Stream Restoration Manager
The Ausable River Association (AsRA), a nonprofit conservation organization with a mission of helping communities protect our streams and lakes, seeks a qualified individual to perform stream monitoring and geomorphic assessment, manage stream restoration and road-stream crossing projects, and lead our Healthy Streams program.
AsRA currently employs a small staff of hardworking conservation professionals with expertise in biology, water quality, natural stream restoration, communications, grant-writing, nonprofit management, and program building. This is a unique opportunity for an early to mid-career restoration practitioner interested in working on behalf of stream health and wildlife habitat to lead a cutting-edge program with a group of talented professionals. While technical qualifications are essential to this position, excellent communication skills, an ability to work in teams with partners from a variety of backgrounds, attention to detail, and a passion for streams, lakes, and freshwater are just as important.
We consider healthy streams with shaded, cool waters, ample floodplains, and self-regulating flows essential to sustaining clean water, ecological diversity, and thriving communities. Our Healthy Streams program evaluates stream systems – taking into account the human communities around them – and implements projects that help streams regain their geomorphic potential while also benefitting wildlife habitat, flood resilience, and water quality. Several large restoration projects of varying scope are scheduled, and an ongoing comprehensive planning process continues to assess and identify projects. Work is focused in the 512 square mile Ausable River watershed of upstate New York and in the Adirondack Park where a variety of protections for waterways allow our projects to serve as useful regional models for stream restoration.
The new employee will work under the supervision of AsRA’s Executive Director (ED) and with our partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ecosystem Planning and Restoration. They will perform stream geomorphic surveys (dimension, pattern, profile, substrate), channel and topographic surveys, function-based and stream habitat assessments, and will contribute to project design and implementation. They are responsible for permitting, cost estimates, community relations, and construction oversight of stream restoration projects and culvert replacements. The ideal candidate shall have the skills to develop and pursue a watershed-wide monitoring and assessment effort to document the long-term effects of restoration projects, to continuously assess the geomorphic condition of a network of regional streams, and to effectively share that knowledge with a diversity of professional, agency, and community partners.
The complete job description, including qualifications, pay and benefits can be found in the PDF document to in the left colum of this page. Application deadline 12/15/2022; candidates are urged to apply well before the deadline as review of applications will begin in late November.
The Ausable River Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment.