If hard, rewarding work is calling you …

Join our team to help protect and preserve Virginia’s most vital resource. Our staff works hard to nurture the James, enjoy the James, and restore the river we love.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

John Lubbock

Staff picking up tires


Program Position Summary:

Program and Position Summary:

The Expedition Internship position will support the 7th year of the James River Expedition.  During the program, a total of 30 high school students and 3 teachers from across the watershed will embark on three ambitious 6-day journeys down the James.  Each 6-day expedition (on the Upper, Middle, and Lower James) will uncover the river’s secrets, monitor its health, explore its history, and help promote a vision for conserving this natural resource.  The purpose of the Expedition Program is to raise awareness of the James as a precious shared resource worthy of careful management, public appreciation, and protection.  Learn more about the Expedition Program at www.jamesriverassociation.org/expedition.

The Expedition Intern will provide land-based support for the Expedition. The Intern will gain valuable experience in coordinating and executing the logistics of outdoor and wilderness adventure trips. The Expedition Intern will be responsible for fulfilling the duties detailed below, as well as others that may arise.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. General availability for the duration of the position: Monday, June 19 – Monday, July 24.
  2. Full-time availability for the duration of the Expeditions, as scheduled below:
    • Lower James River Expedition: June 25 – June 30
    • Upper James River Expedition:  July 9 – July 14
    • Middle James River Expedition:  July 16 – July 21
  3. The Expedition Intern will be a safe, competent driver and will maintain a JRA vehicle in excellent condition while transporting supplies and Expedition gear.
  4. The Expedition Intern will participate in camping and outdoor activities that include camp set-up and break-down, camp cooking, gear maintenance, and canoe trailer loading and hauling.
  5. The Expedition Intern will provide land-support activities including grocery shopping, communications with other JRA staff, partner organizations, and the news media, technology support, and uploading Expedition media to the web.
  6. The Expedition Intern will act as an ambassador for the James River Association and the James River throughout the project, keeping a professional appearance and positive demeanor while interacting with the public, the news media, the Expedition students and teachers, and staff of JRA and partner organizations.
  7. The Expedition Intern will provide positive role modeling and informal education with high school students on the Expeditions.


  1. Applicant must have a clear criminal background check and clean driving record.
  2. Applicant must demonstrate ability to drive a truck and haul a trailer safely.
  3. Applicant should possess a general knowledge of the environment with specific emphasis on watersheds and the James River.
  4. Applicant should have experience working with young people in an outdoor setting.
  5. Applicant must demonstrate a proven track-record of coping with discomfort, inconvenience, and challenge with positive thinking and creative problem solving.
  6. Applicant must demonstrate excellent communication skills.
  7. Applicant must be willing and able to commit to traveling and camping along the James River between the dates of June 19, 2017 and July 25, 2017 as detailed above.


The Expedition Intern will receive a $2,000 stipend, paid incrementally at two-week intervals.

We are accepting applications until Friday, March 31. To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to bwatson@jrava.org.

Ben Watson
James River Association
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231