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Resilience Manager

Elizabeth River Project
Norfolk City, Virginia, US
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The Elizabeth River Project is recruiting candidates for the new position of Ryan Resilience Lab Manager. Be in on the ground floor to plan programs and begin operations for the Pru & Louis Ryan Resilience Lab, , a nationally important education center on sea level resilience in Norfolk, Va. Under construction for completion in 2023 on an urban waterfront site, the center will be a hub for research with multiple universities while serving as a demonstration for the public regarding accessible ways to address one of the highest rates of rising seas in the US. Green building features range from solar power, living walls and green roofs to recapture of rainwater in toilets. A Learning Park will feature changing research and a "living shoreline" of restored wetlands and oyster habitat, along with a boardwalk observatory.

The non-profit Elizabeth River Project is one of the oldest and largest environmental non-profits on the Chesapeake Bay with a mission to restore the environmental health of one of America's great port rivers. We are looking for a candidate with proven managerial abilities, up-to-date knowledge of climate change challenges including sea level resilience, adaptation and mitigation, especially as these relate to the ecosystem; and compelling experience interpreting these complex concepts for the public by means such as exhibits, signage, tours and programs.

The Ryan Lab Resilience Manager will manage all aspects of start-up operations and maintenance for the new education center, including planning and managing a start-up budget and planning and managing a calendar of interpretive experiences, signage and programs with regional partners, giving special focus to equity and environmental justice. The position includes coordination of partner research by area universities (already collaborating). The position includes ensuring sound operation of the green systems.

The candidate may not have skills in all areas of diverse needs for managing the facility, but will have the ability to manage and work with others, whether contractors or staff or volunteers, to ensure these needs are met.
This is a full-time position with a competitive salary dependent on qualifications, and a comprehensive benefits package. To learn more about Elizabeth River Project, please visit If you are interested in joining our team in this cutting edge role, please send your resume and cover letter to Human Resources Manager Jaye Hughes, Elizabeth River Project is an equal opportunity employer.

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