The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) seeks a part-time, seasonal (20 hours/week from July to October) River Restoration Programs Assistant to provide field and facility support for our organization. This non-exempt position will participate in the organization’s restoration, education, and recreation work by providing logistical and hands-on support; leading and/or assisting with educational boat tours, volunteer restoration events, and field studies; and helping store, maintain, and ensure the safe use of materials and equipment. Specific tasks may include: providing meaningful watershed education and recreational experiences and interpretation to students, youth, and adults of all ages; wetland plantings, mussel monitoring, tree plantings, watering, and maintenance; water quality monitoring; landscaping, mowing, and other tasks as assigned. This position is a member of the River Restoration Programs team, works directly with the Director of River Restoration Programs, and works collaboratively across the organization.
The River Restoration Programs Assistant is an integral part of the organization and will be an exciting opportunity to contribute to the watershed’s restoration and the engagement of diverse communities, partners, and other stakeholders to deliver on our mission to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed by bringing partners and communities together to achieve a clean and safe Anacostia River for the benefit of all living in its watershed and for future generations.
1. Prepare for, equip, assist, and/or lead safe recreational events (i.e. canoe and pontoon boat trips) and interpret wildlife and history along the river.
2. Prepare for, equip, support, and/or attend volunteer restoration and educational events (i.e. plantings, trash cleanups, mussel monitoring, water quality monitoring, tree maintenance and watering, and field assessment).
3. Assist with the coordination, implementation, and safe use of equipment, tools, nursery and landscaping tasks in support of programs and volunteer initiatives.
4. Participate in other special projects, organization-wide efforts, and tasks as assigned.
- Interest and/or experience in community engagement, enthusiastic for and comfortable in the outdoors, and demonstrated knowledge, commitment, and passion for environmental sustainability.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including persuasive and effective communication that forwards the purpose and mission of the organization; familiarity with use of computers and the internet.
- Ability to work with and provide excellent customer service to people of all ages, especially experience working in a metropolitan area.
- Self-motivation, innovation, resourcefulness, and cooperative team player in doing whatever it takes to get the job done well.
- Boating and paddling experience strongly preferred. Comfort on the water and in the field required.
- General trade skills such as landscaping, irrigation, basic carpentry, driving a pickup truck and trailer small engine and tool maintenance, and facility upkeep skills preferred.
- Willing, motivated, and able to work a flexible schedule that includes frequent evenings and weekends, work in the field and on the water, often being outside in variable weather, travel, and driving to schools and field sites. Physical work required (i.e. ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds).
- CPR/First Aid Certification desired and a plus.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
· High school diploma and or equivalent experience; demonstrated passion and relevant experience in environmental learning, land management, or recreation.
· Additional education in natural resource management, environmental science, parks and recreation, or another environmental/conservation field is a plus, but not a requirement.
· Experience in project logistical support and working with staff and volunteers.
· Experience engaging children/youth and/or adults with experiential learning, and/or community outreach and engagement is a plus.
· Medium to heavy lifting (such as canoes, kayaks, landscaping material, Shad and Mussel hatcheries, etc.).
· Ability to operate a vehicle; valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
AWS encourages and embraces diversity.
Location: 4302 Baltimore Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710-1031, United States
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