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Job Opening

Friends of Blackwater seeks to hire a Program Staff Member whose work will primarily focus on grant management, writing, and budgeting.  Send resume to

Background:  Friends of Blackwater (“FOB”) is a non-profit conservation organization in Tucker County, West Virginia working to protect the natural and human resources of the Mid-Atlantic Allegheny Highlands.  FOB was founded to move the iconic Blackwater Canyon into public ownership, and has expanded its mission over 20 years to include watershed restoration, outdoor recreational development, heritage and environmental education, and broad environmental advocacy.  

The Program Staff Member will work with the staff team on program development, grant and technical report writing, project management, data management and analysis, budgeting, field work, public outreach and advocacy, and volunteer supervision.  Desirable skills and experience include: training/experience in a natural science-related field, field work, demonstrated writing skills and experience, and project management.  A valid driver’s license is required.

This is a full-time position with somewhat flexible hours and schedule; in-person work from the FOB office in the Town of Thomas, WV is expected.  Compensation will be dependent on experience.  This is an opportunity to develop, employ, and refine a diverse vocational skill set in the realm of natural resource management, while working in one of the most unique and beautiful outdoors destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region.  

Application: Email cover letter and resume to  For information on Friends of Blackwater, visit    


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