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.
Avian Field Technician – Pittsburgh, PA
Fallingwater Assistant Curator of Education - Mill Run, PA
Seasonal Field Ecologist (2 positions) - Harrisburg, PA and Pittsburgh, PA
Visitor Services Representative – Mill Run, PA
Avian Field Technician
Pittsburgh, PA (home office), Field sites throughout Pennsylvania
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy will be collecting data throughout Pennsylvania as part of bird monitoring and research efforts for use in biodiversity conservation. The Avian Field Technician will work in conjunction 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 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 or 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, and rattlesnakes). Other duties may include desktop field preparations, site access communications with private landowners and public land managers, data entry, and assisting with forest stand validation.
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 primarily sound is required. Candidates should have experience with intensive scientific field studies, ecological research techniques (especially avian surveys), working in remote locations and 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 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 2017 (approximately 8-10 weeks)
Pay: $12-15 per hour; 40 hour work-week, plus some expenses
Application process: Send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to email@example.com and list Avian Field Technician in the subject line of the email. Application deadline is February 10, 2017.
FALLINGWATER – ASSISTANT CURATOR OF EDUCATION
Mill Run, PA
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 Fallingwater’s education department, which includes public tour, volunteer and public education programs. 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 museum education, art, design or architecture-related education or a closely related field of study. Must have 5+ years of teaching experience in museums and/or public tour management. Must have the ability to design and implement educational programs, including age and developmentally appropriate curriculum. 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. Five years of supervisory experience and demonstrated ability to communicate, motivate, lead and relate effectively to a wide variety of individuals.
This is a full time position offering a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and list Assistant Curator in the subject line of the email. Formal review of applications to begin on February 28, 2017.
Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is seeking two Seasonal Field Ecologists for the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program. The positions will work under the supervision of assigned Heritage staff – one in Pittsburgh and one in Harrisburg.
Job Description: The Seasonal Field Ecologist will assist community ecologists with research related to the documentation and conservation of the native flora of Pennsylvania, with emphasis on rare species, invasive non-native species, and classification of plant communities. Responsibilities include transporting and setting up field equipment, making specimen collections, recording ecological data, data entry, and GIS mapping.
Qualifications: Qualified individuals should hold a college degree in botany, ecology, or a closely related field. He/she must be able to work independently, be willing to spend several consecutive days away from home and be able to traverse rugged terrain and work outside in various weather conditions. Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Position Duration: Start date is May 15, 2017; one position is available for 60 days and one position will work for approximately 100 days.
Location: 800 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Rachel Carson State Office Building, 5th Floor, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105
Pay: $15 per hour
Application process: To apply send resume, cover letter and two letters of reference to email@example.com and list Seasonal Field Ecologist Pittsburgh or Seasonal Field Ecologist Harrisburg in the subject line. Application deadline is February 28, 2017.
VISITOR SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE
Mill Run, PA
Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, has two 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 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.
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Western Pennsylvania Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.