Program Coordinator; Mobile Baykeeper

Mobile Baykeeper is the voice of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities. We exist to advocate for the watershed and Coastal Alabama, protecting clean water, clean air, and healthy communities.

We solve pollution problems through thorough, accurate research; through strong relationships with business, industry, government, and agency leaders that ensure responsible growth; and through citizen education and engagement. These core focus areas drive our mission to provide citizens a means to protect the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed and our coastal communities.

The Role of the Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator will assist the Program Director in carrying out Mobile Baykeeper’s mission. We are seeking an individual who will coordinate sampling efforts, assist in policy/planning

review in the region, write reports, and track deliverables. Ideal candidates will have a strong understanding of water and wastewater sampling, aquatic and marine sciences, environmental regulations, construction stormwater, and environmental policy. The coordinator will be a passionate protector of our environment and a strong advocate for the Mobile Bay Watershed.

This is a full-time position. Main work hours will be scheduled during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am -5 pm). Evening and weekend work is often required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Resolve Environmental Issues (Sampling, Investigations, and Inspections)

  • Coordinate field activities, including patrols, investigations, monitoring, and other field work as needed
    • Plan and perform fieldwork
    • Organize, prepare, calibrate, maintain, and use field and lab equipment
    • Plan and conduct construction stormwater inspections
    • Research and track permit violations
    • Design sampling plan for unpermitted discharges and suspected sewage spills; and
    • Track, document, and investigate pollution problems
    • Assist Program Director in preparing reports
    • Maintain Mobile Baykeeper water quality data
    • Input, respond to and track citizens’ environmental concerns
    • Coordinate with municipalities, state agencies, and other relevant partners to resolve pollution issues
    • Regularly assist Program Director with updates and revisions to Mobile Baykeeper Standard Operating Procedures


  • Coordinate Swim Where It’s Monitored (SWIM) program
  • Coordinate AmeriCorps Patrol Team to monitor multiple sites for bacteria
  • Update data in Mobile Baykeeper Spreadsheet and Swim Guide website
  • Work with Program Director and Communications Coordinator to report SWIM data to the public
  • Ensure highest quality Standard Operating Procedures are implemented and closely followed

Responsible Growth

  • Assist with writing comment letters and tracking changes that result from our effort
  • Research changes to environmental laws and policies, draft briefs detailing effects
  • Research new or revised permits as well as new development activities
    • Track new permit requests & review all air and water issues

Educate and Engage

  • Assist Education and Outreach Coordinator & Program Director with education programs including but not limited to SWAMP (Strategic Watershed Awareness and Monitoring Program), Muddy Water Watch, Lunch and Learns, tabling events, and speaking engagements
    • Research and conduct trash assessments and lead other anti-litter activities
    • Assist with planning and logistics for clean-ups

Other Duties

  • Assist Program Director with the following:
    • The Baykeeper Patrol AmeriCorps team training and activities
    • Campaigns and special research projects
  • Attend meetings as requested and communicate information back to involved staff
  • Help research and develop partnerships within the community
  • Assist with basic office duties including answering phones and contact with the public
  • Maintain files on environmental issues and campaigns


  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, marine science, hydrology, environmental engineering, environmental policy, environmental studies, or a closely related field
    • 1+ year of relevant experience
  • Proven ability to rigorously follow SOPs and QA/QC procedures
  • Knowledge of watersheds
  • Proficient in best practices and standards for ambient water sampling/testing
  • Knowledge of wastewater, stormwater, and industrial processes/permitting
  • Willingness to learn from and engage with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Familiarity with local, state, and national environmental laws/regulations
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Proficient with GIS and mapping
  • Ability to interact effectively and respectfully with people from different cultures and experiences and those who live in nearby communities.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Effective communication skills necessary to develop and maintain lasting partnerships with government, agency, and community representatives, among others
  • Demonstrates initiative is conscientious, and provides follow-through on areas of responsibility
  • Positive, self-motivated, and quick-learning performer highly valued — a sense of humor is a must
  • Possession of a registered and insured personal vehicle and a valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience
  • Proficiency operating and maintaining vessels
  • Understanding of the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Coal Combustion Residuals Rule, National Environmental Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, among others
  • Familiarity with IDEXX Enterolert/Coilert methodologies
  • Proficiency with current state and national environmental policies and regulations
  • Knowledge of hydrology, geology, and soils
  • Alabama Water Watch trained
  • Knowledge of wastewater processes
  • QCI certification
  • Proven grant writing and project management experience including ensuring that awarded grants are tracked to completion of deliverables, reporting, billing and invoicing
  • 40 Hr. OSHA HAZWOPER certification
  • FAA Part 107 certified

Physical Requirements

  • Able to work on a computer, including sitting at a desk for extended periods; to read a computer screen; and manual dexterity to operate a keyboard
  • Able to walk and/or wade to sample sites within dense forests, wetlands, marshes, and streams
  • Comfortable occasionally working in rugged, wet, environments in inclement weather
  • Able to climb stairs and occasionally lift objects weighing up to 50 pounds


Salary and benefits are competitive with other Alabama not-for-profit environmental organizations; salary is commensurate with experience plus paid time off (PTO) and 100% individual health insurance benefits. The position requires travel within the Mobile/Baldwin County area. Must be available to work some nights and weekends.

Application Information

This position is open until filled. Submit your cover letter and resume electronically to