Employment

 

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

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Contracted Captain

The James River Association is seeking a part time contracted captain in the Lower James River areas (Richmond, Williamsburg, Hampton Roads), able to meet the following requirements:

  • Interested in being a part of a growing education program that brings classes of students out on the James River to experience the river in a hands-on outdoor environment. Trips include water quality testing and fish trawls.
  • Ability to safely and professionally operate 46’ vessel
  • Be responsible for the safety of crew and passengers, and the condition of the vessel at all times.
  • Able to give a thorough and engaging safety orientation
  • Comfortable following rigorous safety protocols and participating in regular training sessions
  • Ensure safety protocols are continuously followed by all crew and passengers
  • Ability to monitor weather and water conditions and adapt program accordingly
  • Maintain current USCG 25-ton Master of Inland Waters USCG Captain License
  • Have FCC Marine Radio Operator’s Permit
  • Possess First Aid & CPR Certification and ability to respond to medical incidents
  • Maintain a positive attitude
  • Have flexible availability – primarily weekdays
  • Passionate about introducing students to the wildlife and ecosystem of the James River
  • Physically fit (able to lift fifty pounds and work twelve hours) and willing to work outdoors in all weather conditions
  • Collaborative working style; ability to work with Lead Captain, all education staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds
  • Willing to pass a criminal background check, provide a driving record and participate in pre-employment and random drug screening, in accordance with USCG requirements
  • Compensation: $100 day fee + $25/hour
Compensation

 $100 day fee + $25/hour.  This job does not offer paid time off, group medical insurance, or other benefits. JRA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this position, please contact Elysa Mills. EMills@jrava.org. 540.846.2089

Environmental Science Internship • Richmond, VA • May 15- August 30

The Environmental Science Intern will assist JRA staff in implementing James River Watch – a watershed-wide water quality monitoring program, with special focus on the Richmond region.  The intern will develop knowledge of protocols and methods for E. coli bacteria testing, will help to manage and train a team of citizen volunteers, and will oversee weekly bacteria testing and data reporting.  Through field and lab-based experiences, the intern will explore and become familiar with water quality issues in the James River watershed and with common water quality testing procedures.

Additionally, as available, the intern will learn basic canoeing skills and assist JRA staff members on trips associated with Connect with the James – canoe programs designed to connect the public to the historic and natural resources of the James River.

JRA seeks an intern who can be available on Thursdays and Friday from May 16 to August 30 (approximately 40 hours per month), and who can attend one training in April (date flexible, and TBD).  Based on the candidate’s interests and abilities, opportunities may also exist to assist with other outdoor recreation programs, regional advocacy, restoration or education projects. This internship is unpaid, and the intern should be comfortable working outside.

Questions about the internship experience can be directed to Ben Watson at bwatson@jrava.org.

 Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing degree in Environmental Science, Biology, or a related field
  • Highly motivated “self-starter” who wants to use their skills to make a difference for the environment
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Willingness to work outside, possibly in inclement weather

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Ben Watson at bwatson@jrava.org.

Lower James River Environmental Educator

The James River Association is seeking a part-time environmental educator to be based out of our Williamsburg office to lead education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. This position will be responsible for organizing, scheduling, and coordinating educational programming within the Williamsburg area and will run from March 2019-November 2019 and February 2020-May 2020.

Position Summary:
The Lower James River Environmental Educator will be an instrumental member of the education team in the Williamsburg area and will be responsible for booking, scheduling, and coordinating education programs with teachers and schools. This position will be required to facilitate field-based educational programming in the Williamsburg area, will help with grant proposal writing and quarterly reporting to secure necessary financial support for education program implementation, and will work to facilitate four weeks of summer camp at Fort Monroe. The schedule of this position will include fluctuating hours with some night and weekend work.

Compensation:
This position will be compensated at an hourly rate of $13-$16 per hour, based upon experience.

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

James River Association
Attn: Nat Draper
211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
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 February 15, 2019.

Upper James River Environmental Educator

The James River Association is seeking a part-time environmental educator to be based out of our Lynchburg office to lead education programs for elementary, middle, and high school students. This position will be responsible for organizing, scheduling, and coordinating educational programming within the Lynchburg area and will run from March 2019-November 2019 and February 2020-May 2020.

Position Summary:
The Upper James River Environmental Educator will be an instrumental member of the education team in the Lynchburg area and will be responsible for booking, scheduling, and coordinating education programs with teachers and schools. This position will be required to facilitate field-based educational programming in the Lynchburg area, will help with grant proposal writing and quarterly reporting to secure necessary financial support for education program implementation, and will work to facilitate four weeks of summer camp in the Lynchburg area. The schedule of this position will include fluctuating hours with some night and weekend work.

