Hiring Statement

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays invites applications for a part-time project manager. The Center is a private non-profit organization located at the Indian River Inlet in Delaware Seashore State Park near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The Center is a community-collaborative National Estuary Program that has successfully worked in partnership to protect and restore the Inland Bays since 1994.  The Center is funded by a wide array of public and private grants and donations, each with their own rules and restrictions, which support a variety of research, education, and water quality restoration projects.

Position Type – Part Time

This part-time position will average 28 hours per week, with a typical weekly work schedule of three to four, eight-hour working days. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.  They are not subject to Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) leave, holiday and sick pay as per CIB policies. Participation in benefit plans is not offered.


A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science or a related field and minimum of two-years’ experience in conservation, natural resources management, or watershed restoration.  Experience in planning and carrying out ecological restoration projects, including management of contractors.  Experience in applying for and managing small grants. Well-developed interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to engage, coordinate, and work with community leaders, landowners, and volunteers.  Demonstrated ability to work well in multi-disciplinary teams. Proficient with technical equipment and computer software (including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). GIS experience preferred. Ability to operate small boats a plus.

General Description of the Position

The Project Manager (PM) works under the supervision of the Science & Restoration Coordinator and collaborates closely with other CIB staff.  He/she is responsible for management of multiple ecological restoration-oriented projects, such as stormwater retrofits, reforestation, shellfish restoration, or shoreline stabilization. Duties include planning and budgeting, assistance with grant proposals, contracting, overall project management, and reporting. The PM may also provide support for the CIB’s research and monitoring programs, including data management, literature reviews, and preparation of technical documents. The PM may supervise a small number of part time employees or interns, and teams of volunteers.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works independently and with others, while communicating and strategizing regularly with Science & Restoration program staff members.
  • Coordinates and communicates with CIB staff, grantors, project partners, local communities, regulatory agencies, and others to plan and implement ecological restoration projects.
  • Manages consultants and contractors. Develops RFPs, contracts or agreements, and task orders for projects.
  • Prepares project budgets, manages procurements, tracks expenses, and provides both internal and external progress reports.
  • Enters, manages, and analyzes environmental data.
  • Assists with development of technical documents and reports, literature reviews, and grant proposals.
  • Assists with preparation of project outreach materials and presentations. Delivers presentations to both technical and nontechnical audiences.
  • Manages volunteers participating in science and restoration projects.
  • Conducts program administrative tasks, including meeting scheduling and preparation, preparation of meeting notes, purchasing, responding to constituent enquiries, and maintenance of program files.
  • Completes other tasks as assigned by the Science & Restoration Coordinator.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven ability to work well in a service oriented team environment with understanding of roles and responsibilities of team members. Ability to establish and maintain professional networks to accomplish goals.
  • Good writing and communication skills, including knowledge of technical report writing.
  • Strong organizational ability. Demonstrates attention to details.
  • Proven ability to balance multiple projects and priorities to complete high quality work on time.
  • Skill and experience in environmental project management, including planning, permitting, budgeting, tracking, coordination of contractors and partners, and reporting.
  • Experience applying for and managing small grants.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Working knowledge of GIS preferred.
  • Ability to manage, analyze and report environmental data.
  • Ability to work in the outdoors in a variety of environments and weather situations, including in small boats.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Work is performed in both an office environment and in the field. Field assignments may require bending, climbing, crawling, kneeling, lifting up to 25 pounds, pulling, reaching, sitting, standing, stooping, walking in rough terrain, in-water work, and occasionally contending with adverse weather conditions requiring special clothing and safety precautions.  Evening or weekend work to attend meetings and events is sometimes required.  A flexible schedule is permitted.  The position is subject to the Center’s Office Policy Manual.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, genetic information and marital or familial status.

To Apply

Please send cover letter, resume and 3 references in a single PDF document to admin@inlandbays.org