Employment Opportunities

The Dan River Basin Association's mission is to preserve and promote the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin through stewardship, recreation and education. DRBA envisions an economically vibrant bi-state community with a regional identity, where people enjoy easy access to healthy rivers, parks, trails and heritage attractions. The Dan River Basin Association has three key program areas: stewardship, recreation, education.

Join us in our mission to help protect and promote the Dan River Basin! DRBA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace.

 

Full-Time

There are no full-time positions available at this time. Please check again as available positions are posted periodically.

 

Part-Time

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Technician
Location:  Rockingham County, NC
15-20 hours per week; December 2014 - June 2015

Position Summary

In collaboration with the Education Outreach Coordinator, the Trout in the Classroom Technician will manage the Trout in the Classroom program in Rockingham County, North Carolina and parts of Virginia, if necessary. Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students: raise trout from eggs to fingerlings, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, foster a conservation ethic and understand ecosystem connectivity.

The Trout in the Classroom program is closely connected to state learning standards and enhances math, science and language arts curricula for students of all ages. Classrooms receive their fish eggs in the Fall or early Winter and care for them until they become fingerlings. The fingerlings are then released in the Spring into a local approved coldwater stream.  During the program, students learn to see connections between the trout, water resources, stream environment and themselves.

Primary Responsibilities

-Provide technical and mechanical support to the Trout in the Classroom program
-Respond to emergency calls from teachers and/or school officials dealing with TIC
-Distribute TIC equipment and items as needed
-Develop education materials for classrooms and program
-Assist in presentations to classrooms
-Report all inquiries and incidences to the Education Outreach Coordinator
-Coordinate with Educators and Supervisor on fundraising initiatives
-Help with trout releases in Spring
-Perform other duties as needed

Qualifications

- Must be currently enrolled in or college graduate with a degree in Science, Environmental Sciences, Biology, Education, Natural Resources, or related field.
- Must have a basic understanding of water quality issues and monitoring and technical /mechanical knowledge of aquatic systems
- Have an interest in protecting natural resources
- Must be flexible
- Must be able to lift 20+ lbs
- Ability to work with students and faculty of all ages
- Ability to pass background check, if requested
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing
- Possess a cell phone and automobile capable of safe transport of 55 gallon fish tank
- Have a valid Driver’s License
- Positive attitude and neat appearance


Contact Information: Please send resume to Krista Hodges at khodges@danriver.org or call (434) 250-0292 for more information.

Internships

Trout in the Classroom (TIC) Intern
Location:  Southern Virginia and northern North Carolina
Duration:  December - June 2015; 1-3 days per week
Compensation:  Travel stipend is possible

Summary:
  The TIC intern is to provide support to the Education Outreach Coordinator for the Trout in the Classroom program in Virginia and North Carolina. 

Duties:  Assist with delivery of materials/equipment to schools; assist teachers with tanks; repair systems as needed; respond to calls from teachers and/or school officials dealing with TIC; assist in preparing and delivering presentations to classrooms; assist with trout releases; report all inquiries to supervisor; and other related tasks

Qualifications: 
-must be enrolled in a biology related degree and have some understanding of ecology
-must have own transportation and cell phone
-must be willing to travel, on-call if necessary and flexible
-must be able to lift 25lbs
-must be willing to get dirty and/or wet and possibly work in inclement weather conditions
-positive attitude, neat appearance and ability to work with students and faculty of all ages
-ability to pass a background check, if needed
-ability to work independently with little to no supervision

It is important to report on time when scheduled.  If unable to attend, must inform supervisor.

Contact Information
Krista Hodges
Dan River Basin Association
(434) 250-0292
khodges@danriver.org

 

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