River Steward (full or part-time, temporary)
The Ausable River Association (AsRA), a non-profit environmental conservation organization based in Wilmington, New York, is seeking a qualified individual to provide education and outreach to recreational users of the Ausable River from May to September 2023. Applicants with availability through October 2023 are strongly encouraged to apply. The river steward’s primary responsibility will be interacting with anglers and the public to educate them about aquatic and terrestrial invasive species and proper cleaning methods for their recreational equipment. Collecting survey data, identifying and removing invasive species along the river corridor, and attending public events as an ambassador of the Ausable River, the river steward will support AsRA’s science-based conservation mission to help communities protect Ausable streams and lakes. In addition to outreach duties, the steward will have several opportunities to assist AsRA’s staff with field-based research in our biological, water quality, and stream health programs.
Status: Full or part-time, temporary seasonal employee, 25-40 hours/week
Compensation: $15 to $18 per hour, dependent on experience, mileage reimbursement up to $2,100.
Hire Timeline: Applications no later than 10 March; position runs May to September, (possible extension to October), with some flexibility
The Ausable River is nationally and internationally known for its trout fishery, spectacular scenery, and exceptional recreational opportunities. A host of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species threaten these valued resources. The river steward helps AsRA and our partners protect the region from these invaders by educating river users and the community about invasive species threats and spread prevention. Supervised by the Biodiverse Habitats program manager, primary duties of the river steward include:
- riverside education of anglers and river users about invasives and how to clean their gear
- collecting and managing river user survey data
- maintaining equipment cleaning stations (wader and boot wash)
- tabling at regional events to educate the general public
- identifying and removing invasive species along the river corridor
- extensive written and social media reporting of activities and results
- data analysis and report on previous river stewarding efforts
The river steward will work with AsRA staff to develop a work plan that meets the needs of the program and complements the steward’s skill set and learning objectives.
Qualified candidates are well-organized, self-starters enthusiastic about working directly with the public; able to communicate effectively in person and in writing; capable of performing duties independently and as directed by a supervisor; eager to work outdoors in all normal weather conditions; and attentive to detail. Proficiency with Excel and Word programs is essential, as is comfort and enthusiasm with public interaction, data collection, and reporting. Experience working with and educating the public is a plus. A successful candidate will, minimally, have completed, or be near completion of a degree in natural resources, biology, environmental science, or a related field. They will have demonstrated a commitment to conservation. The ideal candidate will meet the above qualifications and have a knowledge of fisheries, aquatic ecosystems, and invasive and native species. The steward must have a reliable cell phone (Verizon is best in this area), hold a valid driver’s license, and have regular access to a reliable vehicle.
Lodging is NOT provided. Candidate must be available to work holidays (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day) and weekends on a regular basis throughout employment. Evening, morning, and weekend work is required. Position runs from May 9th to September 9th at a minimum, with likely extension to October 14th, 2023. Position will be 25 to 40 hours per week, depending on availability.
How to Apply
Submit a cover letter explaining your interest and specific qualifications (specifically detailing your experience with public outreach and education), a resume, and contact information for three professional references as one PDF document to email@example.com. Applications accepted through March 10, 2023. Please type the position title “River Steward” and your last name in the subject line.