MLR is Hiring

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates

Position Description

Civic Organizer to Protect Lakes and Rivers

Introduction: Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates is a civic organization, using civic organizing principles to organize our base of individual members, lake association members, local governmental resource managers and other partners to protect Minnesota’s lakes and rivers from degradation.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  1. Work with Executive Director Jeff Forester to learn the Civic Organizing model as put forth by the Midwest Active Citizenship Initiative, 

  2. Organize local civic infrastructure to support the Stop Starry Program, which seeks to put boat cleaning stations on every access on each lake in Minnesota that is currently infested with the invasive algae starry stonewort. We will organize local partners to create a social norm at the local level to use the boat cleaning equipment every time they exit a lake.

  3. Lead monthly (or as needed) Civic Organizing meetings in the communities where the CD3 boat cleaning equipment will be installed.

  4. Work with Executive Director Jeff Forester to secure local partnerships to manage the CD3 stations’ ongoing costs and maintenance for three years.

  5. Coordinate among local partners, local governments and CD3 to choose sites, secure appropriate permissions from access owners, deliver and instal CD3 boat cleaning stations.

  6. Help develop, with MLR and the Midwest Active Citizenship Initiative, and implement a Lake Leadership Institute to teach Civic Organizing strategies to lake leaders and partners.

  7. Track expenditures to fulfill requirements of the Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources, manage budget for the project and work with MLR staff to produce required documentation and reports.

  8. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.


Essential Job Functions

1. Work with MLR Executive Dir. Jeff Forester and Midwest Active Citizenship Initiative to learn the Civic Governance© framework.

2. Work with local civic organizations, including lake associations and County, Watershed District, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Tribes, and MN DNR to successfully meet grant objectives,                                   

2. Develop and maintain professional relationships with partners, MLR staff, partner agencies, partner LGUs and funding agency. 

3. Document work time in 15-minute increments for funding sources

5. Ability to obtain access to and utilize USDA NRCS computer systems 

6. Ability to work outside in all weather, on rough terrain, with biting insects

7. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds on a regular basis; occasionally may need to lift more than 20 pounds. 

8. Ability to pass criminal background check(s)

9. Have and maintain a valid Driver’s License with a clean driving record.


  • Bachelor’s degree in natural resources, political science, journalism or related communications degree,

  • Computer skills that include Excel, Google Platform, PowerPoint, Social Media,

  • Strong written and oral communication skills,

  • Works well independently and with a team,

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Self-starter able to manage your own schedule.

STRONG PREFERENCE: given to those with:

  • A background in organizing partnerships, collaborations, and network building, convening groups and holding participants accountable to their chosen roles and agreements,
  • Ability to develop leadership capacity in others.

SALARY & BENEFITS: Anticipated starting salary is $20.00/hour DOQ. ($22 to $27 per hour) Current benefits include options for  health insurance, flexible self-directed work schedule and IRA match possible. This position will allow for a great deal of flexibility.

If interested, please E-MAIL RESUME, COVER LETTER TO:

Jeff Forester, Executive Dir., MLR
PO Box 22262
St. Paul, MN 55122


Apply by midnight – September 15, 2021
Interviews tentatively planned for September 20th, 2021
Anticipated board hiring approval date – October 1, 2021
Start date – To be mutually agreed upon


Minnesota Statutes Chapter 13 requires that you be informed of the following about private data requested in the application process.

Name, home address and telephone numbers, and email address are used to identify you and to contact you about potential job opportunities. If your name is not provided, we won’t be able to process your application. If your contact information is not provided, we will not be able to contact you and may reject your application. If you are a finalist for a vacancy, your name becomes public data and is available to anyone. 

You are not legally required to provide any of the private data listed above. MLR employees and board members involved in the selection process may have access to your private data if their work assignments reasonably require access. Others who may legally access the above data are individuals or agencies to whom we are required to release the data by law, rule or court order.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, familial status, age, sexual orientation, status with regard to public assistance, disability, genetic information, veteran status or activity in a local Human Rights Commission or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates is an equal opportunity employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Minnesota Lakes and Rivers Advocates may provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities during the application and selection process and upon employment.

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