Sammon Clean Water Advocate Position Available

Sammon Clean Water Advocate

Job Description

Supervisor:  Vice President for Conservation
Location:  Southwest part of the Adirondack Park    

Summary of Position

The Adirondack Park has abundant freshwater resources. Five major river systems find their headwaters here. The Park boasts more than 2,800 lakes and ponds, and more than 1,500 miles of rivers, fed by nearly 30,000 miles of streams. But these resources are facing threats, some of which have synergistic effects in the face of a changing climate. Habitat fragmentation by obsolete dams and undersized culverts prevent the natural movement of species. Stormwater runoff and aging septic systems facilitate nutrient loading, sometimes yielding harmful algal blooms that threaten drinking water resources and the recreational opportunities that draw millions of visitors to the Park each year. Road salt mismanagement poses a risk to drinking water and corrodes vital infrastructure. Many water bodies are still recovering from the detrimental impacts of acid rain. In recognition of these challenges, the Adirondack Council seeks a qualified candidate to work as a full-time “Sammon Clean Water Advocate.”

Position Responsibilities

The Sammon Clean Water Advocate’s role will include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Convene community members and other relevant stakeholders to develop a common understanding of the threats to water quality in the Raquette Lake area and develop watershed-scale recommendations.
  • Establish a framework for determining and monitoring the carrying capacity of a water body.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the Clean Water, Jobs, and Wilderness campaign.
  • Work with the Council’s VISION Project Director and other Council staff and partners to implement key recommendations of the Management, Ecosystems, and Communities VISION project pillars.
  • Partner with the Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation (RLPF) to protect and promote the watershed of Raquette Lake as RLPF continues to develop and implement strategies to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species and mitigate other threats. including but not limited to recommendations outlined in their draft Lake Management Plan.
  • Identify sustainable funding solutions to advance the Raquette Lake Preservation Foundation’s lake management and aquatic invasive species prevention and control work; partner with the organization as appropriate to secure grants to bring plan recommendations to fruition.
  • Work collaboratively with local governments, state partners, and the Council’s Clean Water Program Coordinator to address clean water infrastructure needs in communities, including implementation of recommendations from the Adirondack Council’s white paper entitled “Protecting Adirondack Waters from Septic System Pollution” where appropriate.
  • Establish an Adirondack Council presence in the southwest part of the Park; build relationships with local government leaders, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Lead the Council’s clean water work in the Raquette Lake watershed; pilot strategies that can be scalable and replicable in other areas of the Park.


  • Interest and experience working with water resources subject matter, including but not limited to watershed planning, aquatic invasive species prevention and management, citizen science programs, data collection and analysis, infrastructure, clean water policy, etc.
  • Capacity to facilitate community conversations and identify common ground solutions to complex issues.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle with winter travel capability, as travel within the Park will be required.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Commitment to engaging others from a foundation of respect, integrity, and inclusion.
  • Strong preference for a candidate who is currently based, or willing to re-locate, to the southwest part of the Adirondack Park.

How to Apply

Please email your resume and cover letter by close of business on Friday, June 11, 2021, to the following:
Megan Phillips, Vice President for Conservation --
Jackie Bowen, Associate Director for Conservation --

Organizational Purpose/Mission Statement: Based in Elizabethtown, NY (30 miles east of Lake Placid), the mission of the Adirondack Council is to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park for current and future generations. We envision an Adirondack Park with clean water and air and large wilderness areas, surrounded by working farms and forests and vibrant local communities. To protect the Adirondacks, the Council uses the best science, the law, and an understanding of political decision making, to educate, inform and motivate the public and those who make public policy. We are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds.

The Adirondack Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants receive equal considerations without regard to age, race, color, religion, marital status, sexual preference, ancestry, national origin, handicap, or disability. Employees are selected on the basis of their individual qualifications and ability to fulfill the requirements of the job. The same considerations apply to promotions, pay increases, and all other conditions of employment with the Adirondack Council.

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