Employment Opportunities

Environmental Science Internship - Richmond, VA

May to September 2015

Position Description:
The Environmental Science Intern will assist JRA staff in implementing the water quality monitoring program in the Richmond region. The intern will develop knowledge of protocols and methods for E.coli bacteria testing, and will oversee weekly monitoring at sites on the James River throughout Richmond. The intern will help to manage and train a team of citizen volunteers, and will maintain JRA’s online data reporting system – the James River Watch. Through field and lab based experiences, the intern will explore and become familiar with water quality issues in the James River watershed. Based on the candidate’s interests and abilities, opportunities may also exist to assist with regional advocacy, restoration or education projects. JRA is seeking an intern who can be available one to two days per week from May to October (approximately 35-40 hours per month), and is comfortable working outdoors. This internship is unpaid.

Questions about the internship experience can be forwarded to Jamie Brunkow at jbrunkow@thejamesriver.org.

• 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 communication and writing skills
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
• Willingness to work outside, in sometimes inclement weather
• Excellent computer literacy.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Jamie Brunkow at jbrunkow@thejamesriver.org by April 10, 2015.

Volunteer Coordinator

Position Summary:
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting, training, retaining, tracking, and recognizing volunteers for the James River Association. This position will interact with approximately 2,000 volunteers a year and will serve the role as an ambassador for JRA. They will also work closely with JRA staff located at the headquarters office in Richmond, VA, as well as the regional offices in Lynchburg and Williamsburg, VA, to recruit volunteers for all of JRA’s core programs and events and match them with organizational needs. The Volunteer Coordinator will be instrumental in making sure that volunteers have a positive experience and continue to be active in the organization. This is a great position for someone who is passionate about the James River and who will enjoy working with others to help them realize the benefits from a healthy river and support protecting it. Employees must maintain confidence while striving for excellence in their performance. Successful candidates must have 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 be required for this position.

JRA offers a dynamic and flexible work environment including 20 days of paid time off in Year 1, health, vision, life and dental insurance, and a matching program for tax deferred retirement accounts. 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 cavent@jrava.org or by mail to:

Candice Avent
James River Association
4833 Old Main Street
Richmond, VA 23231

The position will remain open until filled, but priority will be given to resumes received by April 3, 2015.


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