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

 



Avian Field Technician – Northcentral PA

Collections_Internship - Mill_Run,_PA

Community Gardens_and_Greenspace Field Staff - Pittsburgh,_PA

Culinary_Internship-Mill_Run__PA

Director of Communications - Pittsburgh, PA

Education_Internship - Mill Run,PA

Landscape_Intern - Mill_Run,_PA

Museum_Store_Internship_Web_Photography - Mill_Run,_PA

Museum_Store_Sales_Associate - Mill_Run,_PA

Preservation Internship - Mill_Run,_PA

Prospect_Management_Assistant - Pittsburgh, PA

Tour_Guides-Mill_Run__PA

Visitor_Services_Representative - Mill_Run_PA
 

 



Avian Field Technician
Northcentral Pennsylvania

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be conducting field surveys within the twelve-county Pennsylvania Wilds region as part of a collaborative project with Audubon Pennsylvania, state agencies, and other researchers to investigate relationships between forest interior birds and forest community types.

Job Description: Avian field technicians (3) are needed to conduct off-road point counts at study sites across northcentral PA. The successful applicants will be expected to work independently to complete up to 20 point-count surveys each survey morning at up to 15 sites over the season, bush-whacking on foot to most point locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications, and data entry following field surveys.

Qualifications: Positions require knowledge of and experience with identification of northeastern U.S. breeding birds by sight and (primarily) sound. Experience with avian survey techniques preferred. Individuals must be able to work well independently and as a team, and communicate closely with the project supervisor and other WPC staff. Able and willing to hike long distances and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer weather conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Preferred candidates will have completed or will be pursuing B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, or related field.

Pay: $12-$13 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses

Position Duration: mid-May to late-July 2015 (approximately 10 weeks)

To Apply: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Questions regarding the position should be directed to David Yeany, Conservation Planning Specialist/Ornithologist, at (412) 586-2313.

Application deadline: March 15, 2015
 


 

Collections Internship
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Judy Cheteyan Fallingwater Collections Internship. This year we seek a full-time residency intern to work exclusively with the archives collection.

Job Description: Working under the supervision of the Director of Preservation and Registrar, the Collections Intern will select one or more collections from the archives as a focused summer project. The selection will be based on diversity of content, and will be of a size and scope that can be successfully completed. Duties will include housing, organizing, and preparing finding aids in the database (Re:discovery Proficio) according to national standards for DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard) and EAD (Encoded Archival Description). In addition, the intern will create a best practices processing manual based on national standards for archival description and DACS. The Processing Manual may be used for the intern’s portfolio upon completion.

Qualifications: Recent graduate or current graduate student in Library and/or Information Science with a strong interest and relevant experience in archives with preference given to those with an interest and/or experience with photo archives.

Position Duration: Twelve weeks, beginning no later than May 15, 2015. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Collections Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.



Community Gardens And Greenspace Field Staff

Pittsburgh, PA

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has a full time opening in its Community Gardens/Greenspace department for a Field Staff position, based in Pittsburgh. Supports field work at community gardens and greening projects throughout the region. Collects data and other information to document and monitor projects; leads volunteer groups in a variety of landscaping and community greening activities during spring, summer, and fall. Candidates must have training or equivalent of two years of experience in horticultural and / or landscaping techniques, good organizational skills, strong initiative, ability to work well with others and the ability to work well independently. Background and/or understanding of environmental revitalization and green infrastructure helpful. Must be able to work a flexible schedule including: long hours, evenings, and weekends as needed in all weather. Must be able to perform daily physical landscape labor, including occasionally lifting up to 50 pounds. Must have a valid driver’s license. Position provides excellent benefits and a competitive wage. To apply, send a resume, cover letter and salary expectations to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Garden Staff in the subject line.

 



Culinary Internship
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a summer intern to work with the Fallingwater Chef.

Job Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, putting your training into practice and enhancing your resume.

