Community Programs Coordinator

Posted 1 year ago

Who we are: Georgia River Network is a growing organization that has worked for the last 22 years to ensure a clean water legacy in Georgia by engaging and empowering Georgians to protect and restore our rivers from the mountains to the coast. Together with our supporters, board, staff, and network we work to protect and restore Georgia’s rivers by engaging more people in their protection, empowering Georgia’s network of 30+ groups working to protect our waterways, and advocating for strong protections for Georgia’s rivers, streams and lakes. Visit our website to learn more about what we do and how we do it.

Our culture is collaborative, hard-working, and impact and results driven. We believe in planning for our future and working our plans. We provide our staff with competitive salaries, a generous vacation policy, medical, vision, and life insurance, and a matching 401k retirement plan. We strive toward a sustainable work environment where attention is paid to balancing dedication to our work with other aspects of life. Our operation is based out of Athens, GA, a college town, with a relatively low cost of living and great quality of life. Our board is hard working and engaged, bringing an amazing variety of talents, skills, and connections that greatly impact our success.

Throughout our history we have accomplished a lot: we’ve supported the start up of new river conservation and water trail groups in Georgia and we started Paddle Georgia. Throughout the 16 years of Paddle Georgia, we have directly introduced over 5000 people to Georgia’s rivers, paddled over 1500 miles, raised over $500,000 for river protection throughout Georgia, and have grown to become the largest week-long canoe and kayak camping adventure trip in the country. We work with the UGA Press to develop a series of “Georgia River Network Users’ Guides. We started a new Water Trails project to engage more Georgians and communities in river protection. We provided services to over 40 river groups to empower them to address the problems in their watersheds and promote water trails. We serve a leadership role in the Georgia Water Coalition, Georgia Outdoor Recreation Coalition and Okefenokee Protection Alliance.

The job we need you to do: Lead our programs to engage and build involvement in river conservation and river recreation access for ALL.

  • Paddle Georgia River Adventures
  • Coordinate river safety training
  • Support coordination of Paddle Georgia adventures, leading trips
  • Recruit communities of color to participate in river recreation & conservation
  • Water Trails
  • Maintain the Water Trails webpages on the GRN website
  • Provide information to communities and citizens wanting to build water trails, including maintain files and updated status on all trails in Georgia, give presentations at meetings and conferences to help communities develop and enhance water trails
  • Launch and promote new Water Trails as they become established. Potentially several launching annually.
  • Georgia River Guide App
  • Manage the Georgia River Guide Mobile App. Mostly, this is data entry within the ESRI platform, identifying water accesses and points of interest along the Georgia Water Trails. You may be working directly with developers to help advance the Mobile App’s features and functionality.
  • Collect and organize comments and feedback form the community related to both the Mobile app and Website.
  • Review and test features outlined within the wireframe to confirm the Mobile App meets expectations. You will be joining a project that is in process, and all features and functionality are well documented.
  • Launch and assist in promotion of the new Georgia River Guide App across all available marketing channels.
  • Support GRN Communications Staff
  • Facilitate GRN media, marketing and social media campaigns to connect with outdoor enthusiasts in Georgia
  • Empower Live broadcasts, podcasts, advertising and messaging to enthusiast audiences wherever they gather, as needed
  • Support “Recreate Responsibly” Campaigns and Initiatives
  • Support GRN communications campaigns about water safety
  • Partner with other organizations, businesses and local and state governments to promote water safety and paddle sports training.
  • Bridge the outdoor adventure gap
  • Develop programming initiatives to underserved communities
  • Develop programming for key at risk audiences
  • Develop programming that helps bridge the gap between outdoor recreation and environmental advocacy
  • Support GRN grant writing, as needed to expand water safety messaging and training and other GRN programming.
  • Assist with other GRN programs, projects, and events as needed.
  • Recruit and manage interns to assist with program work

The Community Programs Coordinator reports directly to the Executive Director.

What qualifies you for the job:

  • Expertise, experience, traits and skills matching many of the job responsibilities, proficiencies, and attributes listed above
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Publisher, Outlook, and PowerPoint; social media programs including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok and YouTube
  • Experience managing websites with WordPress
  • Experience with ESRI a plus
  • Ability to organize and manage volunteers to collect data for the Georgia River Guide App
  • Understanding of user-experience and wireframe a plus
  • A working knowledge of Sketch a plus
  • Ability and willingness to regularly work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Job Type: Full time (40 hours/week).
  • A Bachelor’s degree.
  • Enthusiasm and passion for protecting and restoring Georgia’s rivers.
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Orientation towards service.
  • Basic understanding of watershed protection issues and non-profit organizations
  • Ability to conduct complete and thorough research.
  • Currently certified ACA paddle sports instructor a plus
  • Experience with river stewardship projects, environmental advocacy and governmental relations
  • Experience with grant writing and proposal development
  • Experience developing partnerships across like-minded organizations

How to apply: GRN will accept applications until the position is filled. Please submit a resume, cover letter, and samples of relevant work products demonstrating how your traits, expertise, experience, and skills match the job responsibilities and qualifications. Please submit application materials electronically to Dana Skelton, Director of Operations & Advocacy, No calls, please. Apply here.

Salary: Georgia River Network offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience; a generous vacation policy; medical, vision, and life insurance; and a matching 401k retirement plan.

Location: Flexible/Remote with ability to attend in-person meetings and events in Georgia.

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