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Join Our Team! Hiring a Development Director

Development Director - Join Our Team!

We take pride in CRA’s 50-year reputation as a leader in conservation, collaboration, and fundraising for on-the-ground projects that benefit communities and natural resources.  We’re the ones behind the unprecedented restoration of the world-class Pere Marquette River; more recent dam removals, including the largest in Michigan’s history on the Boardman River; extensive improvement of road and bridge infrastructure to benefit precious cold water streams; and the new Wild Roots initiative that aims to reforest northern Michigan.  The passionate professionals at CRA lead this work in a culture of empowerment, enjoying exceptional flexibility and autonomy; we promote deep collaboration and balanced, practical solutions that are based on sound science. Our staff, board, and supporters include the most avid anglers, hunters, paddlers and recreationists in the Great Lakes. We are seeking a capable and energetic Development Director to join us.  Learn more about the job here.
CRA offers a casual environment, full employee benefits, and super-rewarding work, all from our headquarters in spectacular Traverse City, Michigan.  Our office, in the Bayview Professional Centre, is perched on the shores of Grand Traverse Bay and offers a coffee shop, executive conference room, and exercise facility.   

Please apply in confidence with full resume and cover letter telling us why you make an outstanding candidate and what it is about this opportunity that most excites you.  Please send your materials to info@rivercare.org using the subject line “Development Director Application,” or mail materials to CRA’s address:  10850 E. Traverse Hwy., Suite 1180, Traverse City, MI 49684.  No phone inquiries please.  Selected candidates will be required to provide references and transcripts.

Application Deadline:  June 1, 2019
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis; candidates are encouraged to apply early.
CRA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
 
Beaver Island Archipelago Protection

Protecting Beaver Island’s diverse flora and fauna is paramount to the island’s future. That’s why CRA and partners recently concluded treatment of several of invasive plants including phragmites, reed canary grass, first-year marsh thistle, autumn olive, honeysuckle, multiflora rose and oriental bittersweet. The work was concentrated on the island’s Great Lakes shoreline as well as inland properties.

Timber Bridges and Healthy Rivers

CRA completes up to a dozen road/stream crossing projects every year. These projects involve removing undersized and aging culverts and replacing them with structures that reduce the impact on the water, fish and wildlife moving beneath them. Many of the crossings we work on are refitted with timber bridges.

DamNation Hitting Theaters Near You

CRA would like to share two special opportunities to view an exceptional film. DamNation is a powerful film exploring the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.

Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. The film’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Manistee dam removal yields snake hibernaculum
By Kevin Duffy, Great Lakes Echo

Conservation biologists have built the first artificial home for snakes in northern Michigan. And they removed an entire dam to do it. Experts say that the snakes need the help. Native snakes, including the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake and Northern water snake, require shelter from cold winters. But development threatens their habitat in what is “the greatest impact to amphibian and reptile populations and reproduction,” said David Mifsud, a wetland ecologist at Herpetological Resource and Management who helped with the restoration.

Sustain Our Great Lakes Awards $1.5M in Grant Funding to Boardman River Dams & Restoration Project
By Chuck Lombardo, CML Marketing Communications, clombardo@cmlmc.com, 231-922-6782

Traverse City, MI – The Conservation Resource Alliance has been awarded $1.5 million in grant funding from Sustain Our Great Lakes (SOGL) for the Boardman River Dams Restoration Project. Funds will be used for ongoing dam removal and restoration work on the Boardman River, including the removal of Boardman and Sabin Dams and modification of Union Street Dam.

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