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Senior Project Manager - Ecological Restoration

Save the Sound, Inc.
New Haven, CT
  • Expired: November 04, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Join Us! We are seeking a Senior Project Manager, highly experienced in ecological restoration that would like to join our team to free our region's rivers by removing derelict dams and perched culverts, design and install innovative green infrastructure, and contribute to community and ecological resilience by restoring shoreline habitat. Are you an experienced project manager passionate aboutthe well-being ofour natural ecosystems? Do you have design and construction oversight experience? Do you love staying current on the latest restoration practices and mentoring others? If so, you may be the ideal candidate to join our region's pre-eminent environmental non-profit and help expand, train, and manage our ecological restoration team of scientists and engineers.

Save the Sound is unique in the Long Island Sound region as a nonprofit that regularly implements complex, large-scale, high-impact restoration projects. In this role, you will oversee and be responsible for multiple large-scale projects, from identification through design, and construction, as well as the professional development of our Project Managers, scientists, and engineers. You will report to the Regional Director of the Ecological Restoration Program and manage multiple direct reports.

Who We Are

Save the Sound leads environmental action in the Long Island Sound watershed. We fight climate change and build resilient communities, save endangered lands, protect the Sound, and restore its rivers. We do this in many ways, from legislative advocacy and legal action to engineering, environmental monitoring, and hands-on volunteer efforts. For more than 40 years we've been ensuring people can enjoy the healthy, clean, and thriving environment they deserve-today and for generations to come.

The Ecological Restorationteam is a growing group oftenindividuals who share a deep love and respect for the natural world and find joy in working with community members to identify and implement projects that restore the conditions for thriving ecosystems and diverse communities. In addition, our cleanups and plantings give people a way to positively impact the world around them, and our policy advocacy sets the stage for pioneering approaches to climate resiliency.With a wide array of lived experience and unique skills, the team is an open and curious group of professionals whosupport one another and are the staff members most likely to show up in the office covered in mud.

The Position

Applied Ecological Restoration Projects and Building In-House Capabilities:

As part of a strong,supportive,interdisciplinary group of restoration practitioners, the Ecological RestorationSenior ProjectManager willmanage some of our more highly complex projects, oversee our applied ecological restoration work, and provide senior management, guidance, and mentoring to all of our Project Managers, scientists, and engineers on our team. Fostering opportunities for the team to grow as restoration practitioners and building skillsets. Providing technical guidance and support to assist team members in procuring regulatory permits, overcoming obstacles, and addressing questions from the team as well as project partners, consultants, and contractors. Working closely withthe Regional Director of the Ecological Restoration Program and the Director of Restoration Strategy, the SeniorProject Manager will help expandthe team'srestoration and resiliencework throughout the Long Island Sound region, building on the organization's existing relationships, reputation, and track record of completed projects.

Save the Sound acts most often as a project administrator, handling project scoping, partnership-building, fundraising, contracting for design and construction (as well as in-house design), stakeholder relationship management, public communication and engagement, construction observation, andecological monitoring. Within that context,responsibilities for this position will include all elements of project management including project identification, planning, design, design review, permitting, cost estimating, construction oversight, and field monitoring, grant writing, financial tracking, contracting, bidding, engaging with residents, municipal officials, engineers, and other design professionals, and collaborating with communication staff to tell the stories of ourwork on the more complex projects.

It is anticipated that this position will significantly expand Save the Sound's internal capacity to develop in-house feasibility studies, and conceptual and preliminary designs for dam removal, culvert replacements, green infrastructure, and living shorelines. The Senior Project Manager will monitor trends and best practices in ecological restoration, and seek out opportunities to advocate for regional adoption of processes and best practices to streamline restoration implementation.

The Senior Project Manager will gather and/or develop ecological restoration methods and tools to be utilized in-house and shared with our broader partner network. These may include methods for assessing geomorphic stability, impounded sediment quantity and quality, and breakwater/bank stone sizing, amongst other helpful standardized processes.

Building Technical Capacity Regionally:

The candidate willprovide a critical role in the River Restoration Network led by Save the Sound, managing all deliverables and building critical partnerships with state and federal agencies to enhance regional capacity to implement ecological restoration projects and promote community resiliency. Including developing a repeatable method for prioritizing barrier removals with high ecological value, developing standards for data collection, data management, and methods to assess the feasibility of removing dams. Collaborating with the many River Restoration Network NGO members to establish streamlined processes for the removal of dams and the replacement of culverts to promote aquatic connectivity and resiliency.

