GIS Trails Assistant
Posted: September 10, 2019
Location: Brecksville, Ohio
Time Commitment: Member position begins October 1, 2019 and ends September 30, 2020. This position is a full time member position and requires a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over the service period.
We are looking for a Trails enthusiast with geographic information system (GIS) experience to assist in new trail building and finishing as well as decommissioning of unsustainable trails. Other duties include construction of bridges, staircases, retaining walls and boardwalks; implementation of trail signage and wayfinding; organizing and planning volunteer days; supports planning and reporting for trail projects, including data entry and generating maps using GIS.
Duties and Responsibilities of the AmeriCorps member:
General Member Responsibilities
Performs unskilled and, as capable, semi-skilled work in a responsible manner; typical duties including but not limited to:
Works full days under the forest canopy without regular access to amenities
Additional activities that fall within the scope of this member position description may be assigned with approval of the member, site supervisor, and NOWCorps staff.
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The physical requirements and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This position requires the following:
Generally, the working conditions are good with little or no exposure to extremes in health, safety hazards, and/or hazardous materials. This person must have the ability to travel as required to work with Host Site staff/board, volunteers, other members, and the public, participate in conferences and outdoor activities such as but not limited to site visits, volunteer activities, and project meetings.
Skills and Qualifications:
Must have a high school diploma or GED. Must have a valid driver's license, be insured, and have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed for service-related travel. Must have or be pursuing a college degree or equivalent education in biology, natural resources, forestry, wildlife management, environmental science, landscape architecture, planning, or similar. Must be in good health and capable of rigorous outdoor activity, including hiking over rough terrain and able to lift and carry 70 pounds. Must be self-motivated and able to work independently and in a team. Experience working with volunteers preferred. Must possess good organizational and communication skills and be capable of working with little supervision. Usual hours of service will be M-Th. The ability to serve flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, is needed. Hours may fluctuate, increase or decrease, in consideration of seasonal changes such as inclement weather or other extended activities.
The NOWCorps member will receive programmatic training in addition to site specific training. Programmatic training includes first aid, CPR, volunteer engagement, native species planting techniques, stormwater permit requirements, minimum control measures including public involvement, public education, and Good Housekeeping, on a monthly basis.
Must have valid driver’s license
The member will receive a stipend of no more than $13,992, and the stipend will be paid biweekly. The member is also eligible for health insurance through this position and may qualify for child care assistance. If the term of service is completed the member may be eligible for an educational award. Housing is available. This housing will be at the cost of $75 a month, require proof of renter’s insurance, and be within a house owned by Cleveland Metroparks.
Interested members should contact Kate Chapel, Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners Senior Project Manager at email@example.com or by phone at 330-963-6243.
Additional information regarding the Trails Assistant assignment, including how to apply, can be found here: https://tinkerscreek.org/nowcorps-program/