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New American Whitewater Stewardship Assistant Position Announced

Posted: 12/07/2010
by Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater is pleased to announce a new employment opportunity with our organization. 

Position: American Whitewater Stewardship Assistant

Description: The American Whitewater Stewardship Assistant will be responsible for supporting American Whitewater Stewardship Directors in project-related analysis and research, as well as communicating and advocating our work to resource agencies, funders, elected officials, and our membership.  This Stewardship Assistant will have the opportunity to become intimately familiar with American Whitewater’s efforts on national energy policy, Wild and Scenic River advocacy, federal hydropower licensing, and a host of local conservation and access issues. In working on these issues the Stewardship Assistant will be expected to review, synthesize and effectively develop written responses in public review processes, develop webpage content, write for the American Whitewater Journal and help in creating membership appeals. In addition the position holder will assist stewardship staff in fundraising and outreach responsibilities for various projects.

The Stewardship Assistant will be a new half-time position with an initial term of one year, with possibility of additional hours-per-week and extensions based on funding. Location is California. Pay is hourly and based on experience.

Skills and Requirements:

  • Passion for rivers and their responsible enjoyment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to provide analysis of information from a variety of sources
  • In-depth knowledge of western whitewater rivers, paddling, and related issues
  • Strong commitment to a collaborative team-driven approach
  • Self-motivation and ability to work independently and think critically
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in science, policy, law, journalism, or related field
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and general photo editing


How you will be evaluated:

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Dave Steindorf (dave@americanwhitewater.org). In addition submit one (1) sample of a written article, website content or other writing/analysis examples for review.  Applications must be submitted prior to January 7, 2011. 
Selected candidates may be asked to complete an additional sample analysis and writing project, and/or may be invited to participate in a phone or in-person interview.


About American Whitewater: American Whitewater is one of the most effective river advocacy organizations in the country.  Our mission is dedicated to protecting and restoring our nation's whitewater resources while enhancing our ability to enjoy them safely. With roughly 5,000 members and over 100 affiliate clubs, we are the primary voice of whitewater paddlers on a national level, and often on a local level. We have eight staff members located in NC, UT, MT, WA, CO and CA. We pride ourselves on being a results-driven and efficient organization that is passionate about whitewater rivers and the public’s ability to enjoy them.  As a member of the American Whitewater team, you will have the opportunity to support our stewardship staff in local on the ground river restoration efforts as well as crafting national policy initiatives.  American Whitewater is a great organization for individuals that are self-motivated, creative, and passionate about making a difference. American Whitewater is an equal opportunity employer.

Dave Steindorf
4 Baroni Drive
Chico, CA 95928
Phone: 530-343-1871