Program Manager, Healthy Harbor Initiative

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $55,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



650 South Exeter Street
United States


Waterfront Partnership is the proud steward of Baltimore’s crown jewel, its Inner Harbor and waterfront. We’re lean, nimble and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore’s Waterfront even more active, attractive and appealing. We’re the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions, mangers of our beautiful parks and stewards of our marine environment.

The Healthy Harbor Initiative, launched in 2010, aims to make the Baltimore Harbor safe again for swimming and fishing. Our mission is to engage Baltimore residents and employees in the restoration of the marine environment using volunteer programs, social media, and events in order to grow a large and vocal base of supporters of a clean and healthy urban ecosystem. Some of our projects include Mr. Trash Wheel, the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership, Alley Makeovers, and Floating Wetlands.


The Program Manager for the Healthy Harbor Initiative manages existing environmental volunteer programs and maintains relationships with program sponsors while building relationships with new potential sponsors for Healthy Harbor events and programs. Over time, the Program Manager will have the capacity to shape existing programs and develop new events or programs.

The Program Manager works independently and collaboratively with staff to plan, manage and implement volunteer activities. The position requires knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, experience developing and implementing volunteer programs for the general public, and excellent interpersonal, organizational and writing skills.


This position reports to the Director of the Healthy Harbor Initiative. Additionally, the position has primary working relationships with the Project Manager and Community Organizer. Outside the organization, the position coordinates primarily with volunteers from the general public, service providers, and partnering environmental nonprofits.


Management of existing programs (50%)

The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership

  • Teach corporate groups, student groups, and other volunteers about the Chesapeake Bay oyster (biology, history, etc.) via presentations and activities in the field
  • Run volunteer oyster gardening events (September thru June)
  • Host creative volunteer appreciation events at waterfront restaurants
  • Maintain professional relationships and coordinate events with corporate groups, nonprofit organization, and grant makers

Docs from the Docks

  • Select and secure the rights to screen environmental documentaries at waterfront venues (Jan thru March)
  • Facilitate discussion panels of local and regional experts


  • Assist Project Manager in the scheduling and performance of Inner Harbor walking tours highlighting restoration projects (~1-2 per week during busy months)
  • Develop new events/programs
  • Research and recommend new programs or events that fulfill the organization’s mission and fundraising needs

Program sponsorship (40%)

  • Maintain relationships with current program sponsors
  • Seek out new sponsorship opportunities for existing and upcoming programs
  • Develop sponsorship decks and new ideas for sponsor engagement

Other tasks (10%)

  • Assist staff with other major organizational programs as needed
  • Development of PowerPoint presentations and other materials
  • Development and dissemination of programmatic and marketing materials
  • Identification of partnership and funding opportunities to promote relationship building between Waterfront Partnership and other organizations, agencies, and individuals
  • Supporting accurate bookkeeping and documentation of activities


  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, environmental science, sustainability, marketing, or a related field.
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience working on programs or events, experience related to marine environments, environmentalism, and/or sustainability strongly preferred
  • Experience with cause-based marketing strongly preferred.
  • Must be available to work 1-2 Saturdays per month and occasional weekday evenings.
  • Knowledge of key water pollution issues impacting the Baltimore Harbor and Chesapeake Bay.
  • Knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay oyster life cycle, habitat, biology, history, etc.
  • Comfortable working in a professional office environment as well as at events that take place in all weather conditions and that will likely include exposure to marine animals, algae, mud, litter, and urban waterways.
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • A proven track record of strategic and operational capabilities in the area of events and sponsorship management
  • Advanced program management skills
  • Ability to lift and move objects weighing approximately 50 lbs.
  • Ability to swim (swimming is not part of the position, but is a risk when working near or on the water)
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Office (Power Point, Excel, Word)


Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore offers excellent benefits including vacation time, 401(k) plan, health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, short-term disability, and flextime.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To apply please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Adam Lindquist at Be sure to include “Program Manager” in the email’s subject line. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is an equal opportunity employer.