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Seasonal Field Crew Member

Position: Seasonal Field Crew Member

Schedule and Pay Rate: The primary term runs from late May – early September, with possible extension through October. This is primarily a Thursday-Sunday schedule, with some holidays required. Pay rate for this position is $17.50 per hour for 14-28 hours per week. The position begins with a mandatory multi-day training on Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29).

Reports to: FOW’s Director of Field Stewardship

Position Summary: The Seasonal Field Crew will be an important first point of contact for park users with our organization, as well as providing a consistently clean & welcoming green space. Members of the crew will be responsible for representing FOW throughout the busy summer season at some of the most visited locations in the park. The primary duty of the crew is to keep the high-use areas clean by removing litter, graffiti, and trail debris, as well as to welcome visitors to Wissahickon Valley Park, educate and engage park visitors about responsible park use, informing them of park rules, Leave No Trace principles, FOW’s mission and stewardship work, and other duties as assigned. This will include distributing trash bags and engaging with & educating park visitors around the Valley Green Inn, Devil’s Pool and Kitchen’s Lane sections of the park.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Regular trash clean-ups, graffiti removal, simple trail work, and other field work.
  • Assisting FOW staff members with bench repairs and installation, and gathering trail counter data.
  • Communicating with park visitors about responsible park use principles and promoting FOW’s core stewardship values in Wissahickon Valley Park, focused around the high-use areas of the park.
  • Monitoring land and structures for unwanted use and vandalism and communicating the damage to the FOW staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Must be available for weekends and all holidays during this term
  • Excellent verbal communication and active listening skills
  • Must be able to communicate with a community of individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Must be comfortable using general hand tools including loppers, hand pruners, shovels, rakes and hand saws (Training is provided)
  • Flexibility when dealing with work plans
  • Proficiency in simple technology, such as email and completing electronic field reports
  • Collaborative attitude and ability to work in a team environment.
  • Must have reliable transportation. (The daily start/end location is near public transportation.)

Desired Qualifications:

  • A passion for connecting people to outdoor public spaces
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish)
  • Some experience with manual labor 

Even if you don’t meet all of the required qualifications, we still encourage you to apply.

Physical Requirements / Working Conditions: Field Crew Members will be required to physically perform, as needed, any and all tasks assigned to them. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds and carry this weight over long distances working in all kinds of weather and walking over uneven terrain. Crew Members will be required to wear appropriate attire for an outdoor setting with exposure to heavy machinery. Boots and appropriate pants are required. FOW will provide Field Crew with shirts, hats, work gloves, masks, and backpacks. 

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Application review and interviews will begin on a rolling basis.  Deadline to apply is Saturday, April 8th.

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.