Ecological Restoration Coordinator (Hays Woods)
PPC Mission Statement:
Improving quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with government and the community. Projects and programs are conducted with respect for the environment, historic design, and the needs of our diverse region.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy (PPC) is seeking a motivated individual with training in Ecological Restoration and Science Communication to facilitate new conservation and forest stewardship work in Hays Woods, a 626-acre greenspace recently designated as a park in the City of Pittsburgh. The Ecological Restoration Coordinator will act as the PPC’s point person for stewardship activities, partner engagement, public-facing communication, and reporting outcomes related to work in Hays Woods.
The Ecological Restoration Coordinator will work in the Horticulture and Forestry (H&F) department at the PPC and will report directly to the Ecological Projects Manager. The H&F team is a small but dedicated team of field-based practitioners working to deliver the organization’s mission objectives related to land care in Pittsburgh’s parks. Additional guidance for this position will be provided by the Community Engagement and Marketing Managers at the PPC.
The ideal candidate will have a strong background in ecological science, be able to work independently, engage with diverse partners and stakeholders to plan and communicate expectations, lead groups in field-based stewardship activities (primarily related to invasive species management), produce clear reports and maps of accomplished work, identify and prioritize objectives to further an over-arching goal, and creatively utilize available resources to maximize efficacy.
Work will also include assistance with maintenance and monitoring of restoration sites in other Pittsburgh Parks; outcomes and conditions of these sites will be used to develop best management practices specifically tailored to Pittsburgh’s urban ecosystem. Some involvement in system-wide restoration initiatives (eg. refinement and implementation of invasive species management techniques, ecological stressor mitigation, and facilitating passive restoration) will also be expected.
Please note this is a grant funded position with salary secured for 15 months of full-time employment. Continued employment beyond 15 months may be possible if additional funds can be secured. Work is expected to be approximately 50% field based and 50% office based. The projected start date for this position is no later than April 1, 2023.
- Coordinate, develop work plans, and lead teams of interns and volunteers in invasive species management work
- Develop maps of work areas and priority sites for future efforts
- Organize and attend community and city meetings to ensure alignment about work priorities, objectives, and plans for implementation
- Compile reports to track work accomplished in an organized and effective manner
- Create content (blogs, social media posts, webpage content, etc.) to communicate the challenges, goals, and importance of restoration work in Hays Woods.
- Assist with monitoring and maintenance of PPC restoration sites in other parks as needed
- Assist with development of grant proposals for future work in Hays Woods as needed
- A degree in Restoration Ecology, Environmental Science, Wildlife Biology, Botany (or a related field), or four years of related work experience in environmental restoration.
- Demonstrated experience in effective Science Communication and Community Engagement
- Ability to perform on-the-ground restoration field work in urban environments
- Must be capable of performing physical work outdoors for full days in all weather conditions on sometimes rugged terrain
- Must be able to lift 50 pounds and perform repetitive bending and lifting motions
- Familiarity with both the native and exotic flora and fauna of SW Pennsylvania
- Skills with ArcGIS and Microsoft Office applications
- At least 10 months of field-based work experience in the environmental field
- Must have a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance
The PPC offers the following benefits package to all full-time employees.
- Health, vision, and dental insurance
- Life insurance and short-term/long-term disability insurance offered at no-cost to employee
- Aflac supplemental insurance
- Twenty (20) paid vacation days and ten (10) paid company holidays
- 403(b) retirement savings program with up to 8% company match
- Hybrid work model
- Work clothing allowance
- Professional development opportunities
- Discount on PPC merchandise
The PPC is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or other protected characteristics.
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