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  • Volunteer Management - The Watershed Institute
    fulfill your mission thus propelling your organization forward Volunteers can assist with projects including mailings streambank restorations water quality monitoring filing trail maintenance and grant writing Getting Started There are five main components to a successful volunteer management program project identification recruitment retention recognition and internal systems To begin with project identification compile a list of current projects and determine their suitability for volunteers Use this list to decide where and how volunteers can help Then develop volunteer job descriptions This allows staff to thoroughly consider and plan how they can use volunteers in a meaningful way The job description also presents the volunteers with clear expectations of their work The key to successful recruitment is to communicate your need for volunteers while generating interest in your organization and its work Contact schools community groups senior centers and advertise in your newsletter website and local papers Once you have a group of committed volunteers remember that they give up one of their most valuable assets time to work at your organization Saying thank you and recognizing their hard work is extremely important Verbally thank them write thank you letters and or hold volunteer recognition events throughout the year Also remember that a well run volunteer management program considers the organization s needs as well as the needs of the volunteer Improve retention by matching a volunteer s interests and abilities with the right job Finally develop a database to organize volunteer contact information and interests Use this database to recruit volunteers for new projects Helpful Hints Volunteers are an invaluable resource to any organization Therefore providing training and recognition for their work is vital to ensuring their continued support Ask current volunteers for feedback on job descriptions procedures communication with staff and recognition Use their responses to improve your program

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/capacity-building/administrative/volunteer-management/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Strategic Planning - The Watershed Institute
    taken that will lead to goal fulfillment Performance measurements indicators that you are achieving your overall strategic objectives These can be numerical targets milestones or other relevant benchmarks Implementation and evaluation plan how the strategies will be carried out who will take on each strategy deadlines for the strategies and a schedule and mechanism for evaluating progress Once the plan has been developed and approved by your board your group is ready to set sail on a journey to implement the plan There are many ways to implement your plan Consider where in your organization s work this can happen You can break down the broader steps of the strategic plan into annual work plans action plans for your programs and organizational functions The broader actions are your water trail map launch your boat here turn left at this tributary The work plan shows your specific paddling strokes along the way Here are some of the most common steps towards implementation Distribute the plan to your board and staff including new board members and staff as they join your organization and review it with everyone who will be implementing it Revisit and review the plan on a regular basis at board and staff meetings Designate a specific person or committee to monitor the implementation of the plan Use the plan as a basis for job descriptions and performance reviews Link budgets and grant proposals to the plan Post the implementation plan in a visible place for all to see and update it regularly Evaluate progress made by both individual programs and the organization as a whole Resources You Will Need There are a variety of resources you will need in order to develop implement and evaluate your strategic plan While each organization s needs vary here are some suggested resources to consider before setting out on your journey People The individual people will vary but consider a strategic planning committee board and staff members a consultant and other stakeholders Time The amount of time invested will vary depending on the nature of the plan ability to reach consensus etc Support You will need support and investment from your board executive director and all those responsible for implementing the plan Knowledge An understanding of both internal and external factors impacting your organization is important Paper and pen or computer The plan should be written down not just in your head and should be available to those responsible for implementing evaluating and revising it Funds If you are an all volunteer group whose members have the experience needed to do strategic planning there will be less of an investment of funds the main cost would come from printing the plan Staffed groups will also need to account for their staff time However if you feel you need to hire a consultant or facilitator the amount of funds required will increase There are many funding opportunities for strategic planning work and additional resources that can help you identify funding sources The Watershed Institute

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/strategic-planning/ (2016-04-28)
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  • High Gradient Macroinvertebrate Index Worksheet - The Watershed Institute
    Resources Capacity Building Administrative Education Fundraising Governance Program Development Visibility River Friendly Water Quality Monitoring Environmental Jobs Board Useful Web Resources Events Events Calendar Statewide Events Grants Current Grant Cycle Institute Grant Archives Grant Finder Connect Menu Search High Gradient

