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


The James River Association is seeking a stipend-based, seasonal Environmental Education Intern to co-lead elementary, middle and high school students of the James River Ecology School (JRES) on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), a 1,329-acre island on the James River in Chester VA, for the upcoming school year. Internship dates will be August 13, 2018 – November 30, 2018 and late March-late June, 2019.

Position Summary:
The Environmental Education Intern will assist JRES staff in all instruction, logistics, meals, trip safety, and experiential program content facilitation for day and overnight JRES programs. The intern will be able to live on Presquile NWR during programming and help maintain the facilities, education equipment, and grounds of the JRES. This position requires weekend and overnight program scheduling, in addition to regular school days. Successful candidates will demonstrate: flexibility; excellent communication skills; experience with youth outdoor education; ability to work independently and with a team; enthusiasm; positive attitude; desire and ability to relate to individuals from all backgrounds; willingness to live in a remote, rustic, and communal environment; knowledge of the natural history and environmental issues facing the James River; knowledge of state education standards; comfort in and around boats, canoes and rivers; and physical fitness (able to lift at least 50 lbs., walk 3 miles, and paddle across swift moving water).

This is a stipend position, for which compensation will total $1,500 per month. Remote, on-island housing can be provided (through November 11, 2018) without cost in a newly renovated, net-zero energy building during the months of programming. Please note that programming, housing, and monthly stipend are NOT provided during the months of December, January, February, and the beginning of March, so you will be free to travel and work as you desire during these winter months. Travel to and from the island is required by paddling (kayak/canoe provided), or by pontoon boat during programming. This position does NOT offer paid time off, health/dental insurance, or any other benefits. JRA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter by e-mail to emills@jrava.org or by mail to:

James River Association
Attn: Elysa Mills
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231

Resumes will be reviewed as they are received. The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by July 10, 2018.


The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a full time Policy Analyst to be based at its headquarters office at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Virginia.

Position Summary:
The James River Association’s (JRA) Policy Analyst plays a key role in JRA’s work to influence public policy that promotes conservation, restoration and responsible stewardship of the James River. S/he serves as liaison and informational contact between the organization, local, state and federal elected officials and agency staff, and policy representatives for business and conservation groups.

Essential Functions:
The Policy Analyst provides research and policy analysis and develops and implements advocacy plans and strategies in support of JRA’s policy priorities and tracks legislation, regulations and other policies and decisions that directly affect conservation goals. S/he builds and facilitates relationships with policy makers and external networks, coordinating meetings, agendas, and presentations. S/he provides services that assist in influencing the outcome of policy initiatives at the local, state and federal levels. S/he engages JRA constituents in advocacy initiatives and develops strategic partnerships with policy makers, relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and industry to advance the JRA’s conservation agenda.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related policy and advocacy experience.
  • Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
  • Experience with legislative, regulatory or other policy initiatives.
  • Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership.
  • Experience working with government agencies.
  • Must have valid driver’s license, safe driving record

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in writing formal correspondence, drafting policy analysis memos, and interpreting legislative language and reports.
  • Experience with current political and conservation trends and issues in Virginia, and familiarity legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Experience, coursework, or other training in environmental policy, law, sustainability or political science.
  • Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
  • Experience building networks or coalitions, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
  • Experience negotiating complex agreements or policies.
  • Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.
  • Energetic and outgoing personality who can engage policy makers, stakeholders, partners and volunteers to advance policy initiatives

JRA offers a dynamic and flexible work environment, including a generous paid time off policy, health, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance, and a matching program for tax-deferred retirement savings. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  JRA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter with salary history by email to ctickle@jrava.org or by mail to:

James River Association
Attn: Chelsea Tickle
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231

Resumes will be reviewed as they are received.  The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to resumes received by June 8, 2018.