Lake Champlain Lakekeeper®

May 13, 2019 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.

What you’ll do

As advocate, convener, and watchdog, the Lake Champlain Lakekeeper® plays a unique role in protecting and restoring the lake. Our Lakekeeper is on the ground in communities across the watershed working to:

  • Build 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;
  • Build and steward relationships with other organizations, scientists, state and federal regulators, elected officials, the media, and donors;
  • Secure strong protections for the lake, participate in the legislative process, permit proceedings, rulemakings, public meetings, and other processes affecting the watershed, including providing oral and written comments;
  • Prepare written materials, including fact sheets, commentaries, and blogs, and make strategic use of social media to address issues affecting the watershed;
  • Act as Lake Champlain’s “eyes and ears” by getting on the water in the Lakekeeper boat to be a watchdog for illegal pollution and other threats; and
  • Work with CLF attorneys to develop and advance policy positions, legal actions and initiatives to protect Lake Champlain and to respond to unlawful and unregulated pollution.

What you’ll need

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

  • An undergraduate degree in the sciences, environmental policy, or a related field from an accredited college or university;
  • Knowledge of freshwater lake water quality issues, and federal and state laws regarding water quality;
  • Familiarity with the Lake Champlain region;
  • Excellent written and oral communications, research and analytical skills, and attention to detail;
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a fast-paced environment;
  • The ability to communicate effectively and work well with a wide range of people in a collaborative fashion, including staff, interns, volunteers, policymakers, stakeholders and the general public;
  • Experience working with federal, state and local regulatory agencies and legislative bodies; and
  • Experience operating a motor boat and comfort on the water.


CLF offers a competitive salary, an extensive benefits plan, and an open, inclusive, and accepting work environment where differences are highly respected. 

You might like to know

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. A non-profit, member-supported organization, CLF uses the law, science and the market to solve the region’s most challenging environmental problems from climate change to water pollution to community problems like childhood lead poisoning. 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. CLF works with communities of color, and those that are economically or otherwise disadvantaged, which often suffer disproportionately the impacts of environmental degradation. 

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 “CLF Lake Champlain Lakekeeper” the subject of your e-mail. No phone calls please. CLF embraces diversity and equal opportunity in a serious way. We are dedicated to forming a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.