Technical Expert Assisting All Save the Sound Programs:

The Senior Project Manager will also be expected to periodically assist the Vice President of Programs, Long Island Soundkeeper, and additional Save the Sound Programs as a technical expert for policy and advocacy efforts. Finally, this position will support the execution of the annual development plan to support meeting the organizational and program fundraising goals by drafting content for grants and other funding proposals in concertwith the development team.


  • 5+ years of experience managing complexecological restoration projects through to construction, as a Project Manager;
  • Solution-driven orientation, with a knack for collaborative problem-solving in real time to keep complex restoration projects on schedule and within budget;
  • Team and organizational leadership experience, including oversight of project engineers and scientists;
  • Significant experience in fieldwork, monitoring, design, and construction oversight;
  • Experience managing projects with multiple, diverse stakeholders that require significant logistical coordination and organization, including private, public agencies, non-profit organizations and municipalities (Connecticut and New York experience preferred);
  • Experience with the management of design consultants and construction contractors (review of scope, contracts, design plans, specifications, budgets, schedules, and field inspections);
  • Experienced in environmental permitting at local, state, and federal levels (Connecticut and New York experience preferred);
  • Experience with relevant computer programs beyond basic Office suite, such as Arc GIS and/or AutoCAD;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to communicate clearly about complex issues to a broad variety of stakeholders;
  • Highly organized and self-motivated, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team atmosphere;
  • Professional and interpersonal curiosity, as demonstrated by positive mentorship experiences and consistent professional learning and development;
  • Demonstrated commitment to environmental justice and work in underserved and underrepresented communities; and
  • A strong background in four or more of the following areas of restoration practice:
    • Dam/barrier removal,
    • Fluvial geomorphology,
    • Sediment analysis and transport,
    • Assessment and design ofaquaticorganismpassageat culverts;fish passage design; fisheries science;
    • Coastal and/or riverine resilience planning and habitat restoration, design, andimplementation
    • Ecological and/or water resourceengineering;
    • Green infrastructure and stormwater best management practices;
    • Urban restoration and ecology.

Desired Qualifications and Characteristics:

  • PE, CERP, and/or other relevant professional certifications or licenses;
  • BS or MS in environmental science, engineering, fluvial geomorphology,ecology, biology,ornatural resources;
  • Experience workingwithunderserved communities that have been disproportionately affected by planning and development decisions adversely affecting public health, access to nature, and quality oflife;
  • Comfort working in a grant-driven environment-developing and tracking project deliverables,contributing tograntapplications and reporting,and managingbudgets;
  • Preference for an agile team in a dynamic work environment, with a willingness to be flexible and supportive of other team members as needed and permitted by your own capacity;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience conducting restoration planning and site identification through desktop, field survey, wetland and habitat assessments, and other technical surveytechniques;
  • Ability to travel across the Long Island Sound region to participate in site visits andmeetings;
  • Spanish language skills aplus.

Terms and Compensation:

This is a grant-driven, employment at-will position with a salary range of$85,000 - $95,000,commensurate with experience. Our comprehensive benefits package includes: company-sponsored health insurance, a 403b plan (partially funded after one year of employment), life and long-term disability insurance, very generous Paid Time Off benefits (holidays, vacation, personal time, and sick days), subsidized parking, the opportunity to participate in a company-sponsored FSA account, and opportunities for professional development.

Additional Details Common to All Positions

Save the Sound's Commitment to Equity and Diversity

Save the Sound is an equal-opportunity employer. We prohibit discrimination based on age, color, disability, marital or parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Our organizational leadership and staff are working to deepen Save the Sound's diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek to attract a more diverse applicant pool and to add and retain more outstanding Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to all levels of our team. We work in diverse communities and landscapes and are actively working to increase our focus on driving environmental justice and equitable outcomes through our work.

Shared Organizational Job Responsibilities

  • Maintaining positive and productive working relationships with all Save the Sound staff members, including providing and receiving constructive feedback;
  • Participating in building productive relationships with Save the Sound's members, external partners, policy makers, and the general public;
  • Completing all administrative work on time, such as timesheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.

COVID-19 Considerations:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Save the Sound is moving to a permanent hybrid in-office/remote arrangement. This position is expected to be in the office at least 1-2 days/week unless current organizational COVID-19 protocols indicate otherwise. Office opening/closing and health policies are regularly updated based on the current state of the pandemic. All office use and field work must follow Save the Sound's most up-to-date safety protocols. Save the Sound requires that all new hires submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 for the safety of all staff and the communities where we work.

Employment Type: FULL_TIME

Save the Sound, Inc.


900 Chapel Street

New Haven, CT
06510 USA