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Lower Mississippi River Dispatch No 448

Stewardship Through Deep Engagement

Wednesday, Dec 27th, 2017



In this time of reawakening and renewal, a door is opening deep within the Mississippi Delta for the purpose of deep engagement on the Lower Mississippi River -- as director of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. We are all volunteers at present, dedicated to youth and conservation programming. The new director will come in at ground floor to help create the future of the foundation, post-Rivergator, with salary commensurate to ability and success. Please read below, and feel to share with anyone you think might be interested.

BTW: if you are fasting with us, Mon, Jan 1st 2018 will be a 24-hour fast. This is a great way to start the New Year: with a pause in your normal routines for a day of soul searching and self-understanding. Big River Blessings from all of the Mighty Quapaw crew... and in advance, Happy Canoe Year!




The Lower Mississippi River Foundation Announces:

Position Opening: Executive Director

(Open Jan 2018)

Mission: The Lower Mississippi River Foundation is dedicated to stewardship of the Lower and Middle Mississippi River through deep engagement, focused primarily on youth and conservation programming.

Job Description: The Lower Mississippi River Foundation (LMRF) seeks an Executive Director for its Helena, AR, or Clarksdale, MS, location. Director is responsible for developing and executing LMRF mission through its goals, strategies and objectives. Also responsible for accounting, grant-writing, networking, answering phone, keeping office, public presentations, and other tasks typical to a small non-profit organization.

Requirements: We are looking for someone who is 1) friendly and people-oriented; 2) good with kids as well as adults; 3) honest, earnest and hard-working; 4) able to speak comfortably with individuals and groups; 5) capable writer and typist; 6) computer savvy (both Microsoft and Apple systems preferable; knowledge of Quickbooks a plus). 7) agile with Social Media; 8) willing to tackle challenges and learn new skills; 9) a good team member, but also able to work independently; 10) passionate about the outdoors and the American wilderness ethic; 11) physically capable of outdoor tasks (such as moving heavy canoes and equipment in preparation and/or cleanup of youth programs). Candidate should have personal vehicle and current driver’s license.

Other Helpful Skills: (but not requirements - can be learned on the job): Experience in nature tourism. Wilderness First Aid, or other medical training. Creative writing. Youth Outdoor Programming and Leadership. Natural Sciences. Adobe software. Grant-writing.

About Us: The LMRF was established in 2011 to create the Rivergator: Paddler’s Guide to the Lower Mississippi River. Its primary goal is a healthy, viable wilderness for the enjoyment of current and future generations. The LMRF oversees the Friends of the Sunflower River, Between the Levees, LiNKS=Leave No Child On Shore, and other community and environment-based projects and activities. The LMRF 2017-2022 Strategic Plan can be seen at http://www.lowermississippiriverfoundation.org/documents/LMRF_External_Plan_II.pdf

Pay: Volunteer at start, new director’s fundraising will create first-time salary; to be commensurate with experience, skills and work history. Will help relocate if needed. No benefits at present. Part-time position will grow into full-time with the right person. Will compensate any job-related mileage according to state formula. Position comes with exceptional benefits including culture, community, and outdoor recreation, an unusual opportunity at the crossroads of the Delta Blues and the wild thriving floodplain of the Lower Mississippi River.

For more information: Please visit http://www.lowermississippiriverfoundation.org

To Apply: Position opens in Jan, 2018. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled. Please send: 1) current resume, 2) an essay describing your interest, 3) personal letter, and 4) three references to: Lower Mississippi River Foundation, 291 Sunflower Avenue, Clarksdale, MS 38614, or by email to lmrf@island63.com. Feel free to write at length. Feel free to send any other supporting materials to help us understand who you are and your passion for youth, conservation and the river.