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Job opportunities at Prairie Rivers of Iowa, Center for Rural Affairs & WFAN

Are you passionate about protecting Iowa’s natural environment? Several of our member organizations are currently hiring. Don’t miss this opportunity to work for these incredible organizations alongside some truly amazing, smart and talented individuals.

Questions? Please connect with the individual listed as the contact for the position you are applying for. The Council cannot answer questions about individual positions.

Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator – Prairie Rivers of Iowa
The Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Coordinator will develop and lead our Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway Program. We are looking for the right person who wishes to develop this dynamic program along the Lincoln Highway Heritage Byway over the next several years. The Lincoln Highway is Iowa’s longest designated roadway, its only historic byway and the state’s portion of the original Lincoln Highway, the first coast-to-coast improved highway in the United States. This Coordinator must be enthusiastic about history, preservation, heritage tourism and community development in relationship to the Lincoln Highway. This unique position will assist in the development and implementation of fundraising strategies for the road’s intrinsic qualities, meet and develop stakeholder groups and conduct project activities along the Byway. This position also offers the opportunity to interact with a wide range of stakeholders in locations across the state, and to make an impact in many byway communities.

Read the full job description

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Executive Director Penny Brown Huber,, by Monday, November 10, 2014.

Rural Caucus Coordinator / Climate and Energy Organizer – Center for Rural Affairs
REAMP is a network of 160 nonprofits and foundations working across eight Midwestern states to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% economy wide by 2050. The REAMP Rural Caucus is created to deepen climate engagement with rural constituents and position the Network to advance policy priorities at the state, regional and federal level. The successful candidate will spend approximately one-half of his or her time coordinating this Caucus and engaging network members around the Caucus’ workplan and goals.

The Center for Rural Affairs is a leading nonprofit organization with a national reputation for progressive rural advocacy and policy work. Approximately one-half of this position will be devoted to working alongside the Center to further energy and climate advocacy efforts throughout Northeast Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin. This work plan focuses on engaging important stakeholders and local communities to advance renewable energy systems, including clean energy transmission. The Center is an active member of the RE-AMP Network and a leader in the Rural Caucus.

Read the full job description

Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and one short writing sample (1-3 pages), to Apply by November 1, 2014 for full consideration.

Women, Land and Legacy Coordinator – Women, Food and Agriculture Network
The WLL Coordinator will be responsible for the daily operations of the WLL project, promote growth of WLL throughout Iowa, and provide outreach to the local teams to help them be more sustainable. The coordinator will support local teams so that they better meet the needs of agricultural and rural women in Iowa and ensure that they have a safe place to learn and ask questions. The coordinator will serve as the key contact with local teams as well as the WLL State Team and partner groups to better coordinate the services provided through WLL.

The WLL Coordinator will report to the WFAN Executive Director, and will be advised by the WLL State Team. The WLL State Team will provide the coordinator training and direction, assistance with the quarterly newsletter and social media, assistance with communication with key state-level agency leadership, and support in conducting evaluations.

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Please submit a cover letter addressing how you meet the above qualifications, resume, and two professional references to no later than 5pm central time on December 1, 2014. Questions regarding the position announcement can be directed to Bridget Holcomb: 515.460.2477 or

Council seeking Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Position Description — Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $14-$18/hour
Status: Permanent part-time position, 20+ hours/week (flexible hours)

Application Process: Email resume and cover letter to: No phone calls.

Immediate availability strongly preferred.

Qualifications Required:
• 3 years’ experience with QuickBooks
• 3 years’ experience with data bases
• 3 years’ experience in Office Administration with budget and finance
• 3 years’ experience with Microsoft Excel
• Strong analytical, verbal and written communications
• Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Business Administration
Position Responsibilities:
• Financial accounting: accounts payable, accounts receivable, journal entries, monthly financial reports; payroll with benefits administration, quarterly and annual payroll filing; process deposits
• Manage office responsibilities: vendor relationships, scheduling with Microsoft Outlook, postal mail, telephone, track and order supplies
• Develop and maintain positive relations with individual member on behalf of the Council in verbal, written and electronic communications.
• Manage the office technology: telephone, fax, copier and computer systems
• Assist in event and meeting planning
• Other duties as assigned
Compensation and Benefits:
• $14-$17/hour, 20 hours/week (somewhat flexible hours)
• Vacation, holidays and sick leave
• Flex Savings Plan
• Retirement Plan

5 Reasons to Attend Our Annual Conference

Our annual conference, Engage in Your Future: Creating a healthier, sustainable tomorrow, is just two weeks away.

