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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

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The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a stipend-based seasonal Environmental Education Intern to co-lead 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. Program dates will be Sept 1 – Nov 30 and late March – late June.

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 expected 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 and rivers; and physical fitness (able to lift at least 50 lbs, walk 3 miles, paddle across swift moving water).


This is a stipend position, for which compensation will total $1500 per month. Remote on-island housing will be provided 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, life, long-term disability insurance or a retirement savings program. 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 resumes received by September 29, 2017.


The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a full time staff person to be based near Williamsburg, VA in JRA’s Lower James regional office.

Position Summary:

The Regional Outreach Coordinator will serve as the primary Environmental Educator for the Tidewater region which will include facilitating field-based educational programming (canoe paddling) in the Tidewater area. In addition to serving as an environmental educator, the Regional Outreach Coordinator will represent JRA at local events, manage the regional office, coordinate with Richmond JRA staff to work with local partners on issues affecting the James River in the tidewater region, and help direct volunteers. Some weekends, overnights, and occasional extended field programs will be required. Successful candidates must demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, and must have an enthusiastic personality.


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, 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 September 29, 2017. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email.