Community Outreach Specialist

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is seeking a Community Outreach Specialist to join our team.

Position Description (PDF)

About the Position

The Community Outreach Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of community and youth outreach programs for the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. The individual works in partnership with cities, neighborhoods, schools and other community and youth-serving organizations to deliver programs that connect people with the Mississippi River and the surrounding watershed with the ultimate goal to protect and improve water quality and habitat in the watershed.

Major Areas of Accountability/Essential Job Functions

  • Assist the communications and outreach team in efforts to make information, opportunities and resources related to water quality and habitat protection accessible and engaging for diverse audiences across the MWMO watershed.
  • Develop and lead youth engagement opportunities to connect youth to the river and natural environment by providing opportunities to connect with water quality and broader social/environmental issues in a variety of ways.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of workforce development programs to create knowledgeable, diverse and skilled green workforce in partnership with MWMO and partner staff, community organizations and schools.
  • Coordinate and lead community outreach and engagement activities including tabling, workshops, presentations, special events and more to educate community members about stormwater pollution, threats to water quality and provide opportunities and resources to protect the watershed (or the environment).
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with neighborhoods, community and youth-serving organizations, and other entities (cities, townships, schools, universities, agencies, organizations and associations) to promote the watershed’s mission and goals.
  • Seek opportunities for synergistic collaboration and provide support across all work areas of the MWMO, including monitoring, projects, planning and administration.
  • Contribute to individual, team and organizational work planning.
  • Develop and monitor budget for assigned program area and obtain approval on budget items from Executive Director or their designee.
  • Perform other projects and responsibilities as apparent or assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position may be responsible for contractor or intern supervision.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Required Qualifications

  • One year of related experience in similar field (e.g. environmental education, workforce development, youth development) including partnership building, environmental education program delivery and working with youth.
  • Commitment to working with diverse individuals and communities to increase awareness, understanding and capacity to face environmental challenges.
  • Strong communication skills (both written and spoken).
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and adhere to timelines.
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively on teams and independently.
  • Proficiency with a personal computer including email and basic office and internet applications.
  • A valid driver’s license at the time of hire.

Desired Qualifications (helpful, but not required)

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or coursework in environmental science, water resources, conservation, education, youth development, or another related field.
  • Three or more years of experience in a similar field.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences towards equitable programming and outcomes.
  • Prior knowledge or experience with watershed-based work, stormwater management, and preservation and restoration of ecosystems.
  • Prior knowledge or experience developing and implementing youth and/or workforce development programs.
  • Project management skills and/or experience writing and managing contracts.
  • Fluency in a second language, especially Hmong, Somali, or Spanish.


The starting salary range for this position is $42,400–47,700, depending on experience and qualifications, with a competitive benefits package.

Selection Process

Closing Date: October 9, 2022
Review of Applications: Week of October 10, 2022
Interviews of Candidates: Week of October 24, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: Mid- to End of November 2022
Interview Location: MWMO Stormwater Park and Learning Center, 2522 Marshall Street NE, Minneapolis, MN 55118 (map and directions)

How to Apply

Complete and submit our online MWMO Employment Application Form. Please remember to attach a resume and cover letter.