Trailhead Ambassador Associate

Position Summary

Join us! The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is sponsoring two Trailhead Ambassador Associate positions through the Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps program. These positions offer a unique opportunity to be a part of a pilot trailhead ambassadors program led by an interorganizational group of stakeholders facilitated by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust. The Snoqualmie Corridor Trailhead Ambassadors Program was developed to address human impact concerns on public lands. These positions offer an opportunity to connect Snoqualmie Corridor hikers with information they need for a safe, informed, and positive experience when using trails in the region.

The Trailhead Ambassador Associates will help maintain and expand public engagement in the Mountains to Sound Greenway. These positions will serve closely with our partners and volunteers to promote responsible outdoor recreation by leading trailhead education programs and outreach events at critical trailheads throughout the Snoqualmie Corridor in the Greenway. The Trailhead Ambassador Associates will be integrally involved in volunteer coordination and support and will lead midweek and weekend outreach events at busy trailheads.

This position is ideal for an outgoing, energetic, organized and detail-oriented individual with experience working with the public and a passion for the outdoors.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Event Leadership: Lead midweek and weekend events at trailheads in the Greenway. Includes developing relationships with and educating volunteers about the Greenway and its partners, site history, Leave-No-Trace, human impact concerns, and other relevant information.
  • Outreach: Research and attend volunteer recruitment fairs. Advertise events and volunteer opportunities through creating and canvassing event flyers in local communities, mailings, internet postings, and other avenues as needed.
  • Teamwork: Serve on the Trailhead Ambassadors team with Greenway Trust staff, agency and nonprofit partners, and volunteers.
  • Program Assistance: Support trailhead ambassadors recognition program, track volunteer involvement in the Greenway Salesforce database, and monitor the trailhead ambassador program email address.
  • Field Base Support: Assist with the Greenway Trust’s field base organization and maintenance including Trailhead Ambassadors’ and Volunteer Program event supplies.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

  • Represent the Greenway Trust and Trailhead Ambassadors Program at special events.
  • Regularly communicate with volunteers about their upcoming events.
  • Assist in managing the liability waiver tracking system.
  • Assist in tracking program metrics in the Greenway Trust’s Salesforce database.
  • Assist in managing the Greenway Trust’s and Trailhead Ambassadors photo library.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Verified experience working with the public and coordinating and supervising volunteers. Ability to multitask, prioritize, use good judgement, problem solve, and work effectively both independently and with a group in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills and ability to represent the program in a professional manner.
  • Willingness to serve outside in all weather conditions doing physically demanding
  • Members must be 18 years old on the first day of service.
  • Must be able to provide personal transportation to the Greenway Trust’s field office in Lake Sammamish State Park.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to drive Greenway Trust vehicles.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, flora and fauna.
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Three- to six-month conservation corps or other related outdoor work experience.
  • Experience and familiarity with hand tools and the basic components of trail maintenance and/or habitat restoration.

REPORTS TO

The Trailhead Ambassador Associates report to the Volunteer Program Coordinator.

COMPENSATION

WSC provides a living stipend of $1,450/month (before taxes), basic health insurance, and an Education Award of $3,047.50 (after successful completion of AmeriCorps term). The Greenway Trust provides mileage reimbursement at the current state rate. If applicable, WSC members may seek educational loan forbearance on qualified loans while in the WSC AmeriCorps Program.

BENEFITS

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  • An Education Award of $3,047.50 (after successful completion of AmeriCorps term)
  • Basic health insurance (does not include vision coverage)
  • Workers compensation coverage
  • Assistance with childcare costs
  • Forbearance of qualified student loans during the service term
  • Payment of interest on student loans that accrued during the service term
  • Serving in an AmeriCorps program qualifies as “employment” towards the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

LOCATION and SCHEDULE

The Trailhead Ambassador Associates is based primarily out of the Greenway Trust’s field base in Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, with frequent travel to trailheads along the I-90 corridor. In addition, occasional travel (1-2x per quarter) to other locations for outreach events within the Greenway.

February 4, 2020 through August 15, 2020. The position operates on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule, with some exceptions.

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Must be able to hike several miles and serve outdoors in all weather conditions. Must be comfortable carrying tools, backpack, canopies, and outreach boxes. Will use various tools, including shovels, loppers, rakes, and wheelbarrows. Will drive Greenway Trust vehicles.

TO APPLY

Complete an application on the Washington Service Corps listing at:

https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=92426&fromSearch=true

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

Caroline Villanova, Volunteer Program Coordinator

caroline.villanova@mtsgreenway.org

 

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

ABOUT THE MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY AND THE 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. Our coalition of community members, businesses, government agencies, and donors is joined together by the ethos that when we have meaningful connections with our natural surroundings, we are healthier and happier, our communities are stronger and more equitable; our lives are better.

Nearly thirty years of collaboration and hard work have tested and strengthened the vision of the Mountains to Sound Greenway. We have proven to this region and the rest of the nation that collaborative conservation, pursued by a broad-based and inclusive coalition of partners, can effect positive change.

Learn more at www.mtsgreenway.org