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Vacancy: Project coordinator (25h)

Riverwatch – a society for the protection of rivers based in Vienna – is looking for a project coordinator (25h) for a de-damming initiative. This campaign aims to analyze hydropower projects in Central and Eastern Europe and to determine which ones are to be removed due to ecological and/or economic reasons. With this campaign we are trying to implement the de-damming movement, which is already well- established in the US, to Europe. “De-damming” is an initiative by Riverwatch and the German Manfred-Hermsen-Stiftung.

The candidate will be working closely together with Riverwatch’s management in Vienna and will be responsible for the development and implementation of a campaign strategy.

The applicant will be responsible for the following main activities

  • to develop and implement a campaign strategy and coordinate campaign activities
  • to coordinate scientific studies
  • to engage in intensive public and media relations
  • to establish a de-damming network
  • to lobby on national and EU level
  • to manage project administration tasks

 He/she should

  • have perennial experience in campaigning and project work
  • be communicative, enjoy networking and be acquainted with social networks
  • be knowledgeable of the basics of river ecology and have some experience with environmental politics and legislation, as well as with lobby work
  • have good organization skills and a high willingness to travel
  • be a team player but also able and willing to work autonomously and take on responsibility
  • speak excellent German and English (fluent writing and communication skills)
  • most importantly, be enthusiastic and motivated to work in river conservation

 We offer

  • a varied and meaningful job in nature conservation
  • flexible working hours with a regular employment, home office possible (place of work is Vienna in order to ensure close cooperation with Riverwatch’s management)
  • press trips
  • a monthly gross salary of approximately  €1600 (depending on qualification and experience) for 25 hours/week
  • Employment will start in December 2016 and is restricted to 13 month for now. Extension is possible.

Dams are not for eternity!

Please  send  your  application,  including  a  motivation  letter  (one  A4  page  max), your  CV  and preferably 2 references to Cornelia Wieser ( by Friday, October 28, 2016.

The job advertisement as PDF for download