Lake Champlain Lakekeeper

Nov 04, 2021 Vermont

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has an immediate opening for a Lake Champlain Lakekeeper to advocate for the restoration and protection of the Lake Champlain watershed. The position is field-based with expected travel throughout the Lake Champlain watershed region. Some designated time at CLF Vermont’s office in Montpelier, VT is expected to attend stakeholder/legislative meetings and meet with  other CLF staff. The Lakekeeper is a member of CLF’s Clean Air and Water program and works under the supervision of the CLF Vice President for Vermont.  The Lakekeeper also  works with and is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance; learn more at

What you’ll do

The Lake Champlain Lakekeeper works to restore the health of Lake Champlain and its tributaries after years of pollution from development, agricultural runoff, and other sources.  This work will be achieved by:

  • Building a strong voice for the Lake Champlain watershed by mobilizing local citizens, and educating decisionmakers and the public about the value of Lake Champlain and the threats it faces;
  • Connecting CLF members, the general public, and key decisionmakers to Lake Champlain and its tributaries through excursions on the water and other activities in the watershed;
  • Participating in decision making and public policy advocacy affecting the watershed;
  • Working with CLF’s attorneys to develop and advance policy positions, legal actions, and initiatives to protect Lake Champlain and respond to unlawful and unregulated pollution
  • Serving as the Lake’s “eyes and ears” to monitor for illegal pollution and other threats;
  • Working with CLF’s Communications team to: develop materials related to the Lake, including fact sheets, op-eds, and blogs; make strategic use of social media to educate and mobilize CLF members and the general public; and engage with the media to elevate and address issues affecting the Lake and the watershed;
  • Working with CLF’s Development team to raise support for the Lakekeeper program, including cultivating new CLF members/donors and identifying grant opportunities as well as planning and executing events to engage existing and prospective CLF members/donors; and
  • Building and stewarding relationships with other organizations, scientists, and state and federal elected officials to advance the goals set for the Lakekeeper, Vermont, and the Clean Air and Water program.

What you’ll need

We are seeking a motivated self-starter who is able to work both independently and as a productive team member. We are looking for someone who has:

  • Familiarity with the Lake Champlain region;
  • Knowledge of freshwater lake water quality issues;
  • Experience and comfort being on the water, and if not already certified, eagerness to learn to safely operate the Lakekeeper motorboat;
  • The ability to communicate effectively through written and oral methods and to work collaboratively with a wide range of people, including staff, interns, volunteers, policymakers, stakeholders, and the general public;
  • Experience and/or an interest in fundraising to support Lakekeeper goals;
  • Experience working in advocacy, community organizing, and/or outdoor education;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • An undergraduate degree in the sciences, environmental policy, or a related field preferred.

About CLF

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A nonprofit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science, and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to ocean conservation to transportation. Every day, CLF advocates stand up for New Englanders – in state houses, court houses and board rooms, regulatory hearings and community gatherings – to forge innovative paths to environmental progress and economic prosperity for all in our region. To that end, CLF works with communities of color, and also communities that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation.

CLF is committed to representing New England’s diversity in our staff, volunteers, boards, and membership and creating a positive, inclusive workplace culture where all can thrive. People of color are encouraged to apply.

Salary & Benefits

CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. The base salary for the position is $60,000; actual salary will reflect experience and qualifications.

We recognize the value of work-life balance and also strive to create opportunities for growth for all employees through professional development.

To Apply

If this exciting opportunity appeals to you, please send your resume titled “your last name-first initial-resume” (e.g. “SMITH J RESUME”) and a thoughtful cover letter titled “your last name- first initial-cover” (e.g. “SMITH J COVER”) to Please make “Lake Champlain Lakekeeper” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please.

CLF considers the health and safety of its staff members and their families, our guests, our visitors, and the community at large to be a top priority. All offers to work, intern, or volunteer with CLF are conditioned on the candidate complying with CLF’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.