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

Staff picking up tires

Lower James Senior Environmental Educator

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. This position will be based in Williamsburg, VA our of our office at Colonial National Historical Park. 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, with salary history, by email to ndraper@jrava.org or by mail to:

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

The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to resumes received by December 22, 2018.

Lower James Restoration Coordinator

Position Summary

JRA’s Watershed Restoration program uses stormwater solutions; habitat restoration; engagement and education of our communities; and partnership with localities, other organizations, and landowners to improve the health of the James River and help citizens realize the benefits of a healthy James River. JRA will be adding a new position to its Watershed Restoration Program. This position, the Lower James Restoration Coordinator, will be based out of JRA’s Williamsburg office. The primary role for this position will be to facilitate a new Living Shoreline Collaborative (LSC) that builds capacity in the region to adapt to sea level rise. Secondly, this position will work with partners to increase implementation of nature-based strategies on public and private property. The Lower James Restoration Coordinator will report to JRA’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager, who is based out of JRA’s Headquarters office in Richmond, and work closely with other JRA team members, including the Lower James Regional Outreach Coordinator, who is also based out of JRA’s Williamsburg office. The desired start date for this position is mid-January to early February 2019.

A successful candidate is someone who is willing to spend time both in the office to coordinate partners and handle reporting, as well as in the field to visit sites and lead volunteers in plantings.

Job Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Working with JRA team members to formalize the LSC and work as the lead team member for the LSC.
  • Coordinating LSC activities including field visits; capacity building workshops for localities, designers, and contractors; team meetings; and Annual LSC Summits that bring regional partners together for training and knowledge-sharing.
  • Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, watershed conservation groups, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), local governments, and other regional partners.
  • Leading volunteers in living shoreline plantings, tree plantings, and other restoration events in the Lower James watershed.
  • Working with partners (i.e. VIMS, localities, landowners) to coordinate installation of green infrastructure projects including, but not limited to, living shorelines.
  • Participating in regional stakeholder meetings around resiliency and nature-based strategies in the Lower James region.
  • Grant tracking and reporting to the Senior Watershed Restoration Manager.
Job Requirements

A successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a related science, natural resource-related field, or equivalent experience.
  • A minimum of one year experience in related work (preferred, but not required).
  • Familiarity with principals of watershed management, sea level rise, stormwater, and water quality issues, particularly related to the James River.
  • Familiarity of native and invasive plant types in the Lower James region.
  • Comfort and flexibility in working with a variety of people, including urban and rural populations, local governments, citizens, volunteers, and other conservation groups.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills and ability to work independently in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Experience in grant writing and project management (preferred, but not required).
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to travel throughout the James River watershed, particularly within the Lower James region.
  • Computer skills, particularly in word processing and record-keeping (Microsoft Word and Excel), and familiarity with internet communication and search tools.

This is a full time, salaried position. 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 within the $30,000-35,000 range. 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: Lower James Restoration Coordinator position
211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23231

The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by December 19. Interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants starting early January 2019.

Middle James Restoration Manager

Position Summary

JRA’s Watershed Restoration program uses stormwater solutions; habitat restoration; engagement and education of our communities; and partnership with localities, other organizations, and landowners to improve the health of the James River and help citizens realize the benefits of a healthy James River. The James River Buffer Program, JRA’s pilot initiative starting in 2019, is aimed at the implementation of forested riparian buffers in the Middle James watershed. To support this effort, JRA will be adding a new position. The Middle James Restoration Manager will focus solely on increasing riparian buffer coverage in the Middle James watershed and will be based out of JRA’s new field office in Scottsville, VA. This position will report to JRA’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager, who is based out of JRA’s Headquarters office in Richmond. The desired start date for this position is mid-January to early February 2019.

A successful candidate is someone who is willing to spend time both in the office to develop plans, coordinate partners, and handle reporting, as well as in the field to visit sites, lead volunteers in plantings and buffer establishment.

Job Responsibilities

Essential duties and responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Working primarily with JRA’s Senior Watershed Restoration Manager to create and deliver the new James River Buffer Program in the Middle James region (Albemarle, Amelia, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Nelson, Powhatan, Goochland, Prince Edward, Nottoway, and Amherst Counties).
  • Reviewing and managing landowner applications, conduct site visits, create riparian buffer plans for landowners, coordinate volunteers for plantings and buffer maintenance, and coordinate riparian buffer installation with contractors.
  • Cultivating and maintaining strong relationships with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, watershed conservation groups, Virginia Department of Forestry, and other regional partners.
  • Conducting workshops/trainings around riparian forest buffer topics.
  • Participating in regional stakeholder meetings around riparian restoration.
Job Requirements

A successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, a related science, landscape architecture, or other related field (or have equivalent experience).
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in restoration, agriculture, or forestry (preferred, but not required).
  • Familiarity with principals of watershed management, particularly related to the James River.
  • Knowledge of native and invasive plant types found in riparian habitats within the region and create appropriate plant palettes for riparian buffers.
  • Comfort and experience communicating with rural and agricultural landowners.
  • Ability to perform physical work, navigate uneven terrain, and work in various weather conditions such as heat, rain, and cold.
  • A self-starter mentality with the ability to work independently and as part of a team. As the sole staff member located in the Scottsville office, this position will also be responsible for some office management-related duties.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills; ability to set priorities and use time effectively and efficiently; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and efficiently with diverse stakeholders and audiences.
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to travel, particularly within the Middle James region.
  • Computer skills, particularly in word processing and record-keeping (Microsoft Word and Excel), and familiarity with internet communication and search tools. Knowledge of ArcGIS is a plus, but not required.

This is a full time, salaried position. 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 within the $40,000-45,000 range. 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: Middle James Restoration Manager position
211 Rocketts Way, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23231

The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to applications received by December 19. Interviews will be scheduled with selected applicants starting early January 2019.