Application Due December 9, 2020
The River Sustainability Director leads the Cahaba River Society’s advocacy programs to protect and restore water quality, freshwater habitat, and drinking water to achieve our mission. The position’s focus is to lead the community to improve best practices design of urban development and strengthen water resource policies, regulations, management and compliance, while relying on, advancing, and communicating river science. Reflecting values of Cahaba River Society, the River Sustainability Director uses a range of engagement methods, leading with collaboration and education.
Founded in 1988, Cahaba River Society (CRS) leads our community to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life. The diverse lives depending on the Cahaba include the people of Birmingham and central Alabama as well as the River’s globally significant biodiversity of freshwater wildlife. The Cahaba, the heart of “America’s Amazon,” has more fish species per mile than any other river in North America and a similar rich diversity of other river life. The Cahaba is a major source of the Birmingham area’s drinking water, and CRS’ service area – the “peopleshed” of those whose lives are affected by the River – is larger than the watershed, including Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Perry and Dallas County, stretching from Birmingham to the Black Belt.
Through collaboration, river restoration advocacy, and bringing people to the River for hands-on education, guided recreational opportunities, and volunteer stewardship projects, we have been building community support and making a lasting positive impact on the health of this valuable resource for over 30 years.
The River Sustainability Director is supervised by the Executive Director, and works collaboratively with the ED to develop strategies and approaches for the position’s focus areas. All CRS staff members work closely with members of the CRS Board of Directors in their areas of expertise. This position provides staffing for committees of the Board of Directors, currently including Policy and Science Committees as lead staff, and as support staff for Stewardship, Education, and others. The River Sustainability Director is prepared to fulfill a wide variety of tasks to support other program areas in team with the staff, including youth and adult education, recreation, volunteer habitat restoration, and events. This position often supervises interns.
Investigation of pollution sources and support of educational, recreational, and stewardship outings requires an ability to carry and paddle a canoe and walk on uneven terrain and in a river. Capabilities to lead recreational outings are desirable, including ability to safely drive a pickup truck with a 10-haul canoe trailer, to ‘back’ the trailer if necessary, to load and unload 85 pound canoes with the help of a co-worker, conduct water rescues, or a willingness and ability to learn those skills, and a willingness to adopt outings-leadership practices that minimize injury risks to participants.
Salary is negotiable based on qualifications. CRS pays full cost of single-rate health insurance, or this amount can be applied to family rate. Flexible work hours, generous vacation and leave policies.
Exempt. This a professional, salaried position with evening and weekend activities commonly required, offset by flexibility in required office time.
Send resume and cover letter telling us more about your qualifications and why working in this position and for this organization would be meaningful to you, By December 9, 2020, addressed to: Beth Stewart, Executive Director, [email protected]. Questions about the position may also be sent there. Applications may also be mailed to 2717 7th Avenue South, Suite 205, Birmingham, AL, 25233.
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.