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Field Coordinator

Position Description: Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is seeking a full time Field Coordinator to work as part of our field stewardship team. This position will be the primary point person for our infrastructure-related work, including trail building & maintenance, maintaining & coordinating repairs to our machines, and building and repairing historic & manmade structures. We are seeking a motivated, detail-oriented person with previous experience in these areas, as well as a friendly, outgoing personality that can work with other staff members and lead a diverse group of volunteers. Considering the often changing nature of the field work we do, this person should be able to plan, keep to deadlines, while also staying flexible to last minute changes. While this position is largely field-based, applicants should be comfortable with technology, data collection, and electronic communication. Ideal candidates will have similar work experience, strong interpersonal and communication skills, be motivated, and able to work successfully as an individual and as part of a team. 

Schedule: This is a full-time (40 hour per week) position that works a Tuesday-Saturday schedule. Weekly schedule is typically 8:00-4:00, with some variation depending on morning or evening events. 

Salary: $50,000

Reports to: FOW’s Director of Field Stewardship

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Working and collaborating directly with other FOW Stewardship staff members.
  • Assessing, planning, and coordinating trail improvement projects on a 50+ mile network of multi-use trails.
  • Assessing, planning, and coordinating structure improvement projects, including park signage, fencing, benches, and footbridges. 
  • Leading specialized volunteers on trail work and structure repair projects.
  • Co-leading Volunteer Service Days with other FOW staff members.
  • Planning, coordinating, and leading volunteer training.
  • Coordinating regular maintenance and service of our vehicles including two pick-up trucks, a van, and a gator.
  • Coordinating regular maintenance of our trail machines such as a Ditch Witch SK750, a Canycom, and mini Canycom.
  • Overseeing maintenance of our power tools.
  • Transporting machines and materials to work sites. 
  • Keeping our workshop and lumber storage clean and organized. 
  • Speaking directly with park users, neighbors, partners, and volunteers about FOW’s mission and work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or three years of relevant work experience.
  • Excellent administrative skills such as planning, organizing, and implementing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge and several years experience of building and maintaining sustainable multi-use trails.
  • Knowledge and experience with general carpentry and using power tools.
  • Some experience using trail building machines.
  • Experience working with volunteers in a natural setting, and comfortable using general hand tools including loppers, hand pruners, shovels, rakes and hand saws.
  • Must be able to communicate with a community of individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in technology, such as email, Microsoft Office suite, Google Apps, database software.
  • Comfort with driving a heavy duty pick-up truck and attached trailer.
  • Collaborative attitude and ability to work in a team environment, as well as working alone and able to self-prioritize. 
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination.
  • Valid Driver’s License, clean driving record, & reliable transportation.
  • Willingness to obtain a Criminal Background Check and Child Abuse History Background Check.

Desired Qualifications:

  • A passion for connecting people to outdoor public spaces
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Knowledge of Wissahickon Valley Park and/or similar watershed parks 

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: This position is largely a physically active and outdoor position. They must be able to lift up to 30 pounds and carry this weight over long distances working in all kinds of weather and walking over uneven terrain. This position will be required to wear appropriate attire for an outdoor setting. Boots and appropriate pants are required. FOW will provide some clothing items, including shirts, hat, and work gloves.

Benefits: 

  • Generous paid time off
  • Retirement benefits and matching
  • Dental insurance  
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance 

Professional Level: Intermediate level

Friends of the Wissahickon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, gender, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

Business Manager

Organizational Overview: 

The Friends of the Wissahickon, an official park partner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, conserves and improves the 1800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. FOW’s dedicated community of members and volunteers have supported the wild beauty of the park since 1924. 

Position Overview:

The Business Manager is responsible for administering business operations, HR processes, business technology and office support for all staff, staff benefits and organizational insurance plans, maintaining personnel policies and procedures, providing guidance and interpretation of benefits and policies to staff, keeping track of industry trends, and meeting with the company’s senior management team to make suggestions and recommendations regarding the company’s procedures and policies in relation to its financial and human resources. This position requires discretion, organization and strong interpersonal skills. In addition to business operations experience training or experience in conflict resolution and workplace diversity and equity practices are strongly preferred.

Responsibilities:

  • Financial operations – Accounts receivable and payable, bank deposit, payroll, work with Controller on monthly financial statements, provide materials for annual audit, preparation of 1099s, and monitoring of business accounts.
  • IT support – liaise with and manage the organization’s IT service provider, track staff IT needs including computers and other needed accessories, monitor and acquire tech (phones, iPads, hot spots), in-office phone system support, annual tech survey
  • Manage organizational insurance portfolio, and compliance, insurance audits, and annual renewal.
  • HR management and oversight including onboarding, separation, benefits enrollment, retirement plan management
  • Refresh employee handbook annually
  • Create procedures manual for staff – how to use and obtain resources
  • Office supplies and operations – copy machine leases, mail machine leases, furnishing and supplies, liaise with building management 
  • Provides and tracks keys to Friends of the Wissahickon assets – system wide
  • Reports to the Executive Director
  • Other Duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle
  • Skilled user of Quickbooks Online, Bill.com or similar
  • Strong knowledge of human resources and policy guidelines (both legal and best practices);
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work inclusively across lines of difference in a variety of settings;
  • Proficiency with basic computer skills and best practices in security, such as password managers, multi-factor authentication, etc.;
  • Flexibility and willingness to research and learn new tools, technology, and resources;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and a system-oriented working style in order to manage personnel records, benefits, and hiring searches;
  • Creativity, problem-solving skills, and a self-starting attitude necessary to identify and initiate areas for improvement;
  • Flexibility, patience, and willingness to learn;
  • Excellent writing, communication, and listening skills; and
  • Excellent judgment along with experience exercising discretion and confidentiality
  • PHR/SHRM-CP or SPHR/SHRM-SCP a plus

Compensation:  The salary range for this position is $55,000 – $65,000. Additionally, Friends of the Wissahickon offers a generous benefits package.

Benefits: 

  • Generous paid time off
  • Retirement benefits and matching
  • Dental insurance  
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance

 

Professional Level: Managerial

Friends of the Wissahickon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, gender, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

To Apply:

Thank you for your interest in the Friends of the Wissahickon. Please prepare a formal letter of interest, resume, three work related references, and salary requirements as a single combined PDF and submit at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ac739cb55339438abd557ad41e864947

Please, no phone calls or mailed applications. Deadline for application is September 15, 2022.  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.