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Project and Operations Manager

Website Green Lake Association

Water Quality Nonprofit Organization

The Green Lake Association is pleased to announce an opening for a new position, a Project & Operations Manager.


The Green Lake Association (GLA) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1951. We work closely with our partners to implement conservation practices, outreach and education programs, and lake research — all aimed at implementing a strategy based in scientific inquiry to protect Green Lake, located in Green Lake County, Wisconsin. Our program uses a voluntary, community-driven approach to protect, improve, and ultimately restore Green Lake’s water quality.

The GLA is the most robust lake association in Wisconsin, with a small but dedicated team of professional staff working on behalf of its mission to protect Green Lake. We have built a strong team and a supportive work environment. Our office is in a restored historic building that is now a community center and a short walk from the lake itself.


The Project & Operations Manager is the lead in managing watershed projects throughout the Green Lake watershed, including associated data tracking and reporting. The position will include field work and office work.


The minimum qualifications for the Project & Operations Manager are:

  • Bachelor’s degree in biological or chemical sciences, engineering, project management, or related fields.
  • Excellent communication skills—both written and oral—to convey complex issues clearly and concisely. Stakeholders include community members, scientific professionals, decision-makers, the GLA Board, and elected officials at all levels of government.
  • Highly organized with attention to detail for all aspects, including project planning and logistics, budgeting, report writing, partner collaboration, and implementation of on-site water quality improvement projects.
  • Demonstrated ability and experience in analyzing complex issues, and the ability to work independent of direct supervision to plan, implement, and problem-solve watershed projects.
  • Excellent consensus-building skills, with the proven ability to engage partners and facilitate meetings, both in-person and virtually.
  • A track-record of managing consultants and project partners to meet project goals.
  • Well organized, self-starter, detail-oriented, and adaptable with the ability to manage both routine and complex tasks simultaneously.
  • Ability to work as part of both small and large teams.

The preferred qualifications for the Project & Operations Manager are:

  • Certification with the Project Manager Institute or similar Project Manager Certification or training.
  • A minimum of five to eight years of relevant experience.
  • Experience operating equipment or machinery, including pumps and/or compressors.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Experience at a non-profit, science-based organization and/or a background in science and resource management.

In evaluating candidates for this position, the GLA may consider a combination of education, training, and experience which provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position, as stated in Roles and Responsibilities.


The following responsibilities are normal for this position, though these are not exclusive or all-inclusive and will change according to the project portfolio and organizational needs. Additional duties may be required.

Project Management

  • Oversee a portfolio of watershed management projects to ensure they are completed successfully, on-time, within budget, and in alignment with organizational needs.
  • Demonstrate team management skills including conflict management, team and stakeholder engagement and empowerment, addressing and removing impediments, negotiating project agreements, and stakeholder collaboration.
  • Plan and manage the scope of the projects, deliverables, budget, resources, schedules, communications, and project changes.
  • Lead and/or build project teams, both in-person and virtual.
  • Ensure that appropriate project methodology and practices are utilized.
  • Ensure project risks/dependencies are identified and managed to ensure that the timelines are not adversely impacted
  •  Represent the Green Lake Association as a project leader, and communicate effectively with partners, lake management planning members, GLA members, contractors, consultants, and government officials on project goals and water quality protection efforts.
  • Review and manage scopes of work with consultants.
  • Organize and facilitate committee meetings.
  • Evaluate and address external influences (WDNR, EPA, County and State Governments, Stakeholder) for potential impact on scope.
  • Ability to influence without direct authority.
  • Gather information on new and existing technologies, projects, and programs and workshops and conferences, and recommend them when appropriate.
  • Create site-specific project reports, periodic progress reports, final project reports, project and tasks summaries, and/or basic project outreach notifications and press releases.

Operations Management

  • Direct, coordinate, and train staff working on watershed management projects.
  • Conduct site visits and troubleshoot potential project problems as they arise.
  • Communicate and manage the work of vendors and operators involved in watershed management projects.

Planning Document and Data Management

  • Collect and compile data—particularly for a watershed management plan and lake management plan—that tracks the progress and success of water-quality focused projects implemented by multiple lake management planning partners.
  • Complete straightforward graphing and/or analyses of water quality data.
  • Maintain a series of metrics for a watershed management plan, Lake Report Card, Impact Report, and other communication tools.
  • Ensure institutional knowledge transfer.

Grant Tracking and Reporting

  • Plan and manage project compliance including, documentation, report, and track project progress for grantors.
  • Assist with the implementation and reporting of grant deliverables and reimbursement requests.
  • Assist other GLA staff and/or volunteers with writing portions of grants.
  • Research funding sources and opportunities to sustain and enhance watershed management efforts.


This is a full-time opportunity in the $55,000 to $65,000 range, with compensation commensurate with experience. The GLA’s retirement program offers a 100% match up to 3% salary contributions and cash in lieu of medical insurance totaling $3,600 annually. Position includes paid holidays (8 days), paid vacation (15 days), and a paid five-day office closure near the year’s end.

This position will report to the Executive Director. This position requires occasional attendance of weekend and/or evening events, with advance notice.


This position was posted on April 29, 2022 and will remain open until filled. To apply, send the following materials to Stephanie Prellwitz, Executive Director, at

  1. A cover letter that describes why you are interested in and qualified for the position.
  2. A resume that summarizes relevant education and experience.

Applications will be acknowledged and reviewed when submitted. Interviews with the most qualified candidates will be scheduled on a mutually convenient date. Three professional references will be requested of top candidates.

To apply for this job email your details to

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