At home in the outdoors? From protecting our watersheds to blazing OZ trails, we discovered a spectrum of positions with local nonprofits that might pique your interest.

Executive Director | Illinois River Watershed Partnership

The Illinois River Watershed Partnership is currently seeking a dedicated and conservation-minded individual to fulfill the role of Executive Director. The mission of IRWP is to improve the integrity of the Illinois River Watershed through public education, community outreach, and implementation of conservation and restoration practices.

The executive director position is charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of IRWP, as well as responsible for developing and implementing annual and long-term strategic plans to strengthen the organization’s ability to have a positive impact. Responsibilities include program and organizational development, fundraising, public relations, staff management, and financial management.

IRWP is a fifteen-year-old non-profit organization that works to conserve and restore the Illinois River Watershed in Northwest Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma. The Board of Directors is composed of six stakeholder groups that are tasked with finding consensus-based solutions to fulfill the organization’s mission. The organization currently includes six full-time equivalent staff, over $3M in program funding, and a 30-acre Watershed Sanctuary which serves as an outdoor classroom, office, and event space. Learn more about their impact HERE.

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Executive Director | Women of Oz

Women of OZ is a nonprofit with the mission of getting women on mountain bikes by breaking down barriers. They aim to create a fellowship of Women mountain bikers in Northwest Arkansas that engages, empowers and equips women. Women of OZ offers a free monthly ride that includes a mountain bike fundamentals skills clinic the first Saturday of every month.

The Women of OZ NWA Executive Director (ED) must possess a passion for, and commitment to creating a community of women mountain bikers. Key initiatives for the organization are important topics such as community, stewardship, unity, education, diversity, equity, empowerment and mentorship. The goal is to create a community of women that champion other women through mountain biking.

The executive director’s job responsibilities include developing and implementing the overall strategy and vision for the Women of OZ program and all organizational and operational aspects of Women of OZ including its administration, financial operations, revenue generation, program development and activities, personnel management and strategic planning.

Since it’s founding in March of 2019 over 2200 women have participated in Women of OZ programming!

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Executive Director | Women of Oz

Women of OZ is a nonprofit with the mission of getting women on mountain bikes by breaking down barriers. They aim to create a fellowship of Women mountain bikers in Northwest Arkansas that engages, empowers and equips women. Women of OZ offers a free monthly ride that includes a mountain bike fundamentals skills clinic the first Saturday of every month.

The Women of OZ NWA Executive Director (ED) must possess a passion for, and commitment to creating a community of women mountain bikers. Key initiatives for the organization are important topics such as community, stewardship, unity, education, diversity, equity, empowerment and mentorship. The goal is to create a community of women that champion other women through mountain biking.

The executive director’s job responsibilities include developing and implementing the overall strategy and vision for the Women of OZ program and all organizational and operational aspects of Women of OZ including its administration, financial operations, revenue generation, program development and activities, personnel management and strategic planning.

Since it’s founding in March of 2019 over 2200 women have participated in Women of OZ programming!

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Stream & Forest Resource Specialist | Beaver Watershed Alliance

The Beaver Watershed Alliance (BWA) works to proactively protect, enhance, and sustain the high water quality of Beaver Lake and its tributaries through voluntary best management practice implementation, outreach and education, and scientific evaluation. From Harrison, Arkansas to Westville, Oklahoma, over 420,000 people rely on Beaver Lake for drinking water, industry, and recreational activities such as boating, skiing, birding, and swimming. BWA provides strategic, valued, and meaningful programming to provide watershed landowners and environmental stewards with the resources they need to help protect the water quality of Beaver Lake and its tributaries.

The Alliance Stream & Forest Resource Specialist is primarily responsible for handling daily stream and/or forested landowner resource needs, collaborating with a wide range of partners and implementing a broad scope of outreach and education. This position’s responsibilities will include one on one property visits with landowners to consult on best management practices that help landowners improve stream erosion, streamside riparian areas, forested landscapes, and enhance natural resources, as well as serve as a liaison between the landowner and federal, state and local resources for these land uses. This position is also responsible for program development ranging from large environmental stewardship events and workshops to landscape-scale initiatives to improve water quality in the Beaver Lake watershed.

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Trail Maintenance Manager | NWA Trailblazers

The NWA Trailblazers is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure that connects community and moves people. To carry out this mission they develop multi-use trails for cycling, running, walking and most importantly, discovering the beauty found all across Northwest Arkansas. For almost two decades the NWA Trailblazers have been committed to building quality trails that help Northwest Arkansas residents and visitors step outside and discover more.

The organization is currently searching for a qualified and reliable Trail Maintenance Manager to lead the maintenance department. As the maintenance manager, this person will be responsible for managing all installation, repair, and upkeep operations for soft-surface trails and property in the Northwest Arkansas Area. Duties will include building/maintaining trail, maintaining machinery, planning repair activities, and developing maintenance procedures.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a maintenance and management role with excellent organizational and leadership abilities and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of soft-surface trails, trail building skills and maintenance of machinery and equipment.

NWA Trailblazers have completed 45 projects and built over 150 miles of trail since inception.

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Trail Maintenance Manager | NWA Trailblazers

The NWA Trailblazers is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing cycling and pedestrian infrastructure that connects community and moves people. To carry out this mission they develop multi-use trails for cycling, running, walking and most importantly, discovering the beauty found all across Northwest Arkansas. For almost two decades the NWA Trailblazers have been committed to building quality trails that help Northwest Arkansas residents and visitors step outside and discover more.

The organization is currently searching for a qualified and reliable Trail Maintenance Manager to lead the maintenance department. As the maintenance manager, this person will be responsible for managing all installation, repair, and upkeep operations for soft-surface trails and property in the Northwest Arkansas Area. Duties will include building/maintaining trail, maintaining machinery, planning repair activities, and developing maintenance procedures.

The ideal candidate will have proven experience in a maintenance and management role with excellent organizational and leadership abilities and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of soft-surface trails, trail building skills and maintenance of machinery and equipment.

NWA Trailblazers have completed 45 projects and built over 150 miles of trail since inception.

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Bonus: The Northwest Arkansas Land Trust (NWALT), a regional conservation organization, is seeking an office administrator with a passion for protecting our environment!

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