Red River Watershed Coordinator
The Red River flows for over 97 miles through eastern Kentucky, until it reaches the Kentucky River near Winchester. Over the years, the river formed the Red River Gorge, sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The Gorge is a beloved part of our state, known for its natural stone arches, caves, rock shelters, and cliffs overlooking magnificent stream valleys. The Red River is Kentucky’s only Wild & Scenic River. Its headwaters are in the hills of the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Wolfe County.
Swift Camp Creek, Clifty Creek, Indian Creek, and Gladie Creek are all headwaters streams on private lands that flow into the Red River. These headwaters streams are mostly in good condition but are threatened by illegal dumps, loss of streamside vegetation, runoff from towns, agriculture, and mines. Bacteria in some creeks may exceed water quality standards. Swift Camp Creek and one of its unnamed tributaries are listed as impaired in the Kentucky 2010 Integrated Report to Congress (KDOW, 2010) for aquatic habitat. Suspected causes are sedimentation, loss of riparian habitat, sewage disposal, and other unknown causes. Over the last several years, a Watershed-based Plan was developed to analyze and address some of the threats and causes of pollution. This plan can be found online at KWAlliance.org.
To address these problems, the Daniel Boone National Forest received an EPA 319 (h) grant. Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. has a contract with the Daniel Boone for services, one of which is hiring and supervising a Watershed Coordinator for the Red River Watershed.
The Watershed Coordinator will be a part-time hourly position (approximately 20 hours per week for 2 years). The Watershed Coordinator will assist with this project. Ideally, the candidate will live and work within the watershed and have knowledge of the area, culture, people, and environmental issues. The office space for the position will be located in the Fiscal Court building in Campton, KY.
The Watershed Coordinator will be in charge of public outreach and part of the watershed education. The individual will facilitate the following actions in order to achieve the goal of cleaning up the water in the watershed:
- Work with Eastern Kentucky PRIDE and the Forest Service on an environmental education program in local grade schools.
- Conduct community activities, such as clean-up days.
- Conduct regular community watershed meetings in cooperation with the KWA Watershed Director and the Forest Service.
- Educate landowners about onsite wastewater issues through workshops, public service announcements, mailed brochures, and individual contacts.
- Reduce stormwater pollution through landowner education and green infrastructure initiatives. This may include redirecting urban stormwater, rain gardens, rain barrels, or small wetlands.
- Assistance in developing interim milestones to track implementation of management measures.
- Assistance in developing criteria to measure progress toward meeting watershed goals.
- Assist to publicize septic program and review septic system repairs in cooperation with PRIDE and Forest Service, including educating local citizens to pump out, repair, and replace failing onsite wastewater systems.
This position will be under the direction of the Watershed Program Director at Kentucky Waterways Alliance, Inc. and will work in close collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service Program Manager for Daniel Boone National Forest.
The position will require the following qualifications:
- A four year degree in a Natural Resource field or two years of equivalent experience.
- Written and oral communication skills.
- Grant writing and implementation experience.
- Community outreach and engagement experience.
- Environmental education experience.
- Knowledge of water quality issues, land use issues, and watershed planning a plus.
Information To Apply
Kentucky Waterways Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.
Candidates should submit resume and cover letter below.
No telephone calls please. Questions can be addressed to Tim@KWAlliance.org.