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Americorps Stewardship Coordinator
Supervisor: Habitat Stewardship Biologist
Employment: Full-Time Americorps Position with the PA Mountain Service Corps,
Service Date: August 20, 2020 – August 6, 2021
The Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps (PMSC) Americorps program was created in 1994 and partners with nonprofit and governmental organizations across 15 Pennsylvania counties, (Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Centre, Clearfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, Westmoreland).
The Americorps Stewardship Coordinator will conduct habitat management activities on properties restored or conserved through ClearWater Conservancy’s Riparian Conservation and Land Conservation Programs. The Americorps Stewardship coordinator will be responsible for the day to day activities of caring for tree plantings on our riparian buffer project sites and assist with conservation easement monitoring. The primary goal of this position is to ensure that all restoration initiatives are successful. Stewardship activities include but are not limited to seedling shelter and stake maintenance, re-planting seedlings, and invasive and competitive species management using herbicide treatments, hand tools and mechanical means. The Stewardship Coordinator is expected to develop a strong familiarity of each project’s history and maintenance needs. Activities will be conducted and coordinated with landowners and volunteers with training and supervision by the Habitat Stewardship Biologist. A demonstrated passion for conservation, habitat restoration and habitat stewardship is critical for success in this position.
Evaluate riparian buffer plantings for stewardship needs
Perform riparian buffer habitat stewardship; Organize and order tree and supplies
Learn to identify native and invasive plant species
Train and organize volunteers, interns, student groups for riparian buffer stewardship and tree planting
Assist with conservation easement monitoring
Assist with native plant garden stewardship
Perform habitat stewardship work on ClearWater's wildlife corridor property
Assist nursery volunteers to grow plants for buffer projects; disseminate nursery plants to riparian buffers
Assist with new stream restoration project development
Assist with grant development for water and land conservation projects
Assist with Master Naturalist program coordination
Maintain detailed project management and volunteer activity records
Working Conditions/Physical Conditions
The Americorps Stewardship Coordinator will be required to perform a wide array of physically demanding tasks and will need to work some weekends and evenings to fulfill his/her responsibilities. Physical demands include but are not limited to hiking on sites with uneven ground, crossing streams, working in tall vegetation, carrying tools and potted plants, digging, cutting, and hauling brush. Time will be divided between field and office. Must be able to lift and carry 30 lbs.
Applicant should have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in natural resource management, biology, forestry, wildlife management, ecology, or a related field. Candidate must have or be able to develop excellent plant identification skills and extensive knowledge of current strategies used to manage invasive and competitive vegetation including but not limited to herbicides. Must be able to conduct field work independently, have excellent communication and writing skills, and be proficient with computer programs including Microsoft Word and Excel. Experience with volunteer management, hand and power tools including chainsaws and weed trimmers, and working knowledge of ArcGIS, GPS, Adobe products and social media is preferred. Candidate must have a valid PA driver’s license, clean driving record and a reliable personal vehicle for transportation to and from work and to project sites.
Personal Characteristics: Candidate must perform as a team player and be willing to take initiative. Creativity and problem solving skills are important. Candidate must be willing to work flexible hours, evenings and weekends, and willing to work in a small office setting under pressure with good humor and grace.
Email cover letter, resume, and references in one PDF document with your full name in the file name to by June 20, 2020.