Middle Fork Valley Conservation Associate – Washington Service Corps Individual Placement

Position Summary

Join our team! The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is sponsoring a Conservation Associate dedicated to the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley through the Washington Service Corps (WSC) AmeriCorps program. Serving with the Greenway Trust offers an opportunity to gain natural resources management experience in a blend of forest and aquatic ecosystems from Seattle to Central Washington. As part of our Stewardship Team, you will serve closely with our partners and volunteers to combat invasive weeds and install native plants throughout the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley. Your hard work will result in improved forest and ecological health for Middle Fork natural areas. Starting Date: February 20th, 2019  

 

The Greenway Trust Stewardship Program provides long-term stewardship of the 1.5-million-acre Mountains to Sound Greenway, which includes over 900,000 acres of public lands stretching from Seattle to Central Washington. This program works on federal, state, county, city and selected private lands completing tree plantings, invasive plant removal, riparian restoration, logging road removal, trail maintenance and construction, and a host of other land stewardship activities. The Greenway Trust also maintains 80 miles of wildland trails and plants tens of thousands native trees and shrubs each year.

To support many of our environmental stewardship efforts, the Greenway Trust recruits and engages more than 4,000 community volunteers each year. The IP volunteers provide support for invasive weed removal, and native tree and shrub planting efforts, trail maintenance, and our interaction with community volunteers provides a unique opportunity to discuss the Greenway, the landscape, the challenges faced in stewarding and caring for public land, and gives volunteers a chance to “give back” to the lands where they live, work and play.

The Middle Fork Valley Conservation Associate positions provides an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in public land management, Best Management Practices for ecological restoration, volunteer recruitment and engagement, and other aspects of natural resource management. The Greenway Trust is seeking to fill a single 900-hour position. This individual’s service will focus on stewardship efforts in the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Valley within our environmental stewardship program, alongside Greenway Trust staff, AmeriCorps, agency partners, and volunteers. This Washington Service Corps member will be an integral asset to the Greenway Trust, facilitating our community engagement and ecological restoration efforts in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley and beyond.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a conservation associate with a focus on the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Valley alongside Greenway Trust staff, agency and nonprofit partners, and the public to complete environmental restoration and trail enhancements, including: tree planting and site preparation, manual and chemical invasive weed survey and control, ecological monitoring, routine trail maintenance, trailside restoration, and trailhead maintenance/cleanup efforts.
  • Assist the Middle Fork Valley Community Coordinator and the Stewardship Team Staff and AmeriCorps with the oversight and management of restoration projects; including collecting monitoring data at past restoration sites, providing education to volunteers regarding trailside invasive species and habitat restoration; invasive weed survey and control efforts in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley; tree planting site preparation and plant layout; and other restoration projects as assigned.
  • Lead volunteer land stewardship events within Middle Fork Valley (occasional projects outside of the Valley) on weekdays and Saturdays, which includes developing relationships with and educating volunteers about the Middle Fork Valley, the Greenway, site history, and other relevant information.
  • Assist Greenway Staff with public engagement efforts at Middle Fork trailheads on weekdays and Saturdays; includes educating volunteers about Leave-No-Trace BMPs, invasive weeds, trail etiquette, and land management.
  • Assist with the Greenway Trust’s field base maintenance, which includes hand and power tool repair and maintenance, vehicle inspections, tool inventory management, and other items related to tools used for volunteer projects.
  • Strengthen public understanding of the Greenway and its Middle Fork Initiative through education at volunteer and other events and provide a safe and fun environment for volunteers.
  • Opportunities to assist the Greenway Education Program with service learning volunteer event leadership for participating schools.

 

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Proven personal initiative and ability to handle multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment, to prioritize, use good judgment, and problem solve.
  • A general interest in ecological restoration and volunteer engagement.
  • Ability to serve as part of a team in an outdoor field setting, in inclement weather. This position requires a tolerance for long days in cold, hot and wet conditions while using tools.
  • Ability to acquire, upon employment, a Wilderness First Aid certification (part of Greenway Trust training and will be provided during the service term).
  • Ability to apply pesticides to non-native plants, and, upon employment, ability to test for and receive a Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License (part of Greenway Trust training and will be provided during the service term).
  • Proven oral communication skills and ability to represent the Greenway Trust in a professional manner.
  • Provide daily, personal transportation to Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA.
  • A valid driver’s license, clean driving record and the ability to drive agency vehicles.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong Pacific Northwest plant identification skills.
  • Experience using herbicides to control invasive weeds.
  • Washington State herbicide applicator’s license.
  • Wilderness First Aid certification.
  • Experience surveying vegetation and using GPS.
  • Experience with ArcGIS 10.3.
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three to six months or more conservation corps or other related outdoor work experience.

 

COMPENSATION

Living stipend of $1,307 per month provided by WSC (before taxes). After successful completion of AmeriCorps term, receive a $2,960 Education Award.  Basic health insurance also offered by WSC.

 

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE

The Middle Fork Conservation Associate is based out of the Greenway Trust’s Field Office, located at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA. Transportation from the Field Office to project sites on surrounding public land and other project locations will be provided. The position operates on a four ten-hour days schedule, Wednesday through Saturday service week. The position is scheduled to run from February 20th, 2019 to August 17, 2019.

 

 

TO APPLY

Complete application on the Washington Service Corps listing at:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=62203&fromSearch=true

AND attach cover letter and resume to your application or email directly to:

Joe Olbrych, Middle Fork Valley Community Coordinator

joe.olbrych@mtsgreenway.org

 

These positions are contingent on successful funding from the Washington Service Corps program.

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE GREENWAY TRUST STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM

The Greenway Trust Stewardship Program provides long-term stewardship of the 1.5-million-acre Mountains to Sound Greenway, which includes over 900,000 acres of public lands stretching from Seattle to Central Washington. This program works on federal, state, county and city lands completing tree plantings, invasive plant removal, riparian restoration, forest road removal, trail maintenance and construction, and a host of other stewardship activities. The involvement and education of thousands of volunteers yearly is a major component of the program.

 

ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY TRUST

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust leads and inspires action to conserve and enhance the landscape from Seattle across the Cascade Mountains to Central Washington, ensuring a long-term balance between people and nature. Founded in 1991, the Greenway Trust works to promote public land acquisitions, connect a continuous regional trail system, teach people of all ages about the importance of conserving forests and wildlife, improve recreation access, create new parks and trails and mobilize thousands of volunteers.

 

The Mountains to Sound Greenway is the scenic landscape that stretches from Seattle to Central Washington. The Greenway connects the working farms, forests, natural areas and communities that surround us. The Greenway Trust celebrates this heritage and brings people together to restore habitat, connect trails, and build a sustainable future.