TITLE: Conservation Associate Director, Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas
CLASSIFICATION: Associate Director I
DEPARTMENT: Conservation
WAGE CATEGORY: Non-exempt, Full-time
REPORTS TO: Conservation Director of Southern Appalachia
LOCATION: Asheville, NC

Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 250,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.

The Associate Director will work as a part of a collaborative team to meet American Rivers’ conservation goals in Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas with a focus on river restoration, riverside land protection, and communications. The river restoration and riverside land protection work of this position will largely focus in the Southern Appalachians especially in the Little Tennessee River basin due to its significant ecological value, robust biodiversity, and engaged partners. The conservation goals are to restore damaged rivers and secure protections for healthy rivers by putting into effect multiple practices and policies that result in measurable conservation outcomes that address natural flows, water quality, connectivity and habitat while considering the uncertainty of a changing climate. Practices include but are not limited to dam and other barrier removal, floodplain restoration, engaging the community with the Tuckasegee River Blue Trail, supporting the North Carolina Aquatic Connectivity Team, building political and constituent support, communicating with partners and media about American Rivers’ conservation efforts, and leveraging and securing funding opportunities. River restoration and riverside land protection efforts will comprise approximately 75% of job duties. Communications will comprise approximately 25% of job duties.

• Contributes as a member of the River of Southern Appalachia and the Carolinas program and is responsible for major functions contributing to the program’s overall success;
• Demonstrates initiative and creativity, and continually strives to improve program operations;
• Assists the Conservation Director for Southern Appalachia with priority conservation efforts;
• Acts with considerable independence to plan and implement major projects like riverside land protection and river restoration projects;
• Supports partners and builds capacity through technical assistance in the identification and implementation of projects like riverside land protection and river restoration projects;
• Coordinates with partners by facilitating meetings, nurturing relationships, and tracking efforts;
• Represents American Rivers at technical meetings, conferences, press events and other public events as needed;
• Collaborates with American Rivers staff to coordinate internal communications and amplify external communications;
• Composes, edits, and prepares high-quality, time-sensitive correspondence, reports, proposals, blogs, newsletter articles and other informational materials;
• Builds upon and establishes new partnerships with civic and community leaders, non-profit organizations, government agencies, consultants, and other restoration partners;
• Identifies, tracks, and collaboratively pursues funding sources for projects;
• Executes contracts, requests expenditures, and invoices;
• Manages time and expenses.

• Excellent written and verbal communications;
• Exceptional interpersonal skills;
• Excellent project management and time management skills;
• Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;
• Strength in critical thinking, judgement and dependability;
• Ability to take initiative, coordinate multiple responsibilities, and produce results by deadlines;
• Commitment to advocate for American Rivers’ mission and core values;
• Demonstrated ability to work on teams with diverse perspectives, values, and identities;
• Experience working with science or policies related to river restoration, watershed protection, climate adaptation or other relevant areas;
• Experience or willingness to learn skills related to social media like managing and creating videos, photos, and written content;
• Ability and willingness to conduct field work in rivers, including paddling, wading,
hiking, extended standing, transporting gear, and lifting and carrying 40 lbs.;
• Ability to travel across the Southeast region (must have or be willing to obtain a driver’s license);
• A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience, OR a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.

This is a full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Full‐time employee benefits include health, dental and life insurance, a retirement plan, and generous leave time.

Submit a cover letter and resume to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=31
and make sure to address any pertinent experience, including professional and personal experience, that is relevant to this position. Applications will be considered immediately. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.