergraduate college students with ecology, marine science, environmental science or similar background may apply. A working knowledge of the life history and ecology of local marine fish species is desirable, but not necessary.

The internship will require the use of personal vehicle and laptop.

Coastal Education Internship

Primary Responsibilities will include:

-Leading hands-on outdoor education programs and summer camps.

-Assisting in citizen science projects involving seining and marine life identification.

-Researching, writing, and designing public education materials on coastal/marine topics for various audiences. -Representing the Society at events.

Qualifications: College students with environmental science, marine science, ecology or similar background may apply. Teaching experience preferred and a qualified individual must enjoy sharing their enthusiasm for the littoral zone with people from all age groups and walks of life. A basic knowledge of coastal ecosystems and the ability to identify basic flora and fauna is necessary for this position. The internship will require the use of personal vehicle and laptop

Both internship opportunities are full-time and hours are flexible with some evening and weekends required. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a well-established organization that promotes coastal conservation through education and advocacy.

The Littoral Society offers a stipend based on experience and education, and seeks someone who can begin work in mid May 2016. The Society will work with you and your educational institution to meet requirements to receive college credits for your work.

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to Jeff Dement, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for the Marine Fish Tagging Program Internship and Stevie Thorsen, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for the Coastal Education Internship. Deadline is Monday, March 14th. No phone calls please. To learn more about the American Littoral Society, please visit


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