Careers at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy are rewarding in more ways than one. While working at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, including at Fallingwater, you’ll experience an unusually deep sense of accomplishment, pride and camaraderie with other like-minded professionals.
Membership Theater Host/Hostess - Mill Run, PA
Ecological Information Specialist (PNHP) - Harrisburg, PA
Fallingwater Tour Guides - Mill Run, PA
Avian Field Technician - Pittsburgh, PA
Housekeeping Specialist - Mill Run, PA
Visitor Services Representative - Mill Run, PA
Vice President & Director, Fallingwater - Mill Run, PA
MEMBERSHIP THEATER HOST/HOSTESS
Mill Run, PA
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy has a part time position in the Fallingwater Membership Theater, located in Mill Run, PA. The Membership Host/Hostess gives a brief presentation to visitors at the conclusion of their tour of Fallingwater and invites them to become members and supporters of Fallingwater/Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Must be comfortable speaking in front of groups. We offer a professional and friendly working atmosphere in a beautiful location and the chance to meet interesting people from around the world. This position offers a competitive hourly rate, employee discounts, and free tickets to Fallingwater.
Successful applicants must be flexible with schedule and available to work weekends as needed. To apply, send a letter and resume to email@example.com and list Membership in the subject line.
ECOLOGICAL INFORMATION SPECIALIST
PENNSYLVNIA NATURAL HERITAGE PROGRAM
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry, is seeking a skilled professional with botanical and ecological expertise to provide technical guidance and outreach to state land managers, foresters, DCNR planners and policy makers, and private landowners. This position will review development projects for potential impacts to native plants of special concern or related habitats, provide assistance with the management, maintenance, and policy development for DCNR’s Native Wild Plant Program, and assist with other conservation initiatives within the Bureau of Forestry. The position will be based in the DCNR Bureau of Forestry office in Harrisburg, PA.
Candidates should have a 4-year degree in botany, biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental science, or a related field; master’s degree preferred. Excellent communication skills are required. Experience with Geographic Information Systems, a commitment to conservation goals, and familiarity with Pennsylvania’s flora, natural communities, or ecology is preferred. We offer a competitive salary and benefits.
If you are interested in this position, please send a letter, resume, and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Ecol Info Specialist in the subject line of the email. Deadline to apply is 3/05/18.
FALLINGWATER 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 of museum educators that greet visitors from around the world. This is a great opportunity to work at a world-renowned architectural site, build your presentation and interpretation skills and enhance your resume. Whether you are a retired professional or just beginning your career, Fallingwater can change you and your vocational path.
Tour Guides engage visitors on one hour non-scripted general architecture tours of Fallingwater. Guides may also have opportunities to lead educational workshops and give presentations. Tour 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 architecture in harmony with nature. Guides must be comfortable speaking in front of groups and will engage visitors ages 6 to106 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 email@example.com and list Tour Guide in the subject line of the email.
AVIAN FIELD TECHNICIAN
Pittsburgh, PA (home office), and Field sites throughout Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be primarily collecting data throughout Pennsylvania as part of grassland bird survey and research efforts for use in biodiversity conservation. The Avian Field Technician will work together with other WPC staff to accomplish goals outlined in the specified project, WPC’s strategic plan, and/or the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program Operating Plan.
Job Description: The Avian Field Technician will conduct off-road point counts surveys to collect occurrence, abundance and diversity information on bird species and assemblages at targeted sites of ecological value across Pennsylvania. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently as well as alongside WPC staff to complete surveys, bush-whacking on foot to most locations and navigating through rugged and sometimes dangerous terrain (i.e. rocks, insects, poison ivy, sun exposure and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications with private landowners and public land managers, data entry, and assisting with vegetation assessments as needed. There is also potential to assist with other current avian ecology projects as well.
Qualifications: Must have experience and familiarity with the birds and ecosystems of Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. Working knowledge and experience with identification of birds by sight and sound is required. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys), and working in remote locations with extended field excursions. Must be able to travel throughout Pennsylvania and be able to work various hours, as needed. Must have ability to hike long distances over potentially exposed, steep, hilly, and/or rocky terrain, and work long hours in cool, hot, or wet spring/summer conditions. Familiarity with GPS and map navigation in remote settings preferred. Valid U.S. driver’s license required. Qualified individuals should have completed or be currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Biology, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience in relevant positions and projects.
Position Duration: mid-May to late-July 2018 (approximately 8-10 weeks)
Pay: $15 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses and work-trip lodging
Application process: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is March 1.
Mill Run, PA
Fallingwater, the architectural masterwork designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, has an opening for a part time housekeeping specialist. Will follow established curatorial procedures for cleaning the museum and will assist in cleaning other buildings on the property. Prior housekeeping experience is strongly preferred. Successful applicants must be dependable, flexible with schedule, and able to work weekends as needed. Position will be eligible for a pension contribution after applicable waiting period and required hours. To apply send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com and list Housekeeper in the subject line of the email.
VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Mill Run, PA
Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, has several part time openings in the Visitor Services Department. Provides superior customer service, handles reservations, sells admission tickets and on-line ticket sales, and greets and assists 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 and holidays as needed. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and list VSR in the subject line of the email.
VICE PRESIDENT & DIRECTOR, FALLINGWATER
Mill Run, PA
The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (Conservancy) has conserved more than a quarter million acres in Western Pennsylvania. The Community Gardens and Greenspace program draws more than 12,000 volunteers annually to beautify communities across the state. The Conservancy has a watershed conservation program that protects and restores Western Pennsylvania’s rivers and streams. The Conservancy also includes a natural heritage program that works to protect Pennsylvania’s threatened and endangered species and their habitats.
In 1963, Edgar Kaufmann, jr. donated and entrusted Fallingwater and the surrounding 1,543 acres of land to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Fallingwater is a house designed in 1935 by renowned American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The house was designed as a private residence and weekend home for the family of Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr. Fallingwater is one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works and best exemplifies his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Open to the public since 1964, more than five million visitors have toured and experienced Fallingwater.
The Conservancy seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial and visionary leader for Fallingwater, who demonstrates a passion for engaging others in a lifelong learning agenda while delivering a high-quality experience that is financially sustainable through solid programs, marketing, fundraising and business practices. A high level of experience in building and sustaining a community of national and international partnerships with other art history, architectural, historic preservation, educational and cultural stakeholders, public and private, is necessary. The ideal candidate will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership that includes the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state and national level. Particularly helpful would be a background of launching innovative, groundbreaking programs resulting in long-term funding and stable revenue streams.
A bachelor’s degree is required. A master’s degree is preferred. At least five years of successful leadership experience in a museum or comparable organization or venue is strongly preferred. Demonstrable leadership experience in public or private institutions concerned with art history, architecture, education, philanthropy, history and/or historic preservation or related professions would be valued. Previous experience working with, or serving on, a nonprofit board and knowledge of board governance is important.
Applications for the position are being received exclusively by Kittleman & Associates, LLC. Please submit a letter of introduction and a current resume at https://www.kittlemansearch.com/western-pennsylvania-conservancy/
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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.