Qualifications: We are looking for a qualified student with culinary education and/or background experience with an emphasis on baking/pastry.

Responsibilities:
• Working alongside the Fallingwater Chef generating menu and pasty items for the Fallingwater Café and certain special events.
• Duties may include preparing yeast rolls, breads, pies, tarts, cookies, and other desserts, preparing and decorating cakes, creating centerpieces, specialty pastry and confectionary items, and suggesting creatively designed presentation of food items.
• Producing a final project report detailing the internship work performed, which will be presented to Fallingwater staff and other interns.

Position Duration: Summer, 2015. Intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. The Café is generally open six days per week, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. You will be obligated to work some weekends and an occasional evening, although you will not be required to work in excess of forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is a paid internship, paying $8.00 per hour and includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Culinary Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
 



Director of Communications
Pittsburgh, Pa

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.
 


 
Education Internship
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking applications to fill our Education Department internship. The intern will reside on-site, while immersing themselves in the many organizational and curricular tasks required providing successful educational programming at Fallingwater.

Job Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, putting your educational training into practice and enhancing your resume.

Qualifications: The applicant must be a current graduate student in art and visual culture education, museum studies or a related field devoted to education. We are looking for a qualified student who has experience in teaching, informal learning environments, architecture and museums.

Responsibilities:

  • Working alongside the public tour staff in interpreting Fallingwater through guided tours and lectures.
  • Assisting education supervisors with on-site residency programs focused on high school, college and adult learners and grade 3-12 educational workshops.
  • Assisting with general administrative tasks for the education department.
  • May participate in grant writing.
  • Producing an independent project focused on producing an education programs procedure manual and/or creating training and evaluation tools for Fallingwater’s residency and school programs and the internship work performed, which will be presented to Fallingwater staff and other interns.

Position Duration: The internship will be ten consecutive weeks, preferably beginning in May, 2015. Intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. Education programs are run seven days per week, including Memorial Day and Independence Day. You will be obligated to work some weekends and evenings, although you will not be required to work in excess of forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is a paid internship, paying $8.00 per hour and includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Education Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
 



Landscape Internship
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Fallingwater Landscape Internship Program. This full-time residency intern will interact with Fallingwater’s horticulture specialist, maintenance department, visiting consultants, and vendors while working in and around the house museum environment.

Job Description: Interns will be exposed to a variety of native species of plant life and natural landscape situations on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. Interns will conceive and implement design project schemes for Fallingwater’s woodland garden landscape. Past intern projects have included the creation of an herb garden for the Fallingwater Café, a wedding garden for the Barn at Fallingwater, and landscaping of a wheelchair accessible pathway. Interns are expected to participate in hands-on routine practices such as weeding, planting, pruning, and the like that may require light lifting. The landscape intern primarily works outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions, so proper attire is required.

Qualifications: Applicants may be either an advanced undergraduate student or be a current or entering graduate student in landscape architecture, horticulture, landscape contracting, or related field of study. Previous work experience in an outdoor landscape setting is preferred.

Position Duration: Twelve weeks, beginning no later than May 15, 2015. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Landscape Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
 


 
Museum Store Internship/Web Photography
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is seeking a summer intern.

Job Description: This is a unique opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, putting your creative skills into practice and enhancing your resume. The web photography intern will work with the store manager and assistant store manager in product photography, graphic design and web design for the museum store section on Fallingwater’s website.

Qualifications: We are looking for a qualified student who can demonstrate an understanding of design, composition, and attention to detail. Must have experience using Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Photoshop, and Lightroom and be able to submit a portfolio upon request illustrating his/her studio or merchandise photographs. Must be a good communicator, be self-motivated and be able to work well both independently and with others. Must be open to receiving constructive critiques and feedback. Experience in retail web design will be a plus.

