The Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program (description follows) is seeking a motivated individual for a part-time, stewardship intern position. Qualified applicants should send a resume and a cover letter explaining why they want this job to:

[email protected]

Please reference “Stewardship Intern.”

Or mail a hard copy to:

Attention: Stewardship Intern, Cahaba River Society

2717 7th Ave. South, Suite 205

Birmingham, Al 35233-3421


Stewardship Intern Job Description

General Description:

This part -time position (roughly 10 to 20 hours per week) will work as part of a team to remove invasive plant species from the Cahaba River and its tributaries. Streambank restoration projects such as planting native plants to protect vulnerable areas is included, as well as working to produce a “Best Practices Guide” for river-front property owners. This guide will inform landowners on how to reduce storm water runoff, erosion, and streambank degradation, as well as strategies for invasive plant management. This is a grant-funded pilot expansion of the well-established and respected CLEAN Education and Stewardship Program Because this program includes specific grant deliverables in 2021, the successful applicant will need to commit to fill the position from spring through fall 2021. A successful project could create opportunity for continuation of the position in 2022.

Hours and Compensation:

Twenty hours/ week, starting Spring 2021. Compensation is $10.00 per hour. Work related mileage will be reimbursed. Which days in a week is flexible.

Staff Relationships:

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

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting, and after training, conducting stewardship field trips, including invasive plant removal, streambank restoration and planting native species, and river cleanup trips both from canoes and on foot along waterways.

Many of these activities take place in remote locations. These locations are sometimes in “wilderness” settings, more than one hour from ALS.

  • Working with the Education Director and Communications Director to produce a “Best Practices Guide” for riverfront property owners. This guide will inform landowners on how to reduce storm water runoff, erosion, streambank degradation, and present environmentally sensitive strategies for invasive plant management.
  • Keeping accurate records of program participation, evaluation, and incident reports.
  • Assisting with planning and implementing stewardship projects.
  • Assisting with equipment maintenance, including vehicle, trailer, paddling gear, stewardship tools, etc.
  • Assisting with planning, coordinating and implementing restoration projects and clean-ups with program participants.


Position Requirements:

  • Ability to perform strenuous outdoor work
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Computer literacy
  • Physical capability of loading and unloading equipment, including canoes, canoe trailer, etc.
  • Canoes are typically > or < 90lbs. They are unloaded and loaded to/from a trailer. Carrying and loading the boats is physically strenuous. The boats are often carried over uneven terrain, up and down river banks.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Familiarity with natural history and ecology of rivers
  • Experience and comfort in outdoor settings, including hands-on interactions with aquatic wildlife
  • Canoeing proficiency or other paddling experience




Non-Discrimination Policy:

The Cahaba River Society does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, personnel hiring and management, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.

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, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.