Friends of the Rouge (FOTR), founded in 1986, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts. The Rouge River is one of the nation’s most polluted waterways and is located in the Metropolitan Detroit area of southeastern Michigan. The Rouge has been the focus of intensive federal, state and local restoration efforts.
Stormwater runoff is a major cause of water pollution in the Rouge River watershed. Green infrastructure (GI) uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage stormwater and create healthier urban environments. The project is designed to teach the public about stormwater issues and corrective actions individuals can take to reduce stormwater runoff and nonpoint source pollutants from entering the Rouge River.
The NPS Project Coordinator will coordinate and implement the Green Infrastructure Education, Installation, and Marketing project funded by the MDEQ Nonpoint Source Program through December 2018. The purpose of the project is to reduce the impact of stormwater in the Johnson Creek and Tonquish Creek subwatersheds as well as other green infrastructure projects throughout the Rouge River watershed. The NPS Project Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the River Restoration Program Manager. The position responsibilities involve event planning, communicating with volunteers and FOTR team members, meeting with watershed residents and community groups, conducting soil analysis of GI project sites, selecting GI project sites, developing GI project plans, and leading GI project installations, data entry, as well as promoting the mission and work of Friends of the Rouge.
Job Duties & Responsibilities
Duties for the NPS Project Coordinator shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide excellent customer service to volunteers and community partners.
- Promote FOTR and stormwater management through the creation and distribution of mailings, flyers, and social media posts, press releases and reports.
- Prepare for and implement public education workshops and community meetings related to GI education, installation and marketing.
- Collaborate with community partners to identify sites for GI projects.
- Conduct research on GI project sites to determine risk of contaminating ground water.
- Take soil borings and conduct analysis of soil at GI project sites.
- Design GI projects and submit project plans to MDEQ for review.
- Recruit volunteers and lead workdays to install GI projects (i.e. rain gardens, bioswales, etc.).
- Accurately compile and enter survey data.
- Track program participants and GI project information in database(s).
- Plan and implement workdays to maintain GI projects
- Plan and execute invasive plant control workdays
- Track all hours worked and submit timesheets biweekly.
- Provide additional support to other FOTR programs as requested.
- Other duties as assigned.
Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to the position. A background in Landscape Architecture or Civil Engineering preferred. Natural Resource Management, Landscape Ecology, or other related field acceptable. Applicant must have a minimum of 1 year experience designing and installing rain gardens or native landscapes. Knowledge, interest and ability to lead hands-on demonstration plantings. Knowledge, interest and experience with soil borings and soil analysis using the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS). Knowledge, interest and ability to prepare landscape designs. Applicant must have the ability to effectively and independently use Microsoft Office and Google Apps. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Must be a proactive team player with excellent communication skills, able to multi-task, prioritize and maintain attention to detail. This position requires excellent organizational and customer service skills. Must have reliable transportation.
Knowledge of plants native to southeast Michigan. Knowledge of invasive plant species and control methods. Understanding of the hydrologic cycle. Experience working with volunteers. Familiarity with Microsoft Access a plus.
Office work will include extended periods of time sitting while using a desktop computer. Some physical lifting is required (up to 30 lbs.). Outdoor work may involve walking on uneven ground and steep slopes along the river and bending over during plantings.
This position is primarily an office position with occasional outdoor work. Outdoor work occurs in all seasons.
All interested parties are invited to submit 1) a resume, 2) three references, and 3) a statement indicating why you are interested in this position which describes experience designing and installing green infrastructure. Mail/e-mail to: Karen Hanna, Operations Director, 4901 Evergreen Road KM, Dearborn, MI 48128. Deadline for submission: April 7, 2017 . No phone calls please.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $40,000.00 to $45,000.00 /year