Employment

Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. Working for the conservation of Pennsylvania’s natural resources, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.

Applicants who are interested in being considered for a position can either send a cover letter and resume to the email address listed in the job description, or download and print an application. Completed applications can be sent to:

     Attn: Human Resources
     1478 Mill Run Road
     Mill Run, PA 15464

 


 

Assistant Curator of Education-Fallingwater

Director of Communications

Heritage GIS Technician

Prospect Management Assistant

Tour Guide-Fallingwater


 

Assistant Curator of Education
Fallingwater

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking an Assistant Curator for museum education. This position will assist with the daily supervision of all education department-related responsibilities including: interpretive content, techniques, methods, materials, and policies; the development, delivery, and coordination of on-site and off-site educational programs; and grant writing assistance. This position reports to the Curator of Education and is located in Mill Run, PA, in the heart of the Laurel Highlands.

Required qualifications include a Master’s degree in education – preferable art or architecture related museum studies or a closely related field of study and a minimum of three to five years’ of experience teaching at the 3-12 grade level or the equivalent teaching experience in museums. Must have the ability to craft and implement educational programming and have proven experience with educational program assessment and evaluation. The education department has constructed a culture of relationship-building, collaboration and teamwork, professional expertise, and positive communication. The successful candidate will readily fit into this culture and will work to motivate, lead, problem solve and set a positive example to a wide variety of individuals. Must be a superb listener, an excellent writer and speaker, and be organized and efficient. Prior experience supervising others and managing budgets is strongly preferred. Grant writing experience would be a plus.

This is a full time position offering a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package and the chance to work on educational programs for an architectural masterpiece. The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an inclusive organization and we encourage qualified diverse candidates to apply.

Interested applicants should send a letter, resume and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Assistant Curator in the subject line of the email.
 


 

Director of Communications
Institutional Advancement

The Director of Communications oversees Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s public relations and marketing activities including print, electronic and Web communications, publications production, and media relations activities for the purpose of enhancing the Conservancy’s local, regional and national identity.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for the Conservancy and works closely with the president and vice president for institutional advancement to develop organizational messages, position statements and responses.
  • Assumes responsibility for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of all internal and external communication. Includes the development and delivery of the organizational message through written, spoken and electronic communication. Personally participates in formulating and delivering the organizational message by writing and/or editing news releases, magazines, newsletters, etc. and directing media relations.
  • Oversees ongoing maintenance of the Conservancy’s website, Intranet and other electronic communications tools.
  • Establishes and maintains the Organization’s graphic identity and assists in the development of new publications and in the maintenance of existing publications.
  • Serves as liaison with outside consultants/vendors providing communication-related services to the department.
  • Ensures that all organizational communication is accurate, timely, supports the mission of the Conservancy and is in compliance with established policies and procedures.
  • Supervises a communications team and carries out management responsibilities in accordance with the Conservancy's policies, programs, and procedures.
  • Responsibilities include development and administration of communication-related budgetary information; recommending and/or approving staff changes or actions; ensuring appropriate training and staff development; providing advice and guidance on the more complex aspects of the job; and resolving complaints or related staff issues.
  • Completes communications budget and operational plans and reviews analyses of activities, costs, operations, and forecast data to determine progress toward stated goals and objectives.
  • Maintains an effective system of communication throughout the department and organization.
  • Represents and promotes the mission of the Conservancy with donors, members, media, and the public.
  • Supports the Conservancy’s cost containment and fundraising efforts and needs, as applicable.
  • Serves as member of various management committees.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as required.

General Expectations:

The Director of Communications needs to understand and support the communication needs of a conservation organization. He/she will be expected to be a hands-on professional who can work closely with staff across the organization in a positive and productive manner.

This person will lead by her or his own first-class example. The director will be expected to coordinate the overall communications outreach of the organization to its donors, constituents and friends and to representatives of the local, state and national media. This person will be the media relations contact and will be an innovator in developing creative ideas. He/she will be the organizational-wide defender of institutional graphics and editorial standards.

The job demands a good listener, morale builder and skilled motivator. This high-energy generalist should be strong in the basics of communications and marketing strategy, with formal training and experience in public relations and/or marketing. The individual will need to exhibit personally the highest in professional standards of writing and design. She or he should blend a sense of humor with candid, straightforward communications skills and have the mature judgment to handle sensitive messages and issues.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic and professional experience and training, including a bachelor’s degree (graduate degree preferred) and three to five years of hands-on, professional experience in directing marketing, communications, public relations, and publications.
  • Superb verbal, written and editing skills, a creative mind and the ability to lead the organization in articulating its mission
  • Evidence of successful achievements building communication programs and marketing products, activities, services, etc. Nonprofit experience, particularly for an environmental/conservation organization preferred
  • Supervisory experience (four years or more preferred) in managing creative professionals, allocating resources, hiring personnel, setting priorities, etc
  • Appreciation and understanding of the applications of modern computer technology in its several forms of desktop publishing and electronic communications
  • Familiarity with marketing research and strategies that will result in achieving the institution’s top-priority program goals
  • Understanding of and experience in dealing with the news media
  • Team-building capabilities to work collegially in an environment of mutual trust and respect
  • Knowledge of and the ability to supervise the design and production requirements of first-tier printed and Web-based materials
  • Demonstrated commitment to conservation

Send letter, resume and salary expectations to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list DOC in the subject line.

 


 

Heritage GIS Technician
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has a full-time opening in Harrisburg, PA for a GIS Technician. The Heritage GIS Technician is responsible for carrying out a variety of tasks related to processing and providing information for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program (PNHP). With an emphasis on creating and maintaining GIS-based information, the Heritage GIS Technician carries out individual GIS and database related tasks as needed, such as data processing, map-making, and reporting. The position also assists information management functions in processing information, data entry into databases, map and manual files, and providing information to users as needed. Qualifications include a minimum of a Bachelor's degree plus related work experience in geography, spatial information management, or related field. Education and/or experience in biology, conservation, or a related scientific field is strongly preferred.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list GIS TECH in the subject line of the email. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2015.

 


 

Prospect Management Assistant
Institutional Advancement

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking an organized, analytical and computer-savvy individual to work closely with our development team. This part time position will support WPC’s private fundraising activities by conducting prospect research, analyzing needs and trends in giving, developing and producing donor lists and reports, and providing administrative/clerical support as needed. This position works an average of 15-20 hours per week (schedule is flexible) and is based in Pittsburgh.

Qualifications include a minimum of 2 years work experience in research/prospect management preferred. Excellent computer skills, with database software experience required – Raiser’s Edge experience preferred. Prior experience in a non-profit development, membership or other transaction-processing environment preferred.

To apply, please send a letter, resume, and salary requirements to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list PROSPECT ASST in the subject line of the email. Deadline to apply is Friday, February 6, 2015.

 


 

Tour Guide
Fallingwater

Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterwork, located just 4 miles north of Ohiopyle State Park, has openings for part time Tour Guides. Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups, must be dependable and able to work weekends and holidays, as needed.

If you are interested mail letter of interest and/or resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Tour Guide in the subject of the email.

 


 

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.