We can think of endless reasons for you to join us on October 9 at Drake University, but we’ve narrowed it down to five.

PrintFive reasons to attend our 2014 annual conference:

1. Hear from local, regional and national industry exerts
From local leaders in Iowa, to talented allies in surrounding states and individuals on the national stage, this year’s conference features an exciting slate of speakers you won’t want to miss. View the full conference agenda here.

2. Network
Our conference is known for bringing together a unique cross section of Iowa’s environmental community. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet and connect with new and old friends, and identify opportunities to work together.

3. Learn
This year’s conference will delve into the latest developments to Invest in clean water, Expand clean energy and Confront climate change. Learn from your colleagues’ successes and challenges, embrace new ideas, tools and techniques, and apply that shared knowledge and experience to your work.

4. Recharge
Whether you work for a small non-profit staff or a large state agency, we’re all busy, and it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day grind. Our conference will surround you with smart, creative and thought-provoking people that will leave you feeling re-energized, refocused and inspired.

5. Socialize
We work hard to plan a conference that is not only engaging and informative, but also fun. This year, conference attendees will have the opportunity to connect the night prior to the conference at our inaugural community awareness event, Pro H2O, at the Science Center of Iowa.

For more information about the conference, including the full agenda, visit our website. We look forward to seeing you on October 9.

Have questions or prefer to register via phone? Contact Communications & Outreach Director Katy Heggen at 515-244-1194 x 210 or email

Job Opportunity: Council seeks Bookkeeper/Office Manager

The Iowa Environmental Council seeks a Bookkeeper/Office Manager. Ideal candidates possess relevant skill set and job experience to position responsibilities, qualifications and desirable qualities, as well as a passion for the mission of the Iowa Environmental Council.

Position responsibilities include:

• Manage office responsibilities including vendor relationships, financial accounting, postal mail, telephone, processing deposits, financial reporting, scheduling, office supplies, staff payroll and benefit records, etc.
• Accounts payable, accounts receivable, monthly journal entries and financials, payroll, benefits administration
• Develop and maintain positive relations with individual members on behalf of Council including written materials, electronic communications, and telephone calls.
• Help oversee/manage office technology including telephone, fax, copier and computer systems.
• Assist with event and meeting planning
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and desirable qualities:

• Required experience with Quick Books
• Required experience with databases
• Experience within office administration, and/or budget and finance field.
• Strong analytical, verbal and written communication and computer skills
• Associate or Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred.

For additional information about this position, including compensation, status and desired start date, visit our website.

To apply: Send resume and cover letter to
Please include date of earliest availability. (no phone calls)

Registration now open

Registration for our 2014 Annual Conference, ENGAGE IN YOUR FUTURE: Creating a healthier, sustainable tomorrow, and our inaugural community engagement event, Pro H2O, is now open.

Pro H2O
October 8, 2014
7 p.m.
Science Center of Iowa

2014 Annual Conference
October 9, 2014
7:30 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. call to order
Drake University

This year’s conference, ENGAGE IN YOUR FUTURE: Creating a healthier, sustainable tomorrow, will delve into the latest developments to Invest in clean water, Expand clean energy and Confront climate change.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Project Climate Change Communication, will kick off a day of networking and presentations sharing the latest developments and research in the environmental field. We have a great lineup this year, and will be announcing other speakers in the near future. Visit our website for additional conference information.

Discounted registration is available to Council members and students. Early bird registration is available through September 15, 2014. Join more than 200 of Iowa’s top environmental leaders and register today.

Interested in exhibiting at or sponsoring the conference? Learn more about exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities here.

Pro H2O

Since the founding of the Iowa Environmental Council nearly 20 years ago, the Council in partnership with its members, has made improving the quality of Iowa’s rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands a top priority.

From the small creeks and ponds on the farm and the edge of town where our children explore and play, to the large rivers and lakes where our families gather on the weekends to fish, swim and boat – clean water provides to our communities better quality of life and a healthier Iowa we can call home.

We invite you to make a splash with the Iowa Environmental Council. This inaugural event hosted at SCI invites you to play with your water, be wowed by the science fair, learn how you can make a difference, and ensure CLEAN WATER IN IOWA. Register today if you’re Pro H2O!

Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Gateway Market, a full service bar, a water-related science fair, special address by Bill Stowe, Des Moines Water Works CEO and general manager, and music entertainment provided by local musical act, MAIDS. Visit our website for additional event information.

We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events!