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Ogeechee Riverkeeper seeking new director
The nonprofit organization that strives to protect the Ogeechee River is seeking a new riverkeeper and executive director. - photo by Provided

The Ogeechee Riverkeeper Board of Directors are seeking a new riverkeeper and executive director to replace Emily Markesteyn Kurilla, who recently stepped down after six years with the nonprofit organization.

“While we will surely miss Emily, who has been such an integral part of our organization for years, we are excited to see what the future holds for Ogeechee Riverkeeper,” Board of Directors Chair Dr. Keith Seibert said. “Our board is looking forward to working intimately with the next riverkeeper to ensure we continue to protect, preserve, and improve the Ogeechee River Basin.”

This full-time opening will be a permanent position with growth potential based on skills of leadership that accomplish the mission, attract donations and grants and stimulate volunteerism within the organization.

The mission of Ogeechee Riverkeeper is to protect, preserve and improve the water quality of the Ogeechee River basin. The nonprofit organization, licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance, receives its operating budget from donations, grants and proceeds from various fundraising events.

The position has three main aspects: running a nonprofit Waterkeeper organization; being the “go-to” person for environmental issues that pertain to the river; and fundraising, such as organizing activities and events that involve the membership and the general public and seeking grants.

This position provides an opportunity to positively impact the environment of southeastern Georgia and to join coalitions to protect Georgia’s coast and all of the state’s natural waters.

Applicants should hold a degree in natural science, law, or engineering, or an advanced degree or relevant experience with an environmental nonprofit organization, environmental agency, or environmental consulting or law firm.

Applications will be accepted by e-mail or mail. Please send resume, names of three references, minimum salary requirements, and a letter stating your reasons for interest in the position to: Ogeechee Riverkeeper, PO Box 16206, Savannah, GA 31416 or

For more information about Ogeechee Riverkeeper or this position, please visit or call 866-942-6222.

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