Washington Service Corps Individual Placement Field Associate

Position Summary

Join our team! The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is sponsoring two seasonal Individual Placements through the Washington Service Corps AmeriCorps program. These positions offer an opportunity to serve across the restoration, education, and volunteer programs offered by the Greenway Trust. As an integral part of the Field Team, your service will help youth make personal, positive connections with the natural world and gain natural resource management experience in a blend of forest and riparian ecosystems from the Puget Sound to Central Washington.  

POSITION SUMMARY

Field Associates are dynamic, team players who serve across our Field Programs. The Greenway Education Program engages 4th-12th grade students in classroom lessons, field study trips, service- learning volunteer restoration events, special events, and a paid internship for high school-aged youth. Curriculum topics include forest ecosystems, salmon, land use, and biodiversity. The Restoration Program offers hands-on involvement on a wide variety of projects and agency partnerships. The Volunteer Program engages over 4,000 individuals on stewardship events annually. Each event is an opportunity to foster stewardship and care of public lands and gives volunteers the opportunity to “give back” to the lands where they live, work, and play. This position is ideal for someone who is passionate about the natural world and engaging with individuals to improve it.  

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Teamwork: Serve across all Field Programs alongside Greenway Trust staff, agency and nonprofit partners, and volunteers. Support Greenway Trust efforts in the Snoqualmie Valley, Middle Fork, and Upper Yakima.
  • Event Leadership: Lead volunteer land stewardship events in the Greenway on weekdays and Saturdays. Educate volunteers about the Greenway, project history, restoration ecology, and trail maintenance while building.
  • Education: Responsibilities change seasonally and include: teach classroom lessons, lead field study trips, facilitate service-learning stewardship events, support high school summer internship.
  • Outreach: Represent the Greenway Trust at special events, including career fairs, public engagement events, and education.
  • Program Assistance: Support programs by tracking education, volunteer, and restoration metrics in Salesforce, assist in curating the Greenway Trust’s photo library, updating and creating education and outreach materials.
  • Nursery: Assist with maintaining the Greenway Trust’s Native Plant Nursery, including inventory, hosting volunteer events, weeding, fertilizing, and organizing potted stock plants.
  • Field Base Support: Assist with the Greenway Trust’s field base maintenance, which includes hand & power tool repair and maintenance, vehicle inspections, tool inventory management, etc.
WSC provides a living stipend of $1,950 (before taxes). The Greenway Trust provides mileage reimbursement at the current state rate for approved personal vehicle use and an ORCA bus card.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Demonstrated experience engaging students and adults of diverse backgrounds both in and out of the classroom.
  • Proven personal initiative and ability to multitask, prioritize, use good judgement, problem solve, and work effectively both independently and as a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Serve in all weather conditions, outside activities include doing physically demanding tasks (ability to hike to semi-remote worksites, carry heavy loads, move materials (plants, tools, rocks), and carry a backpack).
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills and detail-oriented organizational skills.
  • Members must be at least 18 years old on first day of service.
  • Ability to acquire, upon sponsorship, a Wilderness First Aid certification (will be provided as part of Greenway Trust training).
  • Must provide personal transportation to sites across King County.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to drive Greenway Trust vehicles.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident alien.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal history background check.
  • Willingness to store teaching some teaching materials at home.

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least one year of teaching experience
  • Strong knowledge of Pacific Northwest ecosystems, flora and fauna
  • Experience using herbicides to safely control invasive weeds
  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree

The Field Associates report to the Restoration Projects Coordinator.

 

BENEFITS

  • An Education Award of $6,095 (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 & SCHEDULE

The position is planned to operate on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Ideally the position is based out of the Greenway Trust’s field office in Issaquah, Washington, with frequent travel to schools in King County, Tiger Mountain and Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, and other locations in the Greenway.

Duration: February 1, 2021 through December 15, 2021.

 

TO APPLY

Complete an application on the Washington Service Corps listing

AND email a cover letter and resume directly to: Katy Yeh, Restoration Projects Coordinator katy.yeh@mtsgreenway.org

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

COVID 19 RESPONSE

The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust is following Washington State and King County guidelines and modifying on-the-ground programming as needed to be safe during the pandemic. Our COVID-19 response plan can be found on the website at www.mtsgreenway.org/covid19/.