TITLE: Part-Time South Carolina Associate Director, Low Country

CLASSIFICATION: Part-Time Associate Director

DEPARTMENT: Conservation

LOCATION: Columbia, South Carolina

Apply Here: https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=89

JOB DESCRIPTION

Since 2009, American Rivers has led efforts to protect and restore the ecologically important rivers, streams that comprise the major rivers of the Northern Lowcountry including the Waccamaw, Great Pee Dee, Little Pee Dee, Lynches and Black rivers. The Associate Director will lead American Rivers’ work to safeguard that the area’s rivers and communities especially in light of the impacts associated with climate change. This work includes working with communities to restore water quality, protect critical watersheds, improve resilience to drought and reduce the impact of flooding.

The Associate Director will continue a partnership with the historic Gullah Geechee community of Bucksport to create and implement a community driven response to the impacts of climate change and environmental injustice which are causing flooding and diminished water quality. The Associate Director will lead outreach events and communications efforts for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail to better connect citizens and community leaders to their hometown river and advocate for protection of the recreational, economic, drinking water and ecological values the Waccamaw provides. This includes leading the Upper Waccamaw Task Force, a consortium of conservation organizations and local, state and federal agencies that we helped establish to accelerate watershed protection on the Upper Waccamaw River in Horry County and to ensure that equitable community engagement is used to achieve critical ecological protections by delivering projects valued by the local communities. The work of this position will also focus on advancing watershed protection and resiliency in partnerships with municipal and industrial water users and communities in the region including participating in the development of a watershed-based plan for Georgetown County, assuring equitable community participation in the plan development, and eventually transitioning in to coordinate the Pee Dee Coalition for Water Improvement.

This position is located in the Lowcountry of South Carolina and works closely with American Rivers’ staff in the Southeast Region and national conservation staff to achieve project deliverables and ensure that program and policy work is consistent with organizational goals.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Works collaboratively with communities, community groups, water users, municipal leaders, land trusts and other stakeholders to leverage funding for watershed protection.
  • Engages with community leaders to connect them to local rivers and educate them about the important values rivers provide for clean drinking water, flood protection, recreation, cultural preservation, and local economies.
  • Partners with the Bucksport community to support their efforts to develop and implement a climate resilience plan that addresses historic environmental injustices including nuisance flooding and poor water quality.
  • Leads the work in the Waccamaw River watershed currently focused on coordinating the Upper Waccamaw Task Force implementation of the conservation plan and engagement and communications with the community.
  • Leads the work with Georgetown Sewer and Water District to incorporate watershed protection into their watershed plan and implementation of a watershed protection fund.
  • Leverages state and federal resources for local river protection and restoration efforts.

QUALIFICATIONS:   

  • Strong passion for protecting and restoring the rivers of the Lowcountry and their watersheds
  • Three to five years of experience in a relevant field or a Bachelor’s degree or professional certification in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to engage and to work with marginalized communities, Indigenous communities, and communities of color;
  • Experience working with science or policies related to river restoration, water quality, watershed protection, climate adaptation or other relevant areas;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on and coordinate teams with diverse perspectives, values, and identities;
  • An effective advocate with strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Consistent exercise of professional discretion and independent judgment;
  • Excellent personal organization and time management skills;
  • Ability to travel as needed;
  • An outstanding work ethic and high degree of integrity;
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Commitment to advocate for American Rivers’ mission and core values;
  • Ability and willingness to conduct field work in rivers, including paddling, wading, hiking, extended standing, transporting gear, and lifting and carrying 40 lbs.

Apply Here: https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=92