We are hiring a River Sustainability Director! - Cahaba River Society

CRS is hiring a River Sustainability Director

Working on the talented Cahaba River Society staff team is a satisfying, challenging and fun way to make a real difference for this special river and the region’s drinking water. CRS has a job opening for a River Sustainability Director, who will lead the Cahaba River Society’s advocacy programs to protect and restore water quality, natural flows, and freshwater habitat and promote water equity.

Cahaba River Society staff, board, and volunteers gather beside Shades Creek.

The position’s focus is to improve best practices design of urban growth with green infrastructure and low impact development and to strengthen water resource policies, regulations, management and compliance, while advancing and communicating river science. The impact of this work will be to reduce urban impacts such as pollution and flooding, improve climate resilience, and increase healthy greenspaces and river access opportunities for all.

You will also enjoy spending occasional time on the beautiful and special Cahaba River, as part of the team for river assessments, habitat restoration, pollution response, recreation and education.

To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by September 8, 2023. Click here to see the detailed job description.

Please help us spread the word and continue building the strength of our highly effective staff committed to restoring and protecting the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life!


Job Opening: River Sustainability Director, Cahaba River Society

Cahaba River Society works collaboratively with governments, businesses, and civic groups to improve how development projects are designed and built. Green Infrastructure stormwater design is essential. Photo by Hunter Nichols.

Headquartered in Birmingham, AL
Application Due September 8, 2023
Starting salary range: $48,000- $60,000 depending on qualifications

Cahaba River Society seeks a creative, collaborative, knowledgeable freshwater advocate who will lead our strategies to protect and restore one of North America’s most biodiverse rivers and safeguard the drinking water it provides Birmingham and central Alabama.

The position supports communities to improve best practices in stormwater and green infrastructure design and strengthen water resource policies, regulations, management and compliance, to reduce urban impacts such as pollution and flooding, improve climate resilience, promote water equity, and increase healthy greenspaces and river access opportunities for all.

We are looking for a persuasive advocate and watershed educator to serve as a resource for local government decision-makers, citizens, developers, business leaders, and partner organizations.

Minimum requirements are an undergraduate degree and 3 years of experience in related fields. Strengths in strategic program development, collaboration, research, public speaking, and written communications are essential. Read more about responsibilities and qualifications in the full job description here.


Cahaba River "Peopleshed" map showing the Birmingham Water Works service area and the Cahaba Watershed.
Our programs benefit people and wildlife in the Cahaba watershed and “peopleshed” – the area of people, businesses, and communities that rely on, enjoy, and impact the River, including the Birmingham Water Works service area. This encompasses much of Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Perry, and Dallas counties.

Who We Are:

Cahaba River Society (CRS) leads our community to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life. The Cahaba is a spectacular, natural recreational resource and biodiversity treasure, with more fish species per mile than any other river in North America. Our service area – the diverse “peopleshed” of those whose lives are interrelated with the River, stretches from the Birmingham metro area to Alabama’s rural Black Belt region. Learn more at www.cahabariversociety.org.


Join Our Team:

This is an enjoyable and rewarding career opportunity with a respected, effective environmental nonprofit that has a 35-year track record for river protection, restoration, volunteerism, and environmental education.  You would work within a supportive and talented team of 7 full-time staff and have close involvement with a diverse, highly skilled Board of Directors.


Benefits of this job: 

Starting salary range is $48,000- $60,000 depending on qualifications. We offer generous vacation, flex time to offset some weekend and evening work, and a combo of working at the office, from home, at the river and in the field. CRS pays full cost of the single rate of health insurance (currently $5.9k value), offers a matching 403B retirement plan and low-cost dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, and funds professional development and training.


To Apply:

Send resume and cover letter by September 8, 2023. See job description at this link for details.