Foundation begins search for executive director

After more than 15 years as a totally volunteer organization, the Lake Wentworth Foundation is moving to add a part-time executive director to provide day-to-day support for the group’s numerous local initiatives.

The executive director will be expected to provide leadership, planning, and management of activities carrying out the Foundation’s mission. This involves a hands-on approach to the management of finances, program development and implementation, resource development, delivery of member services, oversight of communications, and board development.

The executive director will assume a leadership role in developing partnerships with the business community, government officials, other nonprofits, and supporters. He or she will work with the Board of Trustees and board committees to establish the Foundation’s vision, policies, strategic focus, priorities, and the general scope of programs that the Foundation will deliver.

The executive director position will involve working in Wolfeboro for an average of 24 hours per week (more hours in the summer, fewer in winter). Among the responsibilities of the role are:

  • Developing, with the Board of Trustees, a yearly work plan to carry forward the strategic plans of the Foundation
  • Overseeing the implementation of follow-up grants and projects related to the 2012 Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake Watershed Management Plan
  • Seeking partnering opportunities with the Lake Wentworth Association, municipal and state officials and agencies, as well as non-governmental groups and organizations to support the mission of the Foundation
  • Developing with a executive committee an annual budget and fundraising plan for submission to the Board of Trustees
  • Identifying and pursuing appropriate grant opportunities and producing required reports to funding sources

The following skills and experience are highly valued but not required of candidates:

  • A bachelor’s degree in environmental science, water resources, environmental education, nonprofit management, public policy, or a related field
  • Experience with budgeting and/or financial management
  • Experience with fundraising/grant writing
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
  • Three years or more of professional experience in a nonprofit setting, preferably one with an environmental mission
  • Experience working with a board of directors
  • Familiarity with environmental issues in the state of New Hampshire
  • Solid computer skills

The Foundation is offering a combined salary and compensation package in the range of $25,000 to $30,000.

The executive director will report to an executive committee of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Applications will be accepted until January 15; the expected start date for the position is April 1, 2014.

A complete job description can be downloaded from here.

Candidates can e-mail a resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to LWFJOB@lakewentworthfoundation.org, or they can send a printed resume to: Lake Wentworth Foundation, Box 2235, Wolfeboro, NH 03894.

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization made up of residents and landowners in the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed as well as others who want to encourage the protection and preservation of the area’s vital natural resources. The group is committed to a watershed where stewardship of clear lakes and streams combines with wise land uses to sustain the quality of life and economic vitality of the entire community.

The Lake Wentworth Foundation supports environmental initiatives such as the partnership with the Town of Wolfeboro and NH Department of Environmental Services in the ongoing development and implementation of a watershed-wide management plan for Lake Wentworth, Crescent Lake, and their tributaries. The organization also provides funding for the University of New Hampshire’s Lakes Lay Monitoring Program, which charts water quality in the watershed’s lakes and streams, as well as ongoing milfoil control.

Presently the Foundation owns and manages almost a dozen environmentally sensitive parcels totaling more than 175 acres of land in the Wentworth/Crescent watershed.

That watershed comprises:

  • More than 37 square miles of area, encompassing most of the town of Wolfeboro
  • 4000+ acres of surface waters
  • 617 acres of wetlands
  • 11 year-round tributary streams, each comprising its own sub-watershed

The watershed: Where do we go from here?

With the arrival of spring, the two-year, $150,000 Wentworth/Crescent watershed management plan is now winding down, and its accomplishments are significant. Among them:

  • A door-to-door survey of hundreds of properties along the shoreline of the two lakes and their tributaries, resulting in a raft of information about the age, placement, and maintenance of near-water septic systems
  • Identification, as part of the survey, of more than 100 properties of various sizes where runoff from snowmelt and rain storms is eroding shorelines and roadway stream crossings and is likely delivering large amounts of phosphorus into our surface waters. That list has been prioritized so that sites whose repair would provide the greatest return for the cost could be placed first in line for funding in the future.
  • Creation of a “build-out analysis” that estimates the extent of the development that could take place in the watershed under current zoning regulations. Using growth trends and other factors, the analysis estimated that all available property could be developed in Wolfeboro by 2033.
  • Creation of a mathematical land-use model that has estimated the current and projected amount of phosphorus being delivered to the lakes from all properties in the watershed. The model identified Lake Wentworth as the source of 96% of the water load and 68% of the total phosphorus entering Crescent Lake, and it ranked the 14 tributaries that flow into Wentworth by the amount of phosphorus they deliver.
  • Working from the data produced by the lake model, the Steering Committee that oversaw the watershed management plan set a goal of reducing the existing phosphorus levels in Lake Wentworth and Crescent Lake by 15% in the coming years.

The details of the Wentworth/Crescent watershed management plan are contained in a final 190-page report. That document, which details the findings and recommendations of the two-year project, is available from this site in two parts:

NOTE: You can order a color print copy of the entire watershed plan by downloading and completing this form.

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Foundation Unveils Redesigned Web Site

As part of its effort to improve communications with members and the lake community, the Lake Wentworth Foundation unveiled a redesigned web site.  The new site — located at lakewentworth.org — is more informative, easier to use, and offers a more attractive look.  It includes information about the Foundation’s mission, its property holdings, and its most recent project, the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake Watershed Plan.

The site features a link to a live web cam on Lake Wentworth and links to other lake and conservation-related resources.

The website was developed by Online Creative Group of Wolfeboro.

Foundation Adopts New Land Acquisition, Management Policy

The Lake Wentworth Foundation recently adopted a revised Land Acquisition and Management Policy, replacing one that was developed more than a decade ago.  The new policy provides clear criteria to guide trustees in making decisions to acquire or protect parcels with conservation easements.

Through land acquisition and conservation efforts, the Foundation seeks to protect water quality within the Lake Wentworth/Crescent Lake watershed, preserve open space, protect natural habitat of wildlife or plants, preserve or enhance the viewshed, and preserve natural areas for passive outdoor recreation and scenic enjoyment by the general public.

Property can be protected in a number of ways: through acquiring conservation easements, by accepting donations of parcels, through outright purchase or by securing back-up easements in partnership with other conservation organizations.

While the Foundation will seek donations of land and conservation easements as the principal means of land and water quality protection, in appropriate circumstances, the Foundation may agree to purchase land or conservation easements through targeted fundraising and/or use of available funds.

Click to view the complete Land Acquisition and Management Policy.