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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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PRESQUILE NWR BASED ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION INTERN

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).

Compensation:

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 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 August 25, 2017.

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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

Position Summary:

The Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for recruiting, training, retaining, tracking, and recognizing volunteers for JRA. This position will interact with approximately 2,000 volunteers each year and will serve as an ambassador for the organization. The Volunteer Coordinator will also work closely with JRA staff located at the headquarters office in Richmond, as well as the regional offices in Lynchburg and Williamsburg, to recruit volunteers for projects, programs, and events and match them with organizational needs.  The Volunteer Coordinator will be instrumental in maintaining accurate records for volunteers and ensuring that volunteers have a positive experience and continue to be active in the organization as members.  This is a great position for someone who is passionate about the James River, is organized and well versed with database management, and who will enjoy working with others to help them realize the benefits from a healthy river and will support protecting it.  Successful candidates must be open to a flexible work schedule, including the ability to work occasional weekends and evenings for special events and volunteer activities. Occasional travel throughout the James River watershed will also be required for this position.

Compensation:

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 to ctickle@jrava.org.

Chelsea Tickle
James River Association
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 August 16, 2017.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a part-time Educator to be based in the lower James River watershed.

Position Summary:

JRA is seeking a Educator whom has excellent communication skills and an enthusiastic personality. The Educator will assist in creating and maintaining a safe, fun, and educational environment for middle and high school participants. This position will also be required to help facilitate field-based educational programming (canoe paddling) in the Tidewater area. The position will be required to work primarily on Monday – Friday. Some weekend work may be required. A typical day would begin around 8:30am and conclude around 2:30pm. An education or environmental degree is preferred but not required. This position has the opportunity to become full time with benefits. This position would be educating in the Williamsburg and Newport News area.

Duration: Sept. 2017 to June 2018

To apply for this position, please submit your resume and cover letter to amarkwith@jrava.org.

Annie Markwith
James River Association
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATOR

The James River Association (JRA) is seeking a full time Environmental Educator to be based in its headquarters office at Rocketts Landing in Richmond, Virginia. This is an entry-level educator position.

Position Summary:

The Environmental Educator will be an instrumental part of JRA’s Richmond-based education team and will be required to facilitate 65%-70% of the field-based educational programming at JRA’s Ecology School on Presquile National Wildlife Refuge, as well as other locations in and around Richmond. The majority of JRA’s Richmond-based education programming will include working with students in Title 1 schools. This position will be required to work many weekends, overnights, and occasional extended field programs. Successful candidates must demonstrate flexibility, excellent communication skills, and must have an enthusiastic personality.

Compensation:

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 August 25, 2017.