The Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program is seeking a motivated individual for a part-time, short term CLEAN Coordinator contract in the Black Belt counties of Bibb, Perry, and Dallas. The position is open until filled.

Qualified applicants should send a resume and a cover letter explaining why they want this position to:
[email protected] – Please reference “Black Belt CLEAN Coordinator” – also direct questions about the position here.

Or mail a hard copy to:

Attention: BBCC
Cahaba River Society
2717 7th Ave. South, Suite 205
Birmingham, Al 35233-3421

General Job Description

This short-term, part-time project will help Cahaba River Society adapt our CLEAN environmental education program to the unique water resources, people, institutions and opportunities of the Black Belt. Our CLEAN program of hands-on, river-based environmental education was developed in 1996. CLEAN has served over 39,000 youth and teachers with hands-on STEAM education and service-learning stewardship projects
since then, mainly in the upper Cahaba watershed.

Learn more about CLEAN at here.

CLEAN strives to serve the full demographics of our “peopleshed” – the area of people whose lives are impacted by the River, including the
entire Birmingham metro area and counties of Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Perry and Dallas, with a focus on serving youth of color.

For the program to be effective in the lower watershed, we need to adapt the curriculum to the character of the Cahaba and of water and habitat issues there, find a range of sites suitable for in-water field trips, and connect with schools and youth-serving nonprofits to market the program, so that we can serve online learning needs now and we are ready to serve Black Belt youth with field programs when we are past the pandemic.

Hours and Compensation:

CRS has received a grant from the Alabama Association of RC&D Councils for up to $3,000 to compensate this position. Work related mileage and other expenses will be reimbursed. Contract details such as hourly rate, work hours and days per week are negotiable. We aim to have this position filled and working by February 2021 or sooner.

Staff Relationships:

This position is supervised by the CRS Education Director, and will work in cooperation with the Environmental Science Educator and rest of the CRS staff in a teamwork relationship.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Connect with schools and other youth-serving groups to market CLEAN environmental education programs for online learning and for in person field trips and service-learning stewardship projects, respecting CDC and other health safety considerations.
  • Explore the environmental education needs of the Black Belt and help refine the CLEAN curriculum to meet the needs of the students, the character of the Cahaba River, and water resource issues of the lower Cahaba watershed and the Black Belt.
  • Work with the CLEAN staff to locate suitable sites for field trips within the Black Belt counties.

Position Requirements

Deep relationships with and knowledge about Alabama’s Black Belt and its educational and youth-serving institutions, especially for Dallas, Perry, and Bibb Counties.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Computer literacy and access.
  • Access to personal transportation.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience or training as an educator.
  • Familiarity with natural history and ecology of rivers and of water resource issues.
  • Experience and comfort in outdoor settings, including hands-on interactions with aquatic wildlife.

Non Discrimination Policy:

The Cahaba River Society is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment for any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, religion (creed), disability, or military status. We also will not discriminate in selection of volunteers and vendors or provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, contractors, vendors, and program partners.