River Steward – part-time, 2-3 days per week

Goose Creek Association is a growing grass roots environmental group dedicated to protecting the health and habitat of Goose Creek, one of Virginia’s designated State Scenic Rivers. In addition to a robust water quality and testing program, we work closely with other environmental groups to educate and advocate to secure the protection of this critical natural resource.

As part of our growth plan, GCA is looking to on-board a dedicated River Steward. As River Steward you will have the opportunity to work with leadership in our organization. You will play a hands-on role across our major programs and work closely with other environmental organizations as well as our membership to drive core initiatives.

Part-Time River Steward duties include:
· Coordinate Riparian Buffer Tree planting projects with the program leader and our partnering organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Council, Friends of the Rappahannock, Department of Forestry, John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District and Loudoun Soil and Water District.
• Coordinating benthic and chemical stream monitoring with program leader, Friends of the Shenandoah River, Downstream Project and volunteers, and data analysis
· Developing and managing river cleanup programs with program leader, local partners and volunteers
· Outreach, education, and communication with members and the public including our MWEE (Meaningful Watershed Environmental Education) program with local schools.

River Steward Qualifications:
· Education in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Natural Resource Mgmt. or related.
· Passion for environmental protection and conservation
· Comfortable with on-water activities
· Google Suite/Microsoft Word/Excel proficient
· Competency in multiple social media platforms
· Must be willing to work an occasional weekend
· Must be able to lift 25lbs for canoe cleanup and dig holes to plant trees
· Must have valid driver’s license
· Must be willing to work outside in varying weather conditions
· Ability to work remotely

Preferred Qualifications:
· Natural resource or non-profit experience
· Familiar with conservation easements, cost share programs and the Chesapeake Bay WIP – Watershed Initiative Program.
· Experience with GIS, Esri and other related applications
· Volunteer management experience

GCA follows federal Covid-19 guidelines