Program Associate, Growing Water Smart
AZ or CO Programs
Job Type

Are you passionate about helping communities in the West become resilient to existing and future water challenges? Sonoran Institute is seeking an enthusiastic and committed Program Associate to join our Growing Water Smart team. Sonoran Institute’s “Growing Water Smart” (GWS) program trains and assists communities in ensuring that land-use planning, which largely determines future water demand related to urban growth and development, is sensitive to future water conditions and makes the most strategic and equitable use of that water. The Program Associate works closely with the Growing Water Smart program team (Director, Associate Director, and Manager) to ensure smooth, effective operations and attainment of goals. The Program Associate will assist with program communications, logistics, and administration and will support program work by conducting research and analysis, assisting in writing reports and communications materials, organizing meetings and workshops, managing websites and online platforms, and contributing to project products and program deliverables. The Program Associate is supervised by the Associate Director. The Program Associate is a fully remote position and must be physically located in Arizona or Colorado. The Program Associate will be part of a 3-4-person program team and supports the program across all geographies (AZ, CA, CO, MX) as needed.

Come join an organization whose mission is to connect people and communities with the natural resources that nourish and sustain them. We envision resilient and sustainable communities living in harmony with the natural world, where flowing rivers and healthy landscapes enable all people and nature to thrive. Our work transcends borders, bringing together diverse communities to promote civil dialogue about complex conservation issues that know no boundaries. All aspects of our work are guided by inclusivity and collaboration to create positive environmental change in the western United States and northwestern Mexico.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support project management for GWS projects, as assigned, including tracking project tasks and grantor deliverables, meeting scheduling, communicating with stakeholders, and identifying opportunities for project publicity or additional grant funding.
  • Coordinate, attend, or support GWS staff’s participation in external meetings, conferences, and workshops.
  • Conduct research for GWS reports, publications, articles, and presentations. 
  • Assist in the curriculum design of trainings and workshops.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in natural or water resource management, public policy, environmental policy, sustainability, climate science, urban and regional planning, or related field and one or more year(s) of work experience in a related field.

Required Skills and Competencies

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and high attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office 365 programs
  • Experience with WordPress or other website management system
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop
  • Energetic, outgoing, flexible, creative, and a proactive problem solver 
  • Current valid driver’s license
  • Ability to work independently and remotely
  • Ability to travel by car and plane in the United States

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Graduate degree in natural or water resource management, public policy, environmental policy, sustainability, climate science, urban and regional planning, or related field
  • Experience in water resource management and/or land use planning
  • Proficient in Spanish language
  • Proficient in ArcGIS 
  • Experience in facilitation and stakeholder engagement
  • Experience with designing education or training programs

Geographic Location: Fully remote position physically located within the State of Arizona or Colorado.

Salary: $33,000-$45,000 (based on qualifications and experience) 

Benefits Offered:

  • Health Insurance – Employer Subsidized
  • Dental Insurance – Employer Subsidized
  • Life Insurance - Employer Paid
  • Long Term Disability - Employer Paid
  • 401K participation with employer match
  • Generous paid time off, starting at 20 days per year

This position is open until filled. We will be reviewing applications and scheduling interviews on a rolling basis and encourage you to submit your resume and cover letter as soon as possible.

Salary Description
$33,000-$45,000/Annually (DOE)