February 2022
monthly newsletter
Update from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance
Breakfast Lecture: Supporting Local Climate Adaptation and Resilience through Innovative Partnerships in the Hudson Valley
Thursday, February 10, 8:30-9:30 AM

Featured Speaker: Libby Zemaitis, Climate Change Program Coordinator, Hudson River Estuary Program, NYS DEC and Cornell WRI

Communities in the Hudson Valley are leaders in the NYS Climate Smart Communities program, but they aren't achieving this success alone. Since 2015, networks of counties, universities, and partners have formed to support local governments adapt to climate change. This talk will provide examples of climate adaptation and resilience programs supported by the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program to foster regional leadership, while furthering our state’s ambitious climate goals, along with how municipalities can get involved. It will also include a case study on the Climate-adaptive Design process, a partnership with Cornell University’s Department of Landscape Architecture.
Nominate a Watershed WaveMaker!
Do you know an individual, a watershed group and/or an organization, institution, or business that goes above and beyond to protect water resources in the Hudson River watershed? Nominate them for a Watershed WaveMaker award! 

Hudson River Watershed Alliance will recognize our 2022 Watershed WaveMaker awardees at our Toast to the Tribs awards benefit this spring.

The nomination form and more details on criteria are available here. Nominations are due by March 7.

NEIWPCC: Environmental Analyst, HRECOS Coordinator applications due February 11

NEIWPCC and the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program are seeking a full-time Environmental Analyst to serve as the overall coordinator of the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS). Incumbent will work with the HRECOS management team and other Estuary and basin partners to continue to develop the network, both in the number of stations and in the data products available through the HRECOS website. The incumbent will manage HRECOS hydro-meteorological stations in the Capital Region, will assist in developing and conducting applied research utilizing HRECOS data, will plan and lead HRECOS managers’ meetings, and will communicate with government agencies, academic institutions, consultants, commercial shipping pilot groups, educators, and the general public on issues related to the HRECOS network. The position is located in Albany, NY; considerable travel throughout the Hudson River area and the New York metropolitan area is required. 

NEIWPCC: Research & Monitoring Seasonal Intern, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve applications due February 11

The intern will assist in conducting long-term research and monitoring on Hudson River Estuary habitats, including freshwater tidal emergent marshes and beds of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). This will include assisting with the NERRS System-wide Monitoring Program (SWMP) and the Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS). The intern will provide support with calibration, deployment and maintenance of data loggers; collection of water samples and field data; and support wet chemistry procedures in the lab, including vacuum filtration, sample preparation, chemical analysis, and preparation of standards, chemicals, and reagents. For all tasks, ample training will be provided, and the work will be performed alongside full-time staff. Responsibilities will be delegated with the goal of developing the intern’s skill sets and knowledge to provide a valuable, early-career experience.

Catskill Center: Aquatic Invasive Species Manager

The Aquatic Invasive Species Manager is a lead member of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) team who works to protect the region from the impact of invasive species. This individual leads aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention and management efforts and works with partners, volunteers, and subcontractors, providing technical expertise and support. The AIS Manager also supervises a seasonal Aquatic Strike Team. The AIS Manager plans and directs an AIS management program to ensure efforts are strategic, addresses critical threats of AIS to natural systems, and helps prevent the spread of invasives through education and partnership-building. The AIS Manager develops and disseminates metrics to support implementation of conservation strategies and secures public and private support for conservation priorities. This is a full-time position based out of the Catskill Center’s main headquarters in Arkville, NY, with remote work opportunities. Frequent regional travel and outdoor work during the growing season is required. This position requires indoor computer based work, data collection and entry, and outdoor physical labor, including regular work in canoes on lakes. Field work requires comfort with and the ability to remain outdoors without cellular service for up to 8 hours.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Climate Resilience Associate

Groundwork Hudson Valley is seeking a new associate to support the development and growth of our emerging Climate Resilience Program. The Climate Resilience Associate will report directly to the Climate Resilience Manager and will support the ongoing work on three main projects: The Saw Mill River Coalition, The Yonkers Greenway – A Rail-to-Trail Project, and Climate Safe Neighborhoods. The associate will work with diverse stakeholders from local government, technical assistance providers, nonprofits and community-based organizations. They will plan and organize stakeholder engagement and outreach meetings, partnership events, and community environmental stewardship events. The associate will also work with community groups to develop local environmental stewardship programs.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Youth Programs Manager

