Seasonal Volunteer & Restoration Crew Member
The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust works to steward a landscape that stretches 100 miles from the shores of Puget Sound, across the Cascade Mountains, to Central Washington. The Greenway Trust also coordinates the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area (NHA), which honors the historical and cultural significance of this place and helps to preserve and celebrate its living heritage. The Restoration Program contributes to the goals of the NHA by implementing ecological restoration projects that focus on riparian restoration to improve habitat for threatened Chinook salmon, community restoration projects that focus on restoring open spaces in neighborhoods with less access to healthy green spaces, and supports agency efforts to minimize the impacts of noxious weeds on public and private lands.
Join our team! As a member of the Greenway Trust’s Field Program, you will have the opportunity to work as part of a team in an energetic, productive, and collaborative environment. The Restoration Program works across the Greenway landscape to identify and control invasive plants; install native trees and shrubs; collect monitoring data; and maintain ecological restoration projects in partnership with public land management agencies and volunteers throughout the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area.
This is a full-time, 6-month seasonal position. The Volunteer & Restoration Crew Member position regularly supports Greenway Trust volunteer and education events and works regularly with Greenway Trust staff and occasionally with partner agency and nonprofit staff, sponsored AmeriCorps members, and volunteers. This position will support regular midweek and Saturday volunteer events, and will spend the rest of the week with the Restoration Crew.
This position is contingent upon funding from outside sources secured by the Greenway Trust.
EXPECTATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES
The position expectations listed below are representative of the demeanor, knowledge, and ability of the applicant necessary to successfully carry out the essential duties and responsibilities of the job. Reasonable accommodations can be made as possible.
- Interpersonal Communication: Professionally represent the Greenway Trust while interacting with the public. Engage with, listen to, and learn from people with diverse perspectives and experiences. Possess high standard of courtesy, selflessness, tolerance, hard work, adaptability, and flexibility.
- Volunteer Events: Work under the guidance of Greenway Trust volunteer and restoration staff to lead volunteers in ecological restoration events. Educate and engage with volunteers and ensure safe and quality-focused approach to manual weed removal, mulch application, and native planting projects.
- Project Implementation: Properly use tools and conduct routine maintenance of tools, including backpack sprayers, EZ-Ject lances, brush cutters, and other restoration-related equipment. Work long days in variable weather, walk on uneven terrain, and wear a 30-pound backpack to apply herbicide.
- Safety and Risk Management: Contribute to a culture of safety during all Greenway Trust activities and projects. Report any incidents or injuries in a timely manner.
- Administrative: Support professional documentation of volunteer event accomplishments, project metrics, data entry with online ArcGIS apps, vehicle mileage logs, project reports, and incident reports as needed.
A successful applicant brings a combination of the following certifications, knowledge, and experiences. Reasonable accommodations are possible.
- Passion for native and non-native plant ecology of the Pacific Northwest.
- Volunteer event experience or equivalent, or interest in supporting volunteer engagement.
- Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- One season of restoration crew experience.
- One season of safe herbicide application experience.
- Washington State Pesticide Applicator’s License with an aquatic endorsement.
- Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification.
- Experience using and maintaining small motor tools (i.e., brush cutters).
- Experience using ArcGIS mobile applications like Field Maps, QuickCapture, and Survey 123.
- Insurable driving record and the ability to drive full-sized trucks on rough terrain.
- Relevant education and/or experience in a natural resource field.
The Restoration Crew Members report to the Stewardship Program Manager.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Compensation is $21.00 per hour.
Benefits for full-time seasonal employees include a $250 gear stipend, paid sick time (accruing at one hour per 40 hours), worker’s compensation coverage, optional participation in an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA) ($200 monthly contributed by the Greenway Trust), participation in HealthiestYou program, and optional participation in a 403(b)-retirement plan. This position is not eligible for paid time off including holiday pay. There may be a possibility of unpaid days off due to extenuating circumstances.
GEAR LOANED BY THE GREENWAY TRUST
- Long sleeve and short sleeve shirts and hat (yours to keep following the season)
- Rain gear (overalls and jacket)
- Tools and gloves
- Required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Sturdy, above the ankle work or hiking boots
- Rain boots
- Durable work pants
To help seasonal crew members purchase or replace personal gear needed to be successful in the field, the Greenway Trust provides a $250 gear stipend. This allows individual seasonal staff members to prioritize what they want to purchase based on the gear they already have.
LOCATION AND SCHEDULE
The Restoration Crew is based out of the Greenway Trust Field Office at Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah, WA and will work on surrounding public lands. This position works a 10-hour workday (7am to 5:30pm), on an alternating weekly schedule – Tuesday-Friday / Wednesday-Saturday to support volunteer events.
Vaccination requirements are in place for Greenway Trust staff.
Please send in a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Indicate which position you are applying to in the email subject line. In the cover letter, please address your experience and passion related to ecological restoration and volunteer engagement, and how you have demonstrated the ability to work as part of a team with people from different backgrounds with perspectives.
Finalists will be asked to provide three references.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
We believe that when we are connected to nature, our lives are better. We are healthier, happier, and our communities are stronger. We are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Greenway Trust because we want to better reflect the diverse communities that make up the Greenway NHA, because we believe that equity and inclusion are vital to our mission, and because we want to do our part to create a more just society. We are committed to creating lasting structural changes internally in our workplace and externally in the communities we serve.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER
The Greenway Trust is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, ancestry, genetic information, use of a service animal, honorably discharged veteran, military status, political ideology, personal appearance, family responsibilities, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law. Each person is evaluated on the basis of personal aptitude and merit.