Job title​: Community Outreach Specialist

The Oswego Lake Watershed Council (OLWC) is a locally organized, non-profit, non-regulatory watershed stewardship organization established to improve the condition and health of the Oswego Lake watershed and its stream network. The mission of OLWC is to foster stewardship, education, participation and financial support for the purpose of the conservation, restoration, enhancement, and maintenance of watershed functions that achieve and sustain a healthy watershed.

The Council is dedicated to community outreach about watershed function, the benefits of trees, and stormwater management. This position will coordinate community outreach efforts of the Council, with a focus on upland forest enhancement and climate action. Day to day work might include meeting with neighborhood association liaisons, crafting social media posts and emails to promote an upcoming event, and training teachers on the use of our tree monitoring program.


Position Summary

This is a half time position, funded for 10 months per year with a flexible schedule. This is a new position at OLWC, with the opportunity to grow the position to more hours in the future.

Trees on Campus Program

  • Work with the Watershed Coordinator to develop the Trees on Campus Program
  • Coordinate with teachers to develop tree assessment, mapping, and planting plans
  • Support student efforts to plant and maintain natural resources on school campuses

Community Outreach

  • Create and distribute outreach materials, attend partner events and community events
  • Work with volunteer committees to plan, publicize, and host events
  • Coordinate quarterly newsletters and craft social media content
  • Support volunteer event coordination for select sites

Urban Forest Committee Coordination

  • Coordinate tree monitoring, planting, and maintenance with Neighborhood Associations
  • Creation of city-wide Urban Forest Committee