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/resources/wqmresources/blank-master-worksheet/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Instructions (Raritan Headwaters Association) - The Watershed Institute
    Locator Resources Capacity Building Administrative Education Fundraising Governance Program Development Visibility River Friendly Water Quality Monitoring Environmental Jobs Board Useful Web Resources Events Events Calendar Statewide Events Grants Current Grant Cycle Institute Grant Archives Grant Finder Connect Menu Search Instructions

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/resources/wqmresources/instructions-for-hgmi-calculation/ (2016-04-28)
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  • 2015 NJ Confluence Resources - The Watershed Institute
    Watershed Association Working with Students on Monitoring Projects Presentation by Laura Kelm Great Swamp Watershed Association Water Quality Data Management and Analysis Presentation by Dr Steve Souza Princeton Hydro Telling the Water Quality Story through Watershed Report Cards Presentation by Nancy Lawler Musconetcong Watershed Association Building on Your Ambassador s Work Presentation by Angela Gorczyca Raritan Headwaters Association Presentation by Alexandra Walczak former Americorps Watershed Ambassador Presentation by Trish Ingelido

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/2015confluenceresources/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Advocating for Your Nonprofit - The Watershed Institute
    FREE lunch included WHO Executive Directors n onprofit staff board members outreach coordinators etc Join the Watershed Institute and Linda Czipo from the Center for Non Profits on Jan 27th to learn how to increase your organization s capacity to advocate effectively for your mission Advocacy is using your passion to educate others about the importance of your cause It is a tool you can use to raise awareness and mobilize people to do good Many of our nation s most significant environmental policies have come about as a result of advocacy and lobbying by nonprofit groups Influencing public policy can make the difference between a short term band aid approach and long term systemic solutions to pressing social issues Unfortunately despite the existence of laws and regulations specifically designed to encourage lobbying by charities too many people still believe that advocacy and lobbying are illegal inappropriate complicated or for someone else This session will provide an overview of the vital role of advocacy in furthering a nonprofit s mission and will cover the important federal and state advocacy and lobbying rules for charities along with how to help build an organizational culture that supports everyday advocacy REGISTER ONLINE HERE

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/event/speaking-up-advocating-for-your-nonprofit/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Working with Interns - The Watershed Institute
    breakfast included CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT For many nonprofits interns are worth their weight in gold They increase capacity provide new perspectives and hopefully become the next generation of environmental leaders In this workshop we ll answer all of your intern related questions with specific attention to Where to find and recruit interns How to find the right intern for the job How to find the right job for an intern How to maximize the impact of the internship for both your organization and the intern Dr Alicia Monroe Assistant Director of the Office of Career Advancement at Rowan University Debra Kelly Director of the Career Center at TCNJ and Laura Szwak Director of Education and Outreach and intern coordinator extraordinaire at the New Jersey Conservation Foundation will serve as our panel of experts Together they will discuss their insights experiences and the resources they recommend to make working with interns easy and enjoyable In addition to the presentations and Q A session with the panelists this workshop will feature a roundtable discussion to allow participants to share their best practices and challenges with one another We want to learn from your experiences in working with interns

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/event/working-with-interns/ (2016-04-28)
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  • Preliminary Draft MS4 Permits - The Watershed Institute
    Programs for Nonprofits PRESENTED BY THE NEW JERSEY DEPT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION On Thursday Mar 24th from 1 00 3 00pm representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will present on new preliminary draft MS4 permits This session will be targeted towards watershed and environmental nonprofits and will include a discussion of how pieces of this preliminary draft may be particularly relevant for these groups NJDEP will also be looking for feedback on the preliminary draft from attendees For more information on the permit program and copies of the preliminary draft visit http www nj gov dep dwq tier a draft htm CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Light refreshments will be provided by the Watershed Institute and the workshop will be hosted at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association s Watershed Center However this program will be led and facilitated exclusively by NJDEP WHEN Thursday March 24 2016 from 1 00 PM to 3 00 PM WHERE The Watershed Center for Environmental Advocacy Science and Education 31 Titus Mill Rd Pennington NJ 08534 Related Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date March 24 Time 1 00 pm 3 00 pm Organizer The Watershed Institute Coordinator Phone 609 737 3735 x27

    Original URL path: http://thewatershedinstitute.org/event/preliminary-draft-ms4-permits/ (2016-04-28)
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