The Youth Programs Manager is a full time position responsible for working with staff, partner organizations, and subcontractors to coordinate all aspects of Groundwork’s youth programs. Our programs focus on developing leadership skills, fostering group dynamics, and nurturing a variety of environmental skill sets to cultivate the community leaders of tomorrow. The Youth Programs Manager will also be responsible for connecting youth and stewardship activities to other Groundwork programs, including Climate Resilience and Sustainability Education. In this capacity, the Youth Programs Manager will work closely with all Groundwork staff. The Youth Programs Manager will also work closely with the Executive Director to grow our existing programs, including the development and oversight of a new alumni relations initiative, and a new workforce development project with young adults to address climate adaptation and mitigation.

Groundwork Hudson Valley: Youth Programs Associate

The Youth Programs Associate is a full time position responsible for working with the Youth Programs Manager to coordinate all aspects of Groundwork’s youth programs. The Youth Programs Associate will be responsible for arranging program logistics, including but not limited to travel arrangements, securing supplies, executing on program deliverables, community engagement and outreach, student recruitment, orientation, and tracking of relevant program statistics and metrics. The Youth Programs Associate will report directly to the Youth Programs Manager and help structure, evaluate, consolidate and strengthen current programs and help develop new programs to serve a greater number of youth over time. Projects are accomplished through collective action and goal setting as well as independent project management. The right candidate will also be forward thinking, resourceful and able to anticipate in-field needs before they should arise.

Riverkeeper: Sweep Assistant

Riverkeeper seeks a Sweep Assistant to support the coordination of our annual day of service for the Hudson River and its tributaries, the Riverkeeper Sweep. The 11th annual Riverkeeper Sweep is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2022 and will bring thousands of volunteers together along hundreds of miles of shoreline from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks, where volunteers will clean up local parks and shorelines, remove invasive species, and plant native trees and grasses. The Sweep Assistant will report to the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator.

Riverkeeper: Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney

Riverkeeper is seeking a Staff Attorney or Senior Attorney to join their well-respected legal team and contribute to Riverkeeper’s presence and effectiveness in the Hudson River, its tributaries, and the watershed that provides New York City’s drinking water. As part of the legal team, the Attorney will advance Riverkeeper’s policy goals of fishable, swimmable waterways, and clean drinking water through litigation, advocacy, public education, and public outreach. This position is part Riverkeeper’s Legal Program and reports to the Legal Program Director. The geographic work area is the Hudson River watershed and the watersheds surrounding New York City (the “watersheds”).

Riverkeeper: Director of Communications and Marketing

Riverkeeper is seeking an experienced Director of Communications and Marketing who is innovative, creative, collaborative and hands-on. The successful applicant will be a dynamic leader who will create and implement a vision for Communications and Marketing that will elevate Riverkeeper’s voice, brand, and platform in order to engage key stakeholders and reach new audiences. Riverkeeper is looking for someone who can help us drive digital marketing and help strengthen our online and social media communications while managing a fast-paced daily flow of communications outputs. This role will also have oversight of Riverkeeper’s website redesign as a part of their envisioned strategy. The Director of Communications and Marketing will report directly to Riverkeeper’s President and work closely with other senior leaders in the development of public engagement strategies. The Director will oversee two full-time staff members: Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, and the Web Manager and Digital Specialist, as well as outside designers, seasonal volunteers and interns.

Rockland County Youth Bureau: Rockland Conservation & Service Corps applications due April 8

Rockland Conservation & Service Corps (RCSC) Members dedicate their summer to carrying out environmental service projects in the Rockland County region. They are looking for passionate, enthusiastic, and friendly young people (18+) who want to grow as civic leaders and gain work-related experience while making tangible environmental impacts on our community. RCSC offers an experience that has components of classic environmentalism and community action projects, while also exposing you to hands-on government and not-for-profit environmental conservation work. They will first provide environmental training and education on a variety of topics such as public speaking, trail building and maintenance, climate change, sustainable agriculture, career readiness, and stormwater management. Corps Members work across nine different sites, each with a different conservation project, where they can apply the knowledge learned in training to help further conservation efforts in local communities. The program begins full-time on or about May 23, 2022.


