Projects and Grant Specialist

The Mississippi Watershed Management Organization is seeking a Projects and Grant Specialist to join our team.

Position Description (PDF, 0.1 MB, 4 pages)

The Projects and Grant Specialist collaborates with member communities, partners, and staff to integrate and execute MWMO capital improvement and stewardship projects, non-point pollution prevention, and integrated water resource capital planning. In addition to functioning as a collaborator, the position serves as a consultant and content expert, consulting with member community stakeholders and project partners to identify and understand their needs, providing technical support and input to regulatory agencies, and ensuring all program implementation efforts achieve the goals, policies, and standards reflected in the organization’s comprehensive Watershed Management Plan and mission.

Major Areas of Accountability/Essential Job Functions

  • Coordinate MWMO capital implementation programs with local, regional, and state partners. Manage the activities of the programs, including recordkeeping, developing and administering budgets, conducting public bid processes and requests for service, coordinating and overseeing contractors, and engaging and updating designated partners, stakeholders and constituents.
  • Provide timely internal and external technical support, by serving as a technical resource, ensuring MWMO-funded projects are in compliance with state law, local regulations, and internal policies to achieve the goals for project implementation set forth in the organization’s Watershed Management Plan.
  • Contribute to the preparation of reports, case studies, research efforts, and evaluation of projects for presentation of program accomplishments and program improvements to the MWMO Board of Commissioners, elected and appointed officials, outside government agencies, member community staff, and the public.
  • Develop and recommend strategies to address program issues identified in the Watershed Management Plan or which arise through interactions with city and agency staff and officials, other partners, and the public. Ensure that conflicts are resolved effectively and in a timely manner. Elevate issues and/or seek assistance in resolution from Executive Director or their designee as needed.
  • Assist in the implementation of MWMO grant programs, including: soliciting, collecting and organizing applications, reviewing applications, responding to applicants, and developing contracts and budgets for selected projects.
  • Participate as a member of staff teams across all areas of the organization. Model team behavior, i.e., work cooperatively and collaboratively, contribute ideas, provide and receive feedback in a constructive manner, deliver work products on time and on budget, and support others’ work products.
  • Ensure coordination of communications with other entities when serving as the MWMO’s representative on partner committees at the local, regional, and state levels.
  • Proactively seek information regarding current issues that impact the MWMO or other agencies, local units of government, and special interest groups are dealing with related to assigned areas of work. Keep staff apprised of updated information on policies, research, and trends to ensure that any necessary modifications to existing work can be efficiently coordinated.
  • Provide work direction to consultants and interns or volunteers as needed.
  • Ensure individual area of expertise and related skills are developed, maintained, and demonstrated through approved continuing education, special assignments, research, and self-directed study.
  • Develop annual position-specific work plan in consultation with Executive Director or their designee to ensure understanding and agreement on position responsibilities and expectations. Contribute to other annual work planning processes which impact the organization as a whole.
  • Perform miscellaneous office duties such as answering telephones, providing office support, etc. as required. Keep office space in a clean and publicly presentable condition.
  • Perform projects and other responsibilities as apparent or assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Minimum of five (5) years of related experience, including: project management, budget development and management, technical review of plans, contractor coordination and construction site supervision, watershed-based planning, urban environmental planning, design/implementation of urban storm water BMPs and management systems, preservation and restoration of urban ecosystems, real estate acquisition and development (including property easement and development rights), grant writing and other funding strategies.


A Bachelor’s Degree in landscape architecture, civil engineering, environmental science, natural resource management, construction management, or a related field and coursework with an ecological or environmental focus.

Additional Skills Required

  • Is able to display excellent communication skills: listening, speaking, writing, relationship-building, consulting, negotiating, and dispute resolution.
  • Has technical knowledge of stormwater BMPs, urban resource management and environmental issues, land rights, land acquisition and development, landscape design, project management techniques.
  • Has knowledge of funding approaches and processes for public/private capital improvement projects.
  • Has knowledge of governmental (federal, state, regional, and local) grant processes.
  • Has experience in grant writing and management.
  • Has experience using graphics to explain project information to clients and public.
  • Is able to analyze technical reports.
  • Has experience in facilitating work teams and coordinating and overseeing contractors.
  • Is highly organized and detail-oriented; is able to multi-task and meet deadlines.
  • Is able to work successfully with considerable independence.


  • By date of hire, must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s License.


The starting salary range for this position is $59,700–$71,000 annually, with a flexible schedule of 40 hours of work per week and a competitive benefits package.

Selection Process

Closing Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022
Review of Applications: Week of October 17, 2022
Interviews of Candidates: Week of October 31, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: December 2022

How to Apply

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