Wildlands Restoration Volunteers seeks Project and Trail Coordinators


Feb. 16, 2015

Title of Positions: Restoration Projects Coordinator or Trails Project Coordinator
Status: Two Full Time Seasonal Positions and One Part-Time Seasonal
Position Dates: Seasonal based in Boulder, approximately nine months, March to November
Seasonal based in Boulder, approximately five months, Mid-March to Mid-August
Seasonal based in Fort Collins, approximately nine months, March to November

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers seeks a combination of Restoration Projects Coordinators and Trail Project Coordinators to fill three positions. WRV’s Boulder office seeks one full-time seasonal and one part-time seasonal position; and WRV’s Fort Collins office seeks one full-time seasonal position. The Projects Coordinators will develop and manage volunteer restoration and other stewardship projects, lead teams of skilled volunteers to plan projects, provide logistical support, manage outreach and volunteer recruitment events, and coordinate the expectations of land management agencies while achieving other project goals. This work includes coordination of people and resources, scheduling, project-related budget management, field work, working collaboratively and in isolation, and a commitment to the WRV mission. The Projects Coordinators will also assist WRV with other non-projects and activities as needed. Given a relevant background, the coordinator may have the flexibility to reallocate a percentage of their time to other aspects of WRV’s work including marketing and accounting.

Qualifications:

We will consider candidates with qualifications that closely match the following. Strong candidates who lack a specific qualification will also be considered. Natural resource background (botany, ecology, soils, Nat. Res. management, or related field)
Experience with ecological restoration projects, including river restoration, post-fire restoration, fuels reduction, erosion control, or road obliteration
Experience planning and leading large events
A proven track record of leading a team to complete projects that affect large groups of people
Experience working with land management agencies
Experience with volunteer recruitment and outreach
Excellent leadership and motivational skills; excellent public speaking and writing skills
Project management skills and ability to effectively multitask
Two or more years of relevant experience
Bachelor’s or Master's Degree in a relevant discipline with preference for the natural resource field
Proficiency with MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook), databases, and comfortable with technology
Willingness to work evenings/weekends as needed
Experience with nonprofits and grant writing a plus
Experience camping, especially coordinating group camping
On the ground experience designing trails and flagging alignments. Experience working with or supervising crews to construct and maintain trails. (only necessary for Trail Project Coordinator Position)

Specialized Qualifications: WRV relies on the skills and talent of positions such as the Restoration Projects Coordinator and Trails Coordinator to run many facets of our programs. An individual need not be a master in all areas but candidates having a high level of experience in one or more of the following will be considered first.
Sawyer work: Level B or higher sawyer certification with experience working on, or preferably running, crews of sawyers to preform fuels reduction or similar tasks.
Native Plants: Experience using native plants for ecological restoration, or relevant botany and plant ID skills.
Training: Experience planning and running trainings with an emphasis on leadership and restoration skills.
Youth: Experience planning and running youth programs or engaging youth in outdoor work.
Heavy Equipment: Experience running equipment such as a skid steer, mini-excavator, or backhoe.
Cooking: Experience cooking for large groups, especially in an outdoor setting.
Additional Qualifications (Not required but taken into consideration)
The following qualifications are not essential but will set apart candidates that also have the above qualifications. Experience with driving trailers including backing and taking them down narrow roads
Networked within the Colorado outdoor industry and/or with public land managers

Personal Qualities Desired
Self-directed, highly motivated, reliable, energetic, enthusiastic, great interpersonal skills, professional, results and solution oriented, able to meet deadlines, committed to public land stewardship, interest in volunteerism and service, and a good sense of humor.
Compensation: $13.00 to $16.00 per hour, depending on experience.

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Please email completed application questionnaire along with your cover letter and resume to amyg@wlrv.org including the title position you are seeking in the subject line. Applications will not be considered until all three of the above are received. Applications will be reviewed immediately, until the position is filled.

A single application form for the Restoration Projects Coordinator and Trails Project Coordinator available at: http://www.wlrv.org/wrv_forms/WRV_Restoration_Project_Coordinator_App_2015.doc

About Wildlands Restoration Volunteers : WRV is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, based in Boulder, Colorado. WRV connects people with nature and promotes community-based involvement in the care of public lands. We engage volunteers (youth and adults) in a wide variety of hands-on ecological restoration and other land stewardship activities. Volunteers see the positive impact they can have on our public lands and develop a deep love of the places they have helped to heal. As a force for empowering individuals to "make a difference," since 1999, we have completed over 600 projects, with over $7 Million of volunteer time contributed toward the stewardship and restoration of Colorado public lands. Before applying for this position, we strongly recommend you visit our website at www.wlrv.org.

 

The Project Coordinators are responsible for successfully coordinating and managing volunteer restoration and other stewardship projects, often also guiding skilled volunteer leaders. In addition to running restoration projects, the coordinators will also fill various project-team roles, manage outreach/recruitment events, and act as a liaison between Wildlands Restoration Volunteers and land management agencies. This work includes coordination of people and resources, scheduling, project-related budget management, working collaboratively as part of multiple teams and in isolation, and a commitment land stewardship. The Project Coordinators will also have an opportunity to assist WRV with other non-project activities. This includes updating contact information, inputting new contacts into databases, and general administrative help. The Restoration Project Coordinator will focus on projects that restore habitat and degraded lands while the Trails Project Coordinator will spend more time on projects that design and build sustainable trails.

Restoration Project Management
WRV organizes over eighty restoration, trails and stewardship projects each year engaging thousands of volunteers. All program staff, including the Projects Coordinators, take a lead role in the effective planning and execution of these projects in a way that provides a safe, rewarding, and enlivening volunteer experience, while accomplishing tangible high-quality ecological goals. Projects range from short evening gatherings to large multi-day campouts and cover work that ranges from native seed collections, invasive species removal, trail construction, road obliteration, planting, seeding, stream bank revegetation and much more. The number of projects each staff runs depends on the size and complexity of the projects but the Projects Coordinator can plan on running 5-10 projects individually as well has helping on a handful of others. Many projects occur on weekends or evenings and some require camping.

The Projects Coordinators will act as “WRV Staff Liaison” (WSL) to the volunteer project leadership team on their project.  This role includes recruiting volunteers, communications with registered volunteers, logistical support, pre: and post-project admin, coordinating with the land management agencies and providing official staff representation at the project and for any related media coverage. In addition, the Projects Coordinators will fill vacant volunteer team roles as needed (Project Leader, Project Support/Cook, Technical Advisor, Crew Leader, or Tool Manager). The coordinators will also help plan and implement aspects of training programs that prepare volunteers for these roles. More information on WRV’s volunteer leadership structure can be found online; under our trainings tab and then training program. 

Physical requirements:
Ability to operate computers, phones, mobile devices and office equipment
Ability to interact with youth, volunteers, sponsors and clients on a daily basis
Able to work for long periods of time without break during the conduct of presentations and events
Ability to sit at a desk for long periods of time
Must be able to lift a minimum of 50lbs
Must be able to successfully manage multiple, high-priority tasks in a fast-paced environment

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successful background investigation.

Wildlands Restoration Volunteers does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

WRV will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact WRV directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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