Hudson River Environmental Society: McKeon Research Grant applications due February 14

The McKeon Fund of the Hudson River Environmental Society provides small grants (up to $1000) for High School and Undergraduate students to undertake research relating to the Hudson Valley during the summer. These grants encourage students to maintain their interest in STEM fields as they continue their education and to enhance their interest in working on issues relevant to the Hudson Valley. The McKeon Fund program has provided financial assistance to students who we anticipate will become professionals who will work in environmentally relevant fields in the Hudson Basin.

New York Water Environment Association: N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship applications due February 28

The N.G. Kaul Memorial Scholarship Fund will be offering up to $5,000 in scholarships to students pursuing graduate or doctoral degrees in environmental/civil engineering or environmental science concentrating on water quality, who show a commitment to government service.

Mohonk Preserve: 2022 Schaefer Research Internship applications due March 4

The 2022 Schaefer Research Internship at the Daniel Smiley Research Center provides an opportunity to work with Preserve research staff, scientists, and land managers on: forest and grassland vegetation assessment, vegetation impact from white-tailed deer browse, pollinator diversity assessment, field management planning, and detailed data collection & management. The selected intern will develop an individualized research project, complete a written report, and present their findings in an oral presentation at the end of the summer. The Schaefer Research Internship is open to students currently enrolled in their sophomore or junior years of college (or equivalent credit hours) who are majoring in biology, ecology, geology, environmental studies/science, or related natural science majors.


NYS Urban Forestry Council: Quick Start Grant applications due February 10

Through U.S. Forest Service funding, the NYSUFC offers Quick Start competitive grants of up to $1,000 each to small communities who want to pursue Tree City USA status, starting with an inaugural Arbor Day tree planting celebration in spring or fall.

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation: Community Forest Conservation Grant Program applications due April 13

This grant program funds municipal land acquisition for community forests, which are vital for wildlife habitat, flood mitigation, recreational opportunities, mental health, air quality, water quality, and to meet the obligations outlined in New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Community forests build local ownership of forests and local participation in forest management. Properties acquired through this grant program allow public access, which encourages local residents to enjoy the forests in their community and increase their connection to forest benefits. Grants ranging from $50,000 to $300,000 are available to help reimburse local governments for the protection of community forests, including funds to acquire, appraise, and survey land, as well as title searches, tax services, recording fees, and attorney fees. Recipients must provide a 10 percent cash match of the grant amount requested. Properties to be acquired must be 10 or more contiguous acres in size, have forests on at least 75 percent of the acreage, be accessible to the public, and provide public benefits such as recreation opportunities, flood mitigation, wildlife habitat, clean water, and forest products.

Hudson River Valley Greenway; Community Grant applications due May 6, September 2, and November 4

The Hudson River Valley Greenway Grant Program provides matching grants to Greenway Communities and Compact Communities. Greenway Communities are eligible to receive up to $10,000 to develop plans or projects consistent with the five Greenway criteria: natural and cultural resource protection, economic development, public access, regional planning, and heritage and environmental education. Higher amounts are awarded for intermunicipal projects. This grant program is open to municipalities that are within the designated Greenway area and have adopted a local board resolution to become a designated “Greenway Community.”

New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health: Applications for Free Technical Assistance for Municipalities on Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) (rolling)

The New York State Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Health (DOH) have announced a new initiative to assist municipalities with assessing and supporting drinking water source protection programs. The Drinking Water Source Protection Program (DWSP2) is a state-run program created to assist municipalities with proactively protecting their drinking water sources. The goal is to help municipalities develop and implement their own unique drinking water source protection plan for the source(s) of their drinking water. In order to do so, the State is looking for communities to work with a technical assistance provider (TA provider), free of charge, to develop a DWSP2 Plan for their source of drinking water. TA providers will work with the community every step of the way, using the DWSP2 Framework, to develop a community specific DWSP2 Plan. As a result of this program, participating municipalities can use their newly developed DWSP2 plan to start implementing protection measures.
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