About Milwaukee Riverkeeper

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to protect, improve and advocate for water quality, riparian wildlife habitat, and sound land management in the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic River Watersheds.

We envision a future in which people from all walks of life can enjoy the healthy waterways of the Milwaukee River Basin.

Milwaukee Riverkeeper is a licensed member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international coalition ensuring clean water and strong communities.

We are a licensed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, and a charitable licensed organization through the State of Wisconsin.

  • 2017 Wisconsin Stream Monitoring Award
  • 2016 Sweet Water Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.’s Organization Watershed Champion
  • 2012 Volunteer Stream Monitoring Coordinator of the Year Award given to Joe Rath, Water Quality Specialist
  • 2010 American Greenways Award for Milwaukee Urban Water Trail
  • 2010 DNRPlanning Grant “Decade of River Successes” Award
  • 2009 River Hero award from River Alliance of Wisconsin
  • 2008 Stream Monitor of the Year Award given to Cheryl Nenn, Milwaukee Riverkeeper
  • 2006 National Recreation Trail Designation from the US Department of the Interior for the Milwaukee Urban Water Trail
  • 2006 Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful IDEAL Award for Accountability
  • American Canoe Association Recommended Water Trail for 2006
  • 2005 Women Making Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee Award given to Executive Director Lynn Broaddus, PhD, MBA
  • 2005 Make a Difference Day Award – One of 10 national awards given to honor volunteer efforts. Awarded to FMR in honor of our 2005 Kinnickinnic River Cleanup.
  • 2004 Wisconsin Leader in Law Award given to Karen Schapiro, Board Member
  • National American Rivers Award
  • River Alliance of Wisconsin River Champion Award
  • Wisconsin Trout Unlimited Award
  • Outstanding contribution to the Preservation of the Water Resource Award
  • Rockroller Award, Abel Corporation
  • 1996 Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Clean and Green Team Award
  • Milwaukee River Basin Partnership Certificate of Appreciation


Paid Positions

We’re always looking for new opportunities to bring energetic individuals on as staff members. Don’t see any opportunities listed below? Check back soon.

Unpaid Internships

Internships are flexible and can fit around your schedule. Send a cover letter and resume to Christina Taddy for all opportunities below.