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RiverCamp Counselor

RiverLink is one of the leading protectors of the French Broad River and encourages people to experience, learn, and conserve this beautiful watershed. Our French Broad RiverCamp seeks to educate and empower the next generation of watershed stewards. FBRC provides a week of river and watershed exploration for rising 3rd-8th grade students. We’re looking for counselors to help guide campers through hands-on environmental education, river recreation, and service-learning projects.

Title: RiverCamp Counselor

Reports to: Education Coordinator & Program Manager

Duration: June 17th-28th & July 8th-19th about 28 hours/week, variable daily schedules.

Pay: $11/hour

Location:  Based in Asheville, NC. Activities are throughout the French Broad River Watershed

Responsibilities:

  • Supervise and help facilitate activities for up to 12 campers from 9am-4pm.
    • Activities include river recreation (rafting, swimming, canoeing), environmental education lessons, and service-learning (e.g. habitat restoration and river clean-ups)
  • Compassionately and appropriately manage camper behavior.
  • Share duties transporting campers in a 15-passenger van.
  • Provide either post-care for campers from 4pm to 5:30pm for a couple days each week.
  • Communicate professionally with parents and guardians.
  • Represent RiverLink well and help campers to do the same while in public.
  • Engage campers in icebreakers, games or other activities during downtime.

Requirements:

  • Candidates must be 18 years of age and eligible to work legally in the United States.
  • Clean driving record, with experience and comfort driving large vehicles preferred.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Must be able to attend each day of camp.
  • Ability to work outdoors six hours a day and to engage in or assist with physical activities including river recreation and river cleanups (may include heavy lifting).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • College degree or equivalent experience, or currently enrolled in college; preferably in Environmental Studies or relevant field
  • Experience and passion for working with youth, preferably experience with ages 8-14
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations and make decisions that reflect the importance of camper and staff safety.
  • Ability to work closely with other camp staff.
  • Ability to take direction from the camp director.
  • A positive energetic attitude, and patience working with campers and parents.

To Apply

Please email Justin Young, Program Manager, at justin@riverlink.org with:

  • A brief cover letter stating your interest and qualifications
  • Résumé
  • Any relevant certifications (CPR, First Aid, etc.)
  • Availability
  • Two references

Deadline: Applications are due by April 30th 2018, with positions open until filled.

RiverLink does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Education Coordinator

RiverLink’s Education Coordinator serves as the main instructor for lessons with school groups. The main goal of these lessons is to expand students’ knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and empower the next generation of watershed stewards. Activities will include visual stream surveys, operating an interactive stream table, leading biomonitoring/fish electroshocking, water chemical testing and more. All lessons must integrate NC Essential Standards, STEM education methods, and inquiry based learning.

The Education Coordinator will also foster appreciation for the river as a source of creative inspiration, and a space to play and explore. They will host an art and poetry contest where students will submit work inspired by their time on the river. They will also lead 4 weeks of summer camp, where they’ll guide 3rd-8th graders as they discover the beauty of the watershed.

Reports to: Justin Young | Program Manager

Service Term: September 4, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Application Deadline: May 24th

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A college degree
  • Comfort speaking to large and small groups, including children.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and neighborhoods.
  • Good organization and communication skills.
  • Willingness to protect and advocate for the environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Self-motivator
  • Must be outgoing and energetic
  • Ability to manage time and schedules effectively.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Competent computer (PC/Mac) and social media skills
  • An understanding of teaching methods for different age groups.
  • Willingness to pursue further watershed education to fill in gaps in knowledge.
  • Some prior knowledge of aquatic ecosystems and outdoor education methods is preferred.
  • Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States, and consent to a criminal history check.

Preferred Service Hours / Weekly Schedule:

This position typically works from 9AM-5PM Mondays-Fridays with some weekends. Since there is a lot of work with schools a good amount of days can start as early as 7AM.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

Conservation Education: 80%

  • Host RiverRATS lessons with over 4,000 students throughout the school year focused on the physical, biological, & chemical aspects of stream ecology.
  • Create new and continue existing methods to engage students through the use of scientific equipment, interactive learning strategies, & thoughtful reflection.
  • Coordinate with organizational partners and government agencies to to facilitate larger scale educational programing.
  • Organize the Voices of the River: Art and Poetry Contest.
    • Create outreach materials and a marketing plan to communicate with schools and parents.
    • Recruit local judges and create a rubric for juding submissions.
    • Collect prize donations from local businesses.
    • Plan awards ceremony to be hosted at RiverLink’s Earth Day Kid’s Festival.
    • Work with businesses throughout the watershed to display submitted works.
  • Represent RiverLink at a variety of events, seminars and workshops.
  • Serve as lead counselor for French Broad RiverCamp.
    • Drive a 15 passenger van to key sites throughout the watershed.
    • Conduct forested and urban stream studies with campers.
    • Plan creative and reflective activities for campers to do between scheduled activities.
    • Join campers on recreational river activities such as tubing and rafting.
  • Work with the Public Engagement Coordinator to schedule and host adult education opportunities.

Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP): 20%

  • Host 1 volunteer educator training per month to recruit members of the public to assist with educational activities.
  • Create an evaluation system for volunteer educators to determine their effectiveness during lessons.
  • Work with the Public Engagement Coordinator to lead classes in service activites after lessons, and incorporate education into public volunteer opportunities.

Essential Functions

Equipment / Software Used: Computer, Stream simulation table, Backpack elecrtofisher, water quality testing kits, Biomonitoring sampling equipment, Adobe illustrator/photoshop, mass email and database software.

Physical Demands: Creek walking, ability to lift 50 lbs, ability to drive 15 passenger van, canoe experience helpful.

Transportation Needs: Must have a reliable vehicle.

Setting/Location of Service Activities: Buncombe county with some activities in Henderson, Transylvania, Madison, and Yancy counties as well.

  • Using computer software and online programs for conservation-based education and outreach initiatives, including social networking, written articles and press releases
  • Leading, coordinating, and interacting with diverse individuals in field-based and office settings (ex. landowners, students, low-income residents, partner organizations).
  • Developing and implementing educational programs and events for groups (presentations, workshops, educational hikes and outings, etc).
  • Using mapping software and other computer programs to create quality reports, management plans, maps, and/or analysis, based on field data
  • Other Essential Functions: Developing partnerships and relationships with other organizations, schools, and government agencies.

RiverLink does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Public Engagement Coordinator

RiverLink’s Public Engagement Coordinator serves as the main point of contact for people looking to become more involved with the organization. They will lead service projects with community groups including river & stream cleanups, invasive plant removal, bank plantings and more. They’ll coordinate recreational activities on the river and workshops for the public that further connect them to the watershed. The Coordinator will also organize large events and outreach strategies that reflect the good work of the organization.

Reports to: Justin Young | Program Manager

Service Term: September 4, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Application Deadline: May 24th

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A college degree
  • Comfort speaking to large and small groups, including children.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and neighborhoods.
  • Good organization and communication skills.
  • Willingness to protect and advocate for the environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Self-motivator
  • Must be outgoing and energetic
  • Ability to manage time and schedules effectively.
  • Ability to think logistically while coordinating and executing complex service projects.
  • Experience paddling a canoe, and driving a trailer is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Competent computer (PC/Mac) and social media skills
  • Eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen, national, or lawful permanent resident alien of the United States, and consent to a criminal history check.

Preferred Service Hours / Weekly Schedule:

This position typically works from 9AM-5PM Mondays-Fridays with a good amount of weekends.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

Conservation Education: 30%

  • Integrate education into volunteer events in the form of plant and invasive species identification, River and land use history, and water quality impacts.
  • Participate in tabling events such as career days, and community festivals to promote RiverLink’s work.
  • Serve as the lead organizer for RiverLink’s Earth Day Kids Festival. This includes securing sponsorship, creating a marketing plan, and coordinating with other organizations to provide creative and educational activities.
  • Organize educational and recreational events such as adult education workshops and guided canoe trips that connect the public with local waterways and water quality issues.

Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP): 40%

  • Plan volunteer events on RiverLink projects and public lands, promote these opportunities to the public, and lead the volunteers on the day of service.
  • Lead Volunteer Information sessions aimed to recruit and educate future volunteers.
  • Match volunteer groups with project needs that benefit the French Broad River and its watershed.
  • Collect volunteer feedback and and integrate suggestions to improve volunteer initiatives.
  • Coordinate with RiverLink’s Adopt-A-Stream groups to support and empower them as they clean their assigned waterways.
  • Create outreach strategies to promote public opportunities to engage with RiverLink.

At-Risk Ecosystem Impacts: 30%

  • Work with volunteers to develop and maintain stormwater control measures.
  • Perform riparian habitat and stream restorations on public and conserved lands.
  • Lead volunteers in exotic invasive plant removal and tree plantings within riparian areas of public and RiverLink conserved lands.
  • Guide volunteers through streams and rivers as they work to remove trash.

Essential Functions

Equipment / Software Used: Computer, Mass emailing and database software, Canoes, Tool trailer, gas powered equipment, sharp tools.