Compensation:
This position will be compensated at an hourly rate of $13-$16 per hour, based upon experience.

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

James River Association
Attn: Nat Draper
211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
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 February 15, 2019.

Lower James River Senior Environmental Educator

The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a Lower James Senior Environmental Educator to be based out of our Williamsburg Office.

JRA Education Program:

JRA’s Williamsburg education team consists of the senior environmental educator, one part-time educator, and one seasonal educator responsible for program coordination and on-the-ground implementation of JRA’s education programs.  JRA’s education programs shape the next generation of stewards of the James River through meaningful river-based learning experiences that inspire confidence, ecological understanding, nature appreciation, and conservation action.  These programs annually serve over 3,000 youth in 4th – 12th grade classrooms and extra-curriculum youth groups with day-long and multi-day educational experiences through:

  • The James River Association office at Colonial National Historical Park: A partnership between the National Park System and JRA in which JRA hosts day-long environmental education programs. (1335 Colonial Parkway, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185)
  • James River Expeditions: An eight-day, down-river, environmental learning adventure for rising 10th & 11th grade students in the James River watershed.
  • James River Leadership Academy (JRLA): A year-long, intensive, environmental educational program designed to engage, train, and develop rising 9th – 12th grade students who show a passionate interest in the future health of our natural resources.
  • General Education:  Youth programs and activities at JRA events, classroom presentations, and other specialized service projects.

Position Summary:
JRA is seeking an experienced educator, excellent communicator, and enthusiastic leader to manage JRA’s new and existing education programs.  The Senior Environmental Educator position will ensure success and high standards of excellence for all JRA environmental education programming through the oversight and managerial support of JRA education programs and staff. The Senior Environmental Educator will report to JRA’s Senior Education Manager who is based in the Richmond office.

Responsibilities:

  1. Work with JRA staff and partners to develop and sustain new and existing education initiatives to further JRA’s mission and vision for a healthy James River.
  2. Facilitate a supportive and positive environment that prioritizes an inclusive community needs-based approach to program development, planning, and analysis.
  3. Mentor and support education staff in program development, coordination, and implementation.
  4. Write grant proposal and complete grant reporting requirements to secure necessary financial support for education program implementation.
  5. Manage the part-time and seasonal educator positions based in Williamsburg.
  6. Manage the education master calendar for the Williamsburg office and communicate with all programs on the master calendar.
  7. Book, schedule, and coordinate education programs with teachers and JRA education program staff, boat captains, and crew.
  8. Lead 75% of the field-based educational programming. (This programming is mostly composed of day programs, but could include some weekends, overnights, and extended field programs that can last up to five days in length (i.e. James River Expedition).
  9. Maintain strong communication with partners, including possible boat captains and other National Park Service staff.
  10. Build and sustain strong relationships with school administrative staff, teachers, youth groups, and organizational partners to strengthen programming outcomes and ensure high retention of participation in JRA education programs.
  11. Reach out to schools and youth groups to recruit teacher and student participation in JRA education programs.
  12. Oversee monthly, seasonal, and annual maintenance and upkeep for the Williamsburg office’s facilities and canoe fleet.
  13. Engage with national, state, and regional environmental education networks to strengthen overall impact, effectiveness, and support for environmental education efforts in the James River watershed.
  14. Assist with organization-wide initiatives, including grass-roots campaigns, large-scale restoration projects, and special fundraising and community awareness events.

Professional Qualifications:
A successful candidate will possess the following:

  1. A deep commitment to environmental and conservation issues, especially as it relates to the James River.
  2. At least three years of experience in the field of environmental, outdoor, and/or experiential education, with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science, or a related field.
  3. Strong working knowledge of best practices in providing environmental education experience for secondary school-aged youth.
  4. Thorough knowledge of watershed systems and water quality issues. Knowledge specific to the James River is highly preferred.
  5. Experience managing education programs.
  6. Strong written and oral communication skills to effectively convey JRA’s mission and vision to diverse audiences of youth, educators, donors, partners, and to the general public.
  7. Ability to build and sustain strong relationships with program partners and volunteers.
  8. Ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, including schedules, budgets and reports.
  9. Ability to work effectively and independently in a deadline-driven environment, with strong attention to detail.
  10. Willingness to travel throughout the Lower James River watershed to implement projects, as well as flexibility to work nights and weekends as programming requires.
  11. Experience in leading canoeing trips with children and/or adults.
  12. Experience with lesson plans that are in accordance with Virginia Standards of Learning.

Compensation:
JRA offers a dynamic and flexible work environment and a competitive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience.  JRA is an equal opportunity employer.

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

James River Association
Attn: Nat Draper
211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23231

The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by February 15, 2019.