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RiverArts Fishing Clinic

Written by Sarah Ambuehl, volunteer

Around 75 kids and their families came together on July 23rd for the River Arts Fishing Clinic at Memorial Park in Moorhead. The event’s success was due to the

various project partners; Moorhead Parks and Recreation, and the FM Walleyes. We were also fortunate for the 15 dedicated volunteers who led activities, a first aid station, and helped kids fish.

Over the duration of the event kids visited eight different stations, each providing them with a fun hands on experience and knowledge. The stations included information ranging from what river pollution looks like (pictured) to learning how to cast, to knot tie, to identify fish, to water safety. Through these stations these kids, who often had never fished before, have a better idea of all that has to do with fishing near the Red River. After the kids visited all eight stations, they went to River Keepers staff and told them what they learned to receive a mini tackle box as a prize before heading to the highlight of the evening, actually fishing in the river. It was a rewarding moment when some of the kids could not choose just one thing that they learned.

With the help of the FM Walleyes the ambitious learners headed to the river to put their skills to the test. One lucky fisherman caught on to a 14-pound, 28-inch catfish! That one was a little tough to reel in.

If you want to join in on next year’s fun, sign up for our e-news on the homepage of our website to stay up to date on future fishing clinics and other upcoming events.

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River Keepers is Hiring a Project Coordinator

Want to help grow our events, strengthen our volunteer program, and connect people to the Red River? River Keepers is hiring a Project Coordinator! Read, share and apply.

PROJECT COORDINATOR

River Keepers, a Fargo-Moorhead based nonprofit that advocates for sustainable use of the Red River, seeks a full-time employee to implement educational and conservation projects and events, recruit volunteers, promote River Keepers, and assist with the general operations. Must have strong organizational skills, ability to communicate to a diverse group of people, basic computer skills, ability to multitask and prioritize to meet deadlines, work independently and in a team-based environment. Must be comfortable around water and have a valid drivers license. Occasional evenings and weekends. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or 3 years experience in natural resources, project development, nonprofit management, communications or related fields.

Responsibilities:
• Coordinate projects/programs/events undertaken by River Keepers.
• Manage workflow to meet deadlines and goals in an accurate and timely manner.
• Actively recruit, engage, energize and retain volunteers and members.
• Promote River Keepers through development and distribution of publications, advertisements, website, online content, presentations, etc.
• Develop sound working relationships with various organizations and individuals in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
• Represent River Keepers at various meetings, events and programs.
• Ensure safety regulations, policies and procedures are followed.
• Assist with office operations as needed.
• Carry out other tasks as assigned by the Executive Director.

Knowledge, Skill, Abilities:
• Strong organizational skills with ability to multitask and prioritize workload to meet deadlines.
• Professionalism – approaches others in a tactful manner; accepts responsibility for own actions; follows through on commitments.
• Proficiency in written and oral communication for diverse audiences and ability to effectively develop and deliver presentations.
• Ability to effectively work independently and in a team-based environment.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office and database programs.
• Have creative ability to plan, coordinate, and develop special events, programs and projects from conception to completion within agreed upon timeframes.
• Ability to develop content for website and social media outreach.
• Ability to work with the public and a wide variety of agencies and individuals.
• Comfortable around water.
• Able to work outdoor in inclement weather conditions and ability to work for long periods of time at a computer.
• Ability to obtain a ND or MN driver’s license.
• Ability to work some evenings and weekends.
• Able to lift/carry objects up to 60 pounds
• Attendance/Punctuality – is consistently at work and on time; ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrives at meetings on time.

Reports to: This position reports to the Executive Director of River Keepers.

Compensation: Compensation commensurate with experience. A competitive benefit package is provided.

This is a full time position (40 hours/week; some evening and weekend work anticipated).

Application Process: Please submit a letter of interest, resume, 1 writing example, and three references to: Christine Holland, Executive Director at christine@riverkeepers.org

Position opened until filled.