Physical Demands: Ability to lift 50 lbs, canoe paddling experience, ability to drive a trailer.

Transportation Needs: Needs personal vehicle

Setting/Location of Service Activities: French Broad River Watershed, mostly Buncombe County.

Other Considerations: Will be exposed to poison ivy and other potential hazards in the field.

  • Using computer software and online programs for conservation-based education and outreach initiatives, including social networking, written articles and press releases
  • Leading, coordinating, and interacting with diverse individuals in field-based and office settings (ex. landowners, students, low-income residents, partner organizations).
  • Training, supporting, coordinating, and recognizing volunteers for conservation-based volunteer opportunities.

RiverLink does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Watershed Resources Coordinator

The Watershed Resources Coordinator works directly with RiverLink’s Watershed and Land Resource Managers to improve water quality in the French Broad River Watershed. This is accomplished through grant funded watershed restoration projects (stream restorations, watershed planning studies, and stormwater best management practices); educating the community about water quality and quantity issues; land protection and stewardship of wetland, riparian and steep slope areas; and building stewardship of the river and watershed through improving the French Broad River Paddle Trail (river access and overnight camping). In this position you will assist with project management, grant writing, community outreach and volunteer engagement, as well as land protection and stewardship.

Reports to: Renee Fortner | Watershed Resources Manager

Service Term: September 4, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Application Deadline: May 24th

Qualifications – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of water quality and quantity concerns, watershed dynamics, and stormwater best management practices
  • Knowledge of land trust practices; conservation easement monitoring, baseline document report writing, and stewardship of protected lands
  • Knowledge of native plant and animal species endemic to eastern North America
  • Knowledge of exotic invasive plant species and management techniques for their removal
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS
  • The ability to walk over uneven terrain, navigate a canoe or kayak in class I and II rapids, work outside in a variety of weather conditions, use standard landscaping and hand tools, and be able to lift up to 40lbs.

Preferred Service Hours / Weekly Schedule:

Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, with occasional evening and weekend meetings.

Position Responsibilities and Duties

Conservation Education: 30%

  • Lead service learning programs focused around water quality, stream restoration, and riparian habitat restoration.
  • Lead adult educational programs and tours about the French Broad River Watershed.
  • Organize and lead group workshops associated with our WaterRICH program, which teaches individuals how to design and construct stormwater control features, such as rain gardens and rain barrels.
  • Assist with outreach related to the Name that Creek Program. Develop supporting educational materials for the adult education programs.
  • Provide one-on-one conservation education to RiverLink’s conservation easement landowners and other watershed residents.
  • Member will assist the Education Coordinator, when needed, to conduct in-school environmental education programs.

Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP): 10%

  • Recruit and lead volunteers in stewardship of riparian areas on public and RiverLink conserved lands.
  • Recruit and lead volunteers to help install and maintain stormwater control measures.
  • Recruit and lead volunteers to assist with grant funded conservation projects, such as stream restorations and watershed planning studies.

At-Risk Ecosystem Impacts: 60%

  • Work with volunteers to develop and maintain stormwater control measures.
  • Perform riparian habitat and stream restorations on public and conserved lands.
  • Member will work with volunteers to maintain the French Broad River Paddle Trail and over 5 miles of trails on RiverLink’s publicly accessible conserved lands.
  • Assist in the development of new trail and greenway projects in the French Broad River Watershed.
  • Lead volunteers in exotic invasive plant removal and tree plantings within riparian areas of public and RiverLink conserved lands.
  • Conduct water quality monitoring, often utilizing citizen scientists to help collect data.

Essential Functions

Equipment / Software Used: iPad, Handheld GPS unit, ArcGIS, ArcCollector, Microsoft Office Suite

Physical Demands: Must be able to work outdoors in variable weather, doing strenuous activity and walking over uneven terrain. Must be able to lift 40 lbs. Will need to sit for extended periods of time at a computer. Experience navigating a canoe or kayak preferred.

Transportation Needs: Must have a reliable personal vehicle

Setting/Location of Service Activities: 170 Lyman Street Asheville NC 28801

  • Leading, coordinating, and interacting with diverse individuals in field-based and office settings (ex. landowners, students, minority and underserved populations, residents, partner organizations).
  • Developing and implementing educational programs and events for groups (presentations, workshops, educational hikes and outings, etc).
  • Conducting field-based monitoring, assessment, and management of conservation properties, public lands, and/or water quality monitoring sites.
  • Using mapping software and other computer programs to create quality reports, management plans, maps, and/or analysis, based on field data

RiverLink does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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