Suncoast Waterkeeper is seeking a Program Assistant

18 November 2022
Suncoast Waterkeeper is seeking a Program Assistant

Suncoast Waterkeeper and the Healthy Pond Collaborative seek a dynamic, enthusiastic, self-starter passionate about water quality on the Suncoast.

The Suncoast Waterkeeper Program Assistant is an entry-level, full- to part-time, two-year funded position with the primary responsibilities of managing and communicating quantitative and qualitative data using ArcGIS Story Maps.  Specifically, the Program Assistant will assist the Executive Director in collecting, creating, and organizing reports related to specific projects and turning those reports into engaging story maps.  Information and results will also be posted to social media to engage the community in the efforts of Suncoast Waterkeeper and the Healthy Pond Collaborative.

The position is jointly funded by the Healthy Pond Collaborative (HPC) and the Suncoast Waterkeeper (SCWK).  The Assistant will be employed by the Suncoast Waterkeeper and will report directly to the Executive Director.

The mission of Suncoast Waterkeeper is to protect and restore Florida Suncoast’s waterways through litigation, environmental monitoring, advocacy, and community engagement for the benefit of all.  Our focus is on the coastal waterways of Sarasota and Manatee Counties.


These descriptions are general responsibilities and are not intended to describe all the responsibilities and performances expected of the Program Assistant.


  • Compile and organize legal files to create a Docket that inventories Suncoast Waterkeeper’s lawsuits.
  • Format and upload water quality data for SCWK and HPC to supporting software.
  • Build upon the central repository of information created by the HPC to digitally compile and share all documents related to the program with all collaborative partners.


  • Communicate to local media about SCWK’s weekly water quality results.
  • Contribute to HOA newsletters about the goals of the Healthy Pond Collaborative and highlight Best Management Practices.
  • Develop social media for HPC.
  • Post success stories and results to both HPC and SCWK social media platforms.


  • Create ArcGIS Story Map using 2022 water quality data.
  • Create ArcGIS Story Map of all Healthy Pond Collaborative grant recipients, water quality results, and outcome metrics.

Community Engagement:

  • Assist the Executive Director in increasing the public’s capacity to advocate for clean water.  (e.g., send out calls to action, track, and follow up on responses).
  • Interview, take pictures, and report on the successes of the Healthy Pond Collaborative.
  • Assist HPC in hosting at least 3 events at high-profile pond improvement projects to feature the new pond best practices manual, media kit, the NEST Share-Shop, and grant information.

Field Work:

  • Assist with water quality sampling for both HPC and SCWK during the spring and summer field seasons and on an as-needed basis.


  • A Bachelor's degree or near completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study such as geography, earth sciences, sustainability, environmental sciences, and/or environmental studies. We will also consider the relevant experience that may be equivalent to a Bachelor's degree.  
  • Passion for the Suncoast Waterkeeper mission and a love of the outdoors.
  • Proven track record of being reliable.
  • Flexible schedule with the capability to work occasional evenings and weekends as needed. 
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate members of two organizations and volunteers.

Suncoast Waterkeeper is an equal-opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, contractors, volunteers, and members of our community.

Location of position:

This is a virtual/remote work position with the future possibility of a fixed office.

Salary and benefits:

$17/hour and includes paid leave for 12 major holidays and 14 vacation days.   

To apply please submit:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Three References (references will only be contacted during the final round of interviews)

Submit Applications to [email protected] by November 30, 2022.

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