  • Responsibilities:
  • Using CPOnline back office function and Counterpoint SQL (instruction will be provided)
  • Photographing a variety of products in context including small tabletop items, larger furniture pieces, and apparel. Completing image retouching and uploading product photos to store website in accordance with established standards and timelines.
  • Working with on-site equipment, existing computer programs and digital camera. There will not be the opportunity to utilize personal equipment or a computer to perform this work.
  • Producing a final project report detailing the internship work performed, which will be presented to Fallingwater staff and other interns.

Position Duration: Summer, 2015. Intern will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically 8:30am to 5:00pm), forty hours per week. Fallingwater is open Memorial Day and Independence Day.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is a paid internship, paying $8.00 per hour and includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application Process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Web Photography Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
 



Museum Store Sales Associate

Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, located in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, has three part time openings in the Museum Store. Will work in Fallingwater’s beautiful museum store; wait on customers; sell merchandise, process sales, and assist with keeping museum store neat and clean. Must be customer-service oriented and comfortable handling cash and credit transactions on a register. Must be flexible with schedule and able to work weekends as needed.

To apply, send a letter of interest to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Museum Store in the subject line of the email.
 



Preservation Internship
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, seeks applications for its Fallingwater Preservation Internship Program. This full-time residency intern will interact with Fallingwater’s maintenance department, visiting consultants, and vendors while working in and around the house museum environment.

Job Description: Interns will be exposed to a variety of tasks related to the restoration and maintenance of the historic buildings on the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy’s 5,000 acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, in which Fallingwater is located. Interns will primarily focus on hands-on masonry and reinforced concrete restoration of Fallingwater, involving stone repointing, cement plastering, and concrete patching. Past intern projects have included historic building assessments, inventories, documentation, and miscellaneous preservation repairs. The preservation intern primarily works outdoors in a variety of weather and climate conditions, so proper attire is required.

Qualifications: Applicants must be a current or entering graduate student in historic preservation, historic building trades, or architectural history with experience in assessing and documenting historic structures. A candidate with hands-on experience in historic masonry or plastering is preferred.

Position Duration: Twelve weeks, beginning no later than May 15, 2015. Interns will be expected to work during normal business hours (typically Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm), forty hours per week.

Location: Fallingwater is located in rural Mill Run, Pennsylvania (zip code 15464), and is approximately ninety miles from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). Having a motor vehicle is strongly recommended as there are no stores or amenities within walking distance.

Pay: This is an hourly paid internship that includes free, onsite shared housing. Interns are required to provide their own food, linens, laundry supplies, and incidentals.

Application process: To apply, email cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference (academic or employer) to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Preservation Intern in the subject line. Application deadline is March 15, 2015.
 



Prospect Management Assistant
Pittsburgh, Pa

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 Guides
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, located in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, is in search of part time Tour Guides. Come join a dynamic and collaborative team that greets visitors from around the world. This is a great opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, building your skills and enhancing your resume. Whether you are a retired professional or just beginning your career, Fallingwater can change you and your vocational path.

Tour Guides lead one hour non-scripted general architecture tours of Fallingwater. Guides must be able to retain architectural and historical facts, dates and anecdotes, and then customize that information according to the interests of the visitors. Tours should be conversational as the guide facilitates the visitor’s self-discovery of building in harmony with nature. Guides must be comfortable speaking in front of groups and will engage visitors ages 6 to 106 from diverse cultures, languages and geographic areas. Must be articulate, positive, outgoing, dependable, flexible and have a professional demeanor.

To apply, email letter of interest and/or resume to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list Tour Guide in the subject line of the email.
 



Visitor Services Representative
 
Mill Run, Pa

Fallingwater, the architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has three part time openings in the Visitor Services Department. Will provide superior customer service, handle reservations, sell admission tickets and on-line ticket sales, and greet and assist visitors at the visitor services desk. Qualifications include good verbal and written communications skills, professional telephone etiquette, very good computer skills, and a strong customer service orientation. Must be flexible with schedule and available to work weekends as needed.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to wpcjobs@paconserve.org and list VSR in the subject line of the